Degree and Program Information

Texas State University offers a full range of programs in applied arts, business administration, education, the fine arts, general studies, health professions, the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering. This section of the catalog gives basic information about the undergraduate degrees, majors, minors, and alternative curricula available at Texas State. Certificate and degree programs are approved in accordance with guidelines provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System.


SACSCOC Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accreditation is institutional in nature. Although many programs are accredited by other agencies, SACSCOC accredits the university as a whole, not specific degrees or programs.

Texas State University Undergraduate Degree Program Information

All undergraduate degrees conferred by Texas State University are based on the satisfactory completion of the following components:

  1. Uniform undergraduate degree requirements, which apply to all Texas State undergraduates regardless of their major. These requirements include:
    • US 1100 (required for students who enter with fewer than 16 semester credit hours completed after high school graduation),
    • Core Curriculum,
    • Foreign Language Proficiency,
    • Writing Intensive, and
    • Residency.
  2. College-specific degree requirements, which include:
    • Major,
    • Minor, if applicable,
    • Upper-division hour,
    • Free electives, if applicable, and
    • Grade-point average requirements.
  3. Specific degree or program, if applicable.

Special Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree Programs

The following requirements apply to all Bachelor of Arts degree programs.

Minor Requirement

A minor is required and may be selected from any of the Texas State approved minors.

Science Requirement

In addition to completing the mathematics and the life and physical sciences requirements of the general education core curriculum, students must complete one additional science course (3-4 hours) from anthropology (biological anthropology only), biology, chemistry, computer science, geography (physical geography only), geology, mathematics, philosophy (logic only), physics.

Modern Language Requirement

An intermediate level proficiency demonstrated by successful completion of American Sign Language, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, or Spanish (2310 and 2320) is required. Most students will need to complete 1410 and 1420 as prerequisites before attempting 2310.

Select one of the following:
Intermediate American Sign Language I
and Intermediate American Sign Language II
Intermediate Arabic I
and Intermediate Arabic II
Intermediate Chinese I
and Intermediate Chinese II
Intermediate French I
and Intermediate French II
Intermediate German I
and Intermediate German II
Intermediate Italian I
and Intermediate Italian II
Intermediate Japanese I
and Intermediate Japanese II
Intermediate Latin
and Intermediate Latin
Intermediate Portuguese I
and Intermediate Portuguese II
Intermediate Spanish I
and Intermediate Spanish II

English Literature Requirement

Select two of the following:6
British Literature before 1785
British Literature since 1785
World Literature before 1600
World Literature since 1600
US Literature before 1865
US Literature since 1865

Note: Students who earn a "B" or "A" in the first sophomore literature course may choose to take an advanced literature course (3000 or 4000 level) instead of a second sophomore literature course.


Special Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree Programs

A minor is required and may be selected from any of the Texas State approved minors. 


Pre-Professional Curricula

Students preparing to study dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, or veterinary medicine should enroll in the degree plan listed below. Before each registration, the student should consult with an academic advisor.

Health Careers

Texas State University provides many resources for students interested in attending health-related profession such as medical school, dental school, optometry, physician assistant or pharmacy. 

Students will be able to complete all undergraduate prerequisite coursework while earning their bachelor's degree in any of the majors offered. Texas State University offers a rich diversity of science, math and non-science courses that will fulfill prerequisite requirements for all professional schools in the country and prepare students to take admissions test such as the MCAT, DAT, OAT and GRE.

Texas State University has dedicated pre-health advisors who will meet with students to help them understand and plan for the steps needed to become competitive professional school applicants. The pre-health advisors also host workshops and provide medical and dental school applicants with committee letters. Additional information about pre-health advising at Texas State University can be found on the website for Pre-Health Advising (http://www.bio.txstate.edu/prehealthadvising). 

Students seeking admission to medical, dental and physician assistant programs, must complete prerequisite courses as undergraduates in order to gain admissions to these schools. Prerequisite courses change from time to time and may include courses outside of the students’ degree plan which may count towards their degree or for federal financial aid. These new concentrations seek to provide students with a set of courses that are aid-eligible and satisfy prerequisite courses for their chosen professional program. In addition, there is no mechanism at Texas State for tracking the number of students who are pre-medical, pre-dental or pre-physician assistant. This information is important for the pre-health advisors, academic advisors, the admissions office, faculty members seeking grant funding from organizations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and others on campus. These concentrations will provide a mechanism for tracking how many pre-health students are in majors at Texas State.  Information about the concentrations is available in the Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry sections of this catalog.

There are several student organizations on campus designed to support and encourage pre-professional students. These student organizations provide students with leadership and community service opportunities and help students learn more about the healthcare careers they are interested in. Some examples of these student organizations include: Pre-Med/Pre-Dent Society, Pre-Physician Assistant Society, Medical Explorers, Medical Brigades, Black Health Professionals Organization, JAMP Student Organization, and Women in Medicine.

Texas State University participates in the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP).  The Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) is a special program created by the Texas Legislature to support and encourage highly qualified, economically disadvantaged students pursuing a medical education. Additional information about JAMP can be found at the program website (http://texasjamp.org/homepage.htm).

Texas State University participates in the Dental Early Acceptance Program (DEAP). DEAP is dual-degree program between the UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry and a few select undergraduate schools that allows students to apply credits earned during dental school to college requirements, allowing students to leave Texas State University and enter dental school one year early, yet still allowing students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a dental degree. This program is intended for students coming straight out of high school with academic excellence and a demonstrated interest in dentistry as a career. Additional information about DEAP can be found at the program website (http://www.uthscsa.edu/academics/dental/programs/deap-program).

Law

Accredited law schools in the United States typically require at least the following from applicants prior to admission:

  1. a bachelor’s degree,
  2. a high cumulative grade point average,
  3. a satisfactory score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
  4. a personal statement,
  5. a resume, and
  6. letters of recommendation (preferably from faculty members).

Prelaw students are urged to meet with one of the two Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) prelaw advisors in the Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC). They help prelaw students create individualized Law School Admission Test (LSAT) preparation plans using SLAC materials; research and select appropriate law schools; and help students complete personal statements, addenda, and resumes for their Credential Assembly Service (CAS) file. Prelaw and appointment scheduling information are available at -http://www.txstate.edu/slac/PreLaw.html

SLAC’s prelaw advisors recommend that students considering law school seek guidance from faculty members as well on choosing rigorous courses to prepare academically and on identifying and applying for relevant internships. Faculty and staff members that have attended law school serve as valuable resources for students to learn about law school experiences firsthand.

Pharmacy

Pharmacy is a professional program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D). Prerequisite coursework required for admission to the professional program may be taken at Texas State. The eight pharmacy schools in Texas (Texas A&M Health Science Center Rangel College of Pharmacy, Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy, The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, The University of Texas at Tyler Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy, and University of North Texas Health Science Center College of Pharmacy) all require two years of prerequisite courses in chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics, English, humanities and social sciences, but the exact courses required vary by school. Consequently, it is imperative that pre-pharmacy students consult with an advisor prior to and during their pre-pharmacy program. For more information contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Physical Therapy

The physical therapy profession requires a post-baccalaureate degree in order to practice; Texas State offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program. For more information, contact the Department of Physical Therapy or visit www.health.txstate.edu/pt. The Department of Physical Therapy does not require a specific undergraduate degree in order to gain entrance into their program. However, the Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP) offers an undergraduate degree program that will prepare students to enter the application process for a physical therapy program. The main focus of this pre-professional program is to provide a strong theoretical background utilizing courses across multiple disciplines, including Athletic Training and Exercise and Sports Science, for admittance into a physical therapy program. Coursework will also help prepare students for professional degree programs in related fields, e.g., occupational therapy, chiropractor, and physician assistant. Because the prerequisites among professional programs vary, students should seek specific prerequisites for each program of interests.

See the HHP Department section of the catalog for specific course requirements in the degree plan for the Exercise and Sports Science major with a concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy. 

Veterinary Medicine

The only College of Veterinary Medicine in Texas is at Texas A&M University. Prior to admission, students must complete at least 64 hours of coursework, which constitutes a pre-veterinary program. At Texas State, all students must choose a major in one of the 4-year bachelor’s programs. While any major is acceptable, majors in Agriculture, Animal Science, Biology or Chemistry most nearly parallel the courses required in the pre-veterinary program.

Advising for students at Texas State who wish to pursue the pre-professional curriculum in veterinary medicine is available by contacting the pre-veterinary advisor in the Department of Agriculture at Texas State, or by appointment with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University.