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.


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

The following requirements apply to all Bachelor of Arts 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

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, or veterinary medicine should enroll in the degree plan listed below. Before each registration, the student should consult with an academic advisor.


The Dental Early Admission Program (DEAP) allows a qualified student to apply credits earned during Dental School to an undergraduate degree at Texas State, saving a year's coursework while earning both a bachelor's degree from Texas State and a dental degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. A DEAP student enters and completes an accelerated undergraduate curriculum at Texas State including a minimum of 93 semester credit hours which can usually be completed in 3 years, 60 of these hours must be earned in residence at Texas State. Advanced placement and dual credit hours are not counted in the minimum of 60 hours in residence at Texas State. For more information contact the Department of Biology pre-health advisor,


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

  1. a bachelor’s degree,
  2. a high GPA,
  3. a personal statement, and
  4. a satisfactory score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

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 -

SLAC’s prelaw advisors recommend that students considering law school seek guidance from faculty members on choosing rigorous academic courses that will help them prepare, finding internships, and for share their personal law school experiences.


Medical schools recommend an appropriate bachelor’s degree and specific prerequisities for entrance. For more information contact the Department of Biology pre-health advisor,


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 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.