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  Oct 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

General university requirements


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  1. A minimum of 120 semester hours.
  2. Completion of all requirements in the university core curriculum (42-hour minimum) (see below).
  3. A major of at least 24 semester hours. At least 12 hours of advanced work (3000/4000 level) in the major must be earned at UNT (except for the BAAS degree). See “Major ” in the Academics section of this catalog.
  4. A minor, if required for a particular undergraduate degree, of a minimum of 18 semester hours, including at least 6 hours of advanced work (3000/4000 level). For details, see the individual requirements under specific degree programs in this catalog.
  5. A minimum of 36 semester hours of advanced work, 24 of which must be completed at UNT. A lower level course that, when transferred, is determined to be equivalent to a UNT upper-level course does not satisfy the requirement of advanced hours.
  6. An official degree plan prepared by the academic dean. It is recommended that the degree plan be made no later than the beginning of the junior year.
  7. A minimum grade point average of 2.000 (C) on all work attempted, including all transfer, correspondence, extension and residence work. It should be noted that the GPA that appears on grade reports and is used to determine the student’s academic status, does not include correspondence, extension and transfer work. Thus, a 2.000 GPA on the grade report does not necessarily imply eligibility for graduation.
  8. A minimum GPA of 2.000 (C) on all work at UNT. Transferred work may not be used to raise the GPA of work done at UNT.
  9. Twenty-five percent of the university minimum of 120 semester hours (i.e., 30 hours) must be earned in residence.
  10. A proficiency in English composition. Students must show competence in written expression by receiving credit for or earning a grade of C or better in two general education English courses that have a strong writing component (ENGL 1310 , ENGL 1311 , ENGL 1315 , ENGL 1320 , ENGL 1321  and ENGL 1325 ; TECM 1312 , TECM 1322 , TECM 2700  and TECM 2702 ). Students who have earned a D in one or more of these two required courses must repeat the course and raise the grade to a C or better.
    Students who are transferring to UNT with more than 90 hours and who have earned a D in any of the basic English writing courses must retake the course during their first term/semester in residence.

University Core Curriculum


University Core Curriculum requirements


The University Core Curriculum is designed to ensure that all UNT students graduate with breadth of knowledge gained through their general education classes as well as depth of knowledge gained from courses in their major area of study. The core curriculum at UNT requires that students study in the “foundational component areas” of communication, mathematics, life and physical sciences, language, philosophy and culture, creative arts, American history, government/political science, and social and behavioral sciences. In addition, the UNT core curriculum includes 6 semester credit hours of component area options specific to UNT. Classes in the core component areas help students develop important and fundamental skills that will help them be successful in all their classes and will prepare them for their lives after college. These “core objectives” are Critical Thinking, Communication Skills, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, Teamwork, Personal Responsibility, and Social Responsibility. Through the Core, students will gain an enthusiasm for learning and an intellectual capacity that they will use throughout their lives.

Statement of Purpose
Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning.

Core Objectives

  • Critical Thinking Skills, including creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills, including effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills, including the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Teamwork, including the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
  • Personal Responsibility, including the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making
  • Social Responsibility, including intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities

The UNT Core Curriculum complies with the mandates of the 1997 Texas Legislature regarding requirements for state-assisted institutions.

Individual academic programs may require courses contained in parts of the University Core Curriculum. Students who wish to take courses that will fulfill both core and major requirements simultaneously should check with academic advisors for assistance in selecting core courses.

Students may also choose to use core courses to meet the minimum number of advanced hours required by their degree.

Note: Additional courses are under review for inclusion in the University Core Curriculum.

Requirements


Note: Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) numbers, when applicable, are indicated in parentheses following the UNT course num­ber and title. Some courses may have additional equivalents. See the Courses of Instruction  section of this catalog for additional information about the TCCNS.

Communication (English Composition and Rhetoric), 6 hours


Developing Critical Thinking, Communication Skills, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility

Courses in this category focus on developing ideas and expressing them clearly, considering the effect of the message, fostering understanding and building the skills needed to communicate persuasively. Courses involve the command of oral, aural, written and visual literacy skills that enable people to exchange messages appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience. The student may choose from the following courses, usually taken in sequence (ENGL 1310 followed by ENGL 1320, for example):

Note

  (ENGL 2311) may be substituted for ENGL 1320  upon approval of the school/college.

A grade of C or better is required on courses applied toward this requirement. See your advisor for assistance.

Mathematics, 3 hours


Developing Critical Thinking, Communication Skills, and Empirical and Quantitative Skills

Courses in this category focus on quantitative literacy in logic, patterns and relationships. Courses involve the understanding of key mathematical concepts and the application of appropriate quantitative tools to everyday experience.

The student may choose from the following courses:

Note

The following courses have college-level prerequisites: MATH 1190 , MATH 1350 , MATH 1600 , MATH 1610 , MATH 1650  and MATH 1710 .

Life and physical sciences, 6 hours


Developing Critical Thinking, Communication Skills, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, and Teamwork

Courses in this category focus on describing, explaining and predicting natural phenomena using the scientific method. Courses involve the understanding of interactions among natural phenomena and the implications of scientific principles on the physical world and on human experiences.

This requirement may be satisfied by earning 6 semester hours in two laboratory sciences that meet the science requirement of the student’s degree program. The student may choose from the following courses:

American History, 6 hours


Developing Critical Thinking, Communication Skills, Social Responsibility, and Personal Responsibility

Courses in this category focus on the consideration of past events and ideas relative to the United States, with the option of including Texas History for a portion of this component area. Courses involve the interaction among individuals, communities, states, the nation, and the world, considering how these interactions have contributed to the development of the United States and its global role.

Texas state law requires that the university may not award a baccalaureate degree or a lesser degree or academic certificate unless the student has credit for 6 semester hours in American History. A student is entitled to submit as much as 3 hours of credit, or its equivalent, in Texas History in partial satisfaction of this requirement. The university may determine that a student has met the requirement by work transferred from another accredited college or upon successful completion of an advanced standing examination. The student may satisfy the entire 6-hour American/Texas history requirement by advanced standing examination.

This requirement may be satisfied by earning 6 hours credit from the following courses:

Government/Political Science, 6 hours


Developing Critical Thinking, Communication Skills, Social Responsibility, and Personal Responsibility

Courses in this category focus on consideration of the Constitution of the United States and the constitutions of the states, with special emphasis on that of Texas. Courses involve the analysis of governmental institutions, political behavior, civic engagement, and their political and philosophical foundations.

Texas state law requires that the university not award a baccalaure­ate degree or a lesser degree or academic certificate unless the student has completed 6 hours of credit in American Government to include consideration of the constitutions of the United States and Texas. The university may determine that a student has met the requirement in whole or in part on the basis of credit transferred from another accredited col­lege or upon successful completion of an advanced standing examination. The university may grant as much as 3 hours of credit toward satisfaction of this requirement for substantially equivalent work in an approved senior ROTC unit. The student may satisfy the entire 6-hour political science requirement by advanced standing examination. Transfer students who have completed both GOVT 2305 and 2306 or their equivalents have satisfied this requirement. Transfer students who have only completed one of these two courses, GOVT 2305 or 2306, should consult with their academic advisor to determine what course is required to complete this requirement.

This requirement may be satisfied by earning 6 hours credit from the following courses:

Creative Arts, 3 hours


Developing Critical Thinking, Communication Skills, Teamwork, and Social Responsibility

Courses in this category focus on the appreciation and analysis of creative artifacts and works of the human imagination. Courses involve the synthesis and interpretation of artistic expression and enable critical, creative, and innovative communication about works of art.

This requirement may be satisfied by 3 hours credit in any of the following:

Language, Philosophy and Culture, 3 hours


Developing Critical Thinking, Communication Skills, Social Responsibility, and Personal Responsibility

Courses in this category focus on how ideas, values, beliefs and other aspects of culture express and affect human experience. Courses involve the exploration of ideas that foster aesthetic and intellectual creation in order to understand the human condition across cultures.

This requirement may be satisfied by 3 hours credit in any of the following:

Component Area Options, 6 hours


Developing Critical Thinking, Communication Skills, and other core objectives related to an associated foundational component area

Component area option courses are designed to help students gather the tools necessary for full engagement in the undergraduate experience. Courses may be offered within any discipline, though they may not be offered in every discipline. Students may take these courses in any discipline, depending on availability and their major requirements.

Category I (3 hours)

Category II (3 hours)

One additional course selected from:

  1. Category I (listed above) OR
  2. all other Core areas

All selections are based on recommendations from college major requirements. See your academic advisor or degree audit for details.

Notes


* Course offered for Honors College students only.
** Course offered for international students only.
*** Course offered for elementary education students only.

Inclusion of specific courses within core categories is subject to final approval.

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