The 2015-16 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog is an official publication of Texas Tech University. The annual catalog is published each summer and its provisions apply during the following academic year, beginning with the first summer session and extending through the next spring semester. New students who register at the university for the first time during a summer session are subject to the degree requirements set forth in the catalog effective for the upcoming fall semester. Those degree requirements expire at the end of the summer session of the seventh academic year after publication. Acceptance of registration by Texas Tech University and admission to any educational program of the university does not constitute a contract or warranty that the university will continue indefinitely to offer the program in which a student is enrolled. The university expressly reserves the right to change, phase out, or discontinue any program.
The listing of courses contained in this university catalog is by way of announcement only and shall not be regarded as an offer of contract. The university expressly reserves the right to (1) add or delete courses from its offerings; (2) change times or locations of courses or programs; (3) change academic calendars without notice; (4) cancel any course for insufficient registration; or (5) revise or change rules, charges, fees, schedules, courses, requirements for degrees, and any other policy or regulation affecting students, including, but not limited to, evaluation standards, whenever the same is considered to be in the best interests of the university.
Students who enter a degree program within the university in the academic year of this catalog generally may expect to follow the graduation requirements set forth here by the relevant college or degree-granting entity. Because the faculty reserves the right to change graduation requirements, students should meet with their academic advisor regularly to be certain they are aware of any changes in graduation requirements that may apply to them. Although faculty, academic advisors, and staff members are available to assist students, each student is responsible for knowing and following the academic rules, regulations, guidelines, and timelines of the university and the appropriate academic degree program.
Courses to be offered during any semester or summer term are announced prior to the registration period for that semester or term in the form of an online class schedule.
As a public research university, Texas Tech advances knowledge through innovative
and creative teaching, research, and scholarship. The university is dedicated to student
success by preparing learners to be ethical leaders for a diverse and globally competitive
workforce. The university is
committed to enhancing the cultural and economic development of the state, nation, and world.
Responsible citizenship among college students includes honesty and integrity in class work; regard for the rights of others; and respect for local, state, and federal laws as well as campus standards. Specific standards concerning the rights and responsibilities of students and registered student organizations at Texas Tech are contained in the "Code of Student Conduct" and Student Handbook. Students are expected to become thoroughly familiar with and abide by these standards. The "Code of Student Conduct" and Student Handbook may be obtained from the Office of Student Conduct, 211 Student Wellness Center, 806.742.1714.
Texas Tech University is open to all persons eligible for admission as students regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, mental or physical disability, or Vietnam Era or Special Disabled Veteran status. All students admitted to the university are treated without discrimination in regard to their participation in university educational programs or activities. The university is an equal opportunity employer and no applicant or employee will be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, mental or physical disability, or Vietnam Era or Special Disabled Veteran status in regard to employment or during the course of employment in the institution. The university does not discriminate on the basis of sex or disability in its educational programs. Any student with inquiries or complaints concerning Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504) or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 should contact the ADA/Section 504 coordinator located in Student Disability Services, 335 West Hall, 806.742.2405.
Students with disabilities will find numerous programs designated to coordinate academic accommodations and promote access to every phase of university life. Such programming is coordinated through Student Disability Services.
SDS personnel oversee and coordinate programs to ensure accessibility on an individual basis to students with disabilities. Texas Tech strives to provide all students equal access to a college education and support in adjusting to the college experience.
Prospective and current students interested in receiving more information regarding programs for students with disabilities should contact Student Disability Services, 335 West Hall, 806.742.2405.
Texas Tech University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctorate degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Texas Tech University. (Note: Inquiries regarding Texas Tech's education programs, admissions requirements, financial aid, etc. should be directed to the respective Texas Tech office, not to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College.) Other accrediting organizations include: