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1. The University

Statement on Equal Educational Opportunity

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, citizenship, and veteran status. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is also prohibited pursuant to University policy.

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Title IX/ADA/504 Coordinators

Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972) and disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990). The University has designated the following persons as Coordinators to monitor compliance with these statutes and to resolve complaints of discrimination based on gender or disability.

Disability (Section 504/ADA)

For students and employees: Linda Millstone, Deputy to the Vice President for Employee and Campus Services and Director of Equal Opportunity Services, NOA 4.302 (101 East 27th Street), (512) 471-1849

Gender (Title IX)

For students: Soncia Reagins-Lilly, Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, SSB 4.104 (100-B West Dean Keeton Street), (512) 471-1201

For employees: Linda Millstone, Deputy to the Vice President for Employee and Campus Services and Director of Equal Opportunity Services, NOA 4.302 (101 East 27th Street), (512) 471-1849

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Accreditation

The University of Texas at Austin is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's, first-professional and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Texas at Austin.

The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas was established by the state legislature in 1881; by popular vote, the Main University was located at Austin and the Medical Branch at Galveston. The Austin campus was opened in September, 1883, with a faculty of 8 and a student body of 218; about three-quarters of the students were registered in the Academic Department and the remainder in the Law Department. In the intervening decades, the central campus has grown from 40 to more than 360 acres, while the student body has increased to about 39,000 undergraduates and 11,000 graduate students. In 1967, with the creation of The University of Texas System, the name of the Main University was changed to the University of Texas at Austin.

University students represent both the diverse population of the state and the full range of contemporary scholarship: an undergraduate may choose courses from more than 170 fields of study while pursuing any of more than 100 majors. Undergraduate study is supported by extensive computer facilities and by one of the largest academic libraries in the nation. Students also benefit from the broad range of scholarly and technical research conducted by the faculty and the research staff.

The city of Austin, with a population of about 680,000, is a relaxed and cosmopolitan setting for the University. The city is home to respected professional communities in theatre, dance, the visual arts, and classical and popular music that offer a wide range of cultural events. Students may also take part in recreational activities made possible by the temperate climate and Austin's location in the Hill Country of central Texas.

For further historical and current information about the University, see General Information.

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The Mission of the University

The mission of the University is to achieve excellence in the interrelated areas of undergraduate education, graduate education, research, and public service. The University provides superior and comprehensive educational opportunities at the baccalaureate through doctoral and special professional educational levels. The University contributes to the advancement of society through research, creative activity, scholarly inquiry, and the development of new knowledge. The University preserves and promotes the arts, benefits the state's economy, serves the citizens through public programs, and provides other public service.

Honor Code

The core values of the University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity, and responsibility. Each member of the University is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect toward peers and community.

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The University of Texas System

The University of Texas at Austin is the largest component of The University of Texas System. The system is governed by a nine-member Board of Regents appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the state Senate. In addition to the University, the system consists of the following institutions. Information about the system and its components is published by The University of Texas System.

  • The University of Texas at Arlington
  • The University of Texas at Brownsville
  • The University of Texas at Dallas
  • The University of Texas at El Paso
  • The University of Texas - Pan American
  • The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • The University of Texas at Tyler
  • The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler

Organization of the University

Academic Affairs

Subject to the supervision of the Board of Regents and to the authority the board has vested in administrative officers, the General Faculty is responsible for the governance of the University. The president is the chief executive officer; the executive vice president and provost is the chief academic officer. The administration of each college or school is the responsibility of that division's dean; in most colleges and schools, an associate or assistant dean for academic affairs oversees the day-to-day academic life of the division. Several colleges are further divided into departments and academic centers; academic and administrative matters in these units are the responsibility of the department chair or center director. A list of the University's colleges and schools and their constituent departments and academic centers is given in General Information.

Student Services

Student services are provided by the Division of Student Affairs, under the direction of the vice president for student affairs. The division consists of several units, which administer the University's programs in such areas as financial aid, student record management, counseling and learning support, housing and food, recreation, health services, and student publications. The services of the student affairs units are described in General Information. Services provided by the colleges and schools are described in chapters 2 through 15 of this catalog.

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Degree Programs

The twelve undergraduate colleges and schools of the University offer the majors listed in the first column; the degree(s) available in each field are given in the second column. All undergraduate degree programs require students to complete at least 120 semester hours of coursework; some programs require more coursework. Degree programs are described in chapters 2 through 15.

The University offers graduate study in most of the following areas and in other fields. Information about graduate courses and degrees and other information for graduate students is given in the Graduate Catalog.

School of Architecture

School of Architecture
Architecture Bachelor of Architecture (BArch)
Architectural studies Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (BSArchStds)
Architecture/Architectural engineering Bachelor of Architecture/Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (BArch/BSArchE)
Architecture/Plan II Honors Program Bachelor of Architecture/Bachelor of Arts, Plan II (BArch/BA)
Interior design Bachelor of Science in Interior Design (BSID)

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Red McCombs School of Business

In addition to the following programs, the McCombs School offers an honors program leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration. Students admitted to the honors program may choose either a general program of study or one of the following majors or both.

Department of Accounting
Accounting Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
The student may pursue an undergraduate degree in accounting alone or in conjunction with the Master in Professional Accounting degree. For the second option, the student must be admitted to the Professional Program in Accounting.

Department of Finance
Finance Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)


Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management
Management information systems Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
Engineering route to the Bachelor of Business Administration Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
Supply chain management [1] Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

Department of Management
Management Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

Department of Marketing
International business Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
Marketing Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

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College of Communication

Department of Advertising
Advertising Bachelor of Science in Advertising (BSAdv)
Public relations Bachelor of Science in Public Relations (BSPR)

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Communication sciences and disorders Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (BSCSD)

Department of Communication Studies
Communication studies Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies (BSCommStds)

School of Journalism
Journalism Bachelor of Journalism (BJ)

Department of Radio-Television-Film
Radio-television-film Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film (BSRTF)

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College of Education

College of Education
All-level generic special education Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development (BSALD)
Athletic training Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BSKin)
Early childhood through grade four generalist Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development (BSALD)
Health promotion and fitness Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BSKin)
Kinesiology Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BSKin)
Sport management Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BSKin)
Youth and community studies Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development (BSALD)

The undergraduate divisions of the College of Education are the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Psychology, Kinesiology and Health Education, and Special Education and the Science Education Center. These units cooperatively offer the Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education offers the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. The kinesiology major includes options in general kinesiology (noncertification) and all-level teacher certification.

Students who plan to seek middle grades, secondary, or all-level teacher certification in Texas must earn a bachelor's degree in the field they intend to teach and must meet the state requirements for teacher certification. Information is available from the college of the student's major or from the College of Education.

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College of Engineering

Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Aerospace engineering Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (BSAsE)

Department of Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical engineering Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (BSBmE)

Department of Chemical Engineering
Chemical engineering Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSChE)

Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
Architectural engineering Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (BSArchE)
Civil engineering Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE)

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical engineering Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE)

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME)

Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering
Petroleum engineering Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering (BSPE)
Geosystems engineering and hydrogeology Bachelor of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology (BSGEH)
The program in geosystems engineering and hydrogeology is offered jointly by the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and the Jackson School of Geosciences.

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College of Fine Arts

Department of Art and Art History
Art history Bachelor of Arts in Art (BAArt)
Design Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Studio art Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  Bachelor of Arts in Art (BAArt)
Visual art studies Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

School of Music
Music Bachelor of Arts in Music (BAMusic)
Composition Bachelor of Music (BMusic)
Jazz composition Bachelor of Music (BMusic)
Music performance Bachelor of Music (BMusic)
Jazz performance Bachelor of Music (BMusic)
Music studies Bachelor of Music (BMusic)
Music theory Bachelor of Music (BMusic)
The music performance student may major in voice, piano, organ, harpsichord, harp, or one of the orchestral instruments (including euphonium, guitar, and saxophone). The jazz performance student may major in double bass, drum set, guitar, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, or vibraphone.

Department of Theatre and Dance
Theatre and dance Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance (BATD)
Theatre studies Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Dance Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

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Jackson School of Geosciences

Department of Geological Sciences
Geological sciences Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences (BAGeoSci) [2]
  Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (BSGeoSci)
Geosystems engineering and hydrogeology Bachelor of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology (BSGEH)
The Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences is offered with options in general geology, geophysics, hydrogeology/environmental geology, and teaching. The Bachelor of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology is offered jointly with the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, College of Engineering.

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College of Liberal Arts

In addition to the following programs, the college offers interdisciplinary majors in humanities and religious studies. The college offers concentrations in cultural studies; science, technology, and society; and western civilization and American institutions, which are open to students in all colleges and schools.

Center for African and African American Studies
Ethnic studies [3] Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department of American Studies
American studies Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department of Anthropology
Anthropology Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Center for Asian American Studies
Ethnic studies [3] Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department of Asian Studies
Asian cultures and languages Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Asian studies Bachelor of Arts (BA)
The student majoring in Asian cultures and languages specializes in Chinese, Japanese, Hindi/Urdu, Malayalam, Sanskrit, or Tamil.

Department of Classics
Ancient history and classical civilization Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Classical archaeology [4] Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Classics Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Greek Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Latin Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department of Economics
Economics Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department of English
English Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Center for European Studies
European studies [5] Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department of French and Italian
French Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Italian Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department of Geography and the Environment
Geography Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Urban studies Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department of Germanic Studies
German Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Scandinavian studies Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department of Government
Government Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department of History
History Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Latin American studies Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department of Linguistics
Linguistics Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Center for Mexican American Studies
Ethnic studies [4] Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Arabic language and literature Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Hebrew language and literature Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Islamic studies Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Jewish studies Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Middle Eastern studies Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Persian language and literature Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Turkish language and literature Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Department of Philosophy
Philosophy Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Plan II Honors Program
The Plan II Honors Program is a broad liberal arts program leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Plan II. The program emphasizes the humanities, but students may also complete a concentration equivalent to a major in science or social science.

Department of Psychology
Psychology Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  Bachelor of Science in Psychology (BSPsy)

Division of Rhetoric and Writing
Rhetoric and writing [5] Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
Czech language and culture Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Russian language and culture Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department of Sociology
Sociology Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Portuguese Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Spanish Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Center for Women's and Gender Studies
Women's and gender studies [5] Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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College of Natural Sciences

In addition to the following degree programs, the college offers the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Science with options in middle grades teaching in mathematics and science and secondary school teaching in computer sciences and mathematics.

Department of Astronomy
Astronomy Bachelor of Science in Astronomy (BSAst)
  Bachelor of Arts (BA)
The Bachelor of Science in Astronomy is offered with options in astronomy and astronomy honors.

School of Biological Sciences
Biology Bachelor of Science in Biology (BSBio)
  Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Clinical laboratory science Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science (BSClinLabSci)
The Bachelor of Science in Biology is offered with options in ecology, evolution, and behavior; human biology; marine and freshwater biology; microbiology; cell and molecular biology; neurobiology; plant biology; teaching; and biology honors.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chemistry Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (BSCh)
  Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Biochemistry Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (BSBioch)
  Bachelor of Arts (BA)
The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is offered with options in chemistry, computation, teaching, and chemistry honors. The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry is offered with options in biochemistry, computation, and biochemistry honors.

Department of Computer Sciences
Computer sciences Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences (BSCS)
  Bachelor of Arts (BA)
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences is offered with three options: computer sciences, Turing Scholars Honors, and computer sciences honors.

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Department of Human Ecology
Human development and family sciences Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences (BSHDFS)
Human ecology Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Nutrition Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (BSNtr)
Textiles and apparel Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Apparel (BSTA)
The Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences is offered with options in early childhood, human development, families and personal relationships, families and society, general human development and family sciences, and human development and family sciences honors. The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition is offered with options in dietetics, nutritional sciences, nutrition and health, teaching, and international nutrition. The Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Apparel is offered with options in apparel design and conservation and retail merchandising.

Department of Mathematics
Mathematics Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (BSMath)
  Bachelor of Arts (BA)
The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics is offered with options in actuarial science, applied mathematics, mathematical sciences (with two specializations: scientific computation; and statistics, probability, and data analysis), pure mathematics, teaching, and mathematics honors.

Department of Physics
Physics Bachelor of Science in Physics (BSPhy)
  Bachelor of Arts (BA)
The Bachelor of Science in Physics is offered with options in physics, computation, radiation physics, space sciences, teaching, and physics honors.

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School of Nursing

School of Nursing
Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

College of Pharmacy

College of Pharmacy
Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

School of Social Work

School of Social Work
Social work Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

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