The University of North Texas at Dallas offers programs that result in the awarding of Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science (BAAS), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees upon completion of degree requirements. Further, students can develop plans of study that include minors and certificate programs to broaden expertise and marketability.
General Degree Requirements
UNT Dallas will confer the bachelor’s degree when the following conditions have been met:
- A minimum of 120 semester hours.
- Twenty-five (25) percent of the semester hours required for a degree must be earned at UNT Dallas.
- A minimum of 42 semester hours of advanced course work (3000/4000 level), 24 of which must be completed at UNT Dallas. A lower level course that, when transferred, is determined to be equivalent to a UNT Dallas upper-level course does not satisfy the requirement of advanced hours.
- Completion of all requirements in the university core curriculum (42-hour minimum).
- A major of at least 24 semester hours. At least 12 hours of advanced work (3000/4000 level) in the major must be earned at UNT Dallas (except for the BAAS degree). See the Undergraduate Degree Programs section for specific program requirements that must also be met for successful degree completion.
- The completion of a minor or academic certificate is optional unless it is specified as a requirement for a particular undergraduate degree. A minor is a minimum of 18 semester hours, including 6 hours of advanced work (3000/4000 level). A certificate is generally 12-15 semester hours. For details, see the Undergraduate Degree Programs section for the specific minor requirements that must also be met to earn the selected minor.
- An official degree plan must be on file. It is recommended that the degree plan be made no later than the beginning of the junior year.
- A minimum grade point average of 2.00 on all coursework taken at UNT Dallas.
- Developmental education coursework for reading, writing and mathematics serves to help students meet the Texas Success Initiative college readiness standards, but those semester credit hours do not contribute to the 120 hours needed to graduate.
UNT Dallas adheres to the Texas Core Curriculum established in Texas Education Code Chapter 61, Subchapter S. Courses designated on the transcript as a Foundation Component Area will be applied to the Texas Core Curriculum. Courses from the core curriculum can fulfill major requirements toward degree completion as appropriate for the program plan. The major degree plans offer suggestions for Core classes to new Freshman students starting at UNT Dallas, and transfer students who may be looking ahead to attend UNTD as it can reduce hours to degree and/or provide more opportunities for elective courses.
All students must have a major program on record to graduate with a UNT Dallas bachelor’s degree. Majors require students to complete at least 24 semester hours with at least 12 hours of advanced work (3000/4000) earned at UNT Dallas (except for the BAAS degree). Each major program has a degree plan with specific course and grade point average requirements. In addition to completing the General University Requirements, students must meet all of the major requirements to graduate.
Students can earn no more than two majors as a part of their baccalaureate degree at UNT Dallas.
Students earning two majors of the same degree type (i.e., both majors designated as bachelor of arts degree types or both majors designated as bachelor of business administration degree types) as a part of their baccalaureate degree are completing double majors. Prerequisites and major courses for each major must be completed. Courses listed in one major can be used to fulfill requirements in the other major. Both majors must reflect the requirements from the same catalog year. To earn a baccalaureate degree with double majors, both majors must be completed simultaneously and conferred at the same time. Students cannot walk at the commencement ceremony until they are within 6 hours of completing all baccalaureate degree requirements. Both majors will be posted on the student transcript.
Students earning two majors of different degree types (i.e., one major in General Business which is a bachelor of business administration degree type and one major in Psychology which is a bachelor of arts degree type) are earning dual degrees. Students must earn at least 30 distinctive course credits for the dual degree requiring up to 150 hours to complete all prerequisites and major course requirements for each major. Both majors must reflect the requirements from the same catalog year. To earn dual degrees, both majors must be completed simultaneously and conferred at the same time. Students cannot walk at the commencement ceremony until they are within 6 hours of completing all baccalaureate requirements. Both majors and degree are posted on the transcript, and students are issues two diplomas for each degree type.
Minors programs are provided to students as an opportunity to explore another area of interest and gain additional focused knowledge and skills to complement a major or prepare for a changing workforce. All listed undergraduate minors require a minimum of 18 credit hours, with a minimum of 6 of those credit hours being advanced level (3000/4000) courses. Additional requirements are listed with the specific minor. Students may need to satisfy course prerequisites which require additional courses not listed in the specific minor requirements.
Minors must be earned in conjunction with a bachelor’s degree and an undergraduate major. A student is unable to earn a major and a minor in the same academic discipline. For example, a student cannot complete a criminal justice major and a criminal justice minor or a biology major and a biology minor. Students can earn no more than two minors as a part of their baccalaureate degree at UNT Dallas.
UNT Dallas offers upper-division undergraduate academic certificate program to meet workforce needs or provide students with life/career skills and knowledge and to allow for specialization in academic disciplines.
Undergraduate academic certificates requires a minimum of 12 credit hours, all earned at UNT Dallas, with all courses being at the advanced (3000/4000) level. Additional requirements are listed with the specific academic certificate. In rare cases, student may need to satisfy course prerequisites which require additional courses not listed in the specific certificate requirements.
Academic certificates must be earned in conjunction with a bachelor’s degree and an undergraduate major unless otherwise noted as a “stand-alone” certificate on the degree plan in this catalog. A student is unable to earn an academic certification and a major/minor in the same academic discipline. For example, a student cannot complete the certificate and a major in Logistics & Supply Chain Management.
The Office of the Registrar posts undergraduate academic certificates to students’ transcripts at the end of the semester earned. The school awarding the certificate prints the certificates and mails it to the student.
Note: Hours used for attaining an undergraduate academic certificate could potentially exclude a student from consideration for the $1,000 Tuition Rebate since all hours earned for the certificate are counted in the total hours earned toward a degree.
The University of North Texas at Dallas offers Undergraduate Degree Programs that result in the awarding of Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science (BAAS), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees upon completion of degree requirements. Further, students can develop plans of study that include minor and certificate programs to deepen learning and marketability. If elected and otherwise noted, minors and certificates must be completed with a major degree program.
Students can also pursue post-baccalaureate education to earn degrees such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Education (MEd), and Master of Science (MS) degrees as well as the Juris Doctor (JD). See the College of Law Catalog and Graduate Catalog for more information.
As an institution of higher education, the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNTD) holds the responsibility for determining and upholding standards related to the awarding of credit hours for student work consistent with national standards. This policy sets the definition of a credit hour and delineates the ways in which credits are evaluated, awarded and/or accepted by UNTD.
At UNTD, a credit hour represents at least a minimum level of student achievement of specific learning outcomes, as verified by an assessment of student work. UNTD’s definition of the credit hour establishes a basis to quantify academic activity for purposes of awarding academic credentials and determining federal funding, including institutional eligibility, program eligibility, and student enrollment status and eligibility.
This policy applies to any academic credit that appears on an official transcript issued by the university, regardless of course level, whether graduate or undergraduate; or the mode of delivery, whether self-paced, online, hybrid, hyflex, or face-to-face.
Procedures and Responsibilities
The acceptance or awarding of credit at UNTD rests upon the expertise and authority of the faculty within the relevant discipline. All academic units are responsible for ensuring that academic credit is awarded only for work that meets the requirements outlined in this policy.
Awarding Credit for Courses Delivered by UNTD
The curriculum committees, from the department (i.e., faculty and program coordinators), to school (i.e., school curriculum committees and deans), to university level (i.e., University Curriculum Committee, Graduate Council, Academic Council), are charged with following this policy in the review and approval of all courses and for certifying that the designated student learning outcomes for the course are appropriately represented in the number and level of credit hours awarded. The determination of credit hours is made when a course is initially developed and whenever a revision to an existing course is taken through the curriculum review process. A record of this determination is maintained by the Office of the Registrar and published in the College of Law, Graduate and Undergraduate catalogs.
Time Constraints Related to Face-to-Face Delivery and Student Enrollment Load
UNTD complies with the standards for face-to-face courses and student enrollment limits set forth in the Texas Administrative Code. This code defines minimum standards for contact hours and time required for out-of-class learning and reflection. Exceptions to this standard require approval as follows:
a. Face-to-face courses that contain fewer contact hours or are delivered in shortened time periods must receive formal, written approval in advance from the academic dean with administrative responsibility for the program in which the course is delivered.
b. Students wishing to enroll in more credit hours than stipulated by this standard must receive prior approval from the office of the dean with administrative responsibility for their degree program.
Acceptance of Credits in Transfer
In accordance with the Texas Education Code, UNTD accepts in transfer those courses designated by another Texas public institution of higher education as fulfilling the state-mandated core curriculum. UNTD also accepts credits for transfer into specific academic programs as mandated by the state of Texas.
In addition, UNTD may accept credit in transfer from any institution of higher education upon a determination that the course work and learning outcomes are comparable to UNTD’s own courses. These courses are applied to the major, minor and certificate programs of study, the general education program or general electives. The application of these courses to a major, minor or certificate is dependent upon the approval of the faculty of that program, as confirmed through the curriculum approval process. In defined circumstances, vocational/technical credits may be applied to specific baccalaureate degrees.
Granting of Credit through Validation of Equivalent Learning Achievements
UNTD may award credit for the demonstration of specific competencies, whether or not they were acquired in an academic setting, providing that the assessment of such competencies assures equivalent rigor, substance and proficiency as would be demonstrated in UNTD’s own courses and programs. Such competencies may be validated through examination, performance, or portfolio. Assessments may be administered by UNTD or by an entity endorsed by the appropriate graduate or undergraduate curriculum committee.
Such credits will not be granted in duplication of courses already taken, or for prerequisites for courses already taken. Credits earned in this manner cannot be substituted for a failing grade earned in a course.
In accepting and granting credit for learning that occurs outside the course work delivered in an academic setting, the university works to balance carefully the recognition of existing student competencies with the need to assure a coherent, progressive system of study that extends well beyond the simple accumulation of credits. Therefore, UNTD will not apply such credit to meet UNTD requirements for residency, or for meeting the minimum number of advanced hours for the degree or for the major.
Students are designated a catalog that includes the academic requirements that they must meet to graduate with a degree from UNT Dallas. These requirements are important for students to understand to make progress to degree. Rules regulating the catalog assigned to students are as follows:
- A student may meet the graduation requirements noted in the catalog in effect at the time of admission to UNT Dallas or the requirements in any later catalog published before the student’s graduation.
- Any student transferring directly from a Texas community college to UNT Dallas shall have the same choice of catalog published degree requirements as the student would have if the dates of attendance at the university had been the same as the dates of attendance at the community college. Transfer students from senior institutions or out-of-state community colleges will use the catalog in effect at their date of enrollment at UNT Dallas.
- All requirements of the chosen catalog must be met within eight years of that catalog’s publication. This catalog will expire at the close of the 2031 Summer semester/term. Any student who does not attend UNT Dallas for one full academic year must meet the requirements of the catalog effective the semester of the student’s return.
- Changes in either major or non-major requirements made necessary by altered or discontinued courses or by requirements imposed by external accrediting or certification agencies become effective for degree audit purposes at the beginning of the academic year immediately following the academic year in which the changes are published in the university catalog. The changes may include additions, deletions and other changes in prerequisite requirements for existing courses. Whenever possible, new requirements are implemented with a beginning class or upon the expiration of the appropriate time limit.
If a change in the academic catalog is necessary, speak with your academic advisor for more information.
Transcripts contain the complete record of all courses in which the student was registered, including the grades, semester academic standing status and/or recognitions, any degree, diploma, or certificate conferred. Transcript request information can be found on the Registrar web page (registrar.untdallas.edu). Students must request transcripts through their student account at my.untdallas.edu or access the online TranscriptPlus website on the Registrar web page and complete all required information. Transcripts are only available for students if they have attended UNT Dallas starting with the Fall 2015 semester or later. Transcript requests are normally processed within 24 to 48 business hours.
Before an official transcript can be released, all financial or administrative obligations to the university must be resolved. To check for blocks, please refer to the Student Center at my.untdallas.edu.
If you have any questions concerning transcripts, please visit the Office of the Registrar or call (972) 338-3664.
Students who complete work at another institution, to be applied toward a bachelor’s degree at UNT Dallas, should make sure that the appropriate officer of the other institution furnishes to the Office of Admissions at UNT Dallas a complete official transcript of such work.
The Office of Admissions processes acceptable transfer credit from other institutions based on evaluation of course content as described in the catalogs of those institutions and in consultation with appropriate academic units at UNT Dallas as necessary for clarification.
Transfer credit may only be received for course work completed at an accredited institution of higher education. Transfer credit from other institutions will be converted to semester hours and a 4.0 grading system for evaluation purposes as appropriate. The student’s academic dean determines applicability of the credit to a degree program. Students seeking a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree should refer to the special provisions of the respective degree programs.
Students who have begun residence work at UNT Dallas and who have attained junior standing may, only with the prior written consent of their academic dean, enroll in and transfer hours from approved two-year colleges.
Grade points earned at other institutions are excluded in the computations of the CGPA, but transfer hours accepted are included in determining the classification and minimum required level of performance.
Additional information concerning academic status is available from the Offices of the Academic Advising and Student Success or Registrar.
Because of the time required for receipt of transcripts, students otherwise eligible for graduation who complete their last course or courses elsewhere do not graduate at the end of the term/semester or summer session in which the work is completed, but receive their degrees at the close of a subsequent UNT Dallas term/semester or summer session.
To be eligible for a second bachelor’s degree, a student must have completed an undergraduate degree verified with official transcripts. Students must complete 30 semester credit hours at UNT Dallas, complete the Texas Core Curriculum requirements, and all requirements for a major, including 12 hours of advanced courses in residence at UNT Dallas. Students who completed a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) at UNT Dallas cannot complete another BAAS degree unless eligible to pursue one of the specialized concentrations offered in the BAAS program (see Applied Arts and Sciences, BAAS under Undergraduate Degree Programs for more information).
Clock Hour. A period of time consisting of:
- A 50- to 60-minute class, lecture, or recitation in a 60-minute period;
- A 50- to 60-minute faculty-supervised laboratory, shop training, or internship in a 60-minute period;
- In distance education, 50 to 60 minutes in a 60 minute period of attendance in
- A synchronous or asynchronous class, lecture, or recitation where there is an opportunity for direct interaction between the instructor and students; or
- An asynchronous learning activity involving academic engagement in which the student interacts with technology that can monitor and document the amount of time that the student participates in the activity.
Concentration. A concentration is a recognized focus in a subfield of a major field of study.
Core Complete. A student who transfers to UNT Dallas as core complete has successfully completed a 42-hour Texas core curriculum at another state-assisted institution of higher education in Texas and will have satisfied the core curriculum at UNT Dallas.
Corequisite. A corequisite is a course that must be completed at the same time as another course. All corequisites are included in catalog course descriptions.
Course Numbering System.
- 1000-1999 - Freshman courses
- 2000-2999 - Sophomore courses
- 3000-3999 - Junior courses
- 4000-4999 - Senior courses
- 5000-5999 - Graduate courses
- 7000-7999 - Law courses
Credit hour. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and demonstrated by the achievement of the learning outcomes that reasonably approximates:
- A minimum of one clock hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out of class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time, or
- At least an equivalent amount of work as outlines in item 1 above for other academic activities as established by the department. Such equivalencies may be demonstrated by faculty assessment of student knowledge, skills, and abilities in relation to stated learning outcomes that are:
- Judged to be equivalent to those demonstrated by students who have successfully passed a course of study outlines in item 1, above, or
- Judged to be equivalent levels of work in academic activities including, for example, laboratory work, internships, practicum, field study, clinical work, studio works, and/or independent research activity, or
- Judged to meet standards established through recognized disciplinary or accrediting bodies, peer institutions, or other established methodology to affirm equivalency, so long as those standards have been formally accepted by UNTD through its curricular approval process.
Double Major. Students seeking two different majors concurrently conferred as a part of a baccalaureate degree in which the degree types are the same, i.e. both majors are bachelor of arts degree types or both bachelor of sciences degree types.
Dual Degree. Students seeking two different majors concurrently conferred as a part of a baccalaureate degree in which the degree types differ, i.e. one major may be a bachelor of arts and the other major could be a bachelor of science.
Electives. “Electives” generally refer to any course that a student can choose to take from the UNT Dallas course listing. Major electives on a degree plan refer to student-selected courses within the major or approved electives list of the major.
Hybrid/Blended. A distance education course in which a majority (more than 50 percent but less than 85 percent) of the planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor(s) are not in the same place.
Hyflex. A distance education course in which more than 50 percent but less than 85 percent of the planned instruction occurs with students having the flexibility to participate in instruction when either 1) the students and instructor(s) are not in the same place and participation is asynchronous, 2) the students and instructor(s) are not in the same place and participation is synchronous, or 3) the students and instructor(s) are in the same place and participation is synchronous. At least 15 percent of planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor(s) are in the same place. More than 50 percent of planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor(s) are not in the same place. At least 15 percent of planned instruction must occur with students and instructor(s) in the same place and participation is synchronous.
Major. At least 24 semester hours in a given subject are required for a major, including 12 hours of advanced work. The number of hours required depends on the department selected. The term “professional field” is used in the School of Business to designate the major for the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and the Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management (MBA) degrees.
Double Major. A student seeking a double major must consult with an advisor from the second department. If approved, the requirements for the second major are incorporated into the student’s degree audit.
Minor. A minor requires at least 18 semester hours in a given subject, including 6 hours of advanced work. Specific course sequences for a minor are determined by the department offering the minor. Not all degrees require a minor.
Prerequisite. A prerequisite is a course or other preparation that must be completed before enrollment in another course. All prerequisites are included in catalog course descriptions.
Semester Hour. A semester hour is the unit of credit at UNT Dallas; the credit allows for one lecture hour a week for 15 weeks or the equivalent. In course listings, figures in parentheses following the course credit hours indicate the number of clock hours per week devoted to lecture and laboratory. When it appears, the third and final number in these parentheses indicates the number of recitation hours per week.
Track. A track is a group of courses designed for students seeking specialized training toward specific career objectives or a group of courses designed to meet a specific need within a degree program.
Undergraduate Academic Certificates. UNT Dallas offers upper-division undergraduate academic certificates to meet workforce needs or to provide students with life/career skills and knowledge and to allow for specialization in academic disciplines. Undergraduate academic certificates requires a minimum of 12 credit hours, all earned at UNT Dallas, with all courses being at the advanced (3000/4000) level., and must be earned in conjunction with a bachelor’s degree/major program at UNT Dallas.