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2013-2014 Catalog

Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor's Degree | Master's Degree | Thesis

All candidates for a bachelor’s degree at UH-Victoria must meet the following outline of minimal requirements. Additional requirements may be imposed by the individual academic school.*

I.    Complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of work, unless enrolled in a plan that requires additional
       hours.* With exception to the RN to BSN program, at least 54 of the 120 semester hours are to be
       advanced, according to the requirements of the respective degree plans, and at least 18 of these 54
       advanced semester hours must be in the student’s plan. The RN to BSN program requires at least 31 of the
       minimum 122 semester hours to be advanced. Any change or substitution must have the approval of the
       appropriate dean or with the advice and consent of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

II.   Core Curriculum for Students First Entering College before Fall 1999:

       The following core requirements continue to apply to students who first entered college before fall 1999 and
       who have been continuously enrolled. Students must complete a minimum of 42 semester hours in the core
       curriculum, 28 of which are prescribed and the balance of which are electives to be taken from designated
       areas.* These 42 semester hours must be divided as follows:

       A. University Core Requirements:
            Nine semester hours in English at the lower division level (a minimum of three semester hours in
                composition and three semester hours in literature).
            Six semester hours in political science at the lower division level (federal and state government or
            Six semester hours in United States history at the lower division level (three semester hours of Texas
                 history may be applied toward this requirement).
            Three semester hours of college algebra or the equivalent, as determined by the plan program.
            Four semester hours of an upper level course in advanced writing and research.

       B. Core Distribution Electives: Each degree program must include at least 12 semester hours of electives
            selected from the following disciplines:

             Anthropology              Languages
             Art                              Mathematics
             Biology                        Music
             Chemistry                    Philosophy
             Computer Science       Physics
             Drama                         Political Science
             Economics                   Psychology
             English                         Sociology
             Geography                   Speech
             Geology                       Statistics

             Certain courses are never applicable toward the core distribution elective requirements. These courses
             are identified by a dagger symbol in the course description section of the catalog.

*Each student should always refer to the appropriate school section of this catalog for complete requirements and total number of hours prescribed for a specific degree and plan.

III. Core Curriculum for Students First Entering College in Fall 1999 or after:


Semester Credit Hours:

010 – Communication (English Composition)


020 - Mathematics (College Algebra or equivalent)


030 - Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, or Bio/Physical Science)


040- Humanities (Literature, Philosophy, Modern or Classical Language/Literature, or Cultural Studies)


050-Visual/Performing Arts (Art, Drama, Music, Dance Photography,
or any other course in the Visual or Performing Arts)




070-Political Science (Federal and State Government)


080-Social/Behavioral Science (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology)


090-Institutionally Designated Option (Speech and Computer


The Core Courses presently offered are:

Course Number



10 Communications (2 courses)

ENGL 1301

English Comp I


ENGL 1302

English Comp II


20 Mathematics (1 course)

MATH 1314

College Algebra


MATH 1324

Finite Mathematics


MATH 1325

Business Calculus


MATH 2312



MATH 2413

Calculus I


MATH 2414

Calculus II


MATH 2415

Calculus III


30 Natural Sciences (2 courses)
Note: Some degree plans require lab course.

BIOL 1306/1406

General Biology I

3 (without lab) OR 4 (with lab)

BIOL 1307/1407

General Biology II

3 (without lab) OR 4 (with lab)

BIOL 1309/1409

Life on Earth

3(without lab) OR 4 (with lab)




BIOL 2306/2406

The Living Planet

3 (without lab) OR 4 (with lab)

40 Literature, Philosophy, modern or classical

language/literature and cultural studies (1 course)

ENGL 2332

World Literature I


PHIL 1301

Intro to Western Philosophy


PHIL 1303

Reasoning and Critical Thinking


50 Visual and Performing Arts (1 course)

DRAM 2366

Intro to Cinema


COMM 1335

Intro to Radio & TV


60 United States History (2 courses)

HIST 1301

US History I


HIST 1302

US History II


70 Political Science (2 courses)

PSCI 2305

United States Government


PSCI 2306

Texas State and Local Government


80 Social/Behavioral Science (1 course)

PSYC 2301

Introduction to Psychology


CRIJ 1301

Introduction to Criminal Justice


90 Additional hours/University Designated Core (2 courses)

SPCH 1315

Introduction to Public Speaking


COSC 1301

Technology and Problem Solving


Please Note: A student who has completed the core curriculum at another Texas public institution will have satisfied the core curriculum requirements for UHV. New core curriculum requirements may result in future changes to plan field of study requirements as currently described. Changes would affect only students first entering college in fall 1999 or later and would be represented on degree plans for those students.

IV.  Other Requirements

       A.   A 2.0 grade point average is the minimum permitted for graduation, as applied to credit hours attempted
              at this institution. Students are therefore expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
              Averages below that number may result in probation and suspension, as specified in the section entitled
              'Academic Probation or Suspension'. For graduation requirements and academic probation and
              suspension, only the last completion grade recorded for repeated courses is used in computing the
              grade point average for courses at UHV. However, all courses attempted are included in the grade
              point average, including repeated courses, for undergraduate graduation with honors. Any grade of I not
              made up by the date of graduation will be treated as an F for determination of graduation requirements.

        B.  A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (A=4.0) is required for all hours attempted in the plan at this
              institution. Grades for repeated courses are computed as in IIIA above. Students in the School of
              Business Administration cannot accumulate more than two D’s in the business plan. Any grade of I not
              made up by the date of graduation will be treated as an F for determination of graduation requirements.

        C.  30 of the last 36 advanced semester hours must be completed with UH-Victoria. These residence hours
              are not to include correspondence work. The following regulations are in effect:

    • Maximum correspondence credit applicable to the degree is 18 semester hours, with no more than six applicable toward the plan.
    • Complete a minimum of six semester hours of advanced work in the plan field in residence at this university.

        D.  In addition to these general requirements, the candidate for graduation must meet all special degree
              requirements outlined by the appropriate academic program of the student’s plan.

        E.  Students must be clear from academic probation at the time of graduation.

        F.  In addition to other graduation requirements, students in teacher education programs must meet all
              requirements for admission to and retention in the teacher education program.

        G.  All students entering with less than 30 semester hours are required to take UNIV 1200 First Year

Undergraduate Double Majors
Students may earn and receive credit for more than one plan (major). This provision is often referred to as a “double major”, consisting of a first plan and an additional plan or, in rare instances, more than one additional plan.  The following conditions apply:

  • The plans must lead to the same baccalaureate degree (e.g., both must lead to a B.A. or B.S.), rather than one leading to a B.A. and one to a B.S.). Otherwise, the conditions for an additional bachelor’s degree apply.
  • Both plans (majors) must be on UH-Victoria’s Inventory of Approved Degree Programs with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
  • Non-disciplinary majors such as Applied Arts and Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies shall not be allowed in multi-major degree programs.
  • Only one plan will be used for institutional data reports, whichever one the student indicates as the primary plan.
  • Both plans (majors) will be noted on the transcript and diploma of students who are certified with double majors.
  • The major requirement hours completed for each additional major must be unique to each major, and completed with University of Houston-Victoria.
  • Students must earn a 2.00 minimum grade point average in all courses attempted in each major at the university.
  • A student may elect to stop pursuing the double major at any time before certification for graduation by submitting a Change of Plan (Major) form.  The student would continue with just the one primary major.
  • Only one degree is awarded for a double major.
  • Students pursuing a double major typically complete both majors before being graduated.  However, students pursuing a double major who complete all degree requirements for one major but not the other may graduate with a single major and, as long as a student is continuously enrolled with UHV, excluding summers, a student can complete the remaining requirements for the second major without being subject to an additional 30 hour requirement.  This applies only to undergraduate double majors.  Students pursuing an additional or dual degree must complete the additional 30 hour requirement.

    In the case where a student completes all degree requirements for just one major, the transcript and diploma will reflect only one major.  When the second major is completed, the student should notify their academic advisor to confirm completion of the second major.  Once the academic advisor confirms completion with the Registrar’s Office, the second major will be posted to the student’s transcript with the completion term/date noted.  The student must forfeit the issued diploma to the Registrar’s Office in order to receive a diploma reflecting both majors.

    Undergraduate Additional Bachelor’s Degree

    The fact that a student has a bachelor’s degree from UH-Victoria or from another recognized institution does not preclude receiving an additional bachelor’s degree from UH-Victoria. A student pursuing a dual degree will, upon completion of all requirements, receive two separate degrees.  E.g., two B.A.s, two B.S.s, or a combination of either B.A, B.S., B.B.A., etc.  Students may not pursue more than two degree programs concurrently.

    A student pursuing a second/dual degree must complete all university, college, and department/curricular requirements for the second degree not covered in the first.  The following conditions apply:

    • The courses taken to satisfy core curriculum, general education, and all other common lower-division requirements can be counted to meet the completion requirements of both degree programs.
    • Both degrees/majors must be on UH-Victoria’s Inventory of Approved Degree Programs with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
    • For each subsequent bachelor’s degree, the student must complete a minimum of 30 unique semester hours in addition to those earned toward previous degrees, and must be completed with University of Houston-Victoria.
    • Dual bachelor’s degrees: If two bachelor’s degrees are conferred simultaneously, the student must complete a minimum of 30 hours beyond the requirements of the single degree.  Graduation will occur when the student has completed requirements for both degrees.
    • Students completing dual bachelor’s degrees receive two diplomas.