Major fields of study leading to a bachelor degree are offered in accounting, agriculture business, art, art education, biology, business education, chemistry, computer science, creative writing, creative writing education, early childhood education, economics and finance, electrical engineering, emergency management, engineering physics, english, english education, fisheries and wildlife biology, foreign language, foreign language education, general studies, geology, health and physical education, health information management, history, hospitality administration, information systems, information technology, international studies, journalism, life and earth science education, management and marketing, mathematics, mathematics education, mechanical engineering, medical technology, middle level education, music, music education, nursing, physical science, physical and earth science education, political science, professional studies, psychology, recreation and park administration, rehabilitation science, social studies education, sociology, speech, and speech education.
Associate degrees are offered in criminal justice, culinary management, early childhood education, general studies, information technology, medical assistant and nuclear technology.
Students may graduate under the catalog in force when they first enroll in the University, or any subsequent catalog, subject to the approval of the appropriate department head and dean. Students should keep in mind that curricula change in order to maintain relevance, up-to-date knowledge, and, in some cases, accreditation standards. 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.
Candidates for graduation must complete a degree audit and an application for graduation. Seniors completing graduation requirements at the end of the fall semester must submit to the Registrar’s Office an application for graduation and complete a degree audit in consultation with their advisor 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 an application for graduation and complete a degree audit in consultation with their advisor 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 and new application for graduation.
Before any transcript is issued, the student must have paid any debt owed the University.
The bachelor’s degree with honors will be conferred upon candidates who at graduation have earned a minimum grade point average on all courses taken at Arkansas Tech as follows: Summa Cum Laude-3.900 - 4.000, Magna Cum Laude-3.700 - 3.899, Cum Laude-3.500 - 3.699. Graduation honors will be determined by work taken at Arkansas Tech only. The associate degree with honors will be conferred upon candidates subject to the grade point average criteria listed above. This policy is effective to new students enrolling in the first summer term, 2000, and subsequent terms. Previously enrolled students should contact the Office of the Registrar for clarification of the policy.
Students must complete all degree requirements prior to participating in the December, May, or August commencement ceremonies. Students completing all degree requirements in the fall semester will participate in the December commencement ceremony; spring semester will participate in the May commencement ceremony; and summer terms will participate in the commencement ceremony held in August. Students will not participate in the commencement ceremony if all degree requirements are not completed prior to the ceremony. Students not completing all requirements will participate in the next scheduled commencement ceremony providing all degree requirements are met. Students taking courses at other institutions must have official transcripts submitted to the Registrar’s Office and have completed all degree requirements prior to the commencement ceremony to be allowed to participate.
Participation in commencement is expected of all candidates for degrees. Students who are unable to participate may officially petition the Vice President for Academic Affairs in writing for permission to have the degree awarded in absentia.
Students who do not have a minimum grade point of 2.00 in the major and overall will not be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.
Academic regalia shall be worn by the student during the graduation ceremony (see University Bookstore). The academic regalia will consist only of the cap and gown. No decorations, writings, necklaces, braids, pins, cords, medallions or other items other than the Arkansas Tech University Honors cord and medallion shall be worn or placed on the academic regalia.
Diplomas are mailed to graduates six to eight weeks following commencement.
In compliance with Act 1014 of 2005, Arkansas Tech University has developed guaranteed, eight-semester degree completion plans for most of the baccalaureate degree programs offered by the institution.
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. 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 (see “English - 6 hours” ).
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 ENGL 1043 and ENGL 1023 or ENGL 1053) with a grade of “C” or better. A student who receives a grade of “D” or “F” in ENGL 0303, ENGL 1013, or ENGL 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.
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.”
Arkansas Tech University offers 41 minors with requirements varying from 17-21 semester hours. Only candidates for a bachelors degree are eligible for minors. In order for the minor to be awarded a student must earn a 2.0 grade point average in the courses used to complete the minor. A minimum of 6 semester hours must be taken in residence and the same catalog must be used to complete requirements for both the major and the minor. Specific requirements for each minor are stated in the respective sections of this catalog.
The requirements for the associate degree in medical assistant are outlined under the statements of the College of Natural and Health Sciences; requirements for the associate degrees in information technology and nuclear technology are outlined under the statements of the College of Applied Sciences; and requirements for the associate degree in early childhood education is outlined under the statements of the College of Professional Studies and Community Outreach. The requirements for the associate degree in general studies are outlined under the statements of the College of Arts and Humanities. In addition to completing the necessary hours prescribed, candidates for associate degrees must meet the following requirements:
Students who have already received a baccalaureate degree may earn an additional baccalaureate degree by completing a minimum of 30 additional semester hours from Arkansas Tech, at least 6 semester hours of which must be upper division work in the student's major. Certain programs may have more rigorous standards due to, for example, accreditation standards or licensure requirements. All degree requirements must be satisfied. 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.
To complete an additional associate degree, whether the first degree is a bachelor or associate, the following must be completed: (a) a minimum of 30 semester hours at Arkansas Tech in addition to the hours for the first degree, (b) all University catalog requirements for the major field of study, (c) applicable requirements specified under “Requirements for Associate Degrees”.
Students pursuing an associate degree must use the Arkansas Tech University catalog in effect at the time they first enroll or any subsequent Tech catalog provided they were enrolled at the University during the year the catalog was in effect.
Effective January 1, 2015, for both baccalaureate and associate degrees, a student may not receive multiple degrees within a semester for a single approved degree program.
Both departmental and university-wide measures are used to evaluate student progress toward general and program-related educational goals. The measures include best practices used throughout the United States and Canada and involve faculty, students, and staff. In addition to direct measurement of student learning in specific classes, capstone courses, and student internships, students may be asked to complete surveys or participate in focus groups, senior exit interviews, and other assessment activities designed to ensure continual improvement in quality of learning. A final key component of program assessment involves detailed monitoring of student scores on nationally standardized exams, licensure tests, and certification requirements.
Information specific to each academic major is available on the appropriate departmental website. Information about assessment of general education goals may be found on the University Assessment website. Additional details about university assessment can be obtained by contacting the Coordinator of University Assessment or the Director of Institutional Research.
The general education curriculum is designed to provide a foundation for knowledge common to educated people and to develop the capacity for an individual to expand that knowledge over his or her lifetime. Students who have completed the general education curriculum at Arkansas Tech University will be able to:
Develop ethical perspectives
Apply scientific and quantitative reasoning
Demonstrate knowledge of the arts and humanities
Understand wellness concepts
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.
(See Course Descriptions for minimum grade requirements)
Three hours from one of the following:
Three additional hours from one of the following:
(See Course Descriptions for minimum grade requirements)
Three hours from one of the following:
Complete a total of eight hours of science with laboratory
Three hours from one of the following:
(Complete one of the following 3 options):
(Students majoring in engineering may substitute up to six hours of upper level humanities, social sciences, mathematics, or science)
AMST 2003 American Studies
ANTH 1213 Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 2003 Cultural Anthropology
ECON 2003 Principles of Economics I
ECON 2013 Principles of Economics II
ECON 2103 Honors Principles of Economics I
GEOG 2013 Regional Geography of the World
HIST 1503 World Civilization I
HIST 1513 World Civilization II
HIST 1543 Honors World Civilization I
HIST 1903 Survey of American History
HIST 2003 U.S. History I
HIST 2013 U.S. History II
HIST 2043 Honors U.S. History I
POLS 2003 American Government
PSY 2003 General Psychology
SOC 1003 Introductory Sociology
ART 2123 Experiencing Art
ENGL 2003 Introduction to World Literature
ENGL 2013 Introduction to American Literature
ENGL 2023 Honors World Literature
ENGL 2173 Introduction to Film
JOUR 2173 Introduction to Film
MUS 2003 Introduction to Music
PHIL 2003 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 2043 Honors Introduction to Philosophy
TH 2273 Introduction to Theatre
Act 747 of 2011 establishes a statewide common course numbering system for postsecondary courses. The Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) meets this requirement. Before you register for ATU general education courses, please see the transfer table located in the "Admissions" section of this catalog to verify whether you have courses that are transferable.
Beginning fall, 2008, all entering freshmen are required to take an orientation course during their first semester of enrollment (fall or spring). A number of the academic majors have an orientation course designed specific to the major. Students whose declared major does not have an orientation course or who are undeclared will take CSP 1013, Principles of Collegiate Success, or TECH 1001, Orientation to the University.
All orientation courses are designed to introduce the beginning student to the Arkansas Tech University campus, its culture, and traditions, and will contain certain common topics. Important policies governing campus life will be explained, and campus resources will be identified. Topics covered in each course will answer many questions typical freshmen have, which will assist in the transition from a high school environment. Subject matter will include managing time, setting academic goals, exam preparation, study and note-taking skills, introduction to library resources, and choosing a major and career.
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.”
Information concerning the following tests may be obtained from the Arkansas Tech University Testing Center or from the appropriate department.
High school students who participated in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program may receive college credit by attaining Tech’s IB qualifying score. Credit earned through IB may satisfy general education requirements. Scores of 5, 6, or 7 on standard level exams will provide three units elective credit in the subject area and will satisfy Core Curriculum requirements, as appropriate to the subject area. Scores of 5, 6, or 7 on higher level exams will provide six units of elective credit in the subject area and will satisfy Core Curriculum requirements, as appropriate to the subject area. Advanced placement in major courses will be awarded in consultation with the Department Chair. Following are the IB examinations that Tech will accept, the corresponding qualifying score, and credit awarded.
|IB Examination||Qualifying Score||Credit Awarded|
|Biology/Standard or Higher||5||BIOL 1014 or BIOL 1114|
|Chemistry/Higher||5||CHEM 2124 & CHEM 2134|
|Computer Science/Standard or Higher||5||COMS 2104|
|Economics/Higher||5||ECON 2003 & ECON 2013|
|English/Higher||5||ENGL 1013 & ENGL 1023|
|History/Higher||5||HIST 1503 & HIST 1513|
|Math Studies/Standard or Higher||5||MATH 1113|
|Math/Higher||5||MATH 2914 & MATH 2924|
|Music/Higher||5||MUS 1713 & MUS 1723|
|Physics/Higher||5||PHYS 2014 & PHYS 2024|
|Social Anthropology/Higher||5||ANTH 2003|
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. Following are the AP examinations that Tech will accept, the corresponding qualifying score required, and credit awarded.
|AP Examination||Qualifying Score||Credit Awarded|
|Art History||4||ART 2103|
|Art History||5||ART 2103 & ART 2133|
|Biology||4||BIOL 1014 OR BIOL 1114|
|Calculus AB||3||MATH 2914|
|Calculus BC||3||MATH 2914 & MATH 2924|
|Chemistry||3||CHEM 1113, CHEM 1111 & CHEM 2204 or CHEM 2124 & CHEM 2134|
|Chinese Language & Culture||2||CHIN 1014|
|Chinese Language & Culture||4||CHIN 1014 & CHIN 1024|
|Computer Science A||3||COMS 2104|
|Computer Science A||4||COMS 2104 & COMS 2203|
|English Lang/Comp or Lit/Comp||3||ENGL 1013|
|English Lang/Comp or Lit/Comp||4||ENGL 1013 & ENGL 1023|
|Environmental Science||4||BIOL 1004 or PHSC 1004|
|French Language||2||FR 1014|
|French Language||4||FR 1014 & FR 1024|
|German Language||2||GER 1014|
|German Language||4||GER 1014 & GER 1024|
|Government & Politics: Comparative||4||POLS 2403|
|Government & Politics: US||3||POLS 2003|
|Human Geography||3||GEOG 2023|
|Italian Language & Culture||2||ITAL 1014|
|Italian Language & Culture||4||ITAL 1014 & ITAL 1024|
|Japanese Language & Culture||2||JPN 1014|
|Japanese Language & Culture||4||JPN 1014 & JPN 1024|
|Latin/Vergil||4||LAT 1013 & LAT 1023|
|Music Theory||3||MUS 1713, MUS 1723, MUS 1731 & MUS 1741|
|Physics B||3||PHYS 2014 & PHYS 2024|
|Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism||3||PHYS 2124|
|Physics C: Mechanics||3||PHYS 2114|
|Spanish Language||2||SPAN 1014|
|Spanish Language||4||SPAN 1014 & SPAN 1024|
|Spanish Literature||4||SPAN 4213|
|Studio Art Design 2-D||4||ART 1403|
|Studio Art Drawing||4||ART 1303|
|United States/American History||3||HIST 2003 & HIST 2013|
|World History||3||HIST 1503 & HIST 1513|
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. Credit earned through CLEP may satisfy general education requirements. 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.
|CLEP Examination||Qualifying Score||Credit Awarded|
|American Government||50||POLS 2003|
|American Literature||50||ENGL 2013|
|Biology||50||BIOL 1014 or BIOL 1114|
|Chemistry||55||CHEM 2124 & CHEM 2134|
|College Algebra||50||MATH 1113|
|College Mathematics||50||MATH 1003|
|College Composition||50||ENGL 1013|
|College Composition||59||ENGL 1013 & ENGL 1023|
|College Composition Modular||50||ENGL 1013|
|College Composition Modular||59||ENGL 1013 & ENGL 1023|
|English Literature||50||ENGL 3413|
|English Literature||55||ENGL 3413 & ENGL 3423|
|French Language||42||FR 1014|
|French Language||50||FR 1014 & FR 1024|
|German Language||43||GER 1014|
|German Language||55||GER 1014 & GER 1024|
|History of the United States I||50||HIST 2003|
|History of the United States II||50||HIST 2013|
|Information Systems & Computer Applications||52||COMS 1003|
|Natural Sciences||56||BIOL 1014, PHSC 1013, & PHSC 1021|
|Principles of Macroeconomics||50||ECON 2003|
|Psychology, Introductory||50||PSY 2003|
|Social Sciences & History||50||HIST 1503|
|Social Sciences & History||56||HIST 1503 & HIST 1513|
|Sociology, Introductory||50||SOC 1003|
|Spanish Language||45||SPAN 1014|
|Spanish Language||55||SPAN 1014 & SPAN 1024|
Students with previous computer experience may petition the Department of Computer and Information Science for credit for COMS 1003 Introduction to Computer Based Systems. Petitioners will be given written and/or oral examinations by a computer science faculty member.
Students who complete the appropriate Project Lead the Way (PLTW) course(s) with an average of “B” or better and score 70% or higher score on the corresponding PLTW college credit exam(s) may receive institutional credit for MCEG 1002, Engineering Graphics, and/or MCEG 1012/ELEG 1012, Introduction to Engineering.
Students with previous foreign language experience may petition the Department of English and World Languages 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, 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.
Students who have had extensive experience in health care and industrial settings may elect to attempt to earn credit through an institutional challenge examination in the following subjects or technical programs:
AHS 2013 Medical Terminology
HIM 3023 Introduction to Health Information Management
HIM 3033 Basic Coding Principles
HIM 3133 Alternative Health Records
HIM 3132 Health Data and Statistics
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. See the “Department of Nursing”.
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.