All bachelors' degrees conferred by Texas Tech University are based on the satisfactory completion of specific authorized degree programs. A student's major subject is the degree program in which he or she is working. The degree programs are offered through the seven undergraduate instructional colleges of the University and are usually supervised by the departments in each college.
Requirements for undergraduate degrees, therefore, are established at these three different levels: (1) the University as a whole (Uniform Undergraduate Degree Requirements), (2) the college through which the degree is conferred, and (3) the particular degree program in which the student is working. Students should familiarize themselves with all three sets of requirements which must be fulfilled before the degree is granted.
Immediately following are explanations of the Uniform Undergraduate Degree Requirements of the University which apply to all undergraduate degrees conferred.
General Education Requirements also apply to all candidates for baccalaureate degrees. These requirements appear in the next section of this catalog.
Residence Credit. The minimum actual residence required of each student is two consecutive semesters or the equivalent, and the minimum amount of residence work required is one-fourth of the total hours applicable toward the degree sought. In addition, the student must complete the last 30 hours at Texas Tech. These hours may include a maximum of 6 semester hours in correspondence course work, provided the minimum residence and course work requirements stated above have been met.
Course work taken through the Division of Extended Learning at Texas Tech University or at any other institution will not be counted as residence credit.
The term "residence" as a degree requirement should not be confused with "residence" in the state of Texas for tuition purposes. Residence credit as used here means credit for work done while enrolled in and attending classes at Texas Tech University.
Graduation Under a Particular Catalog. A student is expected to complete the degree requirements set forth in a particular University catalog. Normally this will be the catalog in effect at the time the student enters a post-secondary school program, assuming that it has not changed from the original degree objective. For the student who changes a degree objective after beginning a college career, the degree requirements in effect when the student is officially admitted to the college from which the degree is to be received will be applicable. Only with the specific approval of the academic dean may a different catalog be selected. In no case may a student complete the requirements set forth in a catalog more than seven years old. When necessary, a catalog issued later than the student's first registration may be selected by the academic dean in conference with the student.
The annual Undergraduate Catalog is published in the summer, and its provisions apply during the following school year, September through August. However, a student who registers for the first time in the University during a summer session is subject to the degree requirements set forth in the catalog effective for the fall semester immediately following the initial enrollment.
Double Major. A student interested in pursuing a double (dual) major should contact his or her academic dean for specific requirements.
Application for Degree. A candidate should file an application for a degree in the academic dean's office at the time designated by the dean. Veterans must file a degree plan by the time they have accumulated 64 semester hours.
Students who register in the semester or summer session in which they expect to complete the work for a bachelor's degree, but who have less than the number of grade points required for graduation, will be granted only conditional admission to candidacy. In this status, students act on their own responsibility in making graduation arrangements.
Commencement Exercises. Diplomas are awarded at the end of each semester and the summer session. Commencement exercises are held at the end of each long semester, and students who are awarded diplomas at the end of the previous summer session may take part in the fall commencement program. In certain cases, students graduating in the summer session may participate in the previous spring commencement upon prior approval by the academic dean.
Second Bachelor's Degree. No second bachelor's degree is conferred until the candidate has completed at least 24 semester hoursexclusive of credit by examinationin addition to the courses counted toward the first bachelor's degree.
Explanation of Course Offerings
Courses are designated by a subject prefix and number along with a descriptive title. The first digit in the
number indicates the academic level of the course. First digits of 1, 2, 3, or 4 indicate that the course is primarily
designed for the freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year, respectively. A number of 5 or above designates a
graduate course. The second digit indicates the semester-hour credit of the course. The remaining digits are the
distinguishing numbers of the particular course. Thus, MATH 1350 is a freshman course carrying 3 semester hours of credit.
Remedial courses begin with "0" (MATH 0301, etc.).
Courses are listed in the following section of the catalog under the name of the college and department in which they are taught. The courses are arranged numerically.
In the departmental course lists, certain information is placed in parentheses following the course title. The first figure in the parentheses indicates the semester-hour credit of the course; the second figure shows the number of lecture hours per week attended by a student enrolled in the course; and the third figure indicates the number of hours per week during which the student is in a laboratory, practice session, or other activity related to the course. For example, (3:1:4) following the listing of GEOG 3300, Introduction to Mapping, means that the course carries 3 semester hours' credit, that 1 hour per week is spent in lecture section, and that 4 hours per week are spent in the laboratory. Where only one figure appears in the parentheses, the course value in semester hours is indicated.
Several courses are identified by the Texas Common Course Numbering System to facilitate transfer between Texas colleges and universities. These courses are identified by the Texas Common Course Number in brackets following the course description.
The following index may be helpful in interpreting the subject prefixes used in the curriculum sections of this catalog.
AAEC--Agricultural and Applied Economics
AHCD--Allied Health Communication Disorders
AHPT--Allied Health Physical Therapy
CEED--Consumer Economics and Environmental Design
CMLL--Classical and Modern
Languages and Literatures
C&T--Clothing and Textiles
EDCI--Educational Curriculum and Instruction
EDEC--Early Childhood Education
EDLL--Language Literacy Education
ESL--English as a Second Language
ESS--Exercise and Sports Science
FCSE--Family and Consumer Sciences Education
FFP--Family Financial Planning
F&N--Food and Nutrition
GIPM--Interdisciplinary Preventive Medicine
GISP--Interdisciplinary Sports Health
HDFS--Human Development and Family Studies
ISQS--Information Systems and Quantitative Sciences
LAAS--Latin American Area Studies
Management, and Design
MFT--Marriage and Family Therapy
MUAL--Music Student Teaching
MUHL--Music History and Literature
MUSE--Music Student TeachingSecondary
PF&W--Personal Fitness and Wellness
PSS--Plant and Soil Science
RHIM--Restaurant, Hotel, and
RLS--Recreation and Leisure Services
RWFM--Range, Wildlife, and Fisheries
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