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 Curriculum requirements is updated annually and published here. Students should consult the Course Schedule in order to see the Core Curriculum 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 Curriculum 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.

3

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 Curriculum 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.

6

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.

3

American and Texas Government 

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

Government 310L is required for all students and

> Government 312L, 312P, 305C, or 306C may be used to satisfy the second half of this requirement.

Rules prescribing which pairs of in-residence and transferred government coursework will fulfill the legislative requirement are very strict. In order to ensure coursework combinations are consistent with the legislative requirement, students should consult the Office of Admissions websiteor the current Core Curriculum course list on the School of Undergraduate Studies website for guidance before choosing courses to pair for this requirement. 

6

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 Curriculum courses in history.

Any two of the following courses may be counted:

> African and African Diaspora Studies 320C*

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

* Courses marked with an asterisk focus on Texas history. 

6

Social and Behavioral Sciences

One of the following courses:

> Advertising 319

African and African Diaspora Studies 303, 324E

Anthropology 302, 305, 307, 318L

> Core Texts and Ideas 302, 365

> Curriculum and Instruction 319 (EDC)

> Economics 301, 304K, 304L

> Geography 305, 306C, 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

> Radio-Television-Film 303C

Religious Studies 310

>  Social Science 302C302D302E302F

> Sociology 302, 307C, 307D, 307E, 307F, 307G, 307J, 307K, 307L, 307P, 307Q, 307S, 307T, 308D, 308G, 308J, 308K, 308L, 308M, 308N, 309C, 312S313K, 318, 319

> Special Education 303

3

Mathematics

One of the following courses:

Advertising 309R

African and African Diaspora Studies 302M350

Educational Psychology 308

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

Philosophy 313

Psychology 317L

Sociology 317L

> Statistics and Data Sciences 301, 302F320E, 320H, 325H

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

3

Natural Science and Technology, Part I 

Two of the following courses:

Anthropology 301304304T

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

> Biology 301E, 302D , 302E, 302F, 302G311C, 311D, 315H, 325H, 326M, 446L365S

> Chemistry 301, 301C 301H301N 302, 302C 302H302N
Geography 401C301K, 404E

> Geological Sciences 401, 302C, 302D, 302E302G, 302J, 302M, 302N302P, 302Q303, 303C, 303E405

> Marine Science 307, 308

Nutrition 306

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

UTeach-Natural Sciences 306J, 306K, 306L, 306M

Science 365
University duplication rules prohibit some classes from counting together. Check the UGS website for more information.

6

Natural Science and Technology, Part II 

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

> Computer Science 302, 303E, 312314H

Electrical and Computer Engineering 302302H

Engineering Studies 301

3

Visual and Performing Arts                                                                                                                                                                                            

One of the following courses:

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

American Studies 330

> Architecture 308312C318K, 318L342C

> Art History 301, 302, 303, 325, 327N, 327R, 327S, 328J, 329J, 329N, 329R, 329T330G, 330J331J, 331K, 331P, 331S 332K, 332L, 333L, 335J, 337K, 338J338L, 338M, 338V339J, 339K, 339L, 339M, 339N339P, 339R341K, 341L, 342J, 345J, 346K346L, 347J347K, 347L, 347M, 347N, 348N

Arts and Entertainment Technologies 304, 308C336C

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

> Core Texts and Ideas 350, 351

Design 308

> English 310F, 310S321P, 379P

> Fine Arts 308313C

Journalism 308S

Mexican American Studies 315

> Music 302L, 303C, 303D, 303E303M303N306M307312C334

> Philosophy 317K, 346K

> Radio-Television-Film 306

Religious Studies 346M

Theatre and Dance 301, 307K, 308K, 309K317C, 317D

3

  Total 42

 

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