Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

All students pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University must complete the forty-two-hour statewide core curriculum. The list of courses students should choose from to fulfill their core requirements is updated annually and published here. Students should consult the Course Schedule in order to see the core course offerings in any given semester. For more information on core curriculum requirements please see the School of Undergraduate Studies chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog or visit the core requirements website.

Core Area

Sem Hrs

First-year Signature Course 

One of the following courses, completed during the student’s first year in residence:

> Undergraduate Studies 302, 303

Students in the Plan II Honors Program may complete this requirement by taking Tutorial Course 302.

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English Composition and Writing Flag 

Six hours are required.

Rhetoric and Writing 306

Nonnative speakers of English may take Rhetoric and Writing 306Q instead of Rhetoric and Writing 306 Students in the Plan II Honors Program may take English 303C  or Tutorial Course 303C instead of Rhetoric and Writing 306.

> A three-hour course with a writing flag designation

The writing flagged course counted toward this area of the core may also be used to satisfy other flag and major requirements outside the core curriculum, but may not be used to satisfy any other requirement of the core curriculum.

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Humanities 

One of the following courses:

English 316L316M316N316P

Students in the Plan II Honors Program may complete this requirement by taking English 303D  or Tutorial Course 303D .

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American and Texas Government 

Six hours are required. This coursework partially fulfills the legislative requirement. ROTC courses may not be substituted for the core courses in government.

Government 310L is required for all students and

Government 312L or 312P may be used to satisfy the second half of this requirement.

Transfer students with five or more hours of coursework in U.S. government may complete this requirement of the core by taking Government 105, which includes Texas Constitutional content that is consistent with the legislative requirement. Rules prescribing which pairs of in-residence and transferred government coursework will fulfill the legislative requirement are very strict. Therefore students who plan to take only one government course on campus and the other at another public college in Texas, or who arrive at the University of Texas at Austin having taken one government course and plan to take the other one at the University, should visit the Office of Admissions website for transfer guidance before choosing courses to pair for this core requirement.

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United States History 

Six hours are required; three hours may be in Texas history. This coursework partially fulfills the legislative requirement. ROTC courses may not be substituted for the core courses in history.

Any two of the following courses may be counted:

History 314K, 315G, 315K, 315L, 317L, 320L, 320P, 320R, 333L, 333M, 334L, 340S, 345J, 345L, 350R, 351P, 355F, 355M, 355N, 355P, 355S, 356G, 356K, 356P, 356R, 356S, 357C, 357D, 365G, 376F

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Social and Behavioral Sciences

One of the following courses:

African and African Diaspora Studies 324E

Anthropology 302, 305, 307, 318L

> Core Texts and Ideas 302, 365

> Curriculum and Instruction 319

> Economics 301, 304K, 304L

> Educational Psychology 350E, 350L

> Geography 305, 306C, 307C, 319

Health and Society 301

History 329U

> Human Development and Family Sciences 304, 304H

> Human Dimensions of Organizations 301

> Kinesiology 311K

> Linguistics 306, 312D, 312E

Mexican American Studies 301309

Psychology 301, 306

Religious Studies 310

> Sociology 302, 307C, 307D, 307E, 307F, 307G, 307J, 307K, 307L, 307N, 307P, 307Q 307S, 307T, 308D, 308E, 308F, 308G, 308J, 308K, 308L, 308M, 308N, 309, 309C, 313K, 318, 319

> Special Education 303

Students in the Plan II Honors Program may complete this requirement by taking Social Science 301.

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Mathematics

One of the following courses:

African and African Diaspora Studies 302M

Educational Psychology 308, 371

> Mathematics 302, 305G, 408C, 408K, 408N, 408R, 316

> Statistics and Data Sciences 301, 302 , 303, 304, 305, 306, 328M

Students in the Plan II Honors Program may complete this requirement by taking Mathematics 310P.

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Natural Science and Technology, Part I 

Six hours in a single field of study.

The following courses may be counted and should be paired as indicated below:

> Astronomy 301, 307, 309C, 309G, 309L, 309N, 309R, 309S

Choose either Astronomy 301 or 307 and one course from Astronomy 309C, 309G, 309L, 309N, 309R, and 309S.

> Biology 301D, 301E, 301G301L, 301M, 305F309D, 311C, 311D, 315H, 325H, 326M, 446L, 365S

Choose two courses from Biology 301D 301L301M, 305F, 309D301G; or complete one of the following recommended pairs: Biology 311C and 311D311C and 326M311C and 446L311C and 365S315H and 325H.*

Students in the Plan II Honors Program may pair Biology 301E with 301D305F309D, 311C, or 315H.

> Chemistry 301, 301H, 302, 302H, 304K, 305

Students should complete one of the following pairs of courses: Chemistry 301 and 302, 301H and 302H, 304K and 305.*

> Geological Sciences 401, 302C, 302D, 302E, 302M, 302P, 303, 303C, 405

Geological Sciences 401 may not be paired with  303.*

> Marine Science 307, 308

> Natural Sciences 306J, 306K, 306L, and 306M

Students who use Natural Sciences 306J and 306K to fulfill Natural Science and Technology, Part I may also use either 306L or 306M to fulfill the requirements for Natural Science and Technology, Part II.

Physical Science 303, 304; Physics 301, 302K, 302L, 303K, 303L, 309K, 309L, 316, 317K, 317L, 321

Students should complete one of the following pairs of courses: Physics 301 and 316, 302K and 302L, 303K and 303L, 309K and 309L, 317K and 317L, Physical Science 303 and 304. Physical Science 303 may not be counted with Physics 301, 302K, 303K, 309K, and 317K to complete Natural Science and Technology, Part I; Physical Science 304 may not be counted with  Physics 302L, 303L, 309L, 316, and 317L to complete Natural Science and Technology, Part I. Students in the Plan II Honors Program may pair Physics 321 with any of the physics or physical science courses listed above.*

If Plan II students do not use Biology 301E or Physics 321 to fulfill Natural Science and Technology, Part I, they may use one of them to fulfill the Natural Science and Technology, Part II requirement as long as the two parts are in different fields of study. 

Students who take the Natural Sciences 306J and 306K sequence to complete Natural Science and Technology, Part I may not use physical science or physics coursework to satisfy Natural Science and Technology, Part II. Students who use physical science or physics coursework to satisfy Natural Science and Technology, Part I many not use Natural Sciences 306J to complete Natural Science and Technology, Part II.

*See the School of Undergraduate Studies website for a complete listing of allowed six-hour pairings.

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Natural Science and Technology, Part II 

Three hours in a field of study different from the field counted toward the preceding requirement. 

Courses listed under Natural Science and Technology, Part I may be counted toward this requirement unless otherwise specified above; the following courses may also be counted:*

> Anthropology 301, 304, 304T

> Computer Science 302, 303E, 312

> Electrical Engineering 302

Geography 301C, 301K, 304E

> Natural Sciences 306J306K306L, and 306M

Students who use Natural Sciences 306J and 306K to fulfill Natural Science and Technology, Part I may also use either 306L or 306M to fulfill the requirements for Natural Science and Technology, Part II.

> Nutrition 306

> Science 365

Students who take the Natural Sciences 306J and 306K sequence to complete Natural Science and Technology, Part I may not use physical science or physics coursework to satisfy Natural Science and Technology, Part II. Students who use physical science or physics coursework to satisfy Natural Science and Technology, Part I many not use Natural Sciences 306J to complete Natural Science and Technology, Part II.

Students who use Natural Sciences 306J and 306K, physics, or physical science courses to complete Natural Science and Technology Part I may not use Science 365 to complete Natural Science and Technology Part II.

*View a pairing chart for help choosing courses for Part II. 

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Visual and Performing Arts                                                                                                                                                                                            

One of the following courses:

> African and African Diaspora Studies 311C, 356C, 356D, 356E

American Studies 330

> Architecture 308, 309W318K, 318L342C

> Art History 301, 302, 303, 325, 327N, 327R, 327S, 328J, 329J, 329N, 329R, 330G, 330J331J, 331K, 331P332K, 332L, 333L, 335J, 337K, 338J338L, 338M, 338V339J, 339K, 339L, 339M, 339N339P, 339R341K, 341L, 342J, 345J, 346L, 347J347K, 347L, 347M, 347N, 348N349K

Arts and Entertainment Technologies 304, 308

> Classical Civilization 301, 302, 303, 307C, 307D

> Core Texts and Ideas 350, 351

Design 308

> English 310F321P, 379P

> Fine Arts 308

> Music 302L, 303C, 303D, 303E303M, 306M, 307334

> Philosophy 317K, 346K

> Radio-Television-Film 305, 306

Theatre and Dance 301, 317C, 317D

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