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2017 - 2019 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog 
2017 - 2019 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Application Procedures

Persons seeking admission should apply online using the ApplyTexas Application found at www.applytexas.org or at the UTPB web site at www.utpb.edu or obtain admissions information from:

Office of Admissions
U. T. Permian Basin
4901 E. University
Room # MB 1221
Odessa, TX 79762-0001
(432) 552-2605

To provide better assistance, it is helpful to know if the person is a new or former student, a transfer student, a graduate or undergraduate, an international student and what specific semester he/she plans to enroll. Potential students should plan to complete all admission requirements two months in advance of their enrollment.

Freshmen Applicants

For application purposes, a freshman student is defined as “a student enrolling at a college or university for the first time and/or a transfer student who has successfully completed 1-23 semester hours of academic credit at a regionally accredited institution.”

In addition to completing the ApplyTexas Application found at www.applytexas.org, the student must submit an official high school transcript from an accredited school, transcripts of all college courses attempted (if any) and college entrance examination scores from either the College Board’s SAT or the American College Testing Program (ACT). Although the final transcripts showing date of graduation cannot be sent until after high school graduation, a tentative admissions decision, as well as scholarship consideration, can be made on the basis of an official high school transcript listing the courses taken up to the time of application, the grades and the approximate class rank.

Applicants are considered freshmen if they have accumulated fewer than 24 semester credit hours of college credit following graduation from high school. The Office of Admissions recommends that potential freshmen complete the application process in the spring of their senior year in high school or by the following recommended dates:

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
July 15 November 15 April 15
  Fall Scholarship Deadline  
  April 1  

Graduates of Non-Accredited High Schools and/or Home Schools, GED certificate holders. Students who have attended unaccredited high schools or who have received GED certificates will be considered for admission according to the criteria listed in those sections.

State-Mandated Admission Criteria

State law requires that in order to be admitted, applicants must have graduated from a public or private high school accredited by a generally recognized accrediting organization or from a high school operated by the U.S. Department of Defense and also have either:

1) successfully completed the curriculum requirements for the recommended or advanced high school program or its equivalent;


2) satisfied ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks on the ACT assessment applicable to the applicant (NOTE: the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks are English – 18, Math - 22, Social Sciences – 22, Science – 23) or earned on the SAT assessment of a minimum of 480 (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing) and 530 (Mathematics) on those sections.

UTPB may waive the state-mandated requirement for up to 20% of its entering freshman class.

High School Curriculum Requirements

Texas students completing the recommended or advanced/distinguished high school program or equivalent and/or hold the International Baccalaureate Diploma meet the high school unit requirement unconditionally.

The following are recommended units for all other students:

English, Language Arts (Not including Journalism) and Reading – 4 credits
Mathematics – 4 credits
Science – 4 credits
Social Studies – 3 ½ credits
Economics – ½ credit
Physical Education – 1 ½ credits
Health Education – ½ credit
Fine Arts – 1 credit
Languages other than English – 2 to 3 credits
Communication Applications – ½ credit
Technology Application – 1 credit
Electives – 3 ½ credits

The above curriculum requirement may be satisfied if the applicant’s official high school transcript or diploma states that the applicant completed the portion of the recommended or advanced curriculum or its equivalent that was available to the applicant, but was unable to complete the remainder of the curriculum solely because courses necessary to complete the remainder were unavailable to the applicant at the appropriate times in the applicant’s high school career as a result of course scheduling, lack of enrollment capacity, or another cause not within the applicant’s control. Applicants included within this category are those who have a GED, are out-of-state residents, attend private schools, or home schooled. Students graduating from other high school programs should complete a similar college preparatory course of high school study.

Freshmen Admission Requirements

Top 25% of the High School Class

All students graduating from an accredited Texas high school who are ranked in the top 25% of their high school graduation class will be admitted unconditionally to The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Students applying to U. T. Permian Basin from an accredited high school outside of Texas or who graduated from an accredited Texas school with class rank not in the top 25% must meet the high school unit requirements, class rank and SAT or ACT score requirements as noted. Students admitted on this basis must complete the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI).

SAT or ACT Score Only

An applicant who graduated from high school or equivalent program and successfully completed the state-mandated curriculum requirement will be admitted unconditionally if the applicant has a score of 1280 on the SAT (ERW+MSS) or a 27 ACT score.

Combination of Class Rank and Standardized Test Scores

Applicants may be admitted unconditionally to the University if they have successfully completed the state-mandated curriculum requirement and meet the following class rank and SAT/ACT scores. Applicants admitted on this basis must complete the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative.*

HS Graduation Class Rank

Entrance Exam Requirement

Old SAT(CR+M) prior to March 2016**

New SAT (March 2016 and after)***


Top 25%

No Minimum Score

No Minimum Score

No Minimum Score

2nd Quarter




3rd Quarter




4th Quarter




*The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requires all entering freshmen to take placement tests in reading, mathematics and writing as noted in the Registration and Student Records section of this catalog.

Note : Admissions requirements subject to change upon approval of UT Regents.

Home Schooled Applicants

Freshman applicants graduating from home schools must provide evidence that the state-mandated curriculum requirements or its equivalent have been met and have scored 1160 or higher on the SAT(ERW+MSS) or 24 or higher on the ACT and be 18 years of age or older.

GED Recipients

Freshman applicants with GED certificates must have scored 1280 or higher on the SAT (ERW+MSS) or 27 or higher on the ACT; be 18 years of age or older; and show evidence of meeting the state-mandated curriculum requirements by attaining a score of 50th percentile or better on each individual GED score.

Other Admissions Criteria

Applicants who do not meet the state-mandated admission criteria may also be admitted to The University of Texas of the Permian Basin based on a number of criteria or indicators of readiness for college success.

Applicants who have evidence of high school graduation or its equivalent may be admitted by the director based on high school rank, ACT or SAT scores, and other evidence of college readiness, including the following criteria:

  • Student’s rank in high school class
  • Letters of recommendation from educators or professionals who can comment on the applicant’s potential for success in college
  • Scores on the CLEP, AP, International Baccalaureate, or other nationally recognized standardize examination for college placement
  • The SAT Writing exam
  • Essays submitted as part of the Texas Common Application
  • Concurrent or dual enrollment college course credit
  • Documentation of a rigorous high school curriculum completed
  • SAT, ACT, or other standardized test results
  • Evidence of leadership in community service or school activities
  • Work experience or military service since leaving high school
  • Complete an interview with a representative of the Admissions Office prior to consideration for admission. In this interview the applicant will be asked to present evidence of academic ability
  • Performance ranking of the high school

In reviewing a student for admission the Admissions Director will consider: The applicant’s evidence of academic ability; whether the applicant is the first generation in his or her family to attend or graduate from college; whether the applicant is bilingual; the applicant’s responsibilities while attending school; the applicant’s involvement in community activities; the applicant’s extracurricular activities; and the socioeconomic background of this family. An applicant may be admitted unconditionally, provisionally or conditionally.

Conditional Admission

All admitted students must satisfy the Texas Success Initiative requirements and placement testing of the University. Students who do not successfully meet these requirements or who enter with academic deficiencies may be admitted conditionally. Conditionally admitted students will complete a student success plan as one of the conditions for their admissions. To be removed from conditional status, a student must:

  • Complete twelve or more general education credit requirements from UT Permian Basin with grades of “C” or better in each course; and
  • Complete other enrollment requirements consistent with his or her deficiencies at the time of application.

Failure to meet these requirements may result in an academic probation or dismissal.

Provisional Admissions Program

Under the UT Permian Basin Provisional Enrollment Program for freshmen, any student graduating from high school may enter UTPB in the summer or spring semester following her or his high school graduation regardless of his or her high school record or score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) provided that he or she has graduated from a high school with the required units and subjects as prescribed by the institution. Students who successfully meet the following standards will be admitted for subsequent semesters or unconditional admissions status. The student must complete in a single semester or the combined summer terms a total of twelve semesters of general education courses selected from English, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, fine arts, and humanities with a semester grade point average in those courses of 2.0 or above.

Students seeking admission to The University Early Admissions Program (EAP) of Texas of the Permian Basin prior to high school graduation must:

  • have completed their sophomore year of high school;
  • be ranked in the top 25% of their class;
  • have a “B” average;
  • present a minimum score of 900 on the SAT (CR+M) or 19 on the ACT;
  • have the recommendation of their high school principal or counselor; and
  • have the approval of their parent or guardian acknowledging an understanding of the program and granting approval for participation

In addition to the requirements that must be met to be eligible to participate in the Early Admission Program, the students:

  • must submit the ApplyTexas Application form in addition to an EAP application
  • must meet Texas Success Initiative requirements
  • will pay the regular tuition rates and will be permitted to enroll in college courses
  • will be allowed to enroll in up to six credit hours per semester of any freshman/sophomore level courses that are being offered, provided they have the prerequisites

Undergraduate Admission Appeals Process

If an undergraduate student is not admitted through the Admissions Review Process, the student may file a formal admissions appeal through the Admission Committee.  The Admission Committee, composed of faculty and staff, reviews undergraduate admissions appeals.

To appeal the admission decision a formal Letter of Appeal should be addressed to the Admission Committee.  The letter should  cite any compelling circumstances that may have adversely impacted prior academic performance and should detail how the student’s current situation will incline the student for future academic success.

The appeal should be submitted within 30 days of the initial denial decision but no later than 30 days prior to the intended semester/term to enroll.  The Letter of Appeal may be submitted by e-mail to admissions@utpb.edu or sent by mail to:  Admission Committee, University of Texas Permian Basin, 4901 E University Blvd., Odessa, TX  79762.

The student will be notified approximately 14-21 days following the receipt of the Letter of Appeal.  The decision of the Committee is final and shall be mailed to the address indicated  on the original admission application.  Applicants may appeal once, and decisions resulting from an appeal are final.  Application fees are non-refundable regardless of the result of an appeal.

International Students

For purposes of admission, an international student is defined as “a student who is, or will be, in the United States on a nonimmigrant student visa.” This specifically refers to the Student (F) and Exchange Visitor (J) Visas. International student admission requirements apply but are not limited to international students on F or J visas. To comply with federal laws and immigration requirements international students must be degree-seeking students in order to enroll at U. T. Permian Basin.

Foreign-born students who are naturalized U.S. citizens or who have immigrant status (permanent resident status) in the United States should note the following:

  1. Please allow ample time for receipt, verification and evaluation of any foreign credentials. Regulations for foreign credentials are the same as listed under international student requirements.
  2. TOEFL scores or other evidence of communication skills sufficient for classroom work may be requested if the student’s first language is not English or if academic preparation was not in English.
  3. Financial arrangements required of international students do not apply to resident or naturalized U.S. citizens.

In addition to the general admission requirements for Freshman and Transfer Applicants, the following regulations apply to all international students:

International Applicants should apply for admission using the ApplyTexas Application (electronic) at www.applytexas.org at least six months before the anticipated enrollment date and should arrange to have test scores and academic records in the Office of Admission no later than 60 days before the enrollment date. Verification of credentials may also be required. U. T. Permian Basin will issue immigration papers (I-20 or DS2019) for student visas after all admission credentials have been received and approved. For more information contact the International Student Adviser at (432) 552-2605. There is no application fee (subject to change). All international students are considered nonresident students for tuition and other purposes.

  1. High School or Secondary School Transcripts - Submit an official record (transcript) of all secondary school work attempted, including subjects taken and grades earned. In addition, an official copy of final examinations taken at the end of the secondary school program, such as school leaving certificates and matriculation exam results should be submitted. If documents are written in a language other than English, an official English translation of the complete record must be provided. Each transcript (mark sheet) should contain a complete record of studies at the institution from which it is issued (i.e. the subjects taken and grades (marks) earned in each subject.) Send these to UTPB Admissions, 4901 E. University, Odessa, TX 79762-0001.
  2. College/University Transcripts - Official, certified transcripts of student’s academic record (mark sheets) from ALL colleges or universities (international and domestic) previously attended must be submitted. Both a copy of the official foreign academic record and an official English translation must be included. Moreover, where university level studies are to be considered for possible undergraduate transfer credit, a syllabus, catalog or similar bulletin must be submitted which describes the courses in sufficient detail for proper evaluation.
  3. Certification of Financial Support – A student must submit a completed and signed Certification of Finances form that provides evidence guaranteeing the student’s ability to pay expenses while enrolled at U. T. Permian Basin. This form must be accompanied by documentation supporting the statement in the form of a current letter from a bank or other reliable institution or from the sponsor’s employer. (Photo static copies of support statements furnished to meet another university’s requirements are not acceptable.)  Additional support can be from family members, a sponsor or government with supporting documentation and signatures attached to the Certification of Finances Form (available online at www.utpb.edu).  Only academic scholarships are available to international students. 
  4. English Proficiency – All applicants whose native language is not English, must submit proof of English proficiency by one of the following:
    1. TOEFL scores or other evidence of communication skills sufficient for classroom work may be requested if the student’s first language is not English or if academic preparation was not in English. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores must be submitted before admission will be granted. Minimum score for admission consideration is 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based). Information concerning the TOEFL may be obtained by writing to: TOEFL, Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08540 (The University of Texas of the Permian Basin institution number: 6914) or
    2. The Academic Examination of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 or better. There is no institutional code for UTPB and so send your scores to UTPB Admission, 4901 E. University, Odessa, TX 79762-0001; or
    3. 24 semester credit hours of transferable college course work from a regionally accredited U.S. institution to include English 1301 & 1302 (Freshman Composition I & II) with grades of “C” or higher.
  5. Medical Insurance Requirement - International students on F-1 visas must have medical hospitalization and repatriation insurance for themselves. Insurance for dependents is optional. Students on J-1 visas are required to carry medical, hospitalization and repatriation insurance for themselves and their dependents.
  6. Vaccination Requirement - All new students and those who are returning after a one semester absence and under the age of 22 will be required to show evidence that they have received the bacterial meningitis vaccination or eligible for an exemption prior to enrolling. The vaccination dose or booster must be during the five-year period preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class or prior to moving into on-campus housing (whichever is applicable). Students taking online courses only (no on-campus based courses) are not required to have the vaccination. Send evidence of the vaccination or qualified exemption to UTPB Admissions, 4901 E University Blvd, Odessa, TX 79762. For more information about the immunization requirements and exclusions, please refer to the Texas Department of Health Services, Immunization Branch (MC 1946), PO Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714-9347.
  7. Employment Restrictions - Students on F-1 visas do not normally have employment privileges. Government regulations require international students to certify that they have finances deemed sufficient by the University while pursuing their degree without employment. Thus, international students should not expect to support themselves through employment while attending the University. International students may request permission to seek employment while attending the University after they have completed one academic year of study. See the International Student Advisor.
  8. Holders of F-1 student visas and J-1 sponsored Student Visas must enroll for a full load of study.
    1. Undergraduate students - Twelve (12) semester hours is the minimum load. If the student does not plan to enroll during the summer sessions, full-time enrollment should be 15 semester hours.
    2. Graduate students - Nine (9) semester hours is the minimum load.
  9. Graduate Studies - Students requesting admission to graduate programs must comply with all of the above requirements in addition to the graduate studies requirements listed in the Graduate Catalog.
  10. International Transfers from U.S. Institutions - Transfer admissions from universities within the United States will be processed only for those students who have completed one full year (24 semester hours) or more of studies. If currently “in-status” under an F or J Visa, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must be notified when an international student transfers from one U. S. institution to another. Once a student is admitted, UTPB will provide a Transfer-In Form that will need to be completed by the previous U.S. institution and submitted to UTPB to release the active Visa information for update. However, if a student is “out of status” with USCIS, that student should reinstate him/herself with USCIS prior to enrolling at U. T. Permian Basin. Questions regarding a student’s immediate immigration status must be directed to the international student adviser. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the correct visa and to maintain the appropriate immigration status while in the United States. International students should refer to, carefully read, and make sure the conditions of the visa, noted on the back of Form I-20 or DS2019, are understood before signing the form.

Transfer Applicants

For application purposes, a transfer student is defined as “a student who has successfully completed 24 or more semester hours of credit (post-secondary school completion) at a regionally accredited institution prior to transferring to U. T. Permian Basin.”

The University is committed to the recruitment and retention of transfer students. Direct Connect and other articulation agreements with community colleges across the state and participation in the Texas Common Course Numbering System simplify the transfer of credit to UTPB. The University provides a Transfer Admission Counselor who assists with prospective transfer applicants and an Academic Advisor for Transfer Students who assists students with degree plans prior to and after enrollment. The University provides transfer merit scholarships to assist academically qualified transfer students in making UTPB a more affordable choice. This next section outlines the admission requirements and transfer procedures. If any questions arise regarding the transferability of courses, please contact the Admission Office at 432-552-2605 or admissions@utpb.edu for further assistance.

Transfer Admissions Requirements

Transfer students seeking admission, who have accumulated fewer than 24 semester credit hours, will be considered for admission under the criteria established for freshman admission (See Freshmen Admission Requirements) and must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher in the college-level courses.

Transfer students seeking admission, who have accumulated 24 semester credit hours or more from regionally accredited colleges or universities (post-secondary school), must meet the following entrance requirements:

  • Submit to the Office of Admissions, official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. All documents submitted become the property of the University and will not be returned to the student.
  • Must have a 2.0 grade point average or better on a 4.0 grading system in previous college work.
  • Must not be on academic or disciplinary suspension from any previously attended college or university (be eligible to re-enroll in the colleges or universities previously attended).

A transfer applicant from a non-accredited institution may be considered for conditional admission by the Admissions Review Committee. A transfer student admitted conditionally must achieve a grade point average of 2.0 or above for the first 30 hours of course work undertaken at U. T. Permian Basin and is subject to academic dismissal at any time the grade point average falls below 2.0.

Former Students

Students who have previously attended U. T. Permian Basin but have not been enrolled in the immediate past two semesters, must reapply. Those students who have enrolled in another college or university since attending U. T. Permian Basin must submit official transcripts of all work completed.

Change of Educational Objective

Students who have graduated or are scheduled to graduate from U. T. Permian Basin and wish to continue enrollment to pursue another educational objective must reapply indicating their new intention. (Example: second bachelor’s degree, a Master’s Degree, Teacher Certification)

Transient Students

Transient students seeking admission for one semester or summer session provided they are in good standing at the colleges or universities previously attended are welcome at U. T. Permian Basin. Only a current transcript from the last institution will be required prior to enrolling at U. T. Permian Basin. A student will not be admissible if they are ineligible to return immediately to their former institution. A student granted admission as a transient or as a non-degree student and who decides to pursue a degree at U. T. Permian Basin is welcome. The applicant must update his/her application and provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended.

Academic Fresh Start

Texas residents may apply for admission to U. T. Permian Basin under the Academic Fresh Start statute (Texas Education Code, Sec.51.931). Applicants seeking admission under the Academic Fresh Start statute must, at the time of application, inform the Office of Admissions in writing of their intent and confer with an admission representative about the impact on the overall credits and grades being considered. Under this program, residents are permitted to apply for admission and enroll as undergraduate students; and, academic course credits or grades earned 10 or more years prior to the semester for which the students seek enrollment are not considered for admission purposes. In addition, an applicant who makes the election to apply under this statute will not receive any course credit for courses taken 10 or more years prior to enrollment under Academic Fresh Start. Other standard admissions criteria generally applied to persons seeking admission to the University is not affected by this plan.

If a student who enrolls under this program completes a prescribed course of study, earns a baccalaureate degree, and applies for admission to a postgraduate or professional program offered by a public institution of higher education, the admitting institution will consider only the grade-point average of the applicant established by the course work completed after the student enrolled under this plan (along with other criteria the institution normally uses to evaluate applicants for admission).

Academic/Disciplinary Suspension

A student who is not eligible to return immediately to his/her former institution is not eligible to enroll at U. T. Permian Basin. Normally a student who is dismissed for disciplinary or academic reasons from U. T. Permian Basin or from another institution will not be admitted.

Transfer of Credit

Undergraduate Transfer of Credit

There is no limit to the number of credit hours that may be transferred provided they meet the rules governing transfer of credit listed below. However, students must complete a total of 48 hours of upper level credit and at least 30 of those credit hours must be taken at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, with the last 24 hours taken in residence, in order to be eligible to receive a degree. In addition, at least 25% of the credits used to meet a degree requirement must be from U. T. Permian Basin. Course work shown on transcripts from other academic institutions is subject to two separate evaluations:

  1. Admission. Course work is evaluated to determine the transferable credit for admission. This evaluation is performed by an admissions officer during the admission process.
  2. Applicability toward degree requirements. Course work is evaluated to determine whether the student’s freshman/sophomore courses provide the necessary preparation for upper level courses at U. T. Permian Basin and to determine the applicability of previous upper level course work toward degree requirements at U. T. Permian Basin. This evaluation is performed by an academic advisor in the student’s chosen field of study.

Rules Governing Transfer of Credit

  1. The college or university from which the credit is to be transferred must be accredited by a regional accrediting agency.
  2. Courses transfer to U. T. Permian Basin on the same level and with the corresponding number of credit hours earned at another institution. D grades may be included in the total number of credit hours to be accepted for transfer to U. T. Permian Basin. However, D grades will not be accepted to fulfill the requirements of a major, minor or any General Education requirement.
  3. When a course has been repeated for credit, the most recent grade and credit hours will be used to determine the acceptance of the course and also to determine if the student meets the minimum grade point average entrance requirement.
  4. The following are not accepted by the University toward admission or degree requirements:
    1. Orientation, remedial English, remedial reading courses, remedial mathematics courses, remedial writing (composition).
    2. General Education Development tests on high school or college level.
  5. Sectarian courses in religion are counted for admission purposes but do not apply toward degree requirements. However, courses in the philosophy of religion, the Bible as a literary work or surveys of the Old and New Testament may be applicable as free electives.
  6. Vocational and technology courses are not accepted as transfer credit by the Admissions Officer. Under special circumstances some of these courses may be accepted on an individual course basis by the faculty advisor with the approval of the Dean of the School or College.
  7. Except for Kinesiology majors, up to 4 credit hours will be accepted in physical activity courses toward admission requirements and total credits toward a degree. Up to 4 upper level credits in ROTC can be accepted in lieu of physical education.
  8. Credit for Military Service – course credit for all physical education credit required (4 credits) and for additional semester credit hours, not to exceed 12, may be applied to satisfy elective course requirements for the student’s degree program for courses outside the student’s major or minor if the student
    1. Graduated from a public or private high school accredited by a generally recognized accrediting organization or from a high school operated by the United States Department of Defense; and
    2. Is an honorably discharged former member of the armed forces of the United States who has completed at least two years of service in the armed forces or was discharged because of a disability.
    3. Student must provide proof of eligibility (i.e. DD Form 214 or disability discharge documentation)
  9. If The University of Texas of the Permian Basin does not accept lower division course credit earned by a student at another institution of higher education, U. T. Permian Basin shall give written notice to the student and the other institution that the transfer of the course credit is denied. The two institutions and the student shall attempt to resolve the transfer of the course credit in accordance with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules and/or guidelines. If the transfer dispute is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student or the institution at which the credit was earned within 45 days after the date the student received written notice of the denial, U. T. Permian Basin shall notify the Commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board of its denial and the reason for the denial. The Commissioner of Higher Education or the Commissioner’s designee shall make the final determination about a dispute concerning the transfer of course credit and give written notice of the determination to the involved student and institutions.
  10. Correspondence or extension credit if appropriate to the curriculum and entered onto a transcript of a regionally and state accredited college or university, subject to the following limitations:
    1. The maximum transferable credit is 15 semester hours of correspondence credit, 30 semester hours of extension credit or 30 semester hours of correspondence and extension credit combined.
    2. A maximum of six semester hours in the major may be correspondence credit.
    3. The College of Business does not accept transfer of any upper level business courses taken by correspondence.
    4. Transfer credit is presented to the Office of Admissions at the time the student is applying to the University.
    5. Appropriateness to the degree is evaluated by the faculty advisor for degree purposes when the degree plan is developed.

Prospective students often have questions about transfer of courses. Students are invited and encouraged to seek advice about courses and degree programs from the admissions advisors and, if necessary, the student will be referred for consultation with faculty members in the student’s prospective discipline.

Credit by Examination

The University recognizes academic achievement of students gained by means other than through performance in organized classes. Students will be given the opportunity to receive credit by special examination in certain courses where proficiency may be practicably determined by examination.

Course credit earned by examination is recorded by the Registrar on the student’s transcript, but no grade or grade points are awarded. The student is responsible for having test scores sent to the Admissions Office. The College of Business offers credit by examination in specific business courses. Refer to the College of Business section of this catalog for more information.

There are three separate programs by which a student may earn course credit by examination. These are: 1) CEEB Advanced Placement Examinations which are a part of the Advanced Placement Programs available in a limited number of secondary schools; and, 2) specified subject examinations of the CEEB College Level Examination Program (CLEP); and 3) the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. The student is responsible for taking the tests early enough to allow sufficient time for scores to be reported to the University and processed by the Admissions Office. The deadline for registering to take CLEP examinations at a national testing center is four to six weeks before the scheduled test. Information concerning each of the testing programs follows.

  1. Credit for CEEB Advanced Placement Program Examinations (APP). The Advanced Placement Examination is the final examination for a nationally standardized course offered in a limited number of secondary schools under the auspices of the CEEB Advanced Placement Program. The objective of the APP is to allow students to begin work toward college credit while still in high school. Students should check with their high school counselor or principal as to the availability of the APP examinations in their school. The APP is offered once a year during May at participating high schools.
  Discipline [UTPB Courses in brackets] CEEB AP
  ART History (3 hrs.)[ARTS 1303 ] 3
  ART History (6 hrs.) [ARTS 1303  ARTS 1304 ] 4
  ART - Drawing [ARTS 1316 ] 3
  Biology (4 hrs.) [BIOL 1306 /BIOL 1106 ] 3
  Biology (8 hrs.) [BIOL 1306 /BIOL 1106 , BIOL 1307 /BIOL 1107 ] 4
  Chemistry (4 hrs.)[CHEM 1311 /CHEM 1111 ] 3
  Chemistry (8 hrs.)[CHEM 1311 /CHEM 1111 , CHEM 1312 /CHEM 1112 ] 4
  Computer Science A (4 hrs.) [COSC 1430 ] 3
  Computer Science AB (4 hrs.) [COSC 1430 ] 3
  Macroeconomics (3 hrs.) [ECON 2301 ] 3
  Microeconomics (3 hrs.) [ECON 2302 ] 3
  English Language & Composition (3 hrs.)[ENGL 1301 ] 3
  English Literature & Composition (3 hrs.)[ENGL 1302 ] 3
  American/U.S. History I (3 hrs.)[HIST 1301 ] 3
  American/U.S. History I & II (6 hrs.)[HIST 1301 , HIST 1302 ] 4
  European History (3 hrs.) [HIST 2312 ] 3
  Calculus AB (4 hrs.)[MATH 2413 ] 3
  Calculus BC (8 hrs.)[MATH 2413 , MATH 2414 ] 3
  Physics C ELEC & MAG (4 hrs.)[PHYS 2316/PHYS 2126 ] 3
  Physics C MECH (4 hrs.)[PHYS 2325 /PHYS 2125 ] 3
  Government & Politics: U.S. (3 hrs.)[PLSC 2305 ] 3
  Psychology (3 hrs.)[PSYC 1301 ] 3
  Spanish (4 hrs.)[SPAN 1411 ] 2
  Spanish (8 hrs.)[SPAN 1411 , SPAN 1412 ] 3
  Spanish (11 hrs.)[SPAN 1411  , SPAN 1412 , SPAN 2311 ] 4
  Spanish (14 hrs.)[SPAN 1411 , SPAN 1412 , SPAN 2311 , SPAN 2312 ] 5
  1. Credit for CEEB College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Examinations.
    Under the College Level Examination Program, the University will award credit for only the specified examinations. A student may attempt a CLEP examination at a national CLEP testing center before enrolling and have the scores reported to the University. These examinations are offered monthly at national CLEP test centers. Further information concerning the CLEP tests may be obtained from your high school counselor or principal, or from College Level Examination Program, Box 1821, Princeton, New Jersey 08540.
  Discipline [UTPB Courses in brackets]  
  Financial Accounting [ACCT 2301 ] 50
  Biology [BIOL 1306 /BIOL 1106 ] 50
  Chemistry [CHEM 1311 /CHEM 1111 ] 50
  Principles of Macroeconomics [ECON 2301 ] 50
  Principles of Microeconomics [ECON 2302 ] 50
  College Composition [ENGL 1301 ] 50
  College Composition [ENGL 1301  & ENGL 1302 ] 58
  American Literature [ENGL 2327 ] 50
  History of U.S. I [HIST 1301 ] 50
  History of U.S. II [HIST 1302 ] 50
  Western Civilization I [HIST 2311] 50
  Western Civilization II [HIST 2312 ] 50
  College Algebra [MATH 1314 ] 50
  College Mathematics [MATH 1332 ] 50
  Pre-calculus [MATH 2412 ] 50
  Calculus [MATH 2413 ] 50
  Principles of Management [MNGT 3310 ] 55
  Introductory Business Law [MNGT 3324 ] 55
  Principles of Marketing [MRKT 3300 ] 55
  American Government [PLSC 2305 ] 50
  Introductory Psychology [PSYC 1301  ] 50
  Introductory Sociology [SOCI 1301 ] 50
  Spanish Language [SPAN 1411  & SPAN 1412 ] 50
  Spanish Language [SPAN 1411  , SPAN 1412 , SPAN 2311 ] 58
  Spanish Language [SPAN 1411 , SPAN 1412 , SPAN 2311 , SPAN 2312 ] 66
  1. Credit for International Baccalaureate
    The University of Texas of the Permian Basin awards course credit, as listed below, for the successful completion during high school of the International Baccalaureate Diploma program (IB) and passing the appropriate Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) exams with a score of 4 or better.
  IB Examination UTPB Course(s) credited
  Biology (SL) BIOL 1306 /BIOL 1106  
  Biology (HL) BIOL 1306 /BIOL 1106  and BIOL 1307 /BIOL 1107  
  Chemistry (SL) CHEM 1311 /CHEM 1111  
  Chemistry (HL) CHEM 1311 /CHEM 1111  and CHEM 1312 /CHEM 1112  
  Computer Science (SL) COSC 1430 *
  Computer Science (HL) COSC 2430 *
  Economics (SL) ECON 2301  
  Economics (HL) ECON 2301  and ECON 2302  
  English (see Modern Languages)  
  Environmental Systems (SL) ENSC 1401
  Geography (SL) GEOG 1301  
  Geography (HL) GEOG 1301  and GEOG 1302  
  History (HL and SL)  
    Americas HIST 1301  
    Africa HIST 2306  
    Europe HIST 2312  
    Mathematical Studies (SL)  
    (Algebra or equiv.) MATH 1314 , MATH 1324 , or MATH 1332  (3 hrs.)
    Mathematical Methods (SL)  
    (Pre-Calculus or equiv.) MATH 1314 , MATH 1324 , MATH 1332 , or MATH 2412  (3-4 hrs.)
Mathematics (SL)
    (Pre-Calculus or equiv.) MATH 1325 , MATH 2413 , MATH 2414 , MATH 3301 , and/or MATH 3350  - (6-8 hrs.)
    Mathematics (HL only)  
    (Calculus) MATH 2413 , MATH 2414 , MATH 3301 , and/or MATH 3350  (6-8 hrs.)
  Modern Languages  
  Language A1, A2, and B  
    English (SL) ENGL 1301  
    English (HL) ENGL 1301  and ENGL 1302  
    (w/extended essay, C or better)  
    Spanish (SL) SPAN 1411  and SPAN 1412  
    Spanish (HL) SPAN 1411 , SPAN 1412 , SPAN 2311 , and SPAN 2312  
  Language ab initio (SL only)  
    English (SL) ENGL 1301  
    Spanish (SL) SPAN 1411  and SPAN 1412  
  Music (SL) MUSI 1306  
  Music (HL) MUSI 1306  or MUSI 1389  as appropriate
  Philosophy (SL) PHIL 1304  
  Philosophy (HL) PHIL 1304  and 2303
  Psychology (SL) PSYC 1301  
  Psychology (HL) PSYC 1301  and one upper level PSYC
  Physics (SL) PHYS 2325 /PHYS 2125  
  Physics (HL) PHYS 2325 /PHYS 2125  and PHYS 2326 /PHYS 2126  
  Social/Cultural Anthropology (SL) SOCI 1301  
  Theater Arts (SL) DRAM 2301  
  Theater Arts (HL) DRAM 2301  and DRAM 2302  
  Visual Arts (SL) ARTS 1301  
  Visual Arts (HL) ARTS 1301 /based on review ARTS 1311 , ARTS 1316  

Texas Residency for Tuition Purposes

The Office of Admissions initially determines Texas residency status for all new or re-applying students for the University. The initial decision is based on information provided by way of the admission application and Core Residency Questionnaire required to be completed by the student. Prospective students may seek additional information about residency status with the Residence Determination Official (Registrar) or may also seek information at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board website at: http://www.collegeforalltexans.com. Search word “Residency.” Student considering a reclassification of their residence status may do so with the Residence Determination Official (Registrar). For information on reclassification or residency issues please refer to the Registration and Student Records section of this catalog.

Military Service Training School Courses

As a Serviceman’s Opportunity College (SOC) institution, UTPB awards credit on a limited basis for military coursework. In order for the credit to be awarded, a student submits to UTPB an official Army/American Council on education Registry Transcript System (AARTS) or an official Sailor/Marine/ACE Registry Transcript (SMART) listing all military course work completed. The Admission Office evaluates the transcript and determines the transferability of course work. Credit is awarded for military course work that is deemed parallel to academic course work. Credit is not awarded for military experience based upon a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) or for course work that is solely technical in nature. Awarding of credit for military course work does not guarantee its applicability to a degree at UTPB. A student who has taken military credits that do not transfer may challenge by examination (i.e. CLEP) or other petition procedure established by your academic department. “

Military Related Withdrawals

In accordance with Section 51.9242 of the Texas Education Code, a student who withdraws from the University in order to perform active military service (not including Texas National Guard Training exercises) will be readmitted for any semester or summer session that begins within a year after the student’s release from active service. The student is not required to reapply. However, if he or she has been out for more than two semesters, the student must submit a returning student application to inform the university that the student plans to re-enroll and update demographic and major related information. Readmitted students may be eligible for the same financial assistance provided before the student’s withdrawal.

In accordance with section 51.844 of the Texas Education Code, graduate or professional students who withdraw from or defer admission to the University to perform active military service in a combative operation will be readmitted to their previous program. All previous earned coursework applied towards the program and any standardized test scores previously submitted will be accepted.

Dependents of Public Servants Killed in the Line of Duty

In accordance with Section 51.803(e) of the Texas Education Code, applicants who are considered dependents of certain public servants who were killed or sustained a fatal injury in the line of duty are entitled to automatic admission to the University if the applicant meets any minimum requirements established by University. Students admitted on this basis must complete the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI).