Freshman                    less than 30 semester hours

      Sophomore                 30-59 semester hours

      Junior                           60-89 semester hours

      Senior                          90 or more semester hours

      Post-baccalaureate    Holds baccalaureate degree but is not admitted for graduate study

      Graduate                      Holds baccalaureate degree and is pursuing a graduate degree



Semester Hours

16 weeks


10 weeks


8 week session

5 week session

Maximum load





Full load






Semester Hours

16 weeks


10 weeks


8 week session

5 week session

Maximum load





Full load





Loads in excess of the maximum load require approval of the appropriate academic dean.


        The Division of General Studies advises liberal studies and liberal arts majors and all students required to take developmental courses. Students who are subject to TASP requirements and who have not successfully passed all areas of the TASP test or students whose Tarleton placement exams indicate the need for developmental courses must be advised by the Division of General Studies. The Division, comprised of faculty advisors representing academic departments from across the University, helps students select and schedule courses and monitors students' progress. Students must remain in the Division of General Studies until they satisfy all TASP requirements and University requirements for remediation.


      Each student enrolled in English 1003 takes a diagnostic writing the first and second class meetings of the semester. As a result of the student’s performance on this sample, he/she will either remain in English 1003 or be moved to a section of English 1113.

Students in developmental courses:

1.   may not take more than 13 hours of solid courses (15 hours including a physical education activity course);

2.     may not drop developmental courses (Reading 1003, Math 1003 or 1013, or English 1003);

3.     must enroll in and attend labs associated with the developmental courses;

4.     must pass each developmental course with a grade of C or better and may not enroll in the next level course until they do.

Note: Students who have completed developmental classes but have not passed the TASP must be involved in a remedial program or course. They should consult their advisor or the General Studies Office for further information. Students who have successfully completed remediation may satisfy TASP requirements by passing the TASP test or through the “B or Better Option.” Information about the “B or Better Option” is available from the TASP Bulletin or the University Testing Office (254-968-9423).


        The Division of General Studies advises all students who have not yet decided on their majors. Students without a declared major are classified as liberal studies majors. Advisors in the Division counsel students as to courses and campus services that help them select a major. Liberal studies majors should schedule appointments with the University Counselor during their first semester of enrollment at Tarleton. More information about the Division of General Studies is on p. 45.


        Student absences are considered by the University to be strictly between the individual student and faculty member. The faculty member has the responsibility and authority to determine whether make-up work can be done because of absences. Students may request make-up consideration for valid and verifiable reasons such as illness, death in the immediate family, legal proceedings, or participation in University-sponsored activities. Students who participate in University-sponsored activities are responsible for obtaining a written explanation for their absence from the faculty/staff member who is responsible for the activity.

        Students who failed the TASP test are required by state guidelines to attend their developmental classes or program on a regular basis. Missing class or program activities can be grounds for removal from the University.


      A restricted activities period is enforced each long semester, beginning prior to the start of final examinations and continuing through the last day of final examinations. During the restricted activities period, no examinations may be administered other than finals, no major assignments may be due, and no student activities may be held. Dates for the restricted activities period are given in the University calendar.


        Tarleton State University expects its students to maintain high standards of personal and scholarly conduct. Students guilty of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary action. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on an examination or other academic work, plagiarism, collusion, and the abuse of resource materials. The faculty member is responsible for initiating action for each case of academic dishonesty that occurs in his/her class.



        Tarleton State University students may earn course credit by demonstrated achievement on standardized tests. Students should check with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for subject areas in which Tarleton State University awards credit. Transfer students must provide official score reports to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Scores cannot be taken from other transcripts. Students may receive credit for courses and scores in effect at the time they enter Tarleton State University. A superior student may earn credit by examination in the following ways:

1.  A minimum score of 3 on the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Advanced Placement Examination;

2.  Depending on subject, scores ranging from a minimum 48 to 52 for the Subject Examination of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Credit is not available for the General Examinations;

3.  If CLEP tests are not available in a desired testing area, local departmentally prepared examinations may be petitioned. To be eligible for local testing, a student must have (1) a minimum score of 1000 on the SAT or 21 on the ACT and (2) completed at least two units with no grade below a B in the area of testing during high school;

4.  Depending on subject, scores ranging from a minimum 494 to 678 for the CEEB Achievement Test;

5.  A score of 620 on the verbal section of the SAT or 28 on the English section of the ACT.

Students taking departmental local examinations are charged a $5.00 per credit hour examination and recording fee for the credit to become a part of their academic records. Advanced placement in a subject area may be granted by the department head concerned. Permitting advanced placement does not necessarily mean approval for credit by examination. All acceptable credit earned by examination will be posted to the student's permanent record if the student is enrolled at Tarleton State University through the official census date. Students should consult the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for specific information. The credit will be recorded with a grade of P (Pass) and the hours awarded. There will be no grade points assigned for this credit, and it will not be used in the computation for any grade point ratio.


        Students with individual hardship situations that might be improved by their having concurrent enrollment at another college or university may request permission for concurrent enrollment through regular academic channels (academic advisor, department head, and dean). If permission is granted, such credit hours earned may be applied toward degree requirements at Tarleton. Written permission from the student's dean is required prior to concurrent enrollment in extension course work or in any resident courses from other institutions. Approval to take correspondence courses from other institutions must be granted by the Registrar, academic department head, and dean. See the information on correspondence courses, p.44. Course load limits are not waived for students seeking concurrent enrollment.


                A $1,000 tuition rebate from the state of Texas is offered to qualifying students who graduate from Tarleton State University with a bachelor’s degree and no more than 3 hours over the minimum number of hours required for the degree. This rebate program is effective for students who entered a bachelor’s degree program as freshmen during or after Fall 1997. Additional information is available from the Registrar’s Office.


        At mid-semester, preliminary grades will be assigned to freshman and sophomore students in 1000- and 2000-level courses and made available to the student. Final grades in all courses will be mailed at the end of each semester to the address previously designated as the grade address by the student. The student's term grade in any subject shall be designated as one of the following letters:

        A             Excellent, 4 grade points per semester hour

        B             Good, 3 grade points per semester hour

        C             Fair, 2 grade points per semester hour

        D             Passing; 1 grade point per semester hour

        F              Failing

        I               In progress (used for non-completed thesis course work)

        K             Incomplete (under exceptional circumstances, see below)

        W            Withdrawal from course, no grade designated

        WF         Withdrawal failing (included in GPA)

        *P           Pass

        *S           Satisfactory

        U             Unsatisfactory

        NG          No credit

                * Signifies credit with neutral grade point value

        The lowest passing grade is D. Students should keep in mind the fact that some universities and colleges do not accept a D in transfer. A D is not considered passing for developmental courses.

        If a course is repeated at this institution, only the best grade in the course is counted in computing the GPA.

        The grade K shall be recorded for a student only in case of extraordinary circumstances. This entry is used only in such cases after the instructor and his/her department head have concurred that the incomplete entry is justified. A grade of K must be made up by the last day that course grades are due to the registrar during the next long semester and in all cases before registering for the next sequential course. Should this grade not be reported to the registrar within the prescribed time limit, it automatically becomes an F.

        A student who drops a course on or before the census date receives no grade, and the course will not be listed on that student's permanent record.


        Student academic appeals are handled according to the following guidelines:

1.     Each department shall develop its own formula for dealing with student grievances of an academic nature. Such policy should be in writing in the departmental office and available to students.

2.   If departmental grievance procedures fail to satisfy the student, he/she may appeal to the dean of the college to which the concerned department belongs.

3.     A student dissatisfied by the outcome of his/her appeal to the dean of the college may then appeal to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, who may appoint a five-member committee to consider the appeal. The chair of the committee shall be a faculty member from outside the involved department. The remainder of the committee shall consist of two faculty members and two students. After hearing both sides of the grievance, the committee shall render an opinion to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, who shall render the final judgment.



        An "A" HONOR ROLL is published at the end of each semester listing students who have completed 12 credit hours or more during the period and have made A's in all courses taken for credit.

        Also at the end of each semester, students in good standing who have no grade below C, have completed during the semester at least 12 credit hours of college work, and have a grade point ratios of at least 3.25 for freshmen and sophomores and 3.50 for juniors and seniors shall be designated as Distinguished Students.


      Eligibility standards for honors graduation were under review at the time this catalog was prepared. Changes in requirements may be made for students who first enroll at Tarleton in Fall 2002 or thereafter. Standards from the 2001-2002 catalog will continue to be used in assigning scholastic honors for students who first enrolled at Tarleton prior to Fall 2002 and who graduate within six years. Standards for students who initially enroll in Fall 2002 or after will be available in future catalogs and from the Registrar’s Office.

        Students who are members in good standing of national honor societies that are recognized by Tarleton State University and that require a 3.2 cumulative GPA or higher for membership may have that membership identified on their transcripts.


      Tarleton offers honors classes in most core curriculum subjects, including English, history, political science, chemistry, biology, geology, and speech. Honors classes offered in a particular semester are announced in the published course schedule and publicized in flyers and other campus publications.

        Honors courses offer intellectually challenging material, innovative approaches to the subject, increased opportunities for honing critical thinking and writing skills, and the opportunity to interact closely with similarly motivated students and with outstanding faculty. Honors courses are limited to a class size of 25 students. To register for an honors class a student must have either a 3.0 GPA or the instructor's permission.

        Official designation for honors classes will appear on the student's permanent transcript. Any student who completes 18 or more hours of such classes with a minimum 3.0 GPA in honors classes and overall will receive recognition as an Honors Degree Program graduate.


        Tarleton State University offers an accelerated degree program, which is intended to allow a student who enters Tarleton as a freshman to complete a baccalaureate degree in three years. (Please note: To complete a degree in three years may require that a student attend summer school for at least one summer.) The three-year program is intended for students who enter Tarleton with strong academic preparation. To be eligible for the accelerated program, an entering freshman must:

1.  have graduated from an accredited high school with a ranking in the top quarter of the high school class;

2.  be exempt from TASP because of exam scores or have passed all parts of TASP with scores that would not require the student to enroll in any developmental courses at Tarleton; and

3. score at least 1050 on the SAT or 23 on the ACT.

        A currently-enrolled Tarleton student or a transfer student with less than 30 hours of transferable college credit is eligible to participate in the program if he/she meets the above requirements and has a college GPA of at least 3.0. A currently-enrolled Tarleton student or transfer student with more than 30 hours of college credit may participate in the program if he/she has a college GPA of at least 3.0.

        A high school student who hopes to participate in Tarleton’s accelerated program may wish to get some college credits while still in high school, through dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, or advanced placement. High school counselors can provide information about such programs.

        Students admitted to the program should take no more than 19 hours in their first long semester at Tarleton; the number of hours may be higher for students with exemplary high school grades or SAT/ACT scores. Students who complete at least 15 hours with a GPA of at least 3.00 their first semester in the program will be authorized to enroll in up to 21 hours the following semester. A student maintaining a Tarleton GPA in excess of 3.25 may request authorization to enroll in more than 21 hours for a long semester.

        At any time that a participant’s Tarleton GPA drops below 3.00 or he/she completes less than 15 hours in a long semester, the student will no longer be considered a part of the accelerated degree program.

        Program participants must satisfy all requirements for their degree programs, including total semester credit hour requirements. They may request minor modification of some University core curriculum requirements (i.e., a substitution of one course for another). Such a request should be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs. Students in the program may request departmental authorization to take courses out of sequence (without designated prerequisites) when necessary.

        Participants will be advised in their academic departments and by a special designated academic counselor who will help participants plan their programs. The counselor will advise participants about methods of accelerating their degree programs (including CLEP tests, problems courses, correspondence courses, and departmental exams) and will also monitor the progress of students in the program.



        A student desiring to drop a course should follow this procedure:

1.     Secure a drop card and instructions from the Registrar's Office;

2.     Proceed to academic advisor and obtain his/her signature;

3.     Proceed to course instructor and obtain his/her signature;

4.     Proceed to the department head who has responsibility for the course and obtain his/her signature;

5.     Return the card to the Registrar's Office.

The elapsed time for this procedure shall not exceed one calendar week. The effective date of dropping a course is the date the card is returned to the Registrar's Office.

        Note: The student should attend the class until this procedure is completed to avoid penalty for absences. Students will not be allowed to drop developmental courses, except for extraordinary situations. Students will not be allowed to drop a freshman math or English course until after mid-semester except with the approval of their academic dean. The last day for dropping courses is identified in the University Calendar.


            An application for withdrawal from the University must be initiated in the Office of the Registrar.

1.      Refer to the census chart below to determine the last day for dropping courses and the last day to withdraw from the University.

2.      A student who withdraws on or before the last day to drop courses will receive a grade of W in all courses.

3.      A student who withdraws after the last day to drop courses will receive a grade of WF in all courses. The student may appeal to the instructor of each class for a change of grade from WF to W if he/she was passing at the time of withdrawal.

4.      A student who fails to withdraw officially will receive a grade of F in all courses in progress.

5.      In circumstances where in-person withdrawal is not feasible, the student should call or write the Office of the Registrar and request an “Official Withdrawal Request Form.”

6.        The refund policy established by the State of Texas is listed under “Refunds” in this catalog. All refunds are subject to this policy.


Length of Class in Weeks

Official Census Date

Last Date to Drop or Withdraw with “W”

3 weeks

Second class day

Monday of second week

4 weeks

Third class day

Monday of third week

5 or 6 weeks

Fourth class day

Monday of fourth week

8 weeks

Sixth class day

Monday of sixth week

9 or 10 weeks

Seventh class day

Monday of seventh week

16 weeks

Twelfth class day

Monday of eleventh week


            The following limitations on dropped courses apply to all undergraduate students entering Tarleton for the first time in Fall 1998 or thereafter:

1.        An undergraduate student enrolled at Tarleton State University is permitted a total of 6 dropped courses. Courses dropped before the official class roll day do not count in this total.

2.        After a student has accumulated 6 dropped classes, he/she will not be permitted to drop any class unless unusual circumstances exist, as determined by the student’s academic dean.

3.        An appeal to the academic dean for extenuating circumstances applies only after the student has accumulated 6 drops.

4.        If a student withdraws from school, each separate course is counted as a drop.

5.        A student who drops a class or withdraws from the University by the last day to drop a class (see University Calendar) receives a grade of W. A student who withdraws from the University after the last day to drop classes receives a grade of W or WF in each class. Each W or WF is counted as one of the 6 permitted drops.

6.        After a student accumulates 6 drops, he/she will not be permitted to drop additional courses unless unusual circumstances exist, as determined by the student’s academic dean.


        The following policy applies to all students unless more restrictive rules are included as part of special admission conditions or unless a more restrictive policy has been approved for a program, department, or college. The purpose of academic probation and suspension is to make the student aware of the University's concern that satisfactory progress is not being made in his or her course of study. Early notification of this concern maximizes the student's opportunity to make appropriate adjustments that will result in remaining in good standing. A 2.0 cumulative GPA is the lowest acceptable academic standard because this level mirrors the minimum GPA requirement for graduation. The cumulative GPA used in this policy is defined as the best attempt on all courses taken at Tarleton State University; grades on transfer work are excluded. A student with a 2.0 or better cumulative GPA is considered to be in good academic standing.

        Warning: Each student is responsible for knowing his or her academic status and the regulations that apply. Students who do not abide by the regulations governing their particular status may be required to reduce their academic loads or withdraw from the University without special consideration.


1. If a student’s cumulative GPA drops below 1.00 at the end of any long semester (fall or spring), the student will be suspended.

2. If a student who has been in good standing has a cumulative GPA between 1.00 and 1.99 at the end of any long semester, the student will be placed on academic warning.

3.     A student who has been on academic warning during a long semester is subject to the following:

            a.  At the end of the semester, if the cumulative GPA is 2.00 or above, the student is returned to good standing.

            b. At the end of the semester, if the cumulative GPA is between 1.00 and 1.99, the GPA for the semester will be used to determine the student’s status.

                i. If the GPA for the semester is less than 2.00, the student will be suspended.

                ii.  If the GPA for the semester is 2.00 or higher, the student will be placed on probation.

        c. At the end of the semester, if the cumulative GPA is below 1.00, the student will be suspended.

4. A student on probation who has less than a 2.00 cumulative GPA at the end of the next long semester will be suspended. A student on probation who has a 2.00 or better cumulative GPA at the end of the next long semester will be removed from probation and returned to good standing.

5. A student who transfers from Tarleton while on academic warning or probation and then returns (having met transfer requirements) has the same academic standing the first long semester back at Tarleton as though there had been no transfer.

6. A student who is suspended from Tarleton and takes no transferable college level courses during the term of the suspension may return to Tarleton after the term of the suspension and will be on academic warning the first long semester back at Tarleton.

7.  A student who is suspended from Tarleton and takes any transferable college level courses during the term of the suspension must meet Tarleton’s transfer requirements in order to be readmitted. Such a student (having met transfer requirements and after the term of the suspension) will be on academic warning the first long semester back at Tarleton.

8. Any student, whether in good standing, on academic warning, or on probation, will be suspended at the end of any long semester if his or her cumulative GPA is below 1.00.


        The first suspension is for one long semester. The second is for one calendar year, and the third is indefinite. Three calendar years after imposition of third suspension, the student may apply for readmission; this application will be evaluated by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, but readmission is not guaranteed.


      A student on academic warning or probation may attend summer school at Tarleton (transfer requirements having been met, if applicable).

        Students placed on first suspension at the end of a spring semester may request their dean’s approval to attend summer school. A student attending summer school while on first suspension, who has a cumulative GPA of 2.00 at the end of the last summer session attended, will be returned to good standing.


        An undergraduate student enrolled at Tarleton may choose to exercise one, but not both, of the following forgiveness options:


        Grades for any one semester of Tarleton work taken more than 5 years before a student's current enrollment at Tarleton may be deleted for computation of cumulative GPA if the student files a request with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. This option may be exercised one time only.


        After a student has attempted ninety or more hours at Tarleton, grades for one semester of Tarleton work may be deleted for computation of cumulative GPA if the student files a request with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. This option may be exercised one time only.

        When a student has exercised one of these forgiveness options, grades for the semester selected by the student will be deleted in computing the cumulative grade point average. Under either option, all courses and grades will continue to appear on the student's transcript. In applying the option, all grades from the chosen semester are deleted from the GPA, not just low or failing grades. Also, no classes taken in the semester being forgiven may be counted on the student's degree plan. A student seeking to exercise either option must be enrolled at Tarleton at the time he/she requests the forgiveness option.



1.         A GPA of 2.00 or better is required on all work counted toward a degree. A GPA of 2.00 or better is required for all work in the major field of study and counted toward a degree.

2.         All transfer students must post an overall GPA of 2.00 or better in all courses taken at Tarleton in their major field of study and counted toward a degree as well as an overall GPA of 2.00 or better in all courses taken at Tarleton and counted toward a degree.


        Residence is satisfied only by official enrollment in and completion of course work applied toward the degree requirements.

1.      A minimum of 32 semester hours of work must be completed at Tarleton, of which at least 24 hours must be advanced, including 12 advanced semester hours in the major subject.

2.     A maximum of 68 semester hours of academic credit will be accepted for degree credit from a two-year institution.

3.     Not more than 18 semester hours by correspondence or extension or 18 hours in a combination of the two will be counted toward the degree. Grades for correspondence work must be on file in Registrar's Office no later than 2 weeks prior to date of graduation.


        All students are required to satisfy the Writing Proficiency Requirement as a condition for the baccalaureate degree. After completing 45 semester hours, students must register for and take this examination. Dates for testing each semester are listed on the University Calendar in this publication.


        To receive a degree from Tarleton State University, a student must complete all requirements for a degree as set forth in a particular University catalog. Several choices are allowed:

1.     Graduation may be under the requirements of the catalog in force at the time the student first enrolls at Tarleton State University.

2.     Graduation may be under the catalog in force at the time the student first enrolled in higher education if the student is a transfer to Tarleton State University.

3.     Graduation may be under the catalog in force for any subsequent year that the student is registered at Tarleton State University.

These possibilities are subject to the condition that all degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of the date of the catalog selected. For example, a student who chooses to graduate under the requirements of the 1996-97 catalog must complete all requirements for the degree under that catalog prior to August 2002 graduation. (In the event students serve on active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States between the dates of their matriculation and graduation, the six-year limit will be extended one year for each year of active duty served, up to a maximum of four years.) A student registering for the first time in the summer session may meet the requirements of the catalog applying to either the previous or the next long session.


All degree programs leading to the baccalaureate degree include the following University core curriculum:1,2


        ENGL 1113, 1123 3                                                                    6

        COMS 1013, 1023, or 3013                                                         3

MATH 1073 or higher 4                                                                       3

Lab sciences from CHEM, BIOL, GEOL, PHYS                                    8

Visual & performing arts from ART, F A, MUSC, THEA 5,6                    3

Humanities: Literature course in English                                              3

Social & behavioral sciences                                                             18

        HIST 2013, 2023                                                                       (6)

        POLS 2013, 2023                                                                     (6)

        6 additional hours 5,7 from                                                        (6)

                SOC 1013, 2013, 3033, PSY 1013, PHIL 1013, 2013,

ECO 1013, 2013, A EC 1053, ARCH 2013,

GEOG 1103, 1203, 2013, HIST 1013, 1023

Wellness: HLTH 10138                                                                       3

                                                                                                       47 total

1 Core curriculum requirements are subject to review and change by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

2 Some degree programs specify the courses that satisfy these requirements. A student should consult with an academic advisor in selecting core curriculum courses.

3 Students must enroll in ENGL their first semester at Tarleton and every regular semester thereafter until the freshman ENGL core curriculum requirement has been satisfied.

4 Students must enroll in MATH their first semester at Tarleton unless they:

a) have a TASP math score of 270 or higher;

b) have a TASP math score of 230-269 and have demonstrated readiness for a course above MATH 1013 based on Tarleton placement exam results; or

c) are exempt from TASP based on SAT, ACT, or TAAS scores.

Students meeting one of these conditions may choose to postpone initial MATH enrollment until their second regular semester at Tarleton. Following initial MATH enrollment, students must enroll in MATH every regular semester thereafter until the freshman MATH core curriculum requirement has been satisfied.

5 These core curriculum requirements may not be selected from the student’s major field.

6 Visual and performing arts course must be historical, appreciative, or theoretical in nature; it may not be an applied or performance course. Courses that meet this requirement are ART 1313, 2313, 2323, 3313; F A 1013, 1353, 4013; MUSC 2133, 3133, 3243, 3263, 3273, 3283; THEA 1053, 2073, 2083, 4043.

7 The two courses to fulfill this requirement must be chosen from different academic disciplines.

8 The Wellness requirement also may be satisfied by any combination, totaling three hours or more, from activity P ED, M S 1012, M S 1022, ANSC 1502, MUSC 1002.


        A degree plan must be on file by the beginning of the senior year.

1.     MAJOR

        a.     The major must be declared by the beginning of the junior year for advising purposes.

        b.     A minimum of 24 semester hours is required for a major, of which at least 12 must be in advanced courses in the major subject. 

        c.     A double major requires that a degree plan be filed for each major.

2.        MINOR

a.           A minor consists of a minimum of 18 hours in a field other than the major, of which at least 6 hours must be advanced.

b.       Declaration of a minor by the student is optional in most degree programs but strongly recommended. If a minor is desired, it must be declared on the degree plan.

3.            DEVELOPMENTAL COURSES needed as preparation for regular University requirements (RDG 1003, ENGL 1003, and MATH 1003 and 1013) cannot be applied as degree plan contents.


        a.     The minimum number of semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree is 128.

        b.     At least 36 hours of advanced credit is required for every baccalaureate degree from Tarleton State University.


        a.     A student classified as a senior cannot take a freshman course that carries the same academic prefix description as the student's first or second declared major field.

        b.     A student may count toward the degree not more than 6 hours of Religious Education credits.

        c.     A student may count toward the degree not more than 6 hours of activity Physical Education credits.


        Tarleton State University offers the following degree programs that are interdisciplinary in nature: the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS), the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (BSLS), and the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS). The BAAS and BSAS allow the student to apply vocational or technical training to his/her degree program. The BSLS allows students to count toward their degree program courses in a wide range of academic disciplines.

        Students in these degree programs must meet all Tarleton requirements that are established as conditions for baccalaureate degrees, including the University core curriculum (p.38); the Writing Proficiency Examination; completion of at least 32 hours of credit at Tarleton State University; and completion of at least 36 hours of upper-level (3000- and 4000-numbered) courses.


        The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) is designed for the student with training in a technical area. This degree utilizes education received at technical schools, junior colleges, military technical schools, etc. A student must have completed at least 12 semester credit hours (or equivalent) in technical training to be eligible for consideration. With appropriate documentation, the technical training may be supplemented with a maximum of 21 semester credit hours for work experience. A student must have at least 33 semester credit hours (or equivalent) in the combination of technical training and work experience to be eligible for consideration. In all cases, the technical training, work experience (if any), and proposed degree area must be directly related to each other.

        The approved occupational areas for the BAAS degree are: agriculture, business, industrial, and technical. Tarleton does not guarantee the availability of all occupational areas. An occupational area is available only if an academic department related to the occupational area is currently sponsoring applicants.

        A student interested in the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences should:

1.     review the admission requirements;

2.     contact the Office of the Registrar for a list of sponsoring departments; and

3. meet with an advisor in the sponsoring department. The student will submit written records related to educational training and work experience (if any). The student is responsible for securing all related documentation.

        The department will review the written records and decide whether to sponsor a degree plan application. Sponsored degree plan applications will be considered by the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Committee. Degree plan applications will not be considered until a student has completed at least 3 semester credit hours at Tarleton (or is currently enrolled in at least 3 hours at Tarleton). Degree plans approved by the Committee will be processed through regular University channels. Final approval will depend on completion of the University review process.

Quantitative Requirements for BAAS Degree Programs

I.      Occupational specialization

        The occupational specialization is a maximum of 48 semester credit hours (or equivalent) directly related to the degree area. These credit hours may consist of technical training, credit for work experience, and credit from this University. Each of these has restrictions.

        A.    The technical training must be such that it can be equated to vocational-technical schools. The BAAS committee will rule on the admissibility of technical training.

        B.    No student who has less than 12 semester credit hours of technical training will be considered for the program. The possible credit for technical training ranges from 12 semester credit hours up to and including all 48 hours of occupational specialization.

        C.    Credit for work experience is awarded only after the BAAS Committee has reviewed the written documentation of the work experience and is limited to a maximum award of 4 semester credit hours per year of qualifying experience. The committee may award less than this maximum. A total of 21 semester credit hours is the greatest possible amount awarded for work experience.

        D.    No student will be considered for the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences who has less than 33 semester credit hours in the combination of technical training and work experience.

        E.     Tarleton does not offer course work in all occupational specializations. For those available specializations, the credit may not exceed 15 semester credit hours.

II.    Emphasis area

        (Minimum 18 semester credit hours, at least 12 to be upper level.) The emphasis area is to be related to and supportive of the occupational specialization. The advisor and the BAAS committee will work together in selecting courses that meet the individual needs of each student.


        A student in the Liberal Studies program must satisfy Tarleton’s core curriculum requirements (p.38) and complete the following courses:

18 hours of lower –level electives and 3 hours CIS (upper- or lower-level).

Upper-level courses:

        18 hours in emphasis area (academic departments may determine courses)1

        9 hours in supportive field (must be in field other than emphasis area)2

        33 hours advanced electives

        This degree is designed primarily for students who have accumulated upper-level course hours without having met the requirements for a major. Students currently in or recently discharged from the military are most likely to fall into this category. The Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies degree may enable these students to utilize much of their previous course work. The degree requirements assure that students have completed core requirements, can demonstrate computer literacy, and have sufficient hours in two areas to claim a field of emphasis and a supporting field. The department in which a student is pursuing a field of emphasis may determine which courses must be completed for the degree.

1 For the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, emphasis areas are available in Art, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, History, Manufacturing, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, and Sociology.

2 Must be approved by academic advisor.


        The student pursuing the BS in Applied Science must complete the following, in addition to the University core curriculum (p. 38):

Occupational specialization (12 – 27 hours of technical training and 0-15 hours of approved electives) 27
Advanced hours in emphasis area (departments may determine courses)     18
Advanced hours in supportive field (in field other than field of emphasis)   9
Advanced electives         24
CIS (upper- or lower-level)   3

For the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science, available emphasis areas are Business Administration and Manufacturing.


1. A candidate for a degree must apply for the degree by filing an "Application for Graduation" with the Registrar (undergraduate students) or the Graduate Office (graduate students) no later than specified in the University Calendar.

2. To be considered for degree conferral, a candidate must be in good standing with the University. All contractual and financial obligations to the University must be satisfied.


        Students may order class rings during the semester following completion of 80 semester hours of degree credit. They must have an average of C or better on these 80 hours. The procedure to order a ring is as follows: Students must request a ring order form at the information desk in the Registrar's Office. After it has been properly signed by the Registrar’s representative, the student must present it to a Campus Store employee, who will process the order. The ring may be picked up at the end of the semester in which the student has accrued at least 90 hours.


      In this catalog, each course is identified by a four-digit number. The first digit of each number indicates the level or academic year that the course is normally taken (1--freshman, 2--sophomore, 3--junior, 4--senior, 5--graduate). The second and third digits indicate departmental sequence, and the fourth digit indicates the number of semester hour credits awarded for the course. For example, ENGL 1113 is a freshman course worth 3 hours of credit.

        In course descriptions, numbers in parentheses following the course number (for example, 3-2) indicate the number of clock hours per week devoted to theory and practice, respectively. Theory includes recitations and lectures; practice includes work in the laboratory, shop, drawing room, or field.         Course descriptions include information about course content and learning objectives. Prerequisites and lab or other fees for the course may be listed.


        Tarleton Libraries offer a variety of resources to support the educational, research, and recreational needs of the University community. These resources include over 224,000 books, 25,000 state and federal documents, 914,000 microforms, 10,000 audiovisual resources, and 1,000 current periodical subscriptions. Tarleton librarians provide reference and research assistance, orientations, and library instruction services. Interlibrary Loan Service is provided for materials not housed in the Tarleton Libraries. Faculty, staff, and students have borrowing privileges at libraries from most Texas higher education institutions through the TexShare consortium.

        The libraries’ online catalogs offer easy-to-use Web-based interfaces for locating books, periodicals, and media resources. Also, the libraries subscribe to nearly 100 databases and indexes that offer full-text articles, citations, and other resources.

        Tarleton Libraries resources can be accessed in the Dick Smith Library, centrally located on the Stephenville campus, or in the Tarleton Library – Central Texas, located adjacent to the Tarleton – Central Texas building in Killeen. The libraries’ electronic resources are available through any computer connected to the campus network or through the Internet.


        Students seeking a bachelor's degree as preparation for entering a theological seminary will find that most programs for Master of Divinity and related degrees are based on the standards of the American Association of Theological Schools (AATS). These call for a heavy emphasis on the humanities, especially communication skills in written English and speech; basic knowledge of the past and present culture through history, sociology, philosophy, political science, literature, science, psychology, and related areas; and a foreign language. Of those languages offered at Tarleton, French or German is appropriate for those whose primary concern is scholarship; Spanish, for those planning a church ministry in the Southwest.

        Some religious courses, such as those offered at religious centers at Tarleton, are valuable and usually taken by pre-ministerial students but the AATS discourages duplication of later work at the seminary. Although most seminaries accept candidates with a wide range of majors, the usual degrees for pre-seminary work are in such areas as English, communications, history, and sociology. Students planning to be candidates for seminary work need to check seminaries’ catalogs for special requirements.


        Admission to law school is based primarily upon a student’s performance on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and cumulative grade point average. Tarleton has no required pre-law major or curriculum, and students may take the LSAT and apply to law schools with any major offered at Tarleton. The LSAT covers three basic areas: logical reasoning, reading comprehension, and analytical reasoning. Students without a grounding in these areas have little chance of competing successfully for admission to selective law schools.

        Students interested in preparing for the LSAT and law school are advised to consult the typical curriculum for their chosen degree and to consult the pre-law advisor early in their undergraduate program. The following courses are recommendations, not requirements, for solid pre-law preparation. Students who plan to apply to law school should enroll in as many of these courses as possible.

Courses for logical/analytical reasoning: PHIL 1013,* 2013,* MATH 1093*

Courses for reading comprehension: advanced literature classes, PHIL 4033 and 4043

Courses that emphasize language development: foreign languages, advanced composition courses, COMS 3033

Courses that introduce students to the study of law: C J 2323 and 2373, COMS 3103, POLS 4013 and 4023, G B 4323 and 4333

For more information, contact Dr. Charles Howard in the Department of Fine Arts and Communications.

* These courses meet core curriculum requirements.


        Cooperative education in institutions of higher learning is an academic program that provides students with an opportunity to integrate formal academic work with planned and supervised experience in industry, government, or service agencies. Students are given an opportunity, through cooperative education, to earn a salary that may be used to finance their education. More importantly, the program allows student to participate in off-campus work experiences that are integrated with and that supplement their entire education and career goals.

        Students may see their department heads for additional information about cooperative education.


        A student may enroll to audit one or more courses under the following conditions:

1. Application to audit a course must be made through the Registrar's Office. Approval of audit requests is at the discretion of the Registrar, and a record of audit enrollment is kept in the Registrar's Office.

2. Written consent from the instructor and department head is required prior to attendance in class.

3. No audit enrollee is to be permitted to sit in class more than one period without a Permit to Enter from the Registrar's Office.

4. Space and any required instructional equipment must be available. Evaluation of audit requests may be postponed until the end of registration if there are questions about availability.

5. The extent of the student's participation in the activities of the class is at the discretion of the instructor and is to be designated prior to enrollment.

6. No student may audit a course offered on an individual instruction basis.

7. When a student audits a course and later seeks credit in that content area, an official paid enrollment and satisfactory completion of the course is required.

8. An audit fee is required for each course. Information about the fee structure is available from the Registrar’s Office. In addition to the audit fee, audit students must pay any laboratory fee, course fee, practice fee, or other fee stipulated for the course.


      Tarleton State University does not offer correspondence courses leading to a baccalaureate degree but will accept courses completed through other accredited institutions. No more than 18 hours by correspondence or extension, or 18 hours in a combination of the two, will be counted toward an undergraduate degree. Correspondence courses are included in the maximum course load limits set for each semester. Limited information on correspondence courses at other institutions is available through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

      Before registering for any correspondence course, students must complete a Concurrent Enrollment form, available from their academic advisor or the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If a student wishes to use a correspondence course toward graduation or certification requirements, a copy of his/her official transcript showing the work completed by correspondence must be received by the Registrar at least one month before graduation.


        Students with disabilities may request appropriate accommodation by contacting the Director of Disability Services in the Academic Affairs Office, at (254) 968-9103. Students at the Tarleton University System Center – Central Texas may contact the Executive Director’s Office in Killeen at (254) 519-5447 or the Disability Services Office in Stephenville. Formal accommodation requests cannot be made until the student has been admitted to Tarleton. However, students are encouraged to make initial contact well in advance of this time to clarify documentation requirements and to allow time to arrange possible accommodations.

        The policy of Tarleton State University is to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal, state, and local laws. The Office of Disability Services fully supports this policy. Applicants for admission are not required to disclose disability status in the admission process. Information related to a disability that has been released to the Disability Services Office is not used in the admission review process.


          By arrangement between Tarleton State University and interested religious groups, nonsectarian courses in Bible are offered in the Religious Centers adjacent to the campus. These courses are open to all students. Six semester hours may be counted toward graduation or for degree credit. The instructors who teach the courses must be associated with a recognized religious organization, possess a master’s degree in religious studies from an accredited institution, and be approved by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Course descriptions for Religious Education courses are on p. 367.


Humanities Building, Room 370

(254) 968-9423

        The Division of General Studies is designed for students who enroll at Tarleton State University without having identified a field of major interest, the official designation for this being liberal studies major. The Division also offers a course for students who want additional college preparation.

        Advisors in the Division counsel students as to courses and campus services that will help them select a major. Students who are liberal studies majors are encouraged to schedule appointments with a University counselor during their first semester of attendance.

        Students who are subject to TASP requirements (see p. 17) and who have not successfully passed all areas on the TASP test or those whose Tarleton placement exams indicate a need for developmental courses must be advised by the Division of General Studies, regardless of their intended majors. The Division, comprised of faculty advisors representing academic departments from across the University, will help students select and schedule courses, monitor their progress, and consult with them regarding their educational and career goals. Students must remain in the Division of General Studies until they satisfy all TASP and University requirements.


(students who have not selected a major)

Freshman Year

Sem. Hrs.


ENGL 1113, 11231


Lab science


HLTH 1013


MATH 1073 or higher level1


Other core curriculum courses


1 Upon completion of developmental courses, if needed. See p. 38 for information about Tarleton’s core curriculum requirements.


Major Ches H. Garner, Head

         Wisdom Gymnasium, Room 108

(254) 968-9188

Instructors: Major Miller, Captain Ornelas,

Sergeant First Class Balderas, Staff Sergeant McMillon,

Staff Sergeant Reed

ROTC Program

Requirements for Admission

        Basic Course: All courses offered as part of the basic course are eligible for elective credit toward graduation. Course work covers the areas of leadership development, management principles, orienteering, marksmanship, and first aid. These courses may be taken in lieu of required Wellness course. No military service obligation is incurred for students enrolled in the basic course.

        Advanced Course: The two-year advanced course is selective and elective, in that any qualified students may apply for admission. The application requires the approval of the Professor of Military Science. Students who have at least two years of college remaining, maintain a 2.0 or better grade point average, complete the basic course or qualify by prior military training, and are physically qualified are eligible for enrollment in the advanced course. The advanced course leads to an officer’s commission in the United States Army Reserve or regular army and is pursued under a written agreement with the Department of the Army. Advanced-course contract students are paid approximately $3,000 for the two-year course, which includes attendance at the ROTC National Advanced Leadership Camp.

        Two-Year Program: Students transferring to or currently enrolled at Tarleton, who cannot complete the basic course prior to becoming academic juniors and graduate students with at least two years remaining may qualify to enter the advanced course by successfully completing a six-week Leadership Seminar course, conducted each summer at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Academic credit and pay are granted to students attending the course. Applications should be submitted to the Department of Military Science by April 15.

        Credit for Previous Military Training: Students with previous military training may qualify for placement directly into the advanced course. The Professor of Military Science determines the placement, which is acceptable to the Army, for each student requesting this classification. To receive placement into the advanced course, a student must have 60 credit hours and an overall 2.0 GPA.

        Veterans: Students who have prior military service may be eligible for advanced placement, provided that their active duty was completed within the last five years.

        National Guard/Reserves: Students who are currently members of the United States Army Reserve or the National Guard are eligible for advanced placement under the Simultaneous Membership Program.

        Students desiring additional information concerning the Army ROTC program should write to the Professor of Military Science, Tarleton State University, Mail Stop #0480, Stephenville, TX 76402 or by e-mail to Phone calls may be made collect to (254) 968-9188.

        M S Leadership Laboratory: Practical application of classroom instruction emphasizing rappelling, water survival, orienteering, physical fitness, and basic military skills. Participating students are provided all uniforms and equipment. Participation is required of all M S students.

Special Programs

        U.S. Army ROTC Leader’s Training Course: Maximum of ten credit hours. The ROTC Leader’s Training Course is a five-week summer course conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky, for students who cannot complete the Basic Course prior to becoming academic juniors. In addition to free room, board, and transportation, students are paid approximately $850. Training includes practical exercises to enhance confidence, physical fitness, and leadership qualities. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

        Rangers: An adventure-oriented organization designed to develop leadership qualities, self discipline, self confidence, and resourcefulness through small unit tactics. Members participate in several field training exercises during the semester. Open to all interested and qualified students with at least a 2.0 GPA.

        Wainwright Rifles: An organization designed to represent Tarleton in ceremonies, parades, and drill team competition throughout the United States.

        Adventure Training: Is available to students who apply to attend Northern Operation Training (Alaska), Airborne-Parachutist Training (Georgia), Air Assault Training (Kentucky), Nurse Summer Training Program, Advanced Individual Academic Development, or United Kingdom Summer Camp.

        ROTC Scholarships: Competitive two- and three-year scholarships, which pay all tuition, laboratory fees, textbooks, and other required academic expenses except room and board, are available. In addition, the scholarship holder receives $250 per month for the duration of the scholarship, except for the five-week advanced summer camp, during which the student is paid half the basic monthly pay of a second lieutenant plus travel expenses to and from camp.

        ROTC National Advanced Leadership Camp: Practical application of tactics, leadership training and practice, and arms qualification. Five weeks during the summer at Fort Lewis, Washington. Prerequisite: M S 3013 and 3023 or approval of department head.


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