Major fields of study leading to the bachelor of arts degree are offered in art, art education, creative writing, electrical engineering, English, foreign language, general studies, history and political science, international studies, journalism, mechanical engineering, music, music education, psychology, rehabilitation science, sociology, and speech. Major fields of study leading to a bachelor of science degree are offered in accounting, agriculture business, biology, business education, chemistry, computer science, early childhood education, economics and finance, emergency administration and management, engineering, engineering physics, fisheries and wildlife biology, geology, health and physical education, health information management, hospitality administration, management and marketing, mathematics, medical technology, middle level education, natural science, nursing, physical science, and recreation and park administration. Associate of science degrees are offered in early childhood education, medical assistant, and nuclear technology. Associate of applied science degrees are offered in industrial electronic technology, industrial plant maintenance, and industrial systems. An associate of arts degree is offered in general studies.
Students have a choice of the catalog under which they may complete graduation requirements. Non-transfer students must choose to complete requirements for graduation under the provisions of the Arkansas Tech University catalog in force at the time they enter Tech or in any subsequent Arkansas Tech catalog provided they were enrolled at the University during the year the catalog was in effect. Transfer students must choose to complete graduation requirements under the provisions of the Arkansas Tech catalog in force at the time they first enrolled in any college or any subsequent Arkansas Tech catalog, provided the Tech catalog was not over four years old at the time they entered Arkansas Tech, and they were enrolled in college either at Tech or elsewhere during the year in which the catalog was in effect. Students pursuing a second baccalaureate degree must use the Arkansas Tech University catalog in effect at the time they first enroll subsequent to receiving the first degree or any subsequent Tech catalog provided they were enrolled at the University during the year the catalog was in effect. The catalog a student selects to use to complete degree requirements may require departmental approval if significant curriculum changes have occurred.
Students will participate in the commencement ceremony held at the end of the fall or spring semester during which they complete all degree requirements. Students who complete their degree requirements during the summer term(s) will participate in the next commencement. However, students who are within seven semester hours of completing coursework for degree requirements and who will complete that coursework during the next succeeding fall, spring, or summer term(s) may elect to participate in the commencement ceremony held at the end of the regular semester in which they are currently enrolled. Diplomas are mailed to graduates following commencement. Participation in commencement is required of all candidates for degrees except that in cases involving hardships the student may officially petition the Vice President for Academic Affairs for the degree to be awarded in absentia.
Degree Audit and Application for Graduation
Candidates for graduation must complete a degree audit and an application for graduation and pay the graduation fee.
Seniors completing graduation requirements at the end of the fall semester must submit to the Registrar's Office a request for a degree audit and an application for graduation on or before the end of the eighth week of the previous fall semester. Seniors completing graduation requirements at the end of the spring semester or either of the following summer sessions must submit a degree audit request and an application for graduation on or before the end of the eighth week of the previous spring semester.
Students who file an application for graduation but fail to complete all graduation requirements as planned must submit a new degree audit, a new application for graduation, and pay an additional graduation fee for the semester or term in which graduation is planned.
A graduation fee, payable at the Student Accounts Office, is assessed when the application for graduation is approved.
Students who plan to complete graduation requirements but do not have a minimum grade point of 2.00 in the major and overall may not be eligible to participate in commencement.
An official record of any correspondence or transfer work completed at another institution must be on file in the Registrar's Office prior to the end of the semester or term in which graduation is planned.
For effective use of the results of its constant re-examination of student needs and as a means for improving its total educational program, the University reserves the right to make effective immediately any change in graduation requirements for students whose studies have not advanced beyond the level at which the change becomes operative.
Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees
- The last 30 semester hours of work toward a degree must be done in residence.
- No more than a total of 30 semester hours of correspondence, extension, and credit by examination work may be applied as credit towards a degree.
- Hours of Credit and Grades
- At least 124 semester hours (excluding pre-college level courses) must be successfully completed.
- The cumulative grade point average must not be less than 2.00. No more than 25 percent of the semester hours required at Arkansas Tech to satisfy graduation requirements may carry the "D" grade. Students must have a 2.00 grade point in courses in their major.
- At least 40 semester hours must be in junior and senior courses, preferably more.
- No more than eight semester hours of activity credit (physical activities or basic military science), nor more than four semester hours in any one activity, may be offered for graduation except that a student may offer six semester hours of basic military science and four other hours of activity credit, for a total of ten semester hours. A student registering for an activities course in excess of these limits receives no credit for the additional course toward graduation and the grade is not included in the computation of grade point. No more than two music ensemble (activity) courses may be taken in any semester.
- Only six hours of freshman English composition may be used to satisfy degree requirements.
- A transfer student must present a minimum of six semester hours in junior-senior courses taken at Arkansas Tech University in the major in which the degree is to be granted.
- A student finishing two baccalaureate degrees concurrently must successfully complete a minimum of 154 semester hours (excluding pre-college level courses) and all requirements for each degree. An additional $5.00 graduation fee will be charged for the second degree.
- General Education Requirements
- To meet the need for all students to have educational experiences which broaden their knowledge of the arts, humanities, and sciences, all curricula are designed to include basic courses in these areas. The general education requirements are listed on pages 79-81.
- Competence in English, Mathematics, and Reading
- Each candidate for a baccalaureate degree is required to demonstrate the ability to write English clearly and correctly by completing the freshman composition courses (ENGL 1013 or 1043 and ENGL 1023 or 1053) with a grade of "C" or better. A student who receives a grade of "D" or "F" in English 0303, 1013, or 1043 must repeat the course to earn a grade of "C" or better before enrolling in the next course of the English sequence. The same criteria apply to transfer students.
- A student who is placed in READ 0103 must earn a grade of "C" or better in the course or receive a departmental waiver to complete the reading requirement.
- Students showing evidence of deficiency in mathematics will be counseled to enroll in appropriate remedial courses. All students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in the course used to satisfy the general education mathematics requirement.
- Examination for Education Majors or Teacher Candidates
- Section 1 (b) of Act 5 of the first Special Extraordinary Session (1983) of the Arkansas General Assembly stipulates: "After July 1, 1984, all colleges and universities in this State shall require persons who are education majors or teacher candidates to take the examination prescribed by the State Board of Education for initial certification as a teacher in the public schools of this State and to report the results of the examination to the college or university prior to graduation. All colleges and universities in this State shall report the results of the examinations to the Department of Education upon request."
- Complete all assessment activities required by the University.
Requirements for Additional Baccalaureate Degrees
A person with a bachelor's degree from an institution may not receive another bachelor's degree without completing:
- A minimum of 30 semester hours (18 of which must be upper division) at Arkansas Tech subsequent to earning the first bachelor's degree
- All University catalog requirements for a major with the exception of the university-wide general education requirements
- Deficiencies reflected in an individual's transcript agreed upon by the department head and dean of the school
- Requirements specified in B2 and B6 under "Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees."
Students pursuing a second baccalaureate degree must use the Arkansas Tech University catalog in effect at the time they first enroll subsequent to receiving the first degree or any subsequent Tech catalog provided they were enrolled at the University during the year the catalog was in effect.
Requirements for Associate Degrees
The requirements for medical assistant are outlined under the statements of the School of Physical and Life Sciences, requirements for the associate degree in nuclear technology under statements of the School of Systems Science, and requirements for the associate degree in early childhood education, associate of applied science in industrial plant maintenance, associate of industrial electronic technology and the associate of applied science degree in industrial systems are outlined under the statements of the School of Community Education and Professional Development. The requirements for the associate degree in general studies are outlined under the statements of the School of Liberal and Fine Arts. In addition to completing the necessary hours prescribed, candidates for associate degrees must meet the following requirements:
- The last 30 semester hours of work toward a degree must be done in residence.
- The cumulative grade point average must not be less than 2.00 and not more than 25 percent of the semester hours may carry the "D" grade.
- Six semester hours of freshman English must be completed as set forth in Item E, "Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees," and two semester hours of physical education must be successfully completed.
- At least 20 semester hours of course work above the 1000 level are required for the degree of Associate of Arts in General Studies.
- Complete all assessment activities required by the University.
Two assessment plans were developed by the Arkansas Tech University Assessment Committee during the 1994-95 academic year. The first plan relates to the assessment of General Education as required by Act 874 of 1993 and guidelines of the State Board of Higher Education. The second plan is required by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and outlines a comprehensive assessment program for the University.
The first assessment of General Education was conducted by the administration of tests to eligible students in the spring of 1995. All students enrolled at the University in programs requiring the State Minimum Core of 35 hours will be required to take the tests for assessing General Education. These tests must be completed no earlier than accumulating 45 college-level credits (excluding developmental education credit) and no later than completing 60 college-level credits. Students who have already earned 61 or more credits as of January 1, 1995, are exempt from this assessment. Failure to complete this testing requirement will interrupt enrollment at the next registration period.
Assessment is conducted university-wide to measure student progress toward educational goals, to improve teaching and learning, and to evaluate institutional effectiveness. A number of instruments of various types are used in the assessment process. Details of the complete assessment program can be obtained by contacting the Learning Assistance and Testing Center.
General Education Requirements
The general education component is the common requirement of all baccalaureate students at Arkansas Tech University. The knowledge and skills acquired in the general education component enable students to analyze problems, to arrive at intelligent conclusions, and to make reasoned choices in their professional and personal lives. A well rounded, liberal education should increase the choices available to Arkansas Tech University's graduates, thereby improving the quality of their lives and the lives of those whom they influence.
Many of the general education courses were designed to deal primarily with processes rather than simply with facts, to help students to develop individually and as members of a group, and to instill in students the desire to continue to learn throughout their entire lives.
Students who earn degrees at Arkansas Tech University should:
- Be able to listen attentively, and read, write, and speak clearly and effectively
- Show competence in reasoning and handling of abstract and quantitative ideas and be able to create mathematical models and use mathematical techniques to solve the problems which they encounter
- Demonstrate a basic competency in the accessing, processing, and presenting of information through computer technologies
- Have a knowledge of the history of Western and Non-Western cultures and recognize the interdependent nature of the global economic, political, and social institutions and systems
- Have a basic knowledge of a foreign culture or language and an appreciation of the differences in thought processes, methods of communication, and value systems from culture to culture
- Understand the nature and function of the arts, explore and learn to enjoy the possibilities of artistic creation, and discover how the full range of human experience is given expression in works of art
- Comprehend the basic principles, philosophy, and methodology of science and the influence of science and technology on society
- Have an understanding of the history and culture of the United States and of the development and change of American social, political and economic systems
- Have a basic knowledge of some of the great philosophical concepts and ideas of the world and develop the capacity to comprehend moral and ethical issues
- Understand and appreciate the importance of the factors that contribute to personal health and wellness.
To accomplish the above goals, Arkansas Tech requires the completion of the following general education curriculum. Students should refer to the curriculum in their major area of study for specific courses either recommended or required by the academic department to fulfill the general education requirements.
- English – 6 hours
- Mathematics – 3 hours
- Science – 8-12 hours
- Physical Education – 2 hours
- Two hours from the following:
- Physical education activity courses
- Recreation (RP) coeducational activity courses
- Wellness science activity courses
- Theatrical dance activity
- Appropriate military science courses completed
through cross-enrollment agreement with UCA.
- Fine Arts – 3 hours
- Humanities – 3 hours
- Social Sciences – 12 hours
General Educatioin Requirement for Associate Degrees
The general education component of the associate degree was patterned after the requirements at the baccalaureate level. In particular, all associate holders are required to successfully complete 6 hours of English/Communications, 3 hours of mathematics, and a minimum of 3 hours of social sciences. Specific degrees may require more courses in these areas.
State Minimum Core
The courses that comprise Tech's general education curriculum also constitute the University's State Minimum Core, established in accordance with Act 98 of 1989, for implementation the fall semester of 1991. Act 98 requires colleges and universities to identify "a minimum core of courses which shall apply toward the general education core curriculum requirements for baccalaureate degrees at state supported institutions of higher education and which shall be fully transferable between state institutions."
Credit by Examination
Information concerning the following tests may be obtained from the Arkansas Tech University Student Development Center or from the appropriate department.
Advanced Placement (AP) Program - High school students who participated in The College Board's AP Program may receive college credit by attaining Tech's AP qualifying score. Credit earned through AP may satisfy general education requirements; however, to be awarded credit students must complete with passing grades one regular semester of work at Arkansas Tech University. Following are the AP examinations that Tech will accept, the corresponding qualifying score required, and credit awarded.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) - CLEP allows students to earn credit toward graduation by attaining Tech's qualifying score on either the general and/or subject examinations. A student may acquire a maximum of 30 hours of college credit through CLEP. It is possible to earn 29 semester hours of credit through the CLEP General Examinations and 18 semester hours of credit through the CLEP Subject Examinations. Credit earned through CLEP may satisfy general education requirements; however, to be awarded credit students must complete with passing grades one regular semester of work at Tech. Credit may be earned either before or after enrollment as long as a comparable or more advanced course in that area has not be completed (received course grade of passing, failing, or audit). No more than one subject examination may be taken in a particular departmental area, and students must have prior approval from the department in which they are majoring to count the hours toward graduation.
It is recommended that an ACT sub-score of 24 or above or an SAT sub-score of 500 or above be used as a guideline for attempting to earn credit through CLEP. Following are the CLEP examinations that Tech will accept, the corresponding qualifying score required, and credit awarded.
|Algebra, College||50||MATH 1113 |
|Algebra - Trigonometry, College||50||MATH 1113 or MATH 1203|
|American Government||50||POLS 2003 |
|American Literature||50||ENGL 2013 |
|Biology, General||50||BIOL 1014 |
|Calculus with Elementary Functions||49||MATH 2914 |
|CHEM 2124 |
CHEM 2124 & CHEM 2134
|Composition, Freshman||50||ENGL 1013 |
|College (An essay must be completed with this exam)||55||ENGL 1013 & ENGL 1023|
|ENGL 3413 |
ENGL 3413 & ENGL 3423
|French Language, College Level||42|
|FR 1014 |
FR 1014 & FR 1024
|German Language, College Level||43|
|GER 1014 |
GER 1014 & GER 1024
|History of the United States I: Early Colonizations to 1877||49||HIST 2003 |
|History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present||49||HIST 2013 |
|Information Systems & Computer Applications||52||COMS 1003 |
|Psychology, Introductory||50||PSY 2003 |
|Sociology, Introductory||50||SOC 1003 |
|Spanish Language, College Level||45|
|SPAN 1014 |
SPAN 1014 & SPAN 1024
|Trigonometry||50||MATH 1203 |
Foreign Language Advanced Placement and Credit - Students with previous foreign language experience may petition the Department of Foreign Languages and International Studies for advanced placement and credit. Petitioners will be given written and/or oral examinations by a foreign language faculty member, who will then recommend an appropriate foreign language placement level. This placement level will not exceed FR 3013, GER 3013, GRK 2023, JPN 2024, LAT 2023, or SPAN 3013, and will be approved by the department head. Students who have omitted one or more courses in the basic language sequence will receive credit for omitted courses when they have validated their advanced placement by passing the course into which they are placed with a grade of "C" or better.
Challenge Subject Examinations - Students who have had extensive experience in health care settings may elect to attempt to earn credit through an institutional challenge examination in the following subjects or technical programs:
Lab-based courses in Industrial Plant Maintenance and Industrial Electronic Technology (Advisor recommendation required).
- AHS 2013 Medical Terminology
- HIM 3024 Introduction to Health Information Management
- HIM 3033 Basic Coding Principles
- HIM 3133 Alternative Health Records
- HIM 3132 Health Data and Statistics
Nursing Examinations - Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and/or licensed psychiatric technician nurses seeking admission to Arkansas Tech University's nursing program may elect to demonstrate and validate previous collegiate-quality nursing education. This may be accomplished by successfully completing certain ACT-PEP, CLEP, and National League for Nursing examinations as determined by Arkansas Tech University's Department of Nursing as described on page 174 in this catalog.
Arkansas Tech University endorses the internship approach to learning and has adopted university-wide guidelines. This approach can help students understand the reality of certain careers and supplement academic instruction with practical, realistic implementation in a work environment. Academic credit can be earned for internships in several degree programs. Please see individual programs for availability of specific degree credit.