U.T. Dallas courses are given a four-digit number which is preceded by an abbreviation of the name of the subject area. The first digit gives the general level at which the course is usually taken, i.e., a 1 or 2 indicates that the course is freshman or sophomore level, and a 3 or 4 indicates that the course is junior or senior level undergraduate. Graduate courses begin with the digits 5 through 8.
The second digit indicates the semester hour value of the course. Courses are given semester hour values according to the number of hours per week the course meets; the typical course is three semester hours. Number of meetings per week and length of each meeting are determined by the time it is offered and the type of course, e.g., lecture, laboratory, seminar. Variable credit hour courses will have a “V” in the second position of the course number. The Class Schedule for the semester will specify the hours available for the course for the semester.
The final two digits give the course a unique number within a subject area. In some instances, a second course number in parentheses follows the first. These designate the State of Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) equivalents where available. TCCNS is a standard set of designations for academic courses. Most Texas community colleges and universities have adopted this system which facilitates the transfer of academic credit from one institution to another. Wherever possible, courses at U.T. Dallas have the TCCNS number, although the subject designation may differ (e.g. BA and BUSI for Business Administration).
In all cases, the course description is followed by an indication of the approximate number of contact hours per week in a semester for any lecture and laboratory components of the course; e.g., (2 4) indicates 2 hours of lecture and 4 hours of laboratory per week.
One of the following frequency of course offering codes is found at the end of each course description in this catalog:
There is no general minimum course load; however, to be considered full time, an undergraduate student must be enrolled in at least twelve semester hours during each long term (fall and spring semesters). The standard full time course load is fifteen semester hours. Students in a major wishing to register for more than 18 semester hours must have the permission of the Associate Dean of their college; all other undergraduates may seek that permission from the Dean of Undergraduate Education.
The maximum course load for a summer session is normally, six semester hours for the six week term, eight semester hours for the eight week term, or twelve semester hours for the twelve week term. Special arrangements may be made for a student enrolled in the twelve week summer term to take up to 16 semester hours if the student needs no more than 16 hours to graduate at the end of the summer session.
In considering course load, students must be sensitive to special considerations such as financial aid and family health insurance which typically require some minimum number of hours per semester to maintain eligibility.
The Credit/No Credit option is intended to encourage students to take courses in topics outside of their major area where they would be competing with a significant number of students who are majoring in these outside areas. The option gives students the opportunity to broaden their education with less emphasis on grade points. A student will receive credit for C work or better; no credit will be given for work that is below C.
Students are to make their requests to be graded on a Credit/No Credit basis directly to the Office of the Registrar by the Census Day (12th class day) of classes of the semester or term. The signature of the student’s academic advisor is required on the Credit/No Credit request form.
No change of grade designation from grade to Credit/No Credit or Credit/No Credit to grade may be given after Census Day. A course may be designated by the instructor as unavailable to students on a Credit/No Credit basis.
A student may not take, on a Credit/No Credit basis, any course taken in satisfaction of the Core Curriculum requirements, any course in the major or minor, or listed as a major and related course on the student’s degree plan, or major prerequisite, if a letter grade is normally awarded in those courses. Students in the Interdisciplinary Studies program may not exercise a Credit/No Credit option in their Foundations or Concentration.
A student may register for the Credit/No Credit option in no more than the smaller of 12 semester credit hours or 20 percent of the total number of hours of upper division course work taken at The University of Texas at Dallas. Courses in a student’s major which are designated as Credit/No Credit are not included in this limit. Courses taken on a Credit/No Credit basis will not be used in determining a student’s GPA.
Care should be taken by students in selecting courses for the Credit/No Credit option, as this may affect eligibility for honors. (See “Graduation with Honors”)
A student may repeat any course any number of times to improve a grade in the course. The grade from the first repeat will substitute for the original grade to determine a student’s grade point average and to satisfy degree requirements. All further repeats will be used in computing the student’s cumulative grade point average. Regardless of the number of times a course is repeated, any single course can contribute only once to the number of hours required for graduation. When a course is repeated, the student is responsible for completing a Repeated Course Adjustment Form in the Office of the Registrar to initiate the change on the student’s permanent record. A notation beside the first grade will indicate that the course has been repeated.
All grades will appear on a student’s transcript. If a course was originally taken for a letter grade, it may not be repeated for Credit/No Credit.
A limited number of courses may be repeated for credit, especially studio/ensemble and independent study courses. Students should contact their academic advisor to determine the application of such course credit toward graduation. With the permission of the instructor, a student may audit a course which has previously been taken for credit.
Courses transferred for credit to U.T. Dallas from another accredited college or university may not be repeated for additional credit.
If a student fails a course at U.T. Dallas, credit for the course cannot be transferred from another institution.
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.
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