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Undergraduate Program

Degree Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 hours
  2. Complete a minimum of 42 upper-division hours (Refer to your major for specific additional requirements.)
  3. Complete at least 24 of the last 30 semester credit hours in residence at UT Tyler
  4. Maintain a 2.0 grade point average
  5. Complete a minimum of 6 upper-level division hours in the major field of study at UT Tyler (Colleges may establish more stringent requirements. See specific majors.)
  6. Complete all degree requirements in your major
  7. File an approved degree plan with the academic department and complete those requirements
  8. Students must complete the Core Curriculum requirements with a grade equivalent to "C" or better in each course
  9. File for graduation according to the guidelines listed in this catalog

Texas State Core Curriculum

The core curriculum is a Texas-specific term defined in the Education Code of the Texas Constitution as "the curriculum in liberal arts, humanities, and sciences and political, social, and cultural history that all undergraduate students of an institution of higher education are required to complete before receiving an academic undergraduate degree."

General education requirements completed at private or out-of-state institutions are not the equivalent of, may not fulfill the requirements of, and may not excuse a student from completing the core curriculum.

Core Curriculum Requirements

UT Tyler Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Area Credit
Hours
Accepted Courses
American History 6 HIST 1301, 1302, 1303*
Communication 6 ENGL 1301, 1302, 1303
HNRS 1352
SPCM 1315
Creative Arts 3 ART 1301, 1306, 2303, 2304
HNRS 2352
MUSI 1301, 1306, 2301, 2308
THTR 1301, 1356
Government/Political Science 6 POLS 2305, 2306
Language, Philosophy & Culture 3 ENGL 2310, 2322, 2323, 2350, 2362, 2363
HNRS 1351
PHIL 1301, 2303, 2306
Life and Physical Sciences 6 BIOL 1301, 1302, 1306, 1307, 1320, 1330
CHEM 1305, 1311, 1312, 1320, 1321, 1330, 1340, 1350
PHYS 1301, 1302, 1303, 2325, 2326
Mathematics 3 HNRS 2413, 2414
MATH 1316, 1324, 1325, 1332, 1333, 1342, 1343, 1350, 2312, 2413, 2414
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 ANTH 2346
ECON 1301, 2301, 2302
GEOG 1313
HIST 2321, 2322
PSYC 1301
SOCI 1301
Component Area Option
Human Expression
3 ENGL 1301, 1302, 1303, 2310*, 2322*, 2323*, 2350*, 2362*, 2363*
GATE 2301*
HNRS 1351*, 2351
MCOM 2307
SPCM 1311
Component Area Option
STEM
3 ALHS 1315*
BIOL 1301, 1302, 1306, 1106, 1307, 1107, 1320, 1330, 1340, 1350, 1360, 2320, 2120
CHEM 1305, 1105, 1311, 1111, 1312, 1112, 1320, 1321, 1330, 1340, 1350
HNRS 2413, 2414
MATH 1316, 1324, 1325, 1332, 1333, 1342, 1343, 1350, 1351, 2113, 2114, 2312, 2413, 2414
PHYS 1301, 1101, 1302, 1102, 1303, 2325, 2125, 2326, 2126
Total Hours 42  
*Added effective Fall 2015
  1. In order to have a wide foundational basis, students may take no more than 12 hours of Core Courses in one subject area as determined by prefix, with the exception oh HNRS courses.
  2. Students who take HNRS 2413, 2414 or MATH 2413, 2414 to fulfill the 3 hour Mathematics Component area may use the additional one hour to count toward one hour of STEM.
  3. Students required to take co-requisite one credit hour science lab courses for degree requirements must count those lab hours in the degree and not toward core completion requirements if the cumulative credit hours exceed the maximum core curriculum requirement of 42 semester credit hours.

Course Pairing Restrictions:

The course groupings listed below represent cases where one or more courses included in the UT Tyler Core Curriculum are either direct equivalents or there are formal restrictions against students receiving academic credit for more than one course in the group as noted in the official course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog. Students may only enroll in/receive academic credit for, and thus apply toward Core Curriculum requirements, one course from each grouping.

  • CHEM 1305/CHEM 1105 and CHEM 1311/CHEM 1111 **
  • ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1303 *
  • HNRS 2413 and MATH 2413 *
  • HNRS 2414 and MATH 2414 *
  • HNRS 2425 and PHYS 2325/PHYS 2125 **
  • HNRS 2426 and PHYS 2326/PHYS 2126 **
  • MATH 1314, MATH 1324, and MATH 1332 **
  • MATH 1316 and MATH 2312 **
  • PHYS 1301/PHYS 1101 and PHYS 2325/PHYS 2125 **
  • PHYS 1302/PHYS 1102 and PHYS 2326/PHYS 2126 **

* Courses are formally listed as equivalents

** Credit restrictions are noted formally in the course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog

Core Curriculum Transfer and Transient Enrollment

If a student, upon initial transfer or subsequent readmission after one full year or more of non-attendance at UT Tyler, is considered core curriculum complete by another Texas public institution of higher education as noted on the student's official transcript from that institution, they are considered core curriculum complete by UT Tyler.

In both scenarios academic credit will be awarded for all courses the previous institution has specifically listed on the student's official transcript as applying toward that institution's core curriculum, even if those courses do not otherwise meet standard transfer credit requirements. For example, this allows for core curriculum courses with a grade of 'D', which are typically rejected, to be accepted.

Any student concurrently enrolled at more than one institution of higher education must follow the core curriculum of the institution in which they are classified as a degree-seeking student. Accordingly, all degree-seeking students at UT Tyler must meet the core curriculum requirements set forth by UT Tyler to be considered core complete. Students who complete the core curriculum of another institution while enrolled at UT Tyler as a degree-seeking student are, regardless of their status with the other institution, only considered core complete if their coursework satisfies all core curriculum requirements at UT Tyler.

Students wishing to complete coursework toward the core curriculum at another institution while enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UT Tyler must file an Undergraduate Transient Form.

The University of Texas at Tyler Catalog
offering undergraduate degrees in two areas:

Official 4-Year degree plans for Mass CommunicationBachelor of Arts (BA/BS) in Mass Communication

Official 4-Year Degree Plans for Speech Communication:
Bachelor of Arts (BA) and (BS) in Speech Communication (Options)

**Remember: Minimum total semester credit hours for earning a BA or BS in Speech Communication
= 120 hours
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