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Transfer of Core Curriculum Credit

Core Curriculum Credit from Texas Public Institutions

UT Austin accepts toward its core curriculum any designated core coursework from Texas public universities and community colleges transferred with a grade of C− or better, consistent with Texas Education Code §61.822 and Texas Administrative Code §4.28.

Core-Complete & Partial Core Transfer

A successfully completed core curriculum transferred from another Texas public institution wholly substitutes for UT Austin's core curriculum. Transfer students with an incomplete core receive component area credit for individual core courses designated by sending institutions, but otherwise are required to satisfy UT requirements.

Direct Equivalency for UT Core Courses

Transfer credit counts toward a core component area if it is evaluated by the Office of Admissions as a specific UT Austin core course (listed in the chart below), even when the course is not designated as core by the sending institution. Equivalent coursework at Texas institutions can be identified using the ATE System; a list of Texas Common Course Numbering equivalencies is also available.

Core Course Substitution

State regulations limit institutional latitude to substitute core coursework with transfer credit that neither originates as a core course nor transfers as a specific UT Austin core course. However, when UT and a sending institution designate a course in different core component areas (e.g. GRG 301C, Physical Geography, as natural vs. social science), students may choose which way to count the credit. Potential substitutions should be discussed with an advisor in the School of Undergraduate Studies.

Transfer Credit from Private & Out-of-State Institutions

Direct Equivalency for UT Core Courses

Transfer credit counts toward a core component area if it is evaluated by the Office of Admissions as a specific UT Austin core course (listed in the chart below).

Core Course Substitution

State regulations permit more institutional discretion in transferring courses from private and out-of-state institutions as core curriculum credit. Coursework not evaluated by the Office of Admissions as a specific UT Austin core course may be approved, on an individual basis, if it meets the educational objectives of a core component area. Potential substitutions should be discussed with an advisor in the School of Undergraduate Studies.

UT Austin Core Curriculum, 2012-2014

Most UT degrees specify courses to simultaneously fulfill requirements in the major field of study and portions of the core curriculum. To avoid accumulating more semester hour credit than needed for graduation, students should select core courses normally prescribed by their intended degree plan.

Core Component Area Applicable UT Austin Courses1
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Texas Common Course Numbers)
English Composition
semester hours: 6
statewide core code: 010
  • One course chosen from
    RHE 306, RHE 306Q, E 603A2, or T C 603A2; and
  • 3 additional semester hours of Writing Flag coursework.
semester hours: 3
statewide core code: 020
One course chosen from
  • 302, 303D, 403K, 305G, 408C, 408K, 408N, 408R, 310P2, 316; or
  • SSC 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.
Science & Technology, Part 1
semester hours: 6
statewide core code: 030
Two courses in a single discipline, chosen from
  • AST 301, 302, 303, or 307; 309; 309L; 309N or 309Q; 309Q or 309R; 309S; 309T;
  • BIO 301D, 301L, 301M (select two); 311C+311D; 311C+326M; 311C+446L; 311C+365S; 315H4+325H4;
  • CH 301+302; 301H4+302H4; 304K+305;
  • GEO 401, 303, or 420H4; 302C; 302D; 302E; 302K; 302M; 302P; 303C; 404C or 405; 305E; 307;
  • MNS 307, 308;
  • NSC 306J+306K+306L+306M (restricted to Applied Learning & Development majors, any three of these courses fulfill both Part 1 and 2 requirements);
  • P S 303+304;
  • PHY 301+316; 302K+302L; 303K+303L; 309K+309L; 317K+317L;
  • BIO 301E2; or
  • PHY 3212.

(Two courses designed to be taken in sequence are recommended, though any two nonduplicating courses in the same discipline may be combined for core purposes.)

Science & Technology, Part 2
semester hours: 3
statewide core code: 031
One course in a discipline different from that used for the preceding requirement (030), chosen from
  • courses listed in Science & Technology, Part 1;
  • ANT 301, 304;
  • BIO 301C, 305E, 305F, 406D, 307D, 309D, 309F;
  • C S 302, 307, 312;
  • CH 314N;
  • E E 302, 306; or
  • GRG 301C, 301K, 304E.
semester hours: 3
statewide core code: 040
One course chosen from
316K, E 603B2, or T C 603B2.
Visual & Performing Arts3
semester hours: 3
statewide core code: 050
Coursework chosen from
  • AMS 330;
  • ARC 308, 318K, 318L;
  • ARH 301, 302, 303, 325, 327N, 327R, 329J, 329R, 330G, 331K, 331L, 332K, 332L, 333K, 333L, 335P, 337K, 338L, 339J, 339K, 339L, 339M, 341K, 341L, 347K, 347L, 347M, 359, 361, 361L, 362, 362R, 363, 364, 365, 366J, 366N, 366P, 367, 370, 372;
  • ART 320K, 320L;
  • C C 301, 302, 303, 307C, 307D, 317;
  • CTI 350, 351;
  • F A 308, 310;
  • MUS 302L, 302P, 303M, 303N, 303P, 606A or 306M, 307, 313, 334;
  • PHL 317K, 346;
  • RTF 305, 314, 316;
  • T D 301, 302T, 303, 317, 317D; or
  • VAS 320.
U.S. History
semester hours: 6
statewide core code: 060
Legislative requirement – two courses, one of which may be dedicated to Texas history, chosen from
  • HIS 314K, 315G, 315K, 315L, 317L, 320L, 320P, 320R, 333L, 333M, 334L, 336L, 340S, 345J, 345L, 345M, 350R, 351N, 351P, 355F, 355M, 355N, 355P, 355S, 356G, 356K, 356N, 356P, 356R, 357C, 357D, 357F, 357P, 365G, 373C, 376F.

(Courses in other departments – AFR, AMS, MAS, etc. – cross-listed with courses above may also apply.)

U.S. & Texas Government
semester hours: 6
statewide core code: 070
Legislative requirement
  • GOV 310L; and
  • one course chosen from GOV 312L, 312P, or 312R.
  • GOV 105 (designed primarily for out-of-state transfer students with 5 or more hours in U.S. government, but who lack coursework with a Texas Constitution component).
Social & Behavioral Sciences
semester hours: 3
statewide core code: 080
One course chosen from
  • ANT 302, 305, 307, 318L;
  • CTI 302, 365;
  • ECO 301, 304K, 304L;
  • GRG 305, 306C, 307C, 308, 309, 312, 319;
  • HIS 329U;
  • HDF 304;
  • LIN 306, 312;
  • PSY 301;
  • R S 310;
  • SOC 302, 308, 308C, 308D, 309, 313K, 318, 319; or
  • S S 3012.
Signature Course
semester hours: 3
statewide core code: 090
One course chosen from
UGS 302, UGS 303, or T C 3022.

(Transfer credit for the Signature Course is not generally available. Students transferring “core-complete” from Texas public institutions are not required to enroll in a UT Signature Course.)

total core curriculum semester hours: 42

1 The first digit of UT Austin course numbers denotes semester hour credit value and the combined second+third digits represent course level (01-19 for lower-division and 20-79 for upper-division). The suffixes “A” and “B” identify each half of a two-semester course; for example, MUS 605 is comprised of MUS 605A and 605B, each with 3 semester hours.

2 Open only to Plan II Honors Program students, not awarded in transfer.

3 Consistent with Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology standards, engineering students may not count credit in applied fine arts or in mathematics below the level of calculus toward any degree requirement, including the core curriculum.

4 Honors course, not awarded in transfer.

Other Transfer Issues

More Transfer Credit Info

  • Our Transfer Guides for Austin Community College and other Texas community colleges recommend coursework prospective transfer students should take to apply toward specific UT Austin degree plans.
  • The Automated Transfer Equivalency (ATE) system provides interactive access to our database of more than 250,000 transfer credit evaluations for current and past courses at universities and community colleges throughout Texas.
  • The Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) system enables prospective transfer students and UT students studying away from UT to estimate the degree applicability of coursework taken at other institutions.
  • UT Austin's transfer credit policies are published in the General Information catalog.
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