Office of the Dean
Main Building, Room 202
110 Inner Campus Drive, Stop G8000
Austin, Texas 78712-1509
Phone: 512-475-7000 | Fax: 512-475-7068
The School of Undergraduate Studies is responsible for the core curriculum requirements for all students pursuing an undergraduate degree.
Beginning in the fall of 2016, the core course lists will be updated annually and will not be tied to a student’s catalog choice.
All students should1
Students graduating under the catalogs listed below should follow the recommendations listed above or check the core course list in their chosen catalog.
State law requires that courses fulfilling a core component area (including the institutionally designated option) at one Texas public institution must transfer and substitute for the receiving institution’s comparable requirements. However, this only applies to courses taken when a student does not yet hold degree-seeking status at UT Austin. Once a student holds degree-seeking status at UT Austin, courses taken to fulfill core curriculum requirements must meet UT Austin core definitions in the relevant UT Austin undergraduate catalog, regardless of where they are taken.
Students who have completed at least 42 core hours and are recognized at any public institution of higher education in Texas as having completed the core will be marked on the transcript from the sending institution as “core complete.” The School of Undergraduate Studies works with advisors and students to identify students who are core complete prior to attending UT and will perform any necessary corrections to the student’s degree audit to reflect this status. The general rule is that students whose transfer transcript indicates they are core-complete will automatically be marked as core complete in the UT Austin student records database. There are a few cases, however, listed below, in which this automatic designation may be wrong and will have to be adjusted as they are identified.
Therefore, students who transfer to UT core complete should always double check with an advisor to make sure this status is correct.
Because the university’s core curriculum requirements were tied to the undergraduate catalog prior to fall 2016, students graduating under a catalog between 2008-2016 should carefully consider the effect that changing catalogs may have on their core requirements. These students should speak to an advisor in their home college or school before electing to change the Catalog under which they will graduate.
1 This goes into effect for courses taken beginning in fall 2016. For courses taken prior to fall 2016, consult the course catalog under which you will graduate.