The University of Texas at Brownsville awards the following baccalaureate degrees:
- Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)
- Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT)
- Bachelor of Arts (BA)
- Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS)
- Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
- Bachelor of Science (BS)
- Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ)
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- Bachelor of Music (BM)
- Bachelor of Arts in Communication (BACOMM)
- Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (BMS)
All course requirements for a baccalaureate degree in any of the disciplines are established within the College, School, or Department in which the discipline falls. For a complete listing of baccalaureate degrees, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.
Specific requirements for each major field are listed in the catalog sections dealing with these majors. It is the responsibility of students to be familiar with all the requirements for the degree.
- A minimum of 120-124 semester credit hours, including a minimum of 36 advanced hours, is required, with an overall minimum grade point average of 2.000 on all coursework (including developmental and transfer coursework) For School of Business BBA majors, a 2.500 GPA overall is required.
- A minimum grade point average of 2.000 in the Core Curriculum, the major field and the minor field is required. For School of Business BBA majors, a 2.500 GPA is required in the upper division core and major.
- A minimum grade point average of 2.000 on all coursework used to satisfy degree plan requirements.
- Students may meet the requirements for graduation in the catalog of the year in which they enter UTB, or some later catalog. However, students must graduate within eight years from the academic year of entrance or they will be placed under the provisions of a later catalog.
- A major field of concentration requires a minimum of 24 semester credit hours, with at least 15 hours of advanced-level work; A minor field requires at least 18 semester credit hours with a minimum of nine semester hours of advanced-level work; courses may not be used to satisfy a requirement for both a major and a minor or for two majors or for two minors.
- The major-minor or broad-field major course distribution must follow the requirements set forth by the various departments, subject to any limitations and requirements noted under the baccalaureate degrees and these Graduation Requirements, or in published form issued by the various departments.
- A minimum of 25 percent of semester credit hours must be completed in residence at UTB before it will be conferred. In the case of undergraduate degree programs offered through joint, cooperative, or consortia agreements, the student must earn at least 25 percent of credits from the participating institutions.
- At least 15 semester credit hours of advanced course work (level 3000, 4000) in the major field of study must be completed in residence.
- A maximum of 45 semester credit hours of college credit will be accepted towards a baccalaureate degree by any combination of extension, examination and correspondence credit with an 18-hour limit on correspondence credit. Exception for BAT/BAAS: a technical block of 35 to 37 hours (of an AAS degree) and the General Education Core are transferable.
- Students must submit a complete graduation application packet to Registrars in Main 1.100 by the appropriate deadline. Students must pay the required $25 fee at the Accounting and Finance Office before submitting the packet.
The complete graduation application packet includes:
- Application for Graduation - Baccalaureate
- Degree Plan Signed by an Academic Advisor (degree plan may not be from an Undergraduate Catalog more than 8 years old)
- Course Substitution (if applicable)
- Proof of Payment
Graduation Application Deadlines
Commencement Application Deadlines
A student earning a baccalaureate degree may receive an additional major in a different field of study within the same degree type (Bachelor's of Arts is an example of a degree type).
Such student will:
- Complete all major requirements fesffor each of the two majors within the degree type.
- Complete at least 25 percent of the coursework for each degree in residence, including completion in residence of at least 12 semester credit hours of advanced course work (level 3000,4000) in the major field of study for each degree.
- Complete all requirements for each degree including grade point average requirements, elective courses, and advanced courses as set forth in the catalog.
- Select (with assistance of major advisor) which major will be listed as the first major on the diploma (Student receives only one diploma with a double major).
- Seek advice from an academic advisor or faculty advisor at least one year prior to graduation, so that the degree plan can be developed by the advisor.
NOTE: A student cannot receive two separate degrees of the same degree type (e.g., two Bachelor of Arts degrees) with the same graduation date. (See section on Multiple Degree and/or Subsequent Degrees.)
A student may earn two baccalaureate degrees of different degree types on the same graduation date (Example: Bachelor's of Science in Biology and Bachelor's of Arts in English).
Such student will:
- Complete all major requirements for each of the two majors and degree types.
- Complete at least 25 percent of coursework for each degree in residence, including completion in residence of at least 12 semester credit hours of advanced course work (level 3000, 4000) in the major field of study for each degree in residence.
- Complete all requirements for each degree, including grade point average requirements, elective courses, and advanced courses as set forth in the catalog.
- Cannot use the major of one degree type for the minor or general electives of the second degree type.
- Cannot use the minor of one degree type for the major or general electives of the second degree type.
- Should consult with an academic advisor and faculty advisor at least one year prior to graduation.
- Student will be advised to (1) seek a Double Major; (2) follow the Subsequent Degree route; or (3) complete one degree and continue into Graduate Studies.
Subsequent Baccalaureate Degrees
Students awarded a baccalaureate degree from UTB or another accredited institution may receive an additional baccalaureate degree of a different major from UTB. Such students continue to be classified as undergraduates and must:
- Complete a minimum of 25 percent semester credit hours of credit at UTB (of which at least 12 of the advanced hours in the major field must be taken at UTB) for each baccalaureate degree sought beyond the first;
- Complete all requirements for the additional major(s) as set forth in the catalog; and
- Complete all requirements for the additional degree(s), including grade point average requirements, elective courses, and advanced courses as set forth in the catalog.
- Complete requirements under the catalog in effect at the time of beginning the second.
NOTE: Additional major(s) and/or minor(s) may not be awarded to a baccalaureate degree previously earned.
Honors in Graduation
At the time of graduation, students earning a baccalaureate will be recognized for sustained scholastic excellence by graduating with appropriate honors. Honors will be determined by a student's cumulative grade point average on all non-developmental undergraduate hours taken, including transfer hours. If courses have been repeated, the last grade recorded will be used in determining grade point average.
|Summa Cum Laude
||3.900 – 4.000
|Magna Cum Laude
||3.700 – 3.899
||3.500 – 3.699
Students who are members of academic honor societies will be recognized at the commencement ceremony. Please check with your organization’s advisor for any additional graduation regalia.
Changing Graduation Date
Graduation candidates who do not meet requirements for the semester they applied for graduation, may move their graduation date up one semester by submitting the Request for Change of Graduation Date form to Registrars in Main 1.100. Students must pay the required $5 fee at the Accounting and Finance Office before submitting the form.