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    Jun 25, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

How to read courses

Course Numbering System

Freshman courses, 1000-1999.
Sophomore courses, 2000-2999.
Junior courses, 3000-3999.
Senior courses, 4000-4999.
Graduate courses, 5000 and above.

The graduate student enrolled in a 5000-level course that meets with a senior-level undergraduate course will be expected to complete additional requirements beyond those expected of undergraduates in the same course.

Special Problems Courses (2900, 2910, 4900 and 4910) are used upon approval of the department chair or dean for individual instruction in any department to cover course content in special circumstances. Courses 5900, 5910, 5920 and 5930 are used in any department that offers graduate work; courses 6900 and 6910 are used in any department that offers doctoral work.

Experimental Courses (1980, 2980 and 4980) are new courses offered on a trial basis for 1–4 hours credit each. Registration is permitted only upon approval of the department chair.

Honors College Capstone Thesis (4951) allows a student in the Honors College to complete an honors thesis as a course within the student’s major. The Honors College Capstone Thesis is a major research project prepared by the student with the mentorship of a faculty member in the student’s major department. An oral defense is required for successful completion of the thesis.

Advanced Courses (numbered 3000 to 4999) are open to students who have 12 semester hours of credit in a given subject or who have the indicated prerequisites, and to those without the prerequisites who have the consent of the department. In some instances, college/school/departmental requirements may vary. Students should consult individual areas prior to enrolling in advanced courses.

General Course Information

Individual courses of instruction are subject to change or withdrawal at any time and may not be offered each term/semester or every year. Any course may be withdrawn from current offerings if the number of registrants is too small to justify conducting the course. Students interested in a particular course during a particular period should inquire in advance and/or consult the applicable online Schedule of Classes at

Figures in parentheses following the course credit hours indicate the number of clock hours per week devoted to lecture and laboratory. When it appears, the third and final number in these parentheses indicates the number of recitation hours per week. Specific information regarding courses within a particular department is located immediately before the course listings.

Graduate course listings and descriptions are found in the Graduate Catalog.


A prerequisite is a course or other preparation that must be completed before enrollment in another course. All prerequisites are included in catalog course descriptions.

Semester Hour

A semester hour is the unit of credit at UNT; the credit allows for 1 lecture hour a week for 15 weeks or the equivalent.

Texas Common Course Numbering System

The Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) has been designed for the purpose of aiding students in the transfer of general academic courses between colleges and universities throughout Texas. Common courses are freshman and sophomore academic credit courses that have been identified as common by institutions that are members of the common course numbering system. The system ensures that if the student takes a course the receiving institution designates as common, then the course will be accepted in transfer and the credit will be treated as equivalent to the course offered by the receiving institution.

The TCCNS chart  lists the courses that the associate deans at UNT have identified as common and their TCCNS equivalents. Students wishing to transfer a course that is not listed should obtain approval from the department of their intended major prior to taking the course. The student’s academic dean determines applicability of the credit to a degree program. Before using this table, students should be sure that the institution they attend employs the TCCNS.

Common course numbers shown on this list as equating to 3000-level (upper-division) courses at UNT will transfer as equivalent courses, but will not be counted as upper-division credit.

Information provided is subject to change without notice and does not constitute a contract between UNT and a student or applicant for admission. Transfer credit is subject to audit during a student’s academic career at UNT. Total hours accepted may be increased or decreased to reflect correction of prior evaluation or consideration of additional transfer work to ensure compliance with UNT academic policies.

Prospective transfer students should contact the department of their intended major for course work guidelines prior to enrollment. The most current version of the common course numbering system course equivalents for UNT is available from the Office of Admissions.

The TCCNS numbers, when applicable, are indicated in parentheses below the UNT course number and title in the course description, except when two UNT courses are required to meet a TCCNS equivalent. See “How to Read Course Descriptions” in this section for an example. Grade points earned at other institutions are excluded in the computations of the UNT cumulative grade point average, but transfer hours accepted are included in determining the classification and minimum required level of performance. Additional information concerning academic status is available from the offices of the academic deans. Additional courses may be equivalent but are not listed as being a part of TCCNS, contact the academic dean of your major at UNT for advising.

Students enrolled at UNT must secure their dean’s approval to enroll concurrently in another college or university. Failure to obtain advance approval may result in the refusal of the university to accept such work in transfer.

For academic advising at the University of North Texas contact the college/school of your major:

Honors College, 940-565-3305
College of Arts and Sciences, 940-565-2051
College of Business, 940-565-2110
College of Education, 940-565-2736
College of Engineering, 940-565-2051
College of Information, 940-565-2445
Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, 940-565-2205
College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, 940-565-2436
College of Music, 940-565-2791
College of Public Affairs and Community Service, 940-565-4664
College of Visual Arts and Design, 940-565-2216

How to Read Course Descriptions

Note: A sample has been compiled to identify different components of the course description and does not accurately reflect an existing course. Explanations are given below the example. Not all course descriptions include every component shown in the following example.

Example from Catalog:


ENGL 1320 – College Writing II

(ENGL 1302)
3 hours (3;0;1)

Continuation of ENGL 1310. Writing in response to reading and research. Emphasis on perfecting texts through several drafts.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1310 or equivalent.
Corequisite(s): ENGL 1210 or consent of department.

Same as COMM 1320.

Core Category: Communication (English Composition and Rhetoric)


Explanation of Example:

ENGL is the course prefix. 1320 is the course number. The text in parentheses, (ENGL 1302) is the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) common number, explained under “Texas Common Course Numbering System.” College Writing II is the title of the course. 3 hours represents the number of semester credit hours earned. (3;0;1) shows that 3 hours will be spent in lecture, 0 hours will be spent in laboratory, and 1 hour will be spent in recitation. Continuation of ENGL 1310. Writing in response to reading and research. Emphasis on perfecting texts through several drafts is the course description. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1310 or equivalent explains that ENGL 1310 must be completed prior to enrolling in ENGL 1320. Corequisite(s): ENGL 1210 or consent of department shows that ENGL 1210 must be completed before or while enrolled in ENGL 1320. Core Category: Communication (English Composition and Rhetoric) refers to the “University Core Curriculum Requirements ” in the Academics section of this catalog. Same as COMM 1320 indicates that ENGL 1320 and COMM 1320 are cross-listed. Cross-listed courses are the same course, offered under two different prefixes.