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An undergraduate education at The University of Texas at Dallas is designed with several goals in mind. First, the purpose of an undergraduate education is to acquaint students with ways of knowing the world of the natural sciences, mathematics, arts, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences. Therefore, all students are required to complete a Core Curriculum consisting of 42 semester credit hours. Secondly, students are expected to acquire depth in a field of study. To this end, students must fulfill the major and related requirements of a specified number of semester credit hours for their major. Thirdly, students are encouraged to take courses outside their major and related field and beyond the Core Curriculum, and thus students are given free and advanced elective hours in which to explore intellectual domains beyond their area of specialization and beyond the core requirements.

To graduate with a baccalaureate degree from The University of Texas at Dallas, students must complete and receive credit for:

  • at least 25 percent of the total semester credit hours required for a degree at U.T. Dallas (for the School of Management, 50 percent of the total business credit hours also must be taken at U.T. Dallas);
  • at least 24 of the last 30 semester hours needed for a bachelor’s degree at U.T. Dallas;
  • at least 51 semester hours of advanced (3000/4000 level) course work, to include a minimum of 12 hours of advanced courses in the major subject;
  • at least 120 semester hours of credit;
  • the course of study prescribed by the major program with a grade point average of not less than 2.0;
  • a minimum grade point average of 2.0 calculated over all courses taken at U.T. Dallas; for students with declared minors, a course of study prescribed by the minor program with a grade point average of not less than 2.0; and
  • all of the Core Curriculum.

The student is responsible for fulfilling the degree requirements and enrolling for courses appropriate to his or her degree program. The student should have completed at the lower-division all freshman and sophomore prerequisites for the degree program. These requirements are set by the degree program and are listed under the program heading in the catalog; the number of semester hours may vary according to degree program. Students who are Texas residents should be aware that state law limits the number of semester credit hours that an undergraduate Texas resident may complete while paying tuition at the rate provided for Texas residents. See the section on Tuition for Excessive Undergraduate Hours.

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This catalog is a general information publication only. It is not intended to nor does it contain all regulations that relate to students. The provisions of this catalog do not constitute a contract, express or implied, between any applicant, student or faculty member and The University of Texas at Dallas or The University of Texas System. The University of Texas at Dallas reserves the right to withdraw courses at any time, to change fees or tuition, calendar, curriculum, degree requirements, graduation procedures, and any other requirements affecting students. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled.

Statement on Equal Educational Opportunity
The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, and veteran status. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is also prohibited pursuant to University policy.