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Academic Policies and Procedures


Course Numbering System

UTD courses are assigned an abbreviation of the name of the subject area followed by a four-digit course number. The first digit of the course number gives the general level of the course, i.e., a 1 or 2 indicates that the course is of undergraduate freshman or sophomore level respectively, and a 3 or 4 indicates that the course is of undergraduate junior or senior level respectively. Graduate courses begin with the digits 5 through 8.

The second digit of the course number indicates the semester hour value of the course. A course is given semester hour values according to the number of hours per week the course meets; the typical course is three semester credit hours. The type of course (e.g., lecture, laboratory, seminar) and its meeting times determin the number of meetings per week and the length of each meeting. Variable credit hour courses will have a “V” in the second position of the course number. The semester Class Schedule will specify the semester credit hours available for a variable course during any given semester.

The final two digits give the course a unique number within a subject area. In some instances, a second course prefix and number in parentheses follows the first. The second course prefix and number 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 to facilitate the transfer of academic credit from one institution to another. Wherever possible, courses at UTD 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; for example, (2 4) indicates 2 contact hours of lecture and 4 contact hours of laboratory per week.

Course Load

Long Semesters - Although there is no general minimum course load to be considered full time, an undergraduate student must be enrolled in at least 12 semester credit hours during each long term (fall and spring semesters). The standard full time course load is 15 semester credit hours.

Students wishing to register for more than 18 semester credit hours must have the permission of the Associate Dean of their school; undergraduates with an undeclared major may seek that permission from the Dean of Undergraduate Education. Students authorized to enroll for more than 18 semester credit hours in a long semester may not withdraw from any class without permission of the Associate Dean in their school or the Dean of Undergraduate Education for those students without declared majors. Failure to secure that permission before withdrawing from a class will limit the student to a maximum of 18 semester credit hours in future semesters.

Summer Semesters - The maximum course load for a summer session is normally, six semester credit hours for the six week term, eight semester credit hours for the eight week term, or twelve semester credit 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 semester credit 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.

Course Offerings

One of the following frequency of course offering codes is found at the end of each course description in this catalog:

S = course is offered at least once each long semester.
Y = course is offered at least once a year.
T = course is offered at least once every two years.
R = course is offered based on student interest and instructor availability.

Course Substitution (Disability Services)

Students requesting subsitution of course work as a reasonable accomodation must request this accomodation through the Disability Services Office according to the following deadlines:

  • Students who entered as freshmen from high school: by the end of their fourth semester at UTD.
  • Students who entered as transferred students: by the end of their second semester at UTD.

Please contact Disability Services with any questions about this type of accomodation, or to initiate the request process.

To request a course substitution students must:

    1. Meet with the Disability Specialist at Disability Services to discuss their need for a course substitution and to receive the application forms. Fully complete and sign the application form.
    2. Provide current documentation of aid disability to update material on file, if requested, and compose a narrative explaining the reasons for the request. This narrative must include any previous experiences with similar course work attempted prior to completing the application.
    3. Students who are not currently served by the Disability Services or have not previously been diagnosed with a disability should call Disability Services at (972)883-2098 to schedule an intake appointment.
    4. Meet with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the school with which you are registered to discuss the proposed substitution and its potential impact on your degree program and to obtain the Associate Dean's signature on the application form. Courses approved by the University of Texas at Dallas will be the primary source for all approved course substitutions.
    5. Completed forms must be returned to the Disability Services Office.

Credit/No Credit Classes

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 Credit/No Credit option gives students the opportunity to broaden their education with less emphasis on grade points. A student will receive credit for C (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) work or better. No credit will be given for work that is below C (2.00 on a 4.00 scale).

The signature of the student's academic advisor is required on the Credit/No Credit request form. Students must submit completed Credit/No Credit grading requests to The Office of the Registrar by the Census Day of classes of the semester or term. Courses that were originally taken for a letter grade may not be repeated for Credit/No Credit.

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. Conversely, some courses may only be available for Credit/No Credit.

A student may not take any course used to satisfy a Core Curriculum requirement, any course in the major or minor that is listed as a major and related course on the student’s degree plan, or major prerequisite, on a Credit/No Credit basis 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.

For baccalaureate degree requirements, the Credit/No Credit option is limited to 12 semester credit hours or 20% of UTD upper-division coursework, which ever is smaller. Courses in a student’s major that 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”)

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