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Academic Policies and Procedures


Course Numbering System

UTD courses are givenassigned an abbreviation of the name of the subject area followed by a four-digit course number which is preceded by an abbreviation of the name of the subject area. The first digit of the course number gives the general level at whichof the course is usually taken, i.e., a 1 or 2 indicates that the course is of undergraduate freshman or sophomore level undergraduaterespectively, and a 3 or 4 indicates that the course is of undergraduate junior or senior level undergraduaterespectively. 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 cCourses areis 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 nNumber of meetings per week and the 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 semester Class Schedule for the semester will specify the semester credit hours available for thea variable course for theduring 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. TheseThe 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 whichto facilitates 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; e.g.for example, (2 4) indicates 2 contact hours of lecture and 4 contact hours of laboratory per week.

Course Load

Long Semesters - Although tThere is no general minimum course load; however, to be considered full time, an undergraduate student must be enrolled in at least twelve12 semester credit hours during each long term (fall and spring semesters). The standard full time course load is fifteen15 semester credit hours.

Students in a major wishing to register for more than 18 semester credithours must have the permission of the Associate Dean of their collegeschool; all 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:

  • If youStudents who entered as a freshmaen from Hhigh Sschool:, by the end of yourtheir fourth semester at UTD.
  • If youStudents who entered as a transferred students:, by the end of yourtheir 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 youstudents must:

    1. Meet with the Disability Specialist at Disability Services to discuss yourtheir need for a course substitution and to receive the application forms. Fully complete and sign the application form.
    2. You may need to pProvide current documentation of yoursaid disability to update material on file, if requested, and. You are also required to compose a narrative explaining the reasons for yourthe request. This narrative must include any previous experiences with similar course work attempted prior to completing the application.
    3. If youStudents who are not currently served by the Disability Services or if you have not been previously been diagnosed with a disability, should call Disability Services at (972)883-2098 to schedule an intake appointment with Disability Services.
    4. Meet with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate or Graduate Education in the school inwith which you are registered. This meeting is to discuss the purposedproposed 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.

    Courses approved by The University of Texas at Dallas will be the primary source for al approved course substitutions. If the dean signs your application and approves your substitution, return the completed form 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;. Nno 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 are to make their requests must submit completed to be graded on a Credit/No Credit grading requests basis directly to Tthe Office of the Registrar by the Census 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. If a cCourses wasthat were originally taken for a letter grade, it 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, on a Credit/No Credit basis, any course used to satisfy a Core Curriculum requirement, any course in the major or minor that is, or 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, Tthe 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 whichthat 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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