Colleges and Schools
All students have the responsibility to become acquainted with the content of this catalog in order that they may, at all times, be informed and be in compliance with academic requirements, rules, and regulations in force at the University of Houston.
The university reserves the right to change the provisions of this catalog, including, but not limited to, degree requirements, course offerings, fees, and listings in the calendar as necessitated by university or legislative action.
The university can best function and accomplish its objectives in an atmosphere of high ethical standards. All students are expected and encouraged to contribute to such an atmosphere in every way possible, especially by observing all accepted principles of academic honesty. However, cases of academic dishonesty will inevitably arise, and these must be handled with actions that will ensure the integrity of this institution.
The academic honesty policy of the University of Houston is designed to handle those cases in fairness to all concerned: the accused student, the faculty, and the university as a whole. The academic honesty policy contains full details concerning the definition of academic dishonesty, procedures for reporting and acting on cases involving breach of this policy, and the punishment to be assessed for infractions. Copies of this policy are available in the offices of the department chairs, the deans of colleges, the Dean of Students Office, and the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. A copy will be made available to any faculty member or student involved in a case of academic dishonesty.
In brief form, infractions of the policy include any conduct that a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances would recognize as dishonest or improper in an academic setting such as obtaining test questions or answers to questions and responses to assigned work in any fashion other than that designated as proper by the instructor of the class involved, falsifying records and results of academic work, or falsely presenting someone else's work as one's own. This policy shall cover these items and others as detailed in the academic honesty policy.
The penalties for confirmed breaches of this policy shall be commensurate with the nature of the offense and with the record of the student regarding any previous infractions. They will range from a lowered grade or failure on an examination or assignment or failure in the course, to probation or temporary or permanent suspension from the university, or a combination of these.
The allegation of infraction shall normally start with the faculty member in whose class the alleged infraction occurred and proceed to a hearing with the department chair. Where disagreement with respect to guilt, nature of the transgression, or penalty proposed occurs, either party shall have the right to a hearing at the college level and the right of a procedural review at the level of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. The accused student also has the basic rights of: (1) proper written notification of the accusation and the time and place of any hearings concerning the case; (2) fair hearings with opportunity to meet the accuser; and (3) the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses in his or her defense. The student may seek the advice of counsel.
The student may be judged and assigned penalty by the department chair, or a hearing committee of the college, depending on the level to which the case is appealed. Finally, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs may examine the case and order a review. The academic honesty policy sets forth the manner in which the various notifications, appointments of hearing, and timing of these events shall be carried out, and indicates by whom they shall be conducted.
The policy applies to all colleges within the university, with some procedural exceptions in the professional colleges. It is the responsibility of the administrative officers involved (department chair, dean, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs) to ensure that the policy is implemented fairly and in a timely manner. It is the responsibility of the faculty and students to discourage academic dishonesty by exercising appropriate precautions in situations where infractions may occur and by properly reporting instances of such infractions.
All members of, and participants in, the academic life of the university are to be governed by this policy and should familiarize themselves with its content.
Notations on a Student's Transcript
Scholastic action resulting in a student's suspension or probation for disciplinary or academic violations, performance, or academic honesty policy violations will be entered on the student's transcript until the period of sanction has elapsed. For disciplinary or academic policy violations only, a student may petition the office or college placing the notation for the removal of the notation from the transcript. The request for removal of the notation from the transcript is the student's responsibility.
The general petition form for the removal of the notation is available in the Office of Registration and Academic Records or the college or department of the student's major.
Academic advising is designed to help students make decisions about their educational and career goals. Faculty and staff in various colleges and departments are available to assist students who have chosen a major. Students who have not yet made a commitment to a major field will be assisted by the University Studies Division staff. Advising is viewed as an ongoing activity and not just as a schedule planning function. Students should schedule an appointment with an academic advisor each semester to review their progress and to make plans for the future. Students are expected to become familiar with their program requirements so that they may exercise personal judgments and have a knowledge base for discussing concerns with an advisor.
Students who have been admitted to a particular college or department should seek advising from that college or department. University Studies Division students should go to the Academic Advising Center, 320 Student Service Center.
Undergraduate students' classifications are based on the total number of semester hours earned at the University of Houston and accepted in transfer from other colleges and universities regardless of whether or not the courses involved are applicable to the major or degree plan. Credit awarded by examination and hours earned with a grade of S are counted in determining classification, but not in determining the grade point average.
Law, Optometry, Pharmacy
Special classifications are used for students majoring in the professional areas of law, optometry, and pharmacy.
The postbaccalaureate classification describes students who have degrees but are not enrolled in a formal graduate degree program. (See Graduate and Professional Studiescatalog for details.)
Credit for graduate level courses taken by postbaccalaureate students is awarded as undergraduate credit. The grade point average and minimum cumulative grade point average is calculated according to the above listing.
There are restrictions and limitations on the application of postbaccalaureate hours toward a graduate degree. All such hours must be approved by the degree-granting college and department.
The university classifies a student as a graduate student when an admission application and the required credentials have been approved and the student has registered for classes as a graduate students at the University of Houston. All graduate students must go through the formal application process in order to obtain the graduate student classification.
Undergraduate Full-time Status
All undergraduate students who are registered for at least 12 semester hours during a fall or spring semester, eight semester hours during Summer II or III, and four semester hours during Summer I or IV are classified as carrying a full-time course load. Some agencies outside the university may set different guidelines for full-time status and satisfactory academic progress. Students should comply with such guidelines to the extent that they do not contradict university purposes and regulations. Selected colleges and departments may have more restrictive or more permissive policies than the university policies listed below.
Recommended Course Load
An undergraduate student should recognize that course work in college will require a significant amount of work outside the classroom-traditionally recommended at 2-3 hours for every hour in class. That ratio will vary with subject, but the underlying principle will not: Being in college is a time-consuming activity. Any other commitments while enrolled in college courses should be balanced against the time required to attend to one's college classes and assignments. Taking a recommended 3:1 ratio for the sake of illustration, a student carrying a 12 semester-hour course load should plan to devote an additional 36 hours per week to course-related work. That would represent a total recommended time commitment of 48 hours; 15 semester-hours would obligate one to perhaps 60 hours of work a week for satisfactory performance during the fall and spring semesters. These course demands need to be kept in mind when deciding whether to live on-campus or off-campus. Students living off-campus need to allow time in their schedule for commuting. Working students need to consider how many hours remain in the 168 hours of the week after deducting time for eating, sleeping, recreation, and other extracurricular activities. Students who work while going to school should balance their work-related activities against the hours needed to study. Starting with a 15 semester-hour load, it is recommended that the total enrollment load in a fall or spring semester be reduced by one course (3 semester-hours) for every 12 hours of work.
First-time-in-college freshmen are encouraged to enroll in no more than 15 semester hours.
Maximum Course Load
The course load for undergraduate students is dependent on the curriculum for which they enroll. For those students who expect to complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree in about four years, the maximum undergraduate course load each fall or spring semester is as follows:
The maximum undergraduate course load for summer sessions, regardless of college or major, is as follows:
One-half of the hours in Summer II or III should be added to any Summer I or IV hours to determine total course load for Summer I or IV.
An undergraduate or postbaccalaureate student who is on Academic Probation or Academic Notice shall enroll in no more than 13 hours in a fall or spring semester, 5 hours in Summer I or IV, or 10 hours in Summer II or III.
These totals include all courses for which students may enroll. Permission to take course loads above these maximums must be obtained in advance of registration from the dean of the college of the student's major.
No student may enroll in a course load exceeding the college's suggested course load for a specific semester as listed in the Maximum Course Load Table without prior written permission of the dean of the college of the student's major. Students who enroll in an overload without this permission may be dropped from selected courses at the discretion of the dean and may not receive a tuition refund.
To be considered for a course overload, the student must submit a petition to the dean and should meet the following criteria:
Students should consult the appropriate college section of the catalog for any additional conditions that must be met to qualify for an approved petition for an overload. A student must file the petition for overload prior to registration or add/drop.
The maximum overload permitted in any college by an approved petition is a load totaling 22 hours for a fall or spring semester, nine hours in a summer session I or IV, and 15 hours for any combination of summer enrollments.
Refer to the Graduate and Professional Studiescatalog for information on graduate course overloads.
Grades are awarded in courses in which students are officially enrolled after the last day to drop or withdraw from a course without receiving a grade. This date is indicated in the academic calendar for each enrollment period.
Grade Point Average
Grade points are awarded as follows for each semester hour in which students receive a grade.
The grade point average is the quotient obtained by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the number of semester hours in which students receive a letter grade. Grades of S, U, I, and W are not assigned grade point values and are not used in the computation of the grade point average.
A change in grade (other than I, incomplete) will affect the academic status of the semester in which the grade was earned and all subsequent semesters. A change of grade from I will affect only the semester in which the I is completed (or changed to F or U) and all subsequent semesters.
Decimals beyond two places are truncated, not rounded, in computing the grade point average.
Cumulative Grade Point Average
The cumulative grade point average is based upon all work taken at the University of Houston, including courses that are repeated, for which grade point values are assigned.
A repeated course, including courses repeated during a summer session, is equivalent to a new course both in the determination of classification and in computing the cumulative grade point average. Deviations in this computation may occur depending on the catalog year under which graduation occurs.
Fulfillment of Grade Requirements for a Degree
The cumulative grade point average shall be used to determine the fulfillment of grade requirements with the following differences:
Former or current University of Houston undergraduate students may elect under the university's Academic Fresh Start Program to have all academic course work completed at the University of Houston ten or more years prior to the semester of electionremoved from consideration by the University and by the dean of the college of their major for any academic purpose. 1 These purposes include but are not limited to determining their classification, academic standing, course prerequisites, degree requirements, grade point average, eligibility for graduation, and eligibility for honors. Students who elect this option cannot use any of the course work that has been removed from consideration for any academic purpose.
Courses that are removed from consideration under provisions of the Academic Fresh Start Program will not be removed from the student's academic record, but the student's UH transcript shall be annotated to identify the courses that have been removed from consideration.
Any academic probations and suspensions that resulted from course work removed from consideration under this program will not be counted in any future determination as to whether the student is placed on academic notice, academic probation, or academic suspension.
There may be implications for financial aid and veterans benefits for students enrolled under Academic Fresh Start. Students should contact these offices for more information.
Students may elect to use the provisions of this Academic Fresh Start Program only once at the University of Houston. Certain benefits of the state law pertaining to Academic Fresh Start do not apply to UH students. See an advisor for details.
Former and current undergraduate students may obtain more information on this Academic Fresh Start Program by contacting the dean of the college of their major or the University Studies Division.
For more information on the Academic Fresh Start Program for undergraduate transfer students, refer to Academic Fresh Start For Undergraduate Transfer Students in the Admissions, Advising, Orientation, and Registration section of this catalog.
Within Semester Examinations
Examinations in undergraduate courses within the semester shall be given during the scheduled time and day of the class as designated in the printed class schedule. Any exception to this policy must be approved by the dean of the college and the Provost. All classroom and laboratory examinations are subject to this campus policy.
When it is known prior to the beginning of the semester that there will be examinations scheduled at times other than the regularly scheduled time band for the class and for which written approval has been obtained, such examinations shall be footnoted in the printed class schedule.
When examinations are to be scheduled at times other than the regularly scheduled time band for the class and where written approval has been obtained, and in recognition of students' needs and responsibilities within and outside the university, written notification (e.g., course syllabus) shall be provided to the students during the drop/add period for the semester.
Final examinations shall be given during the time and date designated in the class schedule. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved in writing by the dean of the college and announced no later than the last day to drop a course.
In recognition of students' needs to prepare for final examinations, it is contrary to campus policy to assign previously unscheduled work in the form of tests, papers, or reports during the 14 calendar days prior to the examination period of each semester or five calendar days prior to the examination period of each summer session.
There shall be no required undergraduate class meetings, other than for final examination purposes, after the last day of classes. There shall be no final examinations during the reading period (see the Academic Calendar section of the catalog).
Final Grade Reports
Grades are now available through the Voice Information Processing (VIP) system. Service is available for students to request a paper copy which will be sent to the student's mailing address as reflected in university records.
Students may use the Voice Information Processing (VIP) system to check if their grades have been posted for the semester. Grades are posted or put into the database on a nightly basis following final exams. See the class schedule for instructions on using VIP.
Students are encouraged to contact the instructor of record or submit written requests to the department chair whenever questions arise concerning a grade received in a course. Students have 90 days after the posting of a grade to appeal. To appeal a grade, students must submit a completed Course Adjustment Form to the department where the course is offered no later than the close of the semester/summer session following the posting of the grade. Faculty are required to retain all evaluated student material for a six month period after the end of the last class of the semester evaluated.
Law, optometry, and pharmacy students should refer to the scholastic requirements specified in the appropriate college section of this catalog.
Undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students are expected to maintain a 2.00 (C) minimum cumulative grade point average, which is the minimum permitted for graduation. They are subject to scholastic action any semester or summer session in which one or more semester hours are attempted. The summer sessions are considered a unit equivalent to a semester.
The standards below apply to all undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students enrolled. Students who entered under a previous catalog will be held to these standards.
Summer visiting students are not subject to academic probation or suspension while in that status. If, however, they are later admitted as regular students, the grades that they earned in their summer visiting status will be included in all subsequent calculations of their cumulative grade point average at the university.
Without regard to these regulations, the dean of a college may place on academic probation, retain on probation, or suspend any majors in that college whose academic records are deficient. The dean also may remove from academic probation or academic suspension any majors in the college whose academic progress warrants such action.
Readmission from Academic Suspension
The Dean's List is compiled each semester by the colleges. To qualify for this recognition, undergraduate students must earn a 3.50 minimum grade point average (the grade of S is not counted) on nine or more semester hours completed during the semester. Students who earn a grade of I (except in a senior honors thesis course), D, F, or U during the semester are excluded from consideration for the Dean's List. Some colleges have additional requirements for the Dean's List. For information, consult the catalog for the college of major or contact the office of the dean.
Properly enrolled students are required to attend the first day of class. Failure to attend may result in the student being dropped from the class.
The university has no specific policy regarding the number of excused absences, but expects students to attend class regularly. Students whose absences are determined by their instructors to be excessive may be dropped from the course. Unavoidable absences should be reported to the instructor as soon as possible.
Absences caused by participation in a campus-sponsored activity are considered official if the sponsor of the activity has received approval from the appropriate university administrator. Students must make up the work missed even though the absences are official.
Religious Holy Days
The University of Houston respects the religious observances of students even though they may conflict with university class meetings, assignments, or examinations. Students whose religious beliefs prohibit class attendance or the completion of specific assignments on designated dates may request an excused absence. If the student notifies the instructor of the classes which conflict with religious holy days by the fifteenth calendar day of each semester (eighth calendar day for summer terms), the student will be excused. Eligible religions are those whose places of worship are exempt from property taxation. Detailed procedures and copies of the state law are available in the offices of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the dean of students, and the A. D. Bruce Religion Center. Using the general petition form, available in the Office of Registration and Academic Records, students should request excused absences due to religious holy days, obtain the signature of each of their professors, and turn in the form at the Office of Registration and Academic Records.
Course Enrollment Restrictions
The last day to drop or withdraw from a course without receiving a grade is generally four weeks after the first class day of a fall or spring semester, three weeks after the first class day of a summer session II or III, and two weeks after the first class day of a summer session I or IV.
The last day to drop or withdraw from a course with a grade of W or F (or U) is generally four weeks prior to the last class day of a fall or spring semester, six class days prior to the last class day of a summer I, II, or IV, and three weeks prior to the last class day of a summer III. Consult the class schedule for specific dates.
Enrollment in a course may be terminated in any one of the following ways:
Students are expected to commit themselves as early as possible, but at least by mid-semester, to courses for the remainder of the semester.
The effective date recorded for termination of enrollment for all matters relating to University of Houston records will be the date the student drops the course through the Voice Information Processing (VIP) system or the date the current enrollment change request form, written request, or drop report is received by the Office of Registration and Academic Records, 108 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building, regardless of the date of last attendance.
Students are responsible for verifying whether they have been dropped from a course with the Office of Registration and Academic Records, 108 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building. (Students may also use the VIP system to check their enrollment status.) Before dropping courses, international students must see an international student counselor, and athletes must see the Assistant Director of Athletics.
Students who drop courses by the twelfth class day and are still enrolled in the university at the end of the semester will be mailed a credit balance bill or a bill reflecting their enrollment changes after the twentieth class day. Students enrolled in the summer session who drop courses by the fourth class day will be mailed a credit balance bill reflecting their enrollment changes after the tenth class day. See Tuition and Fees Refunds section.
Students who are dropped by the instructor or who drop a course may, if extraordinary circumstances prevail, be reinstated by securing written permission from the instructor. The prescribed forms may be obtained in the Office of Registration and Academic Records, 108 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building.
The term withdrawal applies to the dropping of all courses for which students are registered at the University of Houston, and it may be initiated by students.
In addition to following the procedure for dropping a course, students must return all library books and laboratory equipment and have their University of Houston record clear in every respect. Students who wish to withdraw may do so through the VIP system up to the last day to drop or withdraw without a grade or they may come to the Office of Registration and Academic Records, 108 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building, or write:
Office of Registration and Academic Records
The recorded date for withdrawal will be 1) the date the withdrawal is completed through VIP, or 2) the date the completed form is submitted to the Registrar's office, or 3) the date the letter requesting withdrawal is received.
Students whose enrollment in a course is terminated on or before the last day to drop or withdraw without receiving a grade (a date listed in the academic calendar and in the class schedule) will not have courses appear on permanent records, and grades will not be assigned. When terminations are made after this date, the message and date of withdrawal will appear, grades of W (withdrawal, either passing or with no evaluative data available at the time of drop) or F (withdrawal, failing) will be assigned by the instructor at the close of the semester, and the courses and grades will appear on the permanent records.
Students are responsible for initiating action to drop or withdraw from classes on or before the last day to drop a course. Students who fail to do so will be retained on the class rolls even though they may be absent for the remainder of the semester. In such instances grades of F (or U in S/U graded courses) will be given unless mitigating circumstances warrant grades of I (incomplete).
In addition to suspension for academic or disciplinary causes, students may be withdrawn by the university for medical or financial reasons.
Change of Address
All students must file changes of address and name with the Office of Registration and Academic Records, 108 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building.
Students will not be excused from penalties on the grounds that communications mailed from the University of Houston were not received if they have failed to report a new address.
Change of Major
A change of major is a formal procedure requiring official approval and documentation. Students must submit an Undergraduate General Petition form requesting a change of major. This form is filed by the student in the department in which she or he wishes to major. Approval from both the department chair and the college dean is required. Students should consult an advisor in the department of their intended major for help with the change of major process.
The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs has approved the following guidelines for a change of major. (Note:This policy does not apply to the Colleges of Architecture, Law, Optometry, or Pharmacy, or to the Graduate School of Social Work.)
Change of Name
University records of a name are based upon applications for admission. Subsequent name changes, along with copies of documentation, should be promptly reported to the Office of Registration and Academic Records, 108 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building.
Students' records are released for use by faculty and professional staff for authorized campus-related purposes. At its discretion the University of Houston may provide "directory information" to the general public without student consent. Directory information is defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act as
Students who do not want public information to be released are responsible for notifying the office of Registration and Academic Records, 108 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building, Houston, Texas 77204-2161 either by formal written request or by completing the Request to Withhold Public Information form during the first week of class to ensure that information is not released by the university or published in the Student Directory. Students are responsible for requesting the release of their information once a request for withholding public information has been placed on record.
The University of Houston is allowed by law to disclose information from a student's education records without the written consent of the student only as indicated below:
Custodians of Records
Undergraduate Inter-Institutional Agreement
The University of Houston has two reciprocal arrangements, one with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Allied Health Sciences, and the other, the Inter-University Consortium for International Studies, with the University of St. Thomas and Texas Southern University. These programs enable undergraduate students to take, for residence credit, a limited amount of course work not available at the University of Houston. Details about the program may be obtained from:
Office of Admissions
For information about graduate-level inter-institutional programs, refer to the Graduate and Professional Studiescatalog.
Veterans and Dependents GI Bill
Veterans and dependents who wish to claim education benefits should go to Veterans' Services, room 27, University Center Satellite, for information and assistance. Recertification is necessary each semester for veterans who wish to continue drawing benefits. Enrollment certification cannot be processed until a degree plan/ requirement checklist and Advisor Verification of Veteran Enrollment form for the semester certified is in the veteran's file and initial payment for courses is made.
The Office of Registration and Academic Records is responsible for submitting certifications for educational benefits to the Veterans Administration under federal guidelines. Requests for enrollment certification including all documentation should be made in room 104 Ezekiel W. Cullen. The verification clerk will be available to answer questions Monday and Thursday between 2 and 4 p.m. or by appointment. However, requests for certification may be made in 104 Ezekiel W. Cullen during regular office hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Bachelor of Accountancy (B.Accy.)
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (B.S.Ch.E.)
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.)
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (B.S. Cp.E.)
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.)
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (B.S.I.E.)
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.)
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (B.S.Pha.)
Bachelor of Science in Technology (B.S.Tech.)
Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Master of Hospitality Management (M.H.M.)
Master of Laws (LL.M.)
Master of Music (M.M.)
Master of Science (M.S.)
Master of Science in Accountancy (M.S.Accy.)
Master of Science in Administration (M.S.Admin.)
Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (M.S.B.E.)
Master of Chemical Engineering (M.Ch.E.)
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (M.S.Ch.E.)
Master of Civil Engineering (M.C.E.)
Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.)
Master of Science in Computer and System Engineering
Master of Electrical Engineering (M.E.E.)
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.)
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (M.S.Env.E.)
Master of Industrial Engineering (M.I.E.)
Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (M.S.I.E.)
Master of Science in Materials Engineering (M.S.Mat.E.)
Master of Mechanical Engineering (M.M.E.)
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.)
Master of Science in Occupational Technology (M.S.O.T.)
Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering (M.S.Pet.E.)
Master of Science in Pharmacy (M.S.Pha.)
Master of Science in Physiological Optics (M.S.Phys.Op.)
Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Master of Technology (M.Tch.)
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.)
Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Students normally are entitled to graduate under the degree provisions of the catalog in effect at the time of their first completed semester of enrollment. These exceptions apply:
Students are responsible for all requirements of the catalog under which they are graduating. Application for a degree plan should be made to the dean of the college or departmental advisor as soon as the student has completed 60 credit hours. Before certification for graduation can be made, copies of the degree plan must be on file in the college dean's office and in the Office of Registration and Academic Records, 108 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building.
All candidates for a bachelor's degree at the University of Houston must meet certain minimum requirements. Additional requirements may be imposed by the individual department or college. Students should refer to the department or college section of this catalog for complete requirements and total number of hours prescribed for the specific degree.
The following are the minimum requirements for a bachelor's degree:
Candidates for any Bachelor of Arts degree must complete at least six semester hours at the 2000 level in one foreign language. Students may satisfy part or all of this requirement by foreign language courses at a higher level or by placement examination with credit.
Deans may waive this requirement for students majoring in their college who can demonstrate that they meet at least one of the following requirements: students 1) presented a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score to qualify for admission to the university or 2) successfully completed ENGL 1309 and 1310 in residence or 3) completed at least eight years of formal education in schools where English was not the primary language of instruction.
Candidates for any Bachelor of Science degree must complete at least 12 semester hours in the formal sciences, i.e., mathematics, computer science, formal logic, or statistics, at least six semester hours of which must be in mathematics. Courses applied to this requirement must either be core-approved mathematics/reasoning courses or have as prerequisites at least six hours of such courses. Students may satisfy part or all of the formal science requirement by examination, provided that examinations for placement without credit be taken only at the University of Houston. Students who place out of MATH 1310 or MATH 1330 by taking the non-credit placement examinations will have their formal science requirement reduced accordingly. Placement without credit does not reduce the total number of hours required for the bachelor of science degree.
In most fields of study at the undergraduate level, students may earn a minor by satisfying certain requirements. The general requirements are as follows:
Senate Bill (SB) 148, enacted in 1997 by the 75th Texas Legislature, requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to adopt rules that include "a statement of the content, component areas, and objectives of the core curriculum" which each institution is to fulfill by its own selection of specific courses.
The University of Houston has adopted the core curriculum guidelines described below. These are predicated on the judgment that a series of basic intellectual competencies (reading, writing, speaking, listening, critical thinking, and computer literacy) are essential to the learning process in any discipline and thus should inform any core curriculum and indeed, all of undergraduate education. Although students can be expected to come to college with some experience in exercising these competencies, they often need further instruction and practice to meet college standards and, later, to succeed in both their major field of academic study and their chosen career or profession.
All bachelor's degrees require completion of a core curriculum. Beginning in Fall 1999, University of Houston students who must complete the requirements of the new core curriculum are as follows:
The objective of a communication component of a core curriculum is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
The objective of the mathematics component of the core curriculum is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.
III. Institutionally Designated Option:
The University of Houston includes in its core curriculum courses that build students' skills in mathematical and logical thinking, including approved courses in mathematics, logic, computer science, statistics, and music theory.
IV. American History
The objective of the history component of a core curriculum is to increase students' knowledge of how historians discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
The objective of a government component of a core curriculum is to increase students' knowledge of and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
The objective of the humanities in a core curriculum is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students will engage in critical analysis, form aesthetic judgments, and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society. Humanities courses and require substantial writing (at least 3000 words, including at least one piece of work done outside of class and returned to the student prior to the end of the semester or term with the instructor's written evaluation of grammar, style, and content).
VII. Visual and Performing Arts
The objective of the visual and performing arts in a core curriculum is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in the visual and performing arts, students will engage in critical analysis, form aesthetic judgments, and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society. Critically oriented Performing/Visual Arts courses require substantial writing (at least 3000 words, including at least one piece of work done outside of class and returned to the student prior to the end of the semester or term with the instructor's written evaluation of grammar, style, and content). Experientially oriented Performing/Visual Arts courses require graded assignments in a performing or visual art.
VIII. Natural Sciences
The objective of the study of a natural sciences component of a core curriculum is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories.
IX. Social and Behavioral Sciences
The objective of a social and behavioral science component of a core curriculum is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity. Writing intensive courses require substantial writing (at least 3000 words, including at least one piece of work done outside of class and returned to the student prior to the end of the semester or term with the instructor's written evaluation of grammar, style, and content).
Senate Bill 254, passed by the 54th Legislature and amended by House Bill 935 of the 60th Legislature, provides that no individuals may receive an undergraduate degree unless they have credit for six semester hours or its equivalent in American history and six semester hours credit in the constitutions of the United States and Texas. Three semester hours of each six-hour requirement may be satisfied by advanced placement or advanced standing examination. Students may satisfy the state requirements in American history and in the constitutions of the U.S. and Texas in any one of the following ways:
Students may satisfy the state requirements in the constitutions of the U.S. and Texas in any one of the following ways:
For additional information on advanced placement and standing, consult the Counseling and Testing Service, 200 Student Service Center.
At the University of Houston, students may earn a baccalaureate degree with two majors (i.e., a double major) provided they meet all the following requirements:
Students pursuing a double major who complete all degree requirements for one major but not the other may graduate with a single major but only after they obtain written approval from the dean of the college of their primary major (and, if their second major is in a different college, from the dean of that college) to change from double- to single-major status.
The University of Houston does not recognize a triple major or any number of majors above two for a single baccalaureate degree. Students who want official university recognition for more than a double major must earn more than one baccalaureate degree.
Before being awarded a second bachelor's degree, a student must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours in addition to the minimum hours needed for the first degree, regardless of whether the two degrees are awarded simultaneously or successively. For the third and further bachelor's degree, students must earn a minimum of 30 additional semester hours for each additional bachelor's degree. The minimum number of hours a student must earn for a third or further bachelor's degree will be based on the total number of hours required for the previous bachelor's degree with the greatest number of hours.
All requirements are exactly the same for a second or additional baccalaureate as for the first degree.
Students may petition to waive university or college degree requirements with good reason. A petition should be filed with the major department, and it will be forwarded to the office of the dean of the college. College requirements may be decided by the dean, but university requirements (e.g., the writing proficiency requirement and waivers to core curriculum requirements) must be forwarded to the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs for final action.
Binding and Distribution of Honors Thesis
The original and two copies of the approved honors thesis should be submitted to the office of the dean of the college responsible for the academic field of study in which the thesis was written for binding as early as possible, but no later than the official closing date of the semester. Students who fail to meet these deadlines may be required to refile applications for graduation for a subsequent semester.
The original copy of the thesis is retained by the M.D. Anderson Library for public access, one copy goes to the Honors College, and one copy goes to the major department/college responsible for the academic field of study in which the thesis was written. Binding fees for theses vary. Students should check with the office of the dean of the college responsible for the academic field of study in which the thesis was written for specific procedures and requirements.
Degrees are not awarded automatically upon completion of scholastic requirements. To be considered a candidate for a degree, students must submit an application for graduation to the Office of Registration and Academic Records, 108 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building.
Candidates for graduation, previously disapproved, must reapply for graduation at no additional charge. Applications should be filed either the semester prior to or the semester in which students plan to graduate. Applications are available in the Office of Registration and Academic Records, 108 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building. Applications for the 1999-2000 academic year will be accepted on or before:
Fall Graduation September 17, 1999
Diplomas will be mailed within four to six weeks following the closing day of the semester of graduation.
Cap and Gown
Students are responsible for ordering and paying for caps and gowns at the University Bookstore for all commencement exercises.
Undergraduate students who have completed the graduation requirements of the Honors College, including a senior honors thesis or senior honors project, are graduated with "University Honors and Honors in Major." Undergraduate students who have completed all requirements of the Honors College except for the thesis or project are graduated with "Membership in the Honors College." See University Honors College.
Undergraduate students who successfully complete a senior honors thesis or senior honors project and who are not members of the Honors College are graduated with "Honors in Major."
Undergraduate students who complete their degree requirements will graduate with the stated honors if they achieve the following grade point average both in all courses attempted at the University of Houston and in all courses in their major attempted at UH.
Students who have completed a portion of their requirements at other institutions may be awarded baccalaureate degrees with honors when they meet all requirements and complete a minimum of either 72 semester hours or 60 advanced semester hours at the University of Houston, including hours awarded by the university through credit by examination. Candidates' cumulative grade point average on all course work attempted at the University of Houston will be the basis for determining honors.
1 Certain provisions of the Right to an Academic Fresh Start enacted by the Texas legislature in 1993 (provision (d), relating to admission to a postgraduate or professional program) do not apply.
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