The University Core Curriculum is designed to give all graduating students basic intellectual competencies in reading, writing, speaking, listening, critical thinking, and computer literacy. this core body of knowledge requires study in the tools of language and thought, mathematics, natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences (including U.S. history and political science), visual and performing arts, and humanities.
Note: Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) numbers, when applicable, are indicated in parentheses follwoing the UNT Dallas 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.
1. English Composition and Rhetoric (6 hours): Addresses the ability to access information and write clearly, coherently, and correctly. This requirement may be satisfied by credit in - (ENGL 1301-1302). (ENGL 2311) may be substituted for ENGL 1323D upon approval of the academic division. Note: a grade of C or better is required on courses applied toward this requirement. See your advisor for assistance.
2. Mathematics (3 hours): The ability to apply mathematical techniques to the analysis and solution of problems is common to all academic programs. This requirement may be satisfied by at least 3 semester credit hours in any mathematics course at the level of college algebra or higher that meets the stduent’s degree program requirements. The student may choose from the following courses:
- , Business Calculus (MATH 1325 or 1425)
- , Survey of Math with Applications and Algebra Review (MATH 1432)
- , Pre-Calculus (MATH 2312)
- , Elementary Probability and Statistics (MATH 1442)
- , Calculus I (MATH 2313 or 2413 or 2513)
3. Natural Sciences (6 hours): Enables the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences and to understand the basis for building and testing theories. The 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 stduent may choose from the following courses:
- , Biology for Educators
- , Environmental Science (BIOL 2106, 2306, or 2406)
- / , Principles of Biology I and Laboratory (BIOL 1406 or 1106/1306)
- / , Principles of Biology II and Laboratory (BIOL 1407)
- , Context of Chemistry
- / , General Chemistry for Science Majors and Laboratory (CHEM 1411 or 1111/1311)
- / , General Chemistry for Science Majors and Laboratory (CHEM 1412)
- , Conceptual Physics (PHYS 1115/1315)
4. U.S. History (6 hours): 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 advance standing examination. The stduent may satisfy the entire 6 hour American/Texas History requirement by advanced standing examination. This requirement may be satisfied by credit in (HIST 1301) and (HIST 1302) (United States History). Advanced U.S. History courses may be used to satisfy the 6-hour U.S. History legislative mandates. Texas History( ) may substitute for 3 hours of U.S. History.
5. Political Science (6 hours): 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 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 advance 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. Specific courses required are (GOVT 2301) (American Government) and (GOVT 2302) or (American Government).
6. Visual and Performing Arts (3 hours): Promotes awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts, critical analysis, and formation of aesthetic judgments, and appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society. The requirement may be satisfied by 3 credit hours in , Art Appreciation for Non-Art Majors (ARTS 1301).
7. Humanities (3 hours): Addresses knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. This requirement may be satisfied by 3 hours credit in any of the following:
8. Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 hours): Addresses knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. This requirement may be satisfied by 3 hours credit in any of the following:
- , Crime and Justice in the United States (CRU 1301)
- , Human Development (TECA 1354)
- , Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 2302)
- , Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 2301)
- , General Psychology I (PSYC 2301)
- , General Psychology II
- , Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 1301)
- , Contemporary Social Problems (SOCI 1306)
- , Crime and Justice in the United States
9. Discovery (3 hours): Discovery courses are designed to help students gather the tools necessary for full engagement in the undergraduate experience. It is recommended that students meet this requirement early in their time at UNT Dallas. Courses may be offered within any discipline, though they may not be offered in every discipline. Stduents may take Discovery courses in any discipline, depending on availability and their major requirements. University core Discovery courses will teach students to (a) think critically and creatively, learning to apply different systems of analysis; (b) engage with a variety of others in thoughtful and well-crafted communication; (c) be able to articulate the values that undergird their lives, the UNT Dallas community, and the larger society; and (d) cultivate self-awareness, balance, and an openness to change.
10. Capstone (3 hours): Capstone courses are designed to be a culminating experience, drawing the breadth of the student’s educational experience into an integrated whole, and placed within the context of the larger society. It is highly recommended that this course be taken after all other core courses are completed in order to help students integrate knowledge from across the core curriculum. Courses are offered at the junior or senior level in any discipline, though they may not be offered in every discipline. University core Capston experience courses will teach UNT Dallas students to (a) make connections between different areas of knowledge and different ways of knowing; (b) be able to express ways that exposure to different ideas, perspectives, cultures, and viewpoints have enriched their thinking; (c) learn decision making strategies that include an ethical analysis; and (d) participate in activities that promote the common good. Not all disciplinary capstones fulfill the core capstone requirements. Check with an advisor.