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    University of North Texas
   
 
  Nov 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Science


Mailing address:

1155 Union Circle #311365

Denton, TX 76203-5017

Web site: cos.unt.edu

Office of Student Advising

Web site: cos.unt.edu/advising 

 

Su Gao, Dean

Pamela Padilla, Associate Dean

John Quintanilla, Associate Dean

 

Mission

The mission of the College of Science at the University of North Texas is to provide a supportive, inclusive, and collaborative environment for students, faculty, and staff, integrating a contemporary education in science with the pursuit of research at the forefront of the natural and mathematical sciences.

Vision

The College of Science at the University of North Texas will be known for its:         

  • Internationally recognized excellence in scientific research and discovery;
  • Top quality science education for future scientists, teachers, health professionals, and other world citizens;
  • Essential role as a pillar of the university’s reputation as a top tier research institution; and
  • Successful promotion of scientific literacy, innovation, and economic development.

 

The college consists of the following departments and areas of study:

Biological Sciences
Chemistry
Forensic Science
Mathematics
Physics
Teach North Texas

Academic advising

Academic advisors and counselors are available in the College of Science Office of Student Advising to assist students in the development and pursuit of meaningful educational goals.

The College of Science Office of Student Advising has trained academic advisors who are assigned to specific majors. The academic advisors prepare students’ degree audits, assist majors with core curriculum issues and requirements for their chosen major, and process graduation applications. Faculty advisors in the department assist the students in their major.

Degree requirements

The basic structure of all bachelor’s degrees consists of a large set of general education requirements common to all degrees (University Core Curriculum – 42 hours at UNT), a small set of requirements unique to the school or college offering the degree (college requirements), a set of requirements defining a major field of study as determined by a department (major/professional/concentration – a minimum of 24 hours, including 12 advanced hours earned at UNT), and electives chosen freely or in consultation with an advisor to reach the minimum number of hours required for the degree. A lesser field of study, a minor (minimum of 18 hours), is optional unless specified in the degree requirements. All degrees require that 30 hours be earned at UNT and that at least 42 hours are at the advanced level (3000- and 4000-level courses).

Degree audit

A degree audit is an official document of the university that lists all the courses needed to complete a chosen degree and shows how all of the courses completed are applied toward the degree. Students should file for a degree audit when certain of their major by making an appointment with the faculty advisor in the major department. Transfer students will need to bring:

  • copies of transfer transcripts;
  • catalog descriptions of transfer courses; and
  • the initial Core Curriculum Transfer Evaluation from orientation.

After the degree audit advising session with the faculty advisor, the degree audit request form is sent to the Office of Student Advising for preparation of the degree audit. Within a few weeks, an official degree audit will be mailed to the address provided. Students may view their degree audit online at mydegreeaudit.unt.edu anytime or obtain an updated copy each term/semester from the Office of Student Advising. Academic advisors in the Office of Student Advising are available by appointment to assist students with questions that may arise as they chart their progress.

Programs of study

The college offers the following undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Medical Laboratory Sciences and Physics;
  • Professional, preprofessional and specialized programs
  • Minors in a variety of disciplines – see individual departments
  • Academic certificates

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees must satisfy all “General degree requirements” for the bachelor’s degree listed in the Academics section of this catalog, and all requirements of the College of Science degree requirements listed below.

Bachelor of Arts degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts must meet the following requirements.

  1. Hours Required for the Degree: Completion of a minimum of 120 total semester hours; 42 must be advanced.
  2. General University Requirements: See “General Degree Requirements” in the Academics section of this catalog.
  3. College of Science Degree Requirements: See “College of Science degree requirements ” in this section of the catalog for specific requirements and list of approved courses. See specific degree audit for exact hours.
  4. Major Requirements: A major as specified by the department with at least 24 semester hours; 12 hours of advanced work in the major must be completed at UNT.
  5. Minor: See individual major.
  6. Electives: See individual major.
  7. Other Course Requirements: See individual major.
  8. Other Requirements: Completion of all other requirements for a major and a minor as specified by the respective departments.

Bachelor of Science degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science must meet the following requirements.

  1. Hours Required for the Degree: Completion of a minimum of 120 total semester hours; 42 must be advanced.
  2. General University Requirements: See “General Degree Requirements” in the Academics section of this catalog.
  3. Major Requirements: A major as specified by the department with at least 24 semester hours; 12 hours of advanced work in the major must be completed at UNT.
  4. Minor: See individual major.
  5. Electives: See individual major.
  6. Other Course Requirements: See individual major.
  7. Other Requirements: Completion of all other requirements for a major and a minor as specified by the respective departments.

Core curriculum

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in the College of Science must complete the University Core and the College of Science degree requirements shown below. Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree may have other options for the foreign language requirement. Students should see the departmental advisor for their major for more information.

University Core Curriculum

  1. Component Area Option Category I (3 hours): See approved list in the Academics section of this catalog.
  2. Communication (English Composition and Rhetoric) (6 hours): See approved list in the Academics section of this catalog.
  3. Mathematics (3 hours): See “University Core Curriculum Requirements” in the Academics section of this catalog.
  4. Life and Physical Sciences (6 hours): See “University Core Curriculum Requirements” in the Academics section of this catalog.
  5. American History (6 hours): See approved list in the Academics section of this catalog.
  6. Government/Political Science (6 hours): See approved list in the Academics section of this catalog.
  7. Creative Arts (3 hours): See approved list in the Academics section of this catalog.
  8. Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 hours): See approved list in the Academics section of this catalog.
  9. Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 hours): See approved list in the Academics section of this catalog.
  10. Component Area Option Category 2 (3 hours): See approved list in the Academics section of this catalog.

College of Science degree requirements



The following requirements are in addition to or a specification of the University Core Curriculum requirements for Bachelor of Arts degrees and some Bachelor of Science degrees.

Laboratory Science, 3–4 hours


In addition to the university core requirement.

One course from the natural and life sciences or the physical sciences (some majors require specific and/or additional laboratory science courses; see your departmental advisor for more information). Note: The College of Science requires students to complete at least 9 hours of laboratory science (including at least 6 hours in the university core) with at least one course in the natural and life sciences and at least one course in the physical sciences, as listed below:

Physical Sciences


Note


*For honors students only

Foreign Language, 3–12 hours (or proficiency)


Must attain Intermediate II (2050) level (prerequisite for 2050 course is 2040; prerequisite for 2040 course is 1020; prerequisite for 1020 course is 1010). Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree should consult their advisor about core requirements.

Teach North Texas

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Department of Biological Sciences

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Department of Chemistry

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Department of Mathematics

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Department of Physics

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