Office of the Registrar
The University of Texas at Tyler publishes a new Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog every two years. Each new Catalog becomes effective at the start of the first Fall term and ends after the final Summer session of the years it covers.The Catalogs themselves are commonly referred to according to the range of years they cover such as 06-08, 08-10, 10-12, etc.
- Ex. The 2010-2012 Catalog covers Fall 2010 through Summer 2012.
Catalog Year Defined:
Each student at The University of Texas at Tyler enters their studies subject to requirements set forth in the Catalog in effect at the time of their admission to the university. This year, combined with the specific term the student first began taking classes at UT Tyler, is referred to as the student's Catalog Year. Unless a student changes their Catalog Year, or has it changed upon a later readmission, the graduation requirements set forth in their original Catalog will be used to determine their requirements and eligibility for graduation.
- Ex. A new freshman starting in Spring 2010 entered under the 2008-2010 Catalog, and their Catalog Year is Spring 2010. This is subject to all requirements set forth in the 2008-2010 Catalog for their degree, Core Curriculum and other relevant items.
Voluntary Catalog Year Change:
Students may change their Catalog Year voluntarily to any Catalog that has become available since their time of admission. Once a student moves forward to a new Catalog they may not then move back to an older Catalog. Students are required to consult with their academic advisor and have them sign off on the Change of Catalog Year form prior to making any such change.
Note: Declaring a major, minor or sub-plan that only appears in a more recent Catalog than the one a student is currently subject to requires submission of a Change of Catalog Year form in addition to the Change of Major and/or Change of Minor forms.
- Ex. The UTeach sub-plans, Asian Studies minor, Marketing minor and Entrepreneurship minor all first became available with the 2010-2012 Catalog and are only available to students who migrate to, or start under, that Catalog.
Automatic Catalog Year Changes:
If a student has not enrolled at UT Tyler for one full academic year, readmission to the university is required. Students who complete a readmission application are admitted under the Catalog in effect at the time of readmission and will be subject to all requirements under that Catalog.
- Ex. Three consecutive terms without enrollment constitute a full academic year of non-attendance and will require readmission. The three Summer sessions together count as one term.
A Catalog over six years old may be used to determine requirements for a degree only if the student has been enrolled continuously in Fall and Spring terms. If a student has not been continuously enrolled in this manner, their degree requirements will be evaluated under the oldest Catalog for which they are eligible. The student may submit a Change of Catalog Year form to request a formal update to a more recent Catalog.
- Ex. If a student listed under the 2002-2004 Catalog applies for graduation in Fall 2010, and they did not attend the Fall 2006 term, they will not be eligible to have their degree requirements evaluated under the 2002-2004 Catalog. By default their requirements would be evaluated under the 2006-2008 Catalog, which is the oldest Catalog available as-of Fall 2010.
Automatic Requirement Changes for Majors and Sub-plans:
Per the Declaration/Change of Major policy listed in the Catalog: "Students who change majors must meet the specific requirements for the new major as stated in the catalog in effect at the time of the change of major." This means that when a student changes their major, they are subject to the degree requirements for their new major as they appear in the current Catalog in effect for the university, even if that is not the Catalog the student is otherwise subject to.
For example, if a student majoring in History with a Catalog Year of Fall 2007, which falls under the 2006-2008 Catalog, changes their major to Finance in Fall 2010, their degree requirements for the Finance degree will be based on the requirements for that degree under the 2010-2012 Catalog. The student will still have all other graduation requirements, such as their Core Curriculum, based on the 2006-2008 Catalog.
- Sub-plans are tied directly to their associated major, so requirements for sub-plans will always be subject to the same Catalog as their associated major.
- Minors are independent from majors are are not subject to an automatic change of requirements when a major is changed.
Students should consult an advisor before changing majors to discuss the degree requirements for the new major under the current Catalog.