Undergraduate Catalog
Colleges

Graduation Requirements

Major fields of study leading to a bachelor degree are offered in accounting, agriculture business, agriculture education, art, art education, biology, business data analytics, 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 science, foreign language, foreign language education, geology, health and physical education, health information management, history, hospitality administration, information systems, information technology, journalism, life science for teacher licensure, management and marketing, mathematics, mathematics education, mechanical engineering, medical technology, middle level education, music, music education, nuclear physics, nursing, physical science, physical science for teacher licensure, physics, political science, professional studies, psychology, public history, 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 education, information technology, nuclear technology and Ozark-Ouachita studies.

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.

Degree Audit and Application for Graduation

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.

Financial Obligation

Before any transcript is issued, the student must have paid any debt owed the University.

Graduation Honors

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.

Commencement Participation

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.

Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees

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.

  1. General Requirements
    1. A student must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours taken from Arkansas Tech, at least 6 semesters 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.
    2. No more than a total of 30 semester hours of correspondence, extension, military service, or credit by examination work may be applied as credit towards a degree.
    3. At least 120 semester hours (excluding pre-college level courses) must be successfully completed.
    4. 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. Students must have a 2.00 grade point in their major and a 2.00 grade point in their minor, if applicable.
    5. At least 40 semester hours must be in junior and senior courses, preferably more.
    6. No more than four semester hours of activity credit may be counted toward graduation. The only exception is that a student may have the standard allowance of military credit (three hours of military science and three hours of PE credit) 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 and the grade is not included in the computation of grade point.
    7. Only six hours of freshman English composition may be used to satisfy degree requirements.
    8. For non-business majors, no more than 30 hours of courses offered by the College of Business may be counted towards completion of degree requirements.

  2. 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. 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.

  3. 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 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.

  4. 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.”

  5. 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.

Requirements for a Minor

Arkansas Tech University offers 40 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.

Requirements for Associate Degrees

The requirements for associate degrees in culinary management, information technology, and nuclear technology are outlined under the statements of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Requirements for the associate degree in early childhood education are outlined under the statements of the College of Professional Studies and Community Outreach. The requirements for the associate degrees in criminal justice, general education, and Ozark-Ouachita 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:

  1. A student must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours taken from Arkansas Tech.
  2. No more than a total of 30 semester hours of correspondence, extension, military service, or credit by examination work may be applied as credit towards a degree.
  3. Refer to major field of study for semester hour requirements.
  4. 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. Students must have a 2.00 grade point in their major.
  5. No more than four semester hours of activity credit may be counted toward graduation. The only exception is that a student may have the standard allowance of military credit (three hours of military science and three hours of PE credit) 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 and the grade is not included in the computation of grade point.
  6. Only six hours of freshman English composition may be used to satisfy degree requirements.
  7. 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.

Requirements for Additional Degrees

For both baccalaureate and associate degrees, a student may not receive multiple degrees within a semester for a single approved degree program. Students wishing to earn multiple degrees in different degree programs within the same semester may do so by completing all degree requirements for each degree, which typically takes more than 120 hours.

Baccalaureate Degrees

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.

Associate Degrees

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 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.

Assessment Program

Arkansas Tech University (ATU) is dedicated to providing a wide range of traditional and innovative academic programs and is committed to the advancement of student learning and continuous improvement of academic programs and university services. Assessment is at the core of continuous improvement, therefore, students are responsible for participating in state and institutional assessment activities.

General Education Requirements

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:

Communicate effectively

Think critically

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.

English - 6 hours

(See Course Descriptions for minimum grade requirements)

Three hours from one of the following:

ENGL 1013 Composition I
ENGL 1043 Honors Composition I

Three additional hours from one of the following:

ENGL 1023 Composition II
ENGL 1053 Honors Composition II

Mathematics - 3 hours

(See Course Descriptions for minimum grade requirements)

Three hours from one of the following:

MATH 1003 College Mathematics
MATH 1113 College Algebra
Any higher level mathematics course

Science - 8 hours

Complete a total of eight hours of science with laboratory

US History or Government - 3 hours

Three hours from one of the following:

HIST 1903 Survey of American History
HIST 2003 U.S. History I
HIST 2043 Honors U.S. History I
HIST 2013 U.S. History II
POLS 2003 American Government

Social Sciences, Fine Arts/Humanities, Speech Communications - 15 hours

(Complete one of the following 3 options):

Option 1:
Social Sciences - 6 hours
Fine Arts and Humanities - 6 hours
Speech Communications - 3 hours
Option 2:
Social Sciences - 6 hours
Fine Arts and Humanities - 9 hours
Option 3:
Social Sciences - 9 hours
Fine Arts and Humanities - 6 hours

Speech Communications

SPH 1003 Introduction to Speech Communication
SPH 2003 Public Speaking
SPH 2173 Business and Professional Speaking

Social Sciences

(Students majoring in engineering may substitute up to six hours of upper level humanities, social sciences, mathematics, or science)

AGBU 2063 Principles of Agriculture Macroeconomics
AGBU 2073 Principles of Agriculture Microeconomics
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

Fine Arts and Humanities

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

Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS)

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.

Freshman Orientation

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.

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 Testing Center or from the appropriate department.

IB (International Baccalaureate) Program

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
Anthropology/Standard 5 ANTH 1213
Biology/Standard or Higher 5 BIOL 1014 or BIOL 1114
Chemistry/Standard 5 CHEM 2124
Chemistry/Higher 5 CHEM 2124 & CHEM 2134
Computer Science/Standard or Higher 5 COMS 2104
Economics/Standard 5 ECON 2003
Economics/Higher 5 ECON 2003 & ECON 2013
English/Standard 5 ENGL 1013
English/Higher 5 ENGL 1013 & ENGL 1023
Film Studies 5 ENGL 2173 or JOUR 2173
History/Standard 5 HIST 1503
History/Higher 5 HIST 1503 & HIST 1513
Math Studies/Standard or Higher 5 MATH 1113
Math/Standard 5 MATH 2914
Math/Higher 5 MATH 2914 & MATH 2924
Music/Standard 5 MUS 1713
Music/Higher  5 MUS 1713 & MUS 1723
Philosophy/Higher 5 PHIL 2003
Physics/Standard 5 PHYS 2014
Physics/Higher 5 PHYS 2014 & PHYS 2024
Psychology/Higher 5 PSY 2003
Social Anthropology/Higher 5 ANTH 2003

AP (Advanced Placement) 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. 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 2113
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 1013
Chinese Language & Culture 4 CHIN 1013 & CHIN 1023
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 1013 
French Language 4 FR 1013 & FR 1023
German Language 2 GER 1013
German Language 4 GER 1013 & GER 1023
Government & Politics: Comparative 4 POLS 2403
Government & Politics: US 3 POLS 2003
Human Geography 3 GEOG 2023
Italian Language & Culture 2 ITAL 1013
Italian Language & Culture 4 ITAL 1013 & ITAL 1023
Japanese Language & Culture 2 JPN 1013
Japanese Language & Culture 4 JPN 1013 & JPN 1023
Latin/Vergil 2 LAT 1013
Latin/Vergil 4 LAT 1013 & LAT 1023 
Macroeconomics 4 ECON 2003
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
Psychology  3 PSY 2003
Spanish Language 2 SPAN 1013
Spanish Language 4 SPAN 1013 & SPAN 1023
Spanish Literature 4 SPAN 4213
Statistics 3 MATH 2163
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
     

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. 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
Calculus  50 MATH 2914
Chemistry 50 CHEM 2124
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 1013
French Language 50 FR 1013 & FR 1023
German Language  43 GER 1013
German Language 55 GER 1013 & GER 1023
History of the United States I 50 HIST 2003
History of the United States II 50 HIST 2013
Humanities 50 HUM 2003
Information Systems & Computer Applications 52 COMS 1003
Natural Sciences 56 BIOL 1014, PHSC 1013, & PHSC 1021
Precalculus 50 MATH 1914
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 1013
Spanish Language 55 SPAN 1013 & SPAN 1023

Institutional Credit

Computer Science

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.

Engineering

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.

Foreign Language

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 2023, 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 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

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. See the Department of Nursing.

Internships

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.