Core Curriculum

All undergraduates at The University of Texas at El Paso are required to complete a 42-semester credit hour core curriculum before receiving a baccalaureate degree. For degree plans that terminate with a post-baccalaureate degree, without completing the baccalaureate degree, undergraduates are required to complete the core curriculum before enrolling in graduate-level courses.

Core Blocks and Courses

The core curriculum consists of nine components, or blocks. Each block has a required minimum number of semester credit hours. The minimum number is also the maximum number of hours that can be applied toward the core requirement. Any additional hours may apply toward degree requirements. The courses that can be used to satisfy the block requirements are listed with their Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) in brackets [ ]. The core curriculum requirement does not preclude the counting of core courses toward other degree requirements. Students are advised to consult particular degree requirements for their major before selecting courses to meet core curriculum requirements.

I. Communication (six hours)

The objective of the communication component is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose or orally in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.

A. English Composition (six hours):
  1. For students whose secondary education was in English:
    Select six hours from the following:6
    COMM 1611Written and Oral Communication6
    ENGL 1313Writing About Literature3
    RWS 1301Rhetoric & Composition I3
    RWS 1302Rhetoric & Composition 23
    RWS 1601Rhetoric, Composition & Comm6
  2. For students whose secondary education was not in English:
    ESOL 1311Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl (C)3
    ESOL 1312Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl (C)3
II. Mathematics (three hours)

The objective of the mathematics component is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.

Select one course from the following (Only three hours apply toward the required 42):3
MATH 1319Math in the Modern World (C) (MATH 1333)3
MATH 1320Math for Social Sciences I (C) (MATH 1324)3
MATH 1411Calculus I4
MATH 1508Precalculus (C) (MATH 1508) 1,25
MATH 2301Math for Social Sciences II3
STAT 1380Descriptive & Inferential Stat3
STAT 2480Elementary Statistical Methods4
III. Life and Physical Sciences (six hours)

(A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory) The objective of the study of the natural sciences is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The courses listed are for non-majors; the major courses in the discipline can be substituted for the non-major sequence.

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.):

ASTR 1107Astronomy Lab I (C)1
ASTR 1307Elem Astronomy-Solar System(C)3
ASTR 1308Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies (C)3
BIOL 1103Introductory Biology Lab (C)1
BIOL 1104Human Biology Laboratory (C)1
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 1203Introductory Biology2
BIOL 1304Human Biology (C)3
BIOL 1305General Biology3
BIOL 1306Organismal Biology3
BIOL 2111Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)1
BIOL 2113Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)1
BIOL 2311Human Anat/Physiology I (C)3
BIOL 2313Human Anat/Physiology II (C)3
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 13061
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
CHEM 1306General Chemistry (C)3
CHEM 1407Introductory Chemistry (C)4
CHEM 1408Introductory Chemistry (C)4
ESCI 1301Intro to Environmental Sci (C)3
ESCI 1101Environmental Sci. Lab (C)1
ESCI 1102Non-major Lab for ESCI 13011
GEOG 1106Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)1
GEOG 1306Physical Geography (C)3
GEOL 1103Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)1
GEOL 1104Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)1
GEOL 1111Principles of Earth Sci - Lab1
GEOL 1112Laboratory for Geology 12121
GEOL 1211Principles of Earth Sciences2
GEOL 1212Principles of Earth Science2
GEOL 1230The Blue Planet2
GEOL 1231Natural Hazards2
GEOL 1313Intro to Physical Geology (C)3
GEOL 1314Intro to Historical Geol (C)3
HSCI 2302Fundamentals of Nutrition3
HSCI 2303Wellness Dynamics3
MICR 2330Microorganisms and Disease3
PHYS 1403General Physics I (C) (Includes laboratory component)4
PHYS 1404General Physics II (C) (Includes laboratory component)4
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism4
IV. Language, Philosophy and Culture (three hours)

The objective of the humanities component is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.

Select one course from the following:

ENGL 2311English Literature (C) (ENGL 2322)3
ENGL 2312English Literature (C) (ENGL 2323)3
ENGL 2313Intro to American Fiction (C) (ENGL 2342)3
ENGL 2314Intro to American Drama (C) (ENGL 2343)3
ENGL 2318Intro to American Poetry (C) (TCCN applied for)3
FREN 2322Making of the "Other" Americas3
HIST 2301World History to 1500 (C) (HIST 2321)3
HIST 2302World History Since 1500 (C) (HIST 2322)3
PHIL 1301Introduction to Philosophy (C)3
PHIL 2306Ethics (C)3
RS 1301Introduct to Religious Studies3
SPAN 2340Seeing & Naming: Conversations3
WS 2300Introduction to Womens Studies3
WS 2350Global Feminisms3
V. Creative Arts (three hours)

The objective of the visual and performing arts component is to expand students' knowledge and appreciation of the human imagination as expressed through works of visual art, dance, music, theatre and film. Through study in these disciplines, students will form aesthetic judgments and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.

Select one of the following:

ART 1300Art Appreciation (C) (ARTS 1301)3
ARTH 1305History of Art I (C) (ARTS 1303)3
ARTH 1306History of Art II (C) (ARTS 1304)3
DANC 1304Dance Appreciation (C) (DANC 2303)3
MUSL 1324Music Appreciation (C) (MUSI 1306)3
MUSL 1327Jazz to Rock (C) (MUSI 1310)3
MUSL 2321Intro to Music History3
THEA 1313Introduction to Theatre (C) (DRAM 1310)3
FILM 1390Intro-Art of Motion Pict. (C) (DRAM 2366)3
VI. American History (six hours)

The objectives of the history component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and history of the U.S., their comprehension of the past and current role of the U.S. in the world, and their ability to critically evaluate and analyze historical evidence. U.S. history courses (three hours must be Texas history) include:

HIST 1301History of U.S. to 1865 (C)3
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 1865 (C)3
VII. Political Science (six hours)

The objectives of the political science component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and evolution of the U.S. and Texas political systems, focusing on the growth of political institutions, and on the constitutions of Texas and the United States; and to enhance their understanding of federalism, states rights, and individual civil liberties, rights, and responsibilities.

POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C) (GOVT 2302)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C) (GOVT 2301)3
VIII. Social and Behavioral Sciences (three hours)

The objective of the social and behavioral science component is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.

Select one course from the following:

ANTH 1301Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog (C) (ANTH 2301)3
ANTH 1302Intro-Cultural Anthropology(C) (ANTH 2351)3
ANTH 1310Cultural Geography3
ANTH 2320Intro to Linguistics (C)3
CE 2326Econ for Engrs & Scientists3
COMM 2350Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 2372Mass Media and Society3
ECON 2303Principles of Economics (C) (ECON 2301)3
ECON 2304Principles of Economics (C) (ECON 2302)3
EDPC 1301Introduction to Ed Psychology3
EDU 1342Action Research in Classrooms3
ENGL 2320Introduction to Linguistics(C)3
GEOG 1310Cultural Geography (C) (GEOG 1302)3
LING 2320An Intro. to Linguistics (C)3
LING 2340Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics3
PSYC 1301Introduction to Psychology (C) (PSYC 2301)3
SOCI 1301Introduction to Sociology (C)3
SOCI 1310Cultural Geography3
IX. Component Area Option (six hours)

The objective of the institutionally designated option component is to develop the critical thinking skills and academic tools required to be an effective learner. Special emphasis is placed on the use of technology in problem solving, communications, and knowledge acquisition.

Select one of the following:
BUSN 1301Intro to Global Business3
COMM 1301Public Speaking (C)3
COMM 1302Business/Profession Comm (C)3
CS 1310Intro-Computational Thinking3
CS 1320Computer Programming Sci/Engr3
SCI 1301Inquiry in Math & Science3
UNIV 1301Seminar/Critical Inquiry (C) (EDUC 1300)3

C Rule

All courses used to satisfy the core curriculum must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. This also applies to courses transferred from another institution.

Transfer Students

Students who transfer without completing the core curriculum at another Texas institution of higher education, but who have completed blocks within the core, shall receive credit in UTEP's core curriculum for each of the blocks successfully (C or better) completed in the core curriculum of the sending institution. If a student has successfully (C or better) completed the 42-hour core at another Texas institution of higher education, that core shall be substituted for The University of Texas at El Paso's core curriculum. Such a transfer student shall receive credit for each block within the core curriculum and shall not be required to take additional courses to satisfy UTEP’s core curriculum. However, courses listed in UTEP’s core curriculum can be required as a prerequisite to a course or as a degree requirement for the major.