How to Read this Catalog
The information presented below will help the reader to interpret
this catalog correctly. The "Definition of Terms"
section provides a guide to the terminology of academic regulations
and procedures and course descriptions. The sections entitled
"Course Numbering" and "Course Punctuation"
explain the significance of the course numbering system used at
the University of Houston and the meaning of the punctuation of
those numbers. This is generic information only; for specific
course descriptions or degree requirements, see the appropriate
Definition of Terms
Academic advising. Process in which students interact with university
staff/faculty advisors in decision-making, problem solving, and long-range
planning related to the students academic goals.
Academic notice. Freshman students who earn less than a 2.00 grade
point average in the first semester of enrollment at UH are placed on
academic notice. Students on academic notice are not on probation and
cannot be suspended. Students on academic notice must be advised by the
University Studies Division/Academic Advising Center and their major departments.
Advanced courses (upper level). For undergraduate students, these
normally are courses offered on the junior and senior levels (3000, 4000,
and 5000 series).
Attempted hours. Course work for which a student earns a letter grade
of A, A, B+, B, B, C+, C, C, D+, D, D, or F.
Audit. To take a course without credit.
Class schedule. List of courses and sections for a specific semester,
including names of instructors; day, hour, and place of class meetings;
and detailed registration procedures.
College or school. One of 13 major academic divisions within the
university that offers specialized curricula.
Core Curriculum. Courses that must be taken by candidates for
any bachelors degree. A new Core Curriculum was adopted by the university,
effective Fall 1999. See Academic Regulations and Degree Requirements
section for a description. For the previous Core Curriculum, see previous
catalogs. See the current semesters class schedule for detailed
Core Curriculum listings.
Corequisite. A course that must be taken at the same time as the
Course load. The number of semester hours for which a student
enrolls in a given term.
Credit (see semester hour). Certification given for successful
completion of academic work.
Cumulative grade point average (see grade points). The cumulative
grade point average is based upon work taken at the University of Houston,
including courses that are repeated, for which grade point values are
assigned. The cumulative grade point average indicates overall performance
and is computed by dividing the total number of grade points earned by
the number of semester hours attempted, excluding hours for which a grade
of S or U is earned.
Degree plan. A statement of degree requirements, made no later
than the time the student has accumulated 60 credit hours.
Department. Division of instruction within a college, such as
Department of Chemistry in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
Double major. A baccalaureate degree with two majors. Both majors
must be the same type of degree (e.g., B.A., B.S., B.F.A., etc.).
Drop. Official dropping of one or more of the courses for which
students are registered. Usually initiated by students but can be done
in certain instances by faculty or other campus personnel.
Elective. A course which is not specifically designated but which
students choose to take as part of their degree plan.
Former student. A University of Houston student not currently
enrolled in classes.
Grade points (see cumulative grade point average). Points per
semester hour assigned to passing grades, according to the numerical values
of the grades.
Graduate study. Academic work toward the masters or doctoral
Laboratory. Descriptive of work other than class work, such as
experimentation and practical application.
Lecture. A class session in which an instructor speaks on a specific
Major. Primary field of study. Students may choose one or two.
Major, unspecified. This designation, which may be used by freshmen
enrolling in certain colleges, indicates that students have selected the
college, but not a specific major within the college.
Minor. Secondary field of study.
Nonadvanced courses. Courses offered on the freshman and sophomore
levels (1000 and 2000 series).
Noncredit course. A course for which no credit can be earned.
Overload. Course load of more semester hours than students are
normally permitted to schedule in a given period, requiring approval of
the college dean.
Petition. A formal request to be filed at the appropriate office
for a specific academic action, such as a waiver for a degree requirement.
Postbaccalaureate. Students who have degrees but are not enrolled
in a formal graduate degree program.
Prerequisite. Requirement to be met before a certain course may
Priority registration. The first cycle of computer-aided registration,
which allows students to register well in advance of a semester.
Probation, academic or disciplinary. A status resulting from unsatisfactory
grades or conduct.
Readmission. Students on academic suspension must petition for
permission to reenroll at the University of Houston. Readmission is neither
automatic nor guaranteed.
Records, permanent. Cumulative record of students courses,
grades, credits, classification, address, social security number, etc.
Registration. Enrollment for a semester, including selection of
classes and payment of fees and tuition.
Section. A division of a course for instruction. A course may
be taught in one or more sections or classes, depending on enrollment
in the course.
Semester hour. Unit of measurement of college work. One semester
hour is normally equivalent to one hour of class work or from two to six
hours of laboratory work per week for a semester.
Seminar. A small group of advanced students engaged in special
study under the guidance of a faculty member.
Stop roster. The roster of students whose schedule fee statements
will be held pending resolution of any academic, disciplinary, or financial
Student number. Students social security numbers are their
permanent identification numbers.
Summer session. Term of study during which courses are offered
in sessions of various lengths. Each session (Summer I, II, III, IV) is
equivalent to a semester in terms of class hours and credit granted.
Suspension, academic or disciplinary. A status in which students
are not permitted to register for courses for a specified time period.
(See Readmission from Academic Suspension.)
Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP). An instructional program
designed to ensure that students attending public institutions of higher
education in Texas have the academic skills to perform effectively in
college-level course work. The TASP includes a testing component.
Transcript. The record of an individual student, listing course
work, grades earned, and credits received.
Tuition and fee statement. The fee bill printout of schedule,
tuition and fees for a given semester.
University Studies Division. All newly admitted undergraduate
students are members of the University Studies Division for at least one
semester. Students who have a declared major also have available to them
the services of the major department/college advisors.
University Studies Division students. Students who have not yet
declared a major. Students with 60 or more hours may matriculate as a
University Studies Division student only once and for only one semester,
unless fulfilling contract requirements.
Undergraduate study. Work taken toward a baccalaureate degree.
Voice Information Processing (VIP). Touchtone telephone system
used to register for or adjust courses as well as to access information.
Withdrawal. Official withdrawal from all courses during a semester
at the university. Students usually initiate withdrawal; under certain
circumstances faculty or other campus personnel may take this action.
All courses are identified by instructional area and number. The first
digit of the four-digit numbers indicates course level (1freshman,
2sophomore, etc.). The second digit corresponds exactly with the
number of semester hours of credit given for the course. The third and
fourth digits are for departmental use.
Nonadvanced hours for undergraduate students are courses in the 1000
and 2000 series. Advanced hours for undergraduate students are courses
in the 3000, 4000, and 5000 series. Courses in the 6000 series and higher
are primarily for graduate students and are listed in the universitys
Graduate and Professional Studies
catalog. Each course listed shows the semester hours of credit assigned
to that specific course, for example, Cr. 3, following the course title.
This information is usually followed by hyphenated numbers such as (23),
which designate lecture-laboratory hours. The first digit indicates the
number of class hours per week in the lecture portion of the course. The
second digit indicates the number of class hours per week reserved for
the laboratory portion of the course.
One of the following marks may immediately precede or follow the course
number, or may separate a series of course numbers.
A colon (:) following a course number indicates that the course
may be taken as an independent one-semester course. This also applies
when two course numbers are separated by a colon.
A comma (,) between course numbers indicates that both courses
must be taken before credit is received for either, but the second course
may be taken first.
A hyphen (-) between course numbers indicates that both courses
must be taken before credit is received for either, and the courses must
be taken in the sequence in which they are shown.
A semicolon (;) between course numbers indicates that the first
course may be taken and justify credit without completion of the second
course, but the second course cannot be taken without the first as a prerequisite.
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