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Academic Procedures

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 The university year is divided into a long session of two semesters and a summer session of two terms.

Grades—Their Meaning and Value


Grade Marks Grade Meaning Grade points Per Semester Hour
A Excellent 4
B Good 3
C Average 2
D Passing (Minimum) 1
F Failure 0
X Incomplete 0
I Incomplete 0
  (thesis & dissertation only)  
IP In Progress 0
W Withdrew 0
DP Dropped Passing 0
DF Dropped Failing 0
S Satisfactory 0
U Unsatisfactory 0
DS Dropped Satisfactory 0
DU Dropped Unsatisfactory 0
* Credit Excluded 0
Q Course Drop 0

Beginning Fall 2008 the Q denotes a dropped course. DP, DF, DS & DU no longer apply to dropped courses.

Passing Grades: A, B, C, D, S
Failing Grades: F, U, DF, DU
Grades of DP, DS, DU, S, and U do not affect the GPA.
Remedial Grades: RA, RB, RC, RD, and RF are grade symbols appearing on the academic transcript to indicate remedial courses only. Remedial grades do not calculate into the grade point average

The bachelor’s degree will not be conferred upon any student whose total grade average is less than “C” (2.00). Transfer students must also have a “C” average on work completed on this campus to qualify for the bachelor’s degree.

A grade of “D” is the minimum passing grade for credit in a course.

Students who officially withdraw from school prior to the date stated in the current Schedule of Classes will receive a mark of “W”.

The grade “F” means failure.

Students, who because of circumstances beyond their control, are unable to attend classes during finals week or the preceding three weeks will, upon approval of their instructor, receive a mark of “X” (incomplete) in all courses in which they were maintaining passing grades.

When an “X” is given for a grade in a course, the credit hours are not included for one semester (exclusive of summer) in calculating the grade point averages. Grades of “X” earned during the spring or summer are to be completed by the end of the following fall semester. If the “X” is not removed by that time, the grade becomes an F, and the hours are included in the number of hours attempted.

Recording a grade of “X” requires the filing of a plan for completion. The plan will be submitted with the official grade record sent to the department head who will forward it to the Dean’s office. The plan will include why the grade was given and steps necessary for the student to receive the final grade.

A grade of “IP” (In Progress) will be used for courses that are scheduled over more than one semester. The grade of IP will not be computed in the grade point average and will be removed when the final grade is filed by instructor.

A grade of “I” will be given for courses in dissertation and thesis (including undergraduate honors thesis) for all registrations prior to the semester in which the final document is completed. The time limit imposed on the grade of “X” (one semester) does not apply for these courses.

Computation of Grade Point Averages

All grade point averages will be computed by dividing grade points accumulated by the number of hours attempted, with grades of “X”, “I”, “IP”, “DP”, “DS”, “W” being excluded.

Repeated Courses

When a course is repeated, only the last enrollment for that course will be used in computing the grade point average. This second grade would be used to determine credit earned for the course. This procedure invalidates the first credit earned in that course. Courses taken before a degree is awarded (regardless of whether the course is applied to the degree) cannot be repeated and the grade point average recalculated once the degree is awarded. While grades of “DF” and “DU” indicate the course was dropped, these grades have the same effect on the GPA as a course that was repeated and completed with a grade of “F” or “U”.  "Q" and "W" drops do not count in the GPA and therefore are not marked as repeats

Any student who enrolls in the same course a second or subsequent time must notify the Registrar’s Office during the semester in which the course is being repeated. Information and a form is located at . When the semester is completed, the Registrar’s Office will then update the student’s grade average to reflect the duplication of the course.

Enacted in the 78th Legislative session, HB1 mandates that students repeating a course for a third or more times, may be subject to an additional fee for the repeated course. Courses dropped or withdrawn are counted as attempted hours and count towards the “Three-Peat Rule.”

Native GPA

Beginning Fall 2000, all new students who enter A&M-Commerce for the first time will have their cumulative grade point average calculated on courses taken at A&MCommerce only. Courses taken at other institutions will no longer be considered in the calculation of the A&M-Commerce grade point average.

Good Standing Rule

This policy defines good standing for all undergraduate students enrolled at Texas A&M University-Commerce effective August 1, 1996.

Entering students, (first time enrollees or transfers) who have been fully admitted (without any type of probation provision or restriction) will be considered in good standing. A student is in good academic standing if, and only if, he or she has a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 and is not on disciplinary suspension. Students placed on academic probation or suspension must attain a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher to be in good stuanding, regardless of whether he or she is allowed to reenroll. For good standing status, an undergraduate student must maintain a 2.0 GPA and be in compliance with ethical and professional standards as determined by the student’s academic department. The Dean of Enrollment Management & Retention is responsible for the good academic standing designation and reporting.

President’s Honor Roll and Dean’s List

Undergraduate students who maintain sufficiently high academic averages each semester are placed on the University’s special honor rolls—the President’s Honor Roll and the Dean’s List. The Dean’s List includes the names of those undergraduate students, who, during the semester, have been registered for not less than 12 hours of academic work, not counting non-academic service courses, and who have maintained a minimum semester academic grade average of at least 3.25. The President’s Honor Roll includes the names of those undergraduate students who have met the above requirements and have maintained a semester academic grade average of 4.00.

Academic Distinction

Undergraduate students completing the requirements for baccalaureate degrees with exceptional scholastic averages may be graduated with academic distinction. Students are recognized at the graduation ceremony with academic distinction based on grade point average calculations at the end of the previous term. In determining eligibility for recognition, the grade point average will be calculated based on all hours attempted, including all transfer work, and the native grade point average. The lower of the two grade point averages determine the level of attainment. If a student’s last period of enrollment raises his or her average to the level required for distinction, or to a higher level of distinction, the appropriate notation will be made on the academic record and diploma. Likewise, if a student’s last period of enrollment lowers his or her average below the minimum grade point average requirement for distinction, the academic record and diploma will not reflect a distinction level.

The levels of recognition and the grade point averages required for each are: Summa Cum Laude, 3.90-4.00; Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.89; Cum Laude, 3.50-3.69.

Numbering of Courses

Courses are numbered according to the following scheme: Freshman courses are 100-199 inclusive; sophomore courses, 200-299 inclusive; junior courses, 300-399 inclusive; senior courses, 400-499 inclusive; and graduate courses, 500-799. Courses completed at four-year institutions and numbered at the 300 level or above are considered to be advanced. All courses with a semester credit hour other than three are designated with the semester credit hour value.

Texas Common Course Numbers

Institutions teach courses that are similar in nature and have been designated by a common number. The common course number, a four-digit abbreviation for the discipline and a four-digit course number, is to facilitate the transferability of these courses between the participating institutions. The first digit reflects the academic credit; the second digit indicates the semester hour credit; and the third and fourth digits establish course sequence. The common course number is shown in parenthesis to the right of the Texas A&M University-Commerce course number in departmental course descriptions. A listing of all common courses numbers adopted by A&M-Commerce as well as institutions participating in the TCCNS available in the back of this catalog. In that section, the common courses which fulfill University Studies requirements are identified with a “US” to the right of the A&M-Commerce course number.

For more information about the Common Courses at A&M-Commerce, please contact the Transfer Admissions Office 903-886-5076. Those currently enrolled at another institution should contact the appropriate departments for information. A complete listing of common courses taught statewide at colleges and universities in Texas is available at .

Value and Definition of Courses

The semester hour value of each course is determined by the number of clock hours spent in classwork. One clock hour per week in lecture or two to three hours per week in laboratory for one semester is the normal amount of classwork required for one semester hour of credit.

Mid-Term and Final Semester Grade Reports

Mid-Term and Final semester grades will be updated to the student information system. Students may check the status of their grades by accessing MyLeo at . A PIN (Personal Identification Number) is required to access MyLeo. Grade reports are no longer mailed from the University.

University College Success Coaches



University College and its Success Coaches are responsible for advising all undergraduate students new to Texas A&M-Commerce. 

First year students are required to consult Success Coaches for advisement until they meet the following conditions:

A.     Complete their first academic year at A&M-Commerce

B.     Complete twenty-four semester hours of credit bearing courses

C.     Complete the University’s basic skills requirements; and

D.     Declare a major

All entering transfer students will be advised by a Success Coach until they meet the following conditions:

A.     Complete thirty semester hours of credit bearing courses, whether at A&M-Commerce or elsewhere

B.     Complete the University's basic skills requirements

C.     Declare a major

Students who have met the conditions above will then be referred to the appropriate college and/or department for future advising.  Success Coaches will notify each student and their receiving college and/or department at the time that they meet these conditions.

Students and their Success Coaches are partners in meeting the essential learning outcomes that support student success.  The partnership requires participation and involvement of both the Success Coach and student.  In this partnership both the Success Coach and student have well-defined responsibilities.

Success Coach Responsibilities—What You Can Expect

Success Coaches will:

  • Effectively communicate the curriculum and graduation requirements for your major and university and college academic policies and procedures
  • Encourage and guide students as you define and develop realistic goals
  • Provide you with information about strategies for using the available resources and services on campus
  • Assist you in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education and its effects on your life and personal goals
  • Monitor and accurately document your progress toward meeting your goals
  • Be accessible in person, by telephone, e-mail, or web access during posted office hours.
  • Assist you in gaining decision making skills and skills in assuming responsibility for your educational plans and achievements
  • Maintain confidentiality

Student Responsibilities—What Your Success Coach Can Expect

Students have clear responsibilities in this partnership:

  • Schedule regular appointments or make regular contacts with Success Coach during each semester
  • Come prepared to each appointment with questions or materials for discussion
  • Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern
  • Enroll in the courses selected for you by you and your Success Coach
  • Keep a personal record of your progress toward meeting your goals
  • Organize official documents in a advising portfolio that enables you to access them when needed
  • Complete all assignments or recommendations from your Success Coach
  • Clarify personal values and goals and provide Success Coach with accurate information regarding your interests and abilities
  • Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, and procedures
  • Accept responsibility for your decisions


Expected Student Learning Outcomes for Student Interaction with Success Coaches

Through the interaction with Success Coaches at Texas A&M University-Commerce,

·          Students will be able to articulate a basic understanding of degree requirements.

·          Students will be able to articulate a basic understanding of the University’s primary academic tools, policies and procedures.

·           Students will be able to articulate a basic understanding of general education core requirements.

·         Students will be exposed to the value of life-long learning.

Class Attendance Rule

Students are expected to be present for all class meetings of any course for which they are enrolled. Students are responsible for learning about and complying with the attendance policy stated in the catalog, Student’s Guidebook, and/or faculty syllabi. Faculty members will provide details on requirements and guidelines for attendance in their classes in their course syllabi. Faculty members will keep students’ attendance records.

Students are responsible for requesting makeup work when they are absent. They will be permitted to make up work for absences which are considered by the faculty member to be excusable. The method of making up this work shall be determined by the faculty member.

The student is responsible for providing the faculty member reason(s) for his/her absence. The faculty member then determines the validity of the reason(s) for the absence and whether the student is to be excused for the absence. Faculty members may consider the following reasons for absence as excusable.

  1. Participation in a required/authorized university activity;
  2. Verified illness;
  3. Death in a student’s immediate family;
  4. Obligation of a student at legal proceedings in fulfilling responsibility as a citizen; and
  5. Others determined by individual faculty to be excusable (e.g., elective University activities, etc.).

Appeals can be made through normal administrative channels.

A record of excused and unexcused absences will be maintained by a faculty member for reference because financial aid and scholarship programs require attendance records.

Students who have failed any part of the Texas Academic Skills Program (THEA) test are required by the State of Texas to attend developmental courses. Students who do not attend developmental courses or tutorial sessions may be withdrawn from the university.

When requested by the student, teachers will inform the student who has been absent whether makeup work is allowed and whether absences jeopardize the student’s standing in a class.

It is the prerogative of the faculty to drop students from courses in which they have accrued excessive absences as defined in the course syllabus. In such cases, faculty recommend through the department head to the appropriate college dean that a student be dropped from a class. The faculty member will document absences and will make a reasonable effort to communicate with the student prior to recommending the drop. If approved, the college dean will forward the recommendation to the Registrar’s Office.

Students who wish to drop a course or withdraw from the university are responsible for initiating this action.

If a student believes the final grade is unfairly impacted by attendance requirements, an appeal can be made. This appeal process is explained in “Student’s Appeal of Instructor’s Evaluation” (Procedure A13.06).

Summons to Administrative Offices

There are times when students may be requested to report to an administrative office. The summons may be transmitted in the form of a letter, telephone call, or by personal messenger. A student who receives a summons is expected to report immediately or on the date scheduled. Failure to do so is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct (#15), and may result in disciplinary actions.

Scholastic Probation and Suspension


11.04.99.R0.06 Undergraduate Scholastic Probation and Dismissal
Effective September 1, 1996
Revised May 12, 2008
Supplements System Policy 11.04

Texas A&M University-Commerce calculates course work based on the institutional GPA to reflect work completed only at A&M-Commerce. Official transcripts reflect the institutional GPA unless the student entered prior to Fall 2000.


  • Institutional (native) grade point average: Applies to all students who enrolled Fall 2000 or after. Applies only to coursework completed at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
  • Cumulative GPA (institutional and transfer work combined): Applies to students who enrolled in courses at Texas A&M University-Commerce PRIOR to Fall 2000. Applies to all coursework.

1. The regulations concerning probation, suspension, and reinstatement in the university were established by the University Academic Council and are administered by the deans of the colleges. In certain cases where there are extenuating circumstances, appeals regarding academic probation and suspension may be made to the Academic Affairs Undergraduate Student Suspension Appeal Committee.  Refer to procedure 11.04.99.R0.07

2. A satisfactory level of academic achievement is determined on the basis of each student's institutional grade point average calculated on the basis of all academic work attempted, and, if the student is in remediation, on satisfactory progress toward completion of required remedial work. To be eligible for continued enrollment in good standing in the University, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00, and, if in remediation, must pass each required remediation course in no more than one attempt for each course. When a remediation course must be attempted for the second time, the student will be considered to be on probation regardless of his or her grade point average. Students who do not pass a remediation course on the second attempt will be placed on suspension regardless of the grade point average, subject to the requirements of suspension. Upon readmission, each time the same remediation course is attempted and not passed the student will again be placed on suspension.

3. Should any student fail to maintain satisfactory progress toward graduation as specified by these regulations, the student will be permitted to enroll for further work only on academic probation. Students enrolled on academic probation may register for no more than fourteen (14) semester hours (academic, remedial, or physical education activity) in any one semester of the regular academic year. A full summer session (two terms) will be considered equivalent under these requirements to one semester of the regular academic year. Probationary students may enroll for no more than two courses during any term of a summer session or no more than four courses for a full summer session.

4. A student on academic probation will remain subject to the requirements of probation until the institutional grade point average has been raised to the level of satisfactory progress specified above and, if in remediation, must continue to make satisfactory progress toward completion of remedial work as stated above. To qualify for continued enrollment while on probation, however, the student must maintain a semester grade average of at least 2.00. Should any probationary student fail to maintain such a 2.00 semester grade average in the academic courses attempted in any semester of probation, the student will be required to leave the university on academic suspension for at least one calendar year. In cases where there are extenuating circumstances, a student who has failed to maintain the required 2.00 semester grade point average in academic courses to qualify for continuance of probation may be permitted, with the approval of the dean of the appropriate college, to enroll for one additional semester of extended probation. Refer to procedure 11.04.99.R0.07 for further appeal guidelines.  Should the student fail again, however, to maintain an adequate 2.00 semester grade point average in academic courses attempted during that semester, the student will be required to leave the university on academic suspension for one calendar year as specified above. After the period of academic suspension, the student will be permitted to enroll again on academic probation.  Students wishing to return following completion of the suspension period must reapply to the university and file an appeal with the Academic Affairs Undergraduate Student Suspension Appeal Committee.

5. To ensure that the grade point average on the official record has been updated to account for duplicated courses, any student enrolling for the same course must notify the Office of the Registrar during the semester in which the course is being repeated.

6. Transfer students whose grades at other colleges or universities were unsatisfactory (D or lower) according to the regulations of A&M-Commerce will be placed on academic probation subject to the same requirements as apply to other students on probation. Students on academic suspension from other institutions will not be permitted to enroll at A&M-Commerce until their specified periods of suspension expire.

7. A student must be in residence at A&M-Commerce in order to remove the conditions of probation. If the student attends another college or university, the conditions of probation will not be removed; however, the academic record will be updated to reflect the transfer work. A student, however, who withdraws for a period of at least one calendar year or is suspended for the same period may, upon re-enrollment, petition the dean of the appropriate college to have the unsatisfactory grades eliminated from the calculations of the official institutional grade average. Courses eliminated from the calculation of a student's official grade point average may not be Basic Skills courses (mathematics, English, etc) or courses that apply toward the current major. In addition, this applies only to credits earned at A&M-Commerce (excludes all transfer work).

8. A&M-Commerce reserves the right to deny admission to a student suspended from another college even though the suspension period has expired.

9. Students on academic suspension are not eligible for correspondence or extension courses.

References: Prior ETSU Policies V E 13 and B-33 approved September 1, 1974; revised November 9, 1979, January 7, 1995, and June 3, 1996; Procedure A11.Suspension and Probation 



Undergraduate Student Loads

Regular Session

Exclusive of physical activity courses, twelve hours is considered by the institution as a full-time load (Procedure A11.20). However, to graduate in four years, it is recommended students enroll in 15 hours each semester or complete coursework in the summer. Many scholarships specify enrollment in 15 semester hours.

Appropriate administrative staff will use the following guidelines for approving exceptions to the above:

Any student enrolled for student teaching will be limited to a maximum of fifteen semester hours.

An undergraduate student who wishes to enroll for more than 19 hours must have the approval of his academic dean before adding the course. Any student who exceeds the normal load by adding additional course(s) and does not have the appropriate academic dean’s approval will be automatically dropped from that course and notified of this action by the dean.

Students required to enroll in university designated developmental reading, composition or mathematics in any long semester will be restricted to a 14-hour course load, approved by the academic adviser. All approvals for overloads are obtained from the dean of the college in which the student is majoring.

Summer Session

Six semester hours, exclusive of physical education activity, is the normal student load for each summer term. A student may not enroll for two subterm courses simultaneously within the same subterm.

An undergraduate student may schedule one semester hour above the normal load each summer term.

An undergraduate student lacking fifteen semester hours to graduate at the end of that summer and who has an overall “C” (2.00) average may schedule nine semester hours one term with dean’s approval.

Freshmen admitted provisionally will be limited to 10 semester hours, for the entire summer.

An undergraduate student who lacks 30 semester hours to graduate in December may schedule nine semester hours during one summer term only if the fall schedule would include student teaching and if the student has an overall “C” (2.00) average.

A last semester senior who lacks 12 hours or fewer to graduate at the end of the summer and who has an overall “C” (2.00) average may schedule nine semester hours one term with the appropriate dean’s approval.

Any student who exceeds the normal load by adding an additional course(s) and does not have the appropriate academic dean’s approval will be automatically dropped from the course and notified of this action.

For scholastic probation details, see Scholastic Probation and Suspension .

All approvals for overloads are obtained from the dean of the college in which the student is majoring.

Mini Session

Any student registering for classes during the mini term should be aware of the accelerated nature of the class.  The maximum load for a mini-term is 3 hours

Student Class Schedule Adjustments

Students are expected to make all necessary adjustments in their class schedules by the fourth class day of a regular semester and the second class day of a summer semester. Eligible students may use MyLeo to process drops and adds. Students may add classes until fourth class day during the Fall and Spring semesters and second class day during the summer terms. Students may drop a class with a full refund (if remaining enrolled) until the twelfth class day during the Fall and Spring semesters and fourth class day during the summer terms.

The student desiring to add a course(s) after the fourth class day of a regular semester or second class day of a summer semester should pick up a drop/add sheet at the Registrar’s Office. The student should proceed to the department(s) where he obtains department/instructor approval and then to the appropriate dean for approval. The drop/add form is then returned to the Registrar’s Office. Students will not be allowed to add classes after the twelfth class day during Fall/Spring or the fourth class day during a summer semester. Students not eligible to use MyLeo should contact their academic advisor.


A drop/add form for courses to be dropped may be obtained at the Registrar’s Office, or is available online at the following website : .  The student must obtain approval from the department /instructor and return to the Registrar’s Office for processing. 


No course may be added to student schedules after the census date shown in the University Calendar, except in very special cases and then only by approval of the instructor and appropriate dean.


After the first twelve days of the Fall/Spring term, or after the first four days of summer term, the Instructor may permit a student to officially drop a class in which the student is not passing.  The mini terms will require a withdrawal form to be completed and returned to the Registrar’s Office.  The withdrawal form is located online at the following website: .


**Effective Fall 2008, a course dropped after census date in a term will receive a grade of “Q”. Drops with “Q” grade will not affect the GPA overall status, but are counted as attempted hours and count towards the 6 drop rule, three-peat, 45-hour and 30-hour rule.  Graduate students are not subject to the six-drop rule, but will have the advantage of the “Q” grade.   See the following website for specific dates: .

Auditing Courses

Students desiring to audit a course may do so with the consent of the instructor and department head. Enrollment for audit courses is not until the first day of classes. The tuition and fees and admission requirements are the same as for credit. Students enrolling for a course for audit must notify the Registrar’s Office prior to completing registration for the course. A student may not change from credit to audit after the twelfth class day during the long session or the fourth class day in a summer term.

Seniors in Graduate Courses

A last semester A&M-Commerce senior who lacks 12 hours, or fewer, to graduate and has a grade point average of 2.75 or higher, may enroll for 3 to 6 hours of graduate  credit, subject to prior written recommendation from the major department head and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Undergraduate students registering for graduate classes without prior approval will be dropped. Seniors desiring to take Business Administration courses for graduate credit must also have permission from the Director of Graduate Programs in Business Administration. Graduate hours taken cannot apply toward an undergraduate degree. The maximum load for seniors who register for graduate credit is 12 credit hours per semester or six hours per summer term. Students in the BPA/MBA five-year accounting program may be exempt from the requirements for this section with the approval of the department head and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

Classification Level

Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classification will be granted on completion of a designated number of semester credit hours passed. These are:

Freshman 1-29 Junior 60-89
Sophomore 30-59 Senior 90-above

In general, students should take courses at the level of their classification and lower level courses should be completed insofar as possible before upper level courses are taken.

Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

The university-wide responsibility for the development, coordination and monitoring the implementation of the University’s institutional effectiveness program including strategic planning, outcomes assessment, follow up on the results of assessment to assure continuous improvement, and institutional research necessary to support these endeavors is the responsibility of the Assistant to the President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness.

Assessment of Student Outcomes

To meet the requirements of accreditation and to provide for continuing academic program development, evaluation, and improvement, the university must assess the effectiveness of academic programs and student academic performance.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

The University offers 13 recognized degrees on the undergraduate level—the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, the Bachelor of Business Administration, the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, the Bachelor of Professional Accountancy, the Bachelor of Social Work. The curricula leading to a baccalaureate degree are designed to give the student a well-rounded and liberal education with specialized study in one or more fields.

Bachelor of Science

A student entering under this catalog must meet the degree requirements listed below or those of a subsequent catalog. However, a student who fails to graduate within five years after admission will be required to meet the degree requirements of a subsequent catalog that is within five years of currency at the time of his graduation.

As required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), at least 25 percent of the hours applicable to a degree must be earned through instruction by the institution awarding the degree. This rule is effective for students enrolled for the first time at Texas A&M University-Commerce during or after the fall semester 1979.

  • Majors, Emphasis, Broad-Field Majors, Minors, and Interdisciplinary

Studies Minor. A student must complete a major and a minor, a broad-field major, or two majors in order to be graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Some majors have emphasis areas. All students must take at least six advanced semester hours of work in each of their majors at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Specific course requirements are identified in the departmental sections of this catalog.

A major consists of a minimum of 24 semester hours in one subject field, including at least 12 advanced hours.

An emphasis consists of a minimum of 15 semester hours in a 24-semester-hour major or 18 semester hours in a 36-semester-hour major.

A broad-field major consists of a minimum of 48 semester hours, including at least 18 advanced hours.

A minor consists of a minimum of 18 semester hours in a subject field, including at least six semester hours of advanced courses.

An interdisciplinary studies minor includes 18 semester hours in two or more fields, nine of which are advanced and all of which are outside the student’s major.

  • University Studies. A minimum of 43 semester hours in general studies is required for a degree (see University Studies Requirements).
  • Junior Level Essay. The Junior Level Essay (JLE), a writing competency exam, is a graduation requirement for all Texas A&M University-Commerce undergraduates. The JLE is administered on two consecutive days in October, February and June at no cost to students. Students are allowed two hours to write on prompts, one each day, that elicit a narrative essay. Essays are rated holistically within two weeks of the JLE administration by an interdisciplinary faculty team. A cumulative score of seven (7) is passing. This requirement may also be met by passing the essay portion of the THEA or alternative test, by passing English 333 or English 341. Distance education students need to contact the Student Assessment Office for optional arrangements.
  • Advanced Level Courses. A student must complete at least 36 semester hours at the advanced level, 24 of which must be completed from A&M-Commerce. Credits transferred from a junior college or community college may not be used to satisfy the advanced coursework requirement. A minimum of 60 semester hours must be completed at Texas A&M University-Commerce or another senior level institution. Specific  initiatives targeted at facilitating community college transfer to a four-year university are exceptions to this rule. The initiatives include the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree program and other degree programs, including students who transfer in with the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree, for which the combined number of hours in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved transfer core and field of student curricula exceed 50% of total hours required for the degree.

  • Residence Requirements. For degree completion, at least 25 percent of credit semester hours must be earned through instruction at A&M-Commerce. Furthermore, at least 24 of the final 30 semester hours must be taken at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Extension and correspondence credits may be used to satisfy residence requirements.
  • Fitness and Recreational Activity Requirements. Two one-semester-hour courses in fitness and recreational activity are to be completed during the freshman and sophomore years at A&M-Commerce. For other options, see University Studies Requirements.
  • Special Major Requirements. In addition to meeting the above minimum requirements, the student must complete any other special requirements as outlined for each major subject. Effective for all new undergraduate students beginning Fall 1999, a minimum grade of “C” will be required in all undergraduate major courses. This includes all transfer and A&M-Commerce courses in the student’s major area of study.
  • Semester Hours. A student must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours,
    exclusive of English 100 and Math 131, with the following grade point requirements:
    1. an overall 2.00 average;
    2. a 2.00 average on all work completed at A&M-Commerce;
    3. a 2.00 average in each major and minor; and
    4. a 2.00 average at A&M-Commerce in each major and minor.
  • Correspondence and Extension Courses. No more than 30 semester hours of extension and correspondence combined may apply toward a degree. No more than 18 of these 30 hours may be completed by correspondence. A maximum of 18 semester hours of advanced credit in a major field, when prerequisites have been satisfied, may be earned and counted toward a baccalaureate degree from this institution. Note: The grade from a correspondence course will apply to your Texas A & M University-Commerce GPA.

Bachelor of Arts

The Candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree must meet the requirements specified for the Bachelor of Science degree. In addition, the candidate must complete at least 12 semester hours (4 courses) in one foreign language, or complete six semester hours above the elementary courses if two units of high school credit in the language have been submitted as a part of the regular university admission requirements, or complete three semester hours if he presents three or four high school credits.

A student who holds the Bachelor of Science degree from this university may acquire the Bachelor of Arts degree by completing the foreign languages requirements for the same and surrendering the Bachelor of Science degree.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Requirements are the same as for the Bachelor of Science degree with the following exceptions:

The criminal justice major consists of a 58 semester hour broad field program of study. The major includes a balance of criminal justice and advanced sociology courses. Twelve semester hours are electives. No minor is required.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree (B.S.I.S.) is designed specifically for students who desire the Texas Provisional Teaching certificate in K-8 classrooms. The requirements for the B.S.I.S. degree are the same as for the Bachelor of Science degree with the following exceptions:

A minimum of 43 sh of specified course work in University Studies is required. Course work in the major, Interdisciplinary Studies, requires 42 sh of course work. Students must have completed a minimum of 45 sh of college coursework, have satisfactory scores on the THEA, have an overall GPA of 2.5, and have a 2.5 minimum GPA in coursework in their area of specialization (no grade below “C”) to take courses in the Department of Elementary Education. Students must achieve admission to Teacher Education to be admitted to student teaching. Recommendation for certification is contingent upon completing the degree, maintaining established standards, passing the competency examination (TExES) in teaching field(s) and in professional education.

The requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree (B.A.I.S.) are the same as for the Bachelor of Arts degree with the following exception: candidates must also meet all requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems

While sharing a common core subset with the Bachelor of Science with a major in Computer Science, the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems emphasizes the application of computers for information processing by organizations. Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems degree are the same as for the Bachelor of Science degree with the following exceptions:

Candidates for the non-certification degree must complete a minimum of forty-one semester hours in computer science, eighteen semester hours in required support courses, and a minor from another department (an area of business is recommended).

Candidates for the degree with secondary certification must complete thirty-eight semester hours in computer science, 15 semester hours in required support courses, and the secondary professional development sequence of courses.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts are the same as for the Bachelor of Science degree with the following exceptions:

Ninety-one to ninety-five semester hours in art, including a minimum of 36 advanced hours. (See the specific requirements for each Bachelor of Fine Arts). The Bachelor of Fine Arts requires no minor area of study.

Bachelor of Music

The requirements for the Bachelor of Music are the same as for the Bachelor of Science degree, with the following exceptions:

Seventy-eight semester hours are required in the major, including 31-33 hours in the emphasis area. No second major field is required for the B.M. Music electives on the B.M. degree vary from 5 hours to 13 hours depending on the emphasis area.

Bachelor of Professional Accountancy

The requirements for the Bachelor of Professional Accountancy degree are the same as for the Bachelor of Science degree, with the following exceptions:

The program requires concurrent admission into The Graduate School and the Master of Business Administration degree program. The student earning this degree will graduate with the Bachelor of Professional Accountancy degree and the Master of Business Administration with a Minor in Accounting. Students majoring in professional accountancy will achieve competencies in the undergraduate common body of knowledge of business and the core competencies in the bachelor of business administration degree with a major in accounting. In addition, they will achieve competencies in auditing, advanced financial accounting, advanced income tax accounting, and the com- petencies outlined in the Master of Business Administration degree. Students working toward the B.P.A. degree should select specific courses as outlined in the Accounting Major in Professional Accountancy section of this catalog to meet these requirements.

Bachelor of Social Work

The requirements for the Bachelor of Social Work degree are the same as for the Bachelor of Science degree, with the following exceptions:

Fifty-four semester hours in social work, and 6 hours in psychology and sociology are required. No minor or second major is required.

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree at Texas A&M University-Commerce requires the completion of 121 semester hours. The BAAS degree is designed to meet the following student needs:

  • Persons who hold an Associate (college track) degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Persons who hold an Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences (technical track) degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Persons who have compled at least 39 semester hours of college credit from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum of 21 semester hours in general education (including English Composition, American History and College Algebra or equivalents) and at least 18 semester hours in a career, technical or vocational discipline. The ideal candidate for the BAAS degree is someone that has completed all of the general education and career courses required (79 semester hours) prior to entering the BAAS program at A&M-Commerce.
  • Persons who have an Associate degree and/or course work in:
         Business, Management, or Marketing
         Engineering Technologies, Technology
         Computer or Information Science
         Security or Protective Services
         Health Profession or Clinical Science

Second Bachelor’s Degree

Holders of a baccalaureate degree from this university or other acredited four-year college or university may be awarded a second baccalaureate degree. All catalog requirements for the second degree must be met including:

  1. A minimum of 30 semester hours of credit earned in residence at A&M-Commerce;
  2. A minimum of 24 of the 30 semester hours earned must be advanced level;
  3. Completion of all requirements for the major, including GPA requirements;
  4. Completion of the State of Texas required American History and Political Science courses.

Early Graduation Checking

The purpose of early graduation checking is to facilitate the progress of undergraduate students toward completion of degree requirements by ensuring that those with 90 or more semester hours of credit will have a certified degree audit. This process should ensure that graduation issues are identified and resolved prior to the last semester of a student’s enrollment.

At the beginning of each semester, the Registrar’s Office will send degree audits to deans to distribute to departmental advisers for students who have, for the first time, completed 90 or more semester hours. Faculty advisors will contact students for the purpose of reviewing the degree audit document and certifying its accuracy or completing a new degree audit to reflect all degree requirements. Deans will certify to the University Registrar prior to mid-semester that all audits have been completed (A13.26).

Application for Graduation

Upon completion of the early graduation checking process, and after conferring with the student, if the faculty adviser believes the student will graduate in the subsequent semester, the faculty adviser and student will complete and sign the graduation checklist and degree evaluation.

The faculty adviser will forward the graduation checklist and the degree evaluation to the dean’s office for review and approval. When the dean (or designee) has approved the degree evaluation and graduation checklist, the forms will be submitted to the University Registrar.

A $40.00 application fee is required from the student upon submission of the graduation application.

The Graduation Coordinator will notify the student when the graduation application packet is complete. If the student does not fulfill the degree requirements, he or she will be required to cancel the graduation application and reapply (A13.26).

Commencement Participation

Commencement ceremonies recognize academic achievements of students and faculty. While ceremonial in nature, commencement is a time for the university to celebrate a major milestone in the life of the academic community. Participation in commencement at Texas A&M University-Commerce is an earned honor shared among graduates.

Participation in the commencement ceremony is restricted to students who have completed all degree requirements. Commencement exercises are held three times each academic year in May, August and December. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not guarantee conferring of any degree. Degrees are conferred based on official grades received in the Registrar’s Office following commencement. Students with holds will not receive a diploma or official transcript until all obligations to the University have been cleared. (A13.14)

Texas A&M University-Commerce has the right to rescind any conferred degree if the University becomes aware of information that the student did not meet degree requirements.