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Undergraduate Advising

Filing a Degree Plan

Each student pursuing a bachelor's degree in the College of Arts and Sciences is expected to file a degree plan with the academic department during the first semester or as soon as the major and minor are decided.

This degree plan outlines your program of study and becomes the basis for conferring of the degree when the plan is successfully completed. The degree plan should be updated at least once a year to ensure that you are on track to graduation. A student may not graduate without an approved degree plan on file in the dean's office.

The degree plan form, which is available in the academic department, must be completed in consultation with the student's academic adviser and the department chair, and must be approved by the coordinator of the college's Advising Center. Any changes in the degree plan must be approved by the adviser, department chair and coordinator of the Advising Center.

Earning Advanced (Upper-Level) Hours

All students earning a bachelor's degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete at least 42 hours at the advanced or upper-level. This is defined as 3000- and 4000-level courses (ie., the first digit of the course number is either a 3 or a 4). Most of your 42 hours will come from your major and minor coursework taken at the upper level while at UT Tyler. The balance of upper-level hours will be free electives.

Foreign Language Requirement (B.A. Degree)

Students seeking a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete four semesters (12 hours minimum) of an approved foreign language. Students may complete this requirement by passing a written examination approved by the foreign language faculty.

Pre-Med and Pre-Dental Advising

Students who intend to pursue medical, dental or veterinary training after graduation should consult the Department of Biology for information on the appropriate undergraduate courses to take.