Undergraduate Degree Plan Requirements

Majors, Minors, and Certifications

A major consists of a minimum of 24 SCH in a subject area. A minor requires a minimum of 18 SCH in a discipline, with the exception of the interdisciplinary-studies minor that requires hours from more than one discipline.

Minimum Courses in Residence

All students seeking a bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 25% of the minimum hours their chosen degree program requires in residence.  “In residence” refers to courses completed through Texas A&M University-Texarkana regardless of delivery method such as Web-based and distance-education courses.  A&M-Texarkana will not consider courses completed though another school, including other Texas A&M University System campuses, in residence.  Additionally, A&M-Texarkana will not consider non-traditional credit such as CLEP, AP, and experiential learning courses resident credit. For example,  a degree requiring 120 SCH will require a minimum of  30 SCH be taken at A&M-Texarkana.

Note:  See the section titled “Second Bachelor’s Degree” for more information regarding residency requirements for subsequent bachelor’s degrees completed. 

Minimum Upper-Division Credit

All students seeking a bachelor’s degree must also complete a minimum of 45 SCH of upper-division course work. Some degrees require up to 54 SCH for an undergraduate degree. The BAAS & the BS in Kinesiology are the exceptions with a minimum of 36 SCH of upper-division course work for BAAS and 41 SCH of upper-division course work for Kinesiology. Upper-division course work is any course work at the junior or senior level.  A course number that begins with a 3 or 4 identifies upper-division courses listed in the university course inventory. If a student’s degree program does not incorporate enough upper-division hours to meet this minimum, the student must complete upper-division electives until he or she meets the minimum.

Guidelines for Undergraduate Double Majors

The university defines a double major as a single undergraduate degree with two majors.  A student may not pursue more than two majors concurrently in a single degree program. The following guidelines shall apply for all undergraduate students seeking a double major:

  1. A student must meet all university and college requirements for both majors (e.g. curricular, grade-point average, etc.).
  2. A student may not seek more than two majors at one time. 
  3. Both majors must lead to the same degree outcome (e.g. Bachelor of Science (BS) in English and BS in Psychology; Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting and BBA in Business Administration).
  4. Students seeking a double major will not complete a minor. The university will allow the double major in lieu of a minor. 
  5. A student must submit a formal application to the registrar’s office to request a double major with the appropriate form. The student must complete the process no later than the last scheduled class day of the semester in which the student is scheduled to graduate. 
  6. A student will receive an official degree plan, which reflects all requirements necessary to complete the double majors, and the university will assign a faculty advisor for both majors.
  7.  For the Undergraduate Tuition Rebate eligibility and the Undergraduate Funding Limit Rule, the university will use the major with the highest total hours required. The university will charge the additional tuition rate for all hours, which exceed the limit under the Undergraduate Funding Limit Rule.

General Education Requirements (Core Curriculum)

Texas Statute (TEC 61.821-61.831) requires that each public institution of higher education establish and incorporate a 42 semester credit hour core curriculum within the course requirements for all undergraduate degree programs.  The Core Curriculum is defined by the State of Texas as "the curriculum in the liberal arts, humanities, sciences, and political, social, and cultural history that all undergraduates of an institution of higher education are required to complete before receiving an academic undergraduate degree.  Core Curriculum provisions apply to institutions of higher education that offer academic undergraduate degree programs".

Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning.

Core Objectives

  • Critical Thinking Skills (CT) - creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills (COM) - effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills (EQS) - manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Teamwork (TW) - ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
  • Social Responsibility(SR) - intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities
  • Personal Responsibility (PR) - ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making

Foundational Component Areas

There are nine Foundational Component Areas (FCA), including one Component Area Option (CAO). The CAO may provide options for students to choose additional courses from the other FCA. Each FCA has a component description as definition, a set number of Semester Credit Hours (SCH) required for completion of a component, and specified core objectives requirements. The nine FCA are:

  • Communication (6 SCH)
  • Mathematics (3 SCH)
  • Life and Physical Sciences (6 SCH)
  • Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 SCH)
  • Creative Arts (3 SCH)
  • American History (6 SCH)
  • Government/Political Science (6 SCH)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 SCH)
  • The Component Area Option (6 SCH)

The Texas A&M University-Texarkana Core Curriculum requirements are listed below.  These requirements must be met by every student entering A&M-Texarkana on or after the fall 2014 semester.  Students entering earlier will be guided by the core curriculum in the catalog upon which they entered the university.  Individual degree programs may require that specific courses from the core curriculum be used to satisfy degree requirements.  Please visit with an academic and/or faculty advisor to determine the right course(s) to take that pertain to your degree.  Students transferring course credit to satisfy the Core Curriculum should refer to the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

Core-Complete Status for Undergraduate Students

The university shall accept as core complete students who complete the approved core curriculum at any Texas public institution of higher education prior to enrollment at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

The requirements to meet this status are as follows:

  • The official transcript on file within the student’s initial semester of enrollment must indicate “Core Complete” by the deadline indicated for that semester. Core complete status is not retroactive. Unofficial transcripts or verbal confirmation from the student will not meet this requirement
FallOctober 1st
SpringMarch 1st
Summer IJune 1st
Summer IIJuly 1st
  • The university cannot accept core-complete status from schools outside of Texas.  Although other states may have an approved statewide core curriculum, the university cannot grant core-complete status in Texas based upon core status from an out-of-state institution.
  • The university cannot accept core-complete status from private institutions of higher education in the state of Texas. This rule only applies to students whom Texas public institutions of higher education indicate are core complete.
  • Having an Associate’s degree does not confirm a core-complete status. A student may have earned an Associate’s degree from a Texas public institution of higher education and NOT be core complete.  An example of this instance is an Applied Associate’s degree.  These students have the degree but have not completed an approved core.

The university will not require students who are legitimately core complete at the required time indicated above to complete ANY additional core-curriculum requirements at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. The university will require students who are not core complete to complete all approved core for Texas A&M University-Texarkana. Once they have completed the required A&M-Texarkana core, the university will indicate that they are core complete on any official transcript the university produces and that status will transfer to any other public institution of higher education in Texas.

Core-Curriculum Substitutions

The university does not allow core-curriculum substitutions after a student has enrolled at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

History and Government Requirements

State statute requires all state-supported higher-education institutions to include six SCH of U.S. History and six SCH of U.S. and Texas Government in the undergraduate curriculum.  However, the student may substitute 3 SCH of Texas History for 3 SCH of U.S. History.  State requirements do not allow other substitutions for these requirements.

Per the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Lower Division Course Guide Manual, students are required to complete six hours of Government which must include Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the States, with special emphasis on Texas.  The acceptable combinations are:

If a student takes GOVT 2305 and GOVT 2302 or GOVT 2306 and GOVT 2302, one of the following courses must be completed to satisfy the Government requirement:

Language Requirement for Bachelor of Arts Degrees

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree requires two years of the same foreign language (12 SCH) as part of the general-education requirements.Two years of study in the same foreign language in high school may substitute for the first year (6 SCH) of the same language at the university level.Students may not complete all bachelor’s degrees as a BA.See the degree program listing for the programs that allow the BA option.

The courses listed below have been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as the 2016-2017 Core Curriculum (General Education) for Texas A&M University-Texarkana. 

2016-2017 General Education Requirements (Core Curriculum)
010 Communication
ENGL 1301Composition I3
SPCH 1315Public Speaking3
020 Mathematics
Select one of the following:3-4
College Algebra (see notes)
Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences I
Contemporary Mathematics I
Elementary Statistical Methods
Pre-Calculus (see notes)
Calculus I (see notes)
Notes: MATH 2413 required for majors in Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry and Biology. MATH 1314 is required for majors in Psychology, EC-6 education & Biology 7-12 Composite Science education. MATH 2412 is required for majors in Biology 7-12 Life Science.
030 Life and Physical Sciences
Select six semester credit hours from the following:6
Biology for Science Majors I (see notes)
Biology for Science Majors II (see notes)
Biology for Non-Science Majors I
Biology for Non-Science Majors II
Introduction to Biotechnology I (see notes)
Introduction to Biotechnology II (see notes)
Human Anatomy and Physiology I (see notes)
Human Anatomy and Physiology II (see notes)
Environmental Biology
General Chemistry I (see notes)
General Chemistry II (see notes)
Physical Geology
College Physics I
College Physics II
Physical Science I
University Physics I (see notes)
University Physics II (see notes)
Notes: BIOL 1306 & BIOL 1307 are required for majors in Biology, Chemistry & Kinesiology. BIOL 1414 & BIOL 1415 are required for Biotechnology majors. CHEM 1311 & CHEM 1312 are also required for Chemistry & Biology majors. PHYS 2325 & PHYS 2326 are required for Computer Science & Electrical Engineering majors. BIOL 2401 & BIOL 2402 are required for Nursing majors.
040 Language, Philosophy, and Culture
Select one of the following:3
World Civilization I (see notes)
World Civilization II (see notes)
Introduction to American Film History
Philosophy and Ethics of Science and Technology (see notes)
Beginning Spanish I
Beginning Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Notes: HIST 2321 & HIST 2322 are required for History majors. HIST 2321 or HIST 2322 is required for EC-6 majors. PHIL 1350 is required for Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Biotechnology & Kinesiology majors.
050 Creative Arts
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
Art History II
Introduction to Theatre
British Literature (see notes)
American Literature (see notes)
World Literature (see notes)
Music Appreciation
Notes: ENGL 2321, ENGL 2326 & ENGL 2331 are all required for English majors.
060 American History
HIST 1301United States History I3
HIST 1302United States History II3
070 Government/Political Science
GOVT 2301American Government I: Federal & Texas Constitutions3
GOVT 2302American Government II: Federal & Texas Political Behavior 13
080 Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Business
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Principles of Macroeconomics (see notes)
Principles of Microeconomics (see notes)
General Psychology (see notes)
Introduction to Sociology (see notes)
Notes: ECON 2301 & ECON 2302 are required for majors in Accounting, Business Administration & 7-12th grade Social Studies. ECON 2301 is required for History 4-8 majors. PSYC 2301 is required for Psychology Majors. SOCI 1301 is required for Sociology Majors.
090 Component Area Option
ENGL 1302Composition II3
Select three semester hours from the following: 23
Art Appreciation
Art History II
Biology for Science Majors I Lab 4, (see notes)
Biology for Science Majors II Lab 4, (see notes)
Biology for Non-science Majors I Lab 4
Biology for Non-science Majors II Lab 4
Biology for Science Majors I
Biology for Science Majors II
Biology for Non-Science Majors I
Biology for Non-Science Majors II
Introduction to Biotechnology I
Introduction to Biotechnology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Environmental Biology
Introduction to Business
General Chemistry I (Lab) 4, (see notes)
General Chemistry II (Lab) 4, (see notes)
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Introduction to Theatre
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Information Literacy
Popular Music as Literature 5
British Literature
American Literature
World Literature
Writing Across the Curriculum
Physical Geology
Cathedrals, Castles, & Monasteries: Medieval Architecture and Engineering 5
World Civilization I
World Civilization II
University Foundations 3
College Algebra
Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences I
Contemporary Mathematics I
Elementary Statistical Methods
Calculus I
Film Appreciation 5
The Art of the Comic Book 5
Communication in Today's Media Saturated World 5
Introduction to American Film History
Music Appreciation
Ethics 5
Philosophy and Ethics of Science and Technology
College Physics I Lab 4
College Physics II Lab 4
College Physics I
College Physics II
Physical Science I (see notes)
University Physics I Lab 4, see note
University Physics II Lab 4, see note
University Physics I
University Physics II
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Beginning Spanish I
Beginning Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Notes: PHYS 1415 is required for majors in EC-6, Biology 4-8 science, English 4-8 ELAR, History 4-8 Social Studies & Math 4-8. BIOL 1106 & BIOL 1107 is required for majors in Biology, Chemistry & Kinesiology. CHEM 1111 & CHEM 1112 are required for majors in Chemistry & Biology. PHYS 2125 & PHYS 2126 are required for majors in Computer Science & EE.
Total General Education Credits42

Students who have received/have been granted credit for GOVT 2302, GOVT 2305, or GOVT 2306 should register for GOVT 2301.


Students who satisfactorily complete any course listed in the Foundation Core Areas (categories 010-080 listed above), that is not used to satisfy the FCA requirement in which it is listed, may use the course in the Component Area Option (090).


Mandatory for FTIC Students.


Indicates 1 hour science labs.


Indicates 1 hour seminar course.