General Requirements for A Bachelorís Degree
All candidates for a bachelorís degree at UH-Victoria must meet the following
outline of minimal requirements. Additional requirements may be imposed by the
individual academic school.*
Complete a minimum of 122 semester hours of work.*
With exception to the RN to BSN program, at least 54 of the 122
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 studentís major. 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 Nursing Director with the advice and consent of the Vice
President for Academic Affairs.
The following core requirements continue to apply to students who first
entered college before fall 1999 and who have been continuously enrolled. See
below for new core requirements. 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:
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 equivalent).
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 major program.
Four semester hours of an upper level course in advanced writing and
Core Distribution Electives: Each degree program must include at least 12
semester hours of electives selected from the following disciplines:
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 major.
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'. Only the semester hours and grades earned on
the last enrollment in a repeated course at this institution will be used for
computation of the cumulative grade point average for graduation. Any grade of I
not made up by the date of graduation will be treated as an F for determination
of graduation requirements.
A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (A=4.0) is required for all hours
attempted in the major 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 Dís in the business major. Any grade of I not
made up by the date of graduation will be treated as an F for determination of
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 major.
Complete a minimum of six semester hours of advanced work in the major field
in residence at this university.
In addition to these general requirements, the candidate for graduation must
meet all special degree requirements outlined by the appropriate academic school
in which the student is majoring.
Students must be clear from academic probation at the time of graduation.
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.
New Core Curriculum for Students First Entering College in Fall 1999 or after:
Semester Credit Hours:
Political Science (Federal and State Government)
Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, or
Mathematics (College Algebra or equivalent)
Social/Behavioral Science (Anthropology, Economics, Geography,
Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology)
Visual/Performing Arts (Art, Drama, or Music)
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 major 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.
Students may earn and receive credit for more than one major. This provision is
often referred to as a ďdouble majorĒ, consisting of a first major and an
additional major or, in rare instances, more than one. The following conditions
The majors must ordinarily fall under the same degree heading (e.g., B.B.A.).
Otherwise, the conditions for an additional bachelorís degree apply.
Only one major will be used for institutional data reports, whichever one the
student indicates should be listed first.
All majors completed will be represented on the studentís official
As long as a student is continuously enrolled, excluding summers, a student
can complete another major without being subject to an additional 30 hour
Additional Bachelorís Degree
The fact that a student has a bachelorís degree from UH-Victoria or from another
recognized institution, does not preclude receiving an additional bachelorís
degree from UH-Victoria. Before being awarded a second bachelorís degree, the
student must have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond those required
for the first degree. For each subsequent bachelorís degree, the student must
complete a minimum of 30 semester hours in addition to those earned toward
The general and specific requirements for each degree must be met. The student
must have 30 semester hours of residence credit earned at UH-Victoria for each
degree awarded the student by the university.
As long as a student is continuously enrolled, excluding summers, a student can
complete another major without being subject to an additional 30 hour
General Requirements for a Masterís Degree
Planning the Graduate Program
In general the graduate student is expected to be enrolled each semester until
completion of the degree program and award of the degree. The graduate student
who is not enrolled should not expect the facilities of the university to be
available. Such facilities include (but are not limited to) office and classroom
space, laboratories, faculty resources and administration of oral or written
examination. Exceptions to this requirement may be granted upon petition.
The graduate student should consult the programís graduate advisor before each
registration. The student is required to fulfill the special requirements of
that particular degree program in addition to the general requirements
stipulated for graduate studies. Additional requirements are listed with the
appropriate degree programs in this catalog.
Applicable Graduate Credit
Graduate credit is not granted for courses taken prior to a studentís admission
to any regionally accredited graduate school. The ĎTime Limitationí section
specifies additional restrictions.
Second Masterís Degree
With the advisorís approval, a maximum of 50% of credit required for a masterís
degree earned at this institution may be applied to a second masterís degree.
Regulations concerning time limitations apply to transfer credit as well as to
credit earned at UH-Victoria.
Course Numbering and Level of Credit
Credit for a 3000- or 4000-level course may be applied to a graduate degree upon
approval by the school of the studentís major.
Any undergraduate courses counted toward a graduate degree must be taken when
the student is a graduate student and must be part of the studentís approved
degree plan. Courses taken as an undergraduate for undergraduate credit cannot
be used for graduate credit.
The graduate student who does not wish to earn graduate credit in a course must
file a Course Credit Petition with the Office of Admissions and Records
immediately after payment of tuition and fees. A UH-Victoria senior in good
academic standing may take a limited number of courses for graduate credit if
lacking no more than 12 semester hours for a degree. The student may receive
permission to enroll for graduate credit through a Course Credit Petition, which
must be filed with the Office of Admissions and Records. Graduate credits earned
in this manner may not exceed 12 semester hours and may not be applied to the
undergraduate degree. The Course Credit Petition may be obtained in the Office
of Admissions and Records or may be printed from the Admissions website (www.uhv.edu/oar)
, under Forms.
Continuing Graduate Study Beyond the Masterís Level
The student who completes a masterís degree program at this institution will
have the degree status changed to that of a non-degree seeking graduate student.
If the student wishes to change majors and/or pursue another masterís degree, a
Course Credit Petition must be completed. This petition is available on the
Admissions web page or in the Office of Admissions and Records.
For graduate programs requiring 36 or fewer credit hours to fulfill the degree
requirements, the student must complete the requirements within 5 years after
formal admission to the program.
For graduate programs requiring more than 36 credit hours to fulfill the degree
requirements, the student must complete the program within 7 years after formal
Course credit, either transfer or from UHV, may not apply to any graduate degree
if at graduation the course credit is more than 10 years old.
With the exception of programs for which another termination date has been
specified, no degree shall be granted for a graduate program not completed
within five years of its deletion from this catalog.
Termination of Enrollment
A satisfactory rate of progress toward the degree is required throughout the
studentís enrollment. The dean of the school may terminate a studentís
enrollment at any time if the rate of progress is not satisfactory. A student
whose enrollment is terminated should be so notified with an explanation in
writing by the dean of the studentís major. A copy of this notice and
explanation will be made part of the studentís permanent file.
Graduate Program Semester Hour Requirements
The semester hour requirements for graduate programs may vary; however, no
program will have fewer than 36 semester hours. The student must complete 75% of
these, or 27 at UHV unless transferring from a UH System institution. In the
latter case, the student must complete 50% at UHV.
Application for Candidacy
Students should refer to respective schools for requirements and procedures for
Students failing to fulfill school requirements by the appropriate deadline will
have their application for graduation disapproved.
Candidacy applications for graduate students are available in the school
Academic Standards for Graduate Students
students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) over
all graduate courses attempted at UH-Victoria, regardless of whether the courses
are counted toward degree requirements.
No more than two courses with earned Cís may be applied toward graduate
degree plan requirements.
Failure to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) may
result in warning, probation or suspension.
Graduate students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B)
on all courses that appear on the studentís degree plan, including transferred
No credit toward a graduate degree is allowed for courses in which grades
of D or F are earned, although the grades are included in the grade point
The thesis grade is not included in the grade point average.
Certain graduate courses, as specified annually by the academic school,
may be graded as S (satisfactory), U (unsatisfactory) and I (incomplete). Such
grades will not be considered in computing a grade point average.
Dishonesty may take a variety of forms, ranging from breach of ethics to a
criminal offense. The faculty and administration of UH-Victoria view academic
dishonesty as a significant breach of ethical conduct which incurs various
disciplinary actions. Policies and procedures are outlined in the
Honesty policy in the UHV Student Handbook.
Approval of Thesis Proposal
The student may not begin the research prior to the approval of the thesis
proposal by the studentís thesis committee (consult particular programs for
committee composition). The thesis must present evidence of a mastery of the
literature, a significant contribution to knowledge or professional skills and
the ability to do independent research.
The final draft of the thesis must be completed and submitted to the committee
no later than the following deadlines:
Fall graduationóNovember 1
Spring graduationóApril 1
Summer graduationóJuly 1
The paragraph regarding ďBinding and Distribution of Thesisíí on the following
pages specifies deadlines for submission of the approved thesis.
Continuous Registration and Credit for Thesis
The student who is working on a thesis is required to be continuously enrolled
in the appropriate thesis course for a minimum of 6 semester hours per year (12
months). Advice or assistance from a member of the faculty in the preparation of
a thesis may not be expected unless the student is officially enrolled. Failure
to enroll in thesis may delay the studentís graduation. Enrollment is required
in the semester in which the thesis is completed.
A person who lives in excess of 100 miles from the campus may register in
absentia for thesis courses if arrangements are made through the Office of
Admissions and Records at least two weeks before the registration period.
Registration for all other students must be completed in the prescribed manner
during the announced registration period. The thesis course is considered a part
of the studentís current course load.
For acquisition of three thesis credits (6308) a grade of S will be recorded.
For completion of the other three credits (6309) a regular grade (A, B, etc.)
will be recorded. A grade of I may be assigned in either case to indicate work
still in progress. Students are to enroll in 6308 until a grade of S is achieved
before registering for 6309. In rare cases where the thesis is likely to be
completed in one semester, permission for dual registration may be granted by
the dean of the school.
A final grade of B or better is required in the completed thesis. A grade of C
indicates that the thesis is not acceptable. Students who are not progressing
satisfactorily may be asked to withdraw.
An optional graduate grading system of S (satisfactory), U (unsatisfactory) or I
(incomplete) may be elected by any school for a given period, generally the
academic year. Grades in the thesis courses whether under the optional or
regular grading system, are not considered in computing a studentís grade point
For the masterís thesis, six semester hours may be earned. Although more than
this number may be required of the student, six is the maximum number of hours
which may be applied toward the masterís degree.
An oral examination over the research study will be held upon completion of the
Suggested Form for Thesis
As a general rule, the format and style of presentation should conform to the
most acceptable standards of scientific and scholarly writing in the discipline.
For example, psychology students should refer to the publication, Manual of the
American Psychological Association (available in the Victoria College Bookstore
and the Academic Center). The title page must bear the month and year of
commencement and the signatures of the thesis committee members.
Before preparing the thesis, the student should obtain a copy of the guide for
the preparation and submission of thesis from the advisor.
Binding and Distribution of Thesis
The original and three copies of the approved thesis should be submitted for
binding to the Director of the Library as early as possible, but no later than
4:00 p.m. on the last day of final exams for the semester or term in which the
candidate expects to graduate.
Fall graduationóLast day of final exams for the fall semester (December)
Spring graduationóLast day of final exams for the spring semester (May)
Summer graduationóLast day of final exams for the summer terms (August)
Cost of Binding
The library will charge the candidate the current binding charge, which may be
based on the size of the thesis.
Distribution of Thesis
1. Originalólibrary archives (All signatures on this copy must be originals)
2. One copyólibrary circulating copy
3. One copyóschool office of candidateís major (Arts & Sciences, Business
Administration or Education)
4. One copyóChair of candidateís committee
At the candidateís option, other copies may be bound for his/her own use.
Choice of Paper
The original copy of the thesis must be printed on acid-free paper.
Copyright of your thesis is secured automatically when the thesis is created,
and it is ďcreatedĒ when it is fixed in a copy for the first time. However, if
you want to register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office, you have two
options: (1) you may handle this entirely on your own, or (2) you may submit the
appropriate paper work, along with one copy of your thesis (which may be
unbound), and the registration fee of $20 to UH-Victoria by the deadline date
shown above. The university will send all of this to the U.S. Copyright Office
for you. (The library has a packet of materials that explain copyright
registration in more detail.).