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Prerequisites

Some of the university’s undergraduate colleges and schools have prerequisites or suggested preparatory coursework.


School of Architecture

Freshmen

Freshman applicants considering architecture should take humanities and elective art classes—drawing, for instance. When possible, take advanced courses (honors, Advanced Placement, dual enrollment) in physics, pre-calculus and calculus.

Transfers

Transfer applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 on transferable coursework and must submit transfer credit from an architecture or interior design program.


McCombs School of Business

Freshmen

Freshman applicants considering a business major should take math and science courses each year of high school.

Transfers

Transfer applicants must submit proof of credit or in-progress work for the following business indicator courses:

  • Calculus I: MATH 408K/308K, 408C or 403K/303K
  • Calculus II: MATH 408L/308L, 408D or 303L
  • Microeconomics: ECON 304K
  • Macroeconomics: ECON 304L

MATH 408/308M is not a required course, but is recommend for Science and Technology Management.


Cockrell School of Engineering

Freshmen

Freshman applicants interested in majoring in engineering should prepare by taking math and science courses each year of high school.

Additionally, you must meet the university’s calculus readiness requirement.

Transfers

Transfer applicants must submit proof of credit or in-progress work for a minimum of four technical courses—math, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, computer science or engineering—including:

  • MATH 408D, 408L or 408M
  • PHYS 303K and 103M

To be most competitive, applications should undertake additional technical coursework.


College of Fine Arts

All applicants considering a major in the College of Fine Arts should begin cultivating samples of their artistic work in preparation for a required audition or submission of a portfolio. These requirements can take many months to prepare; applicants are encouraged to begin early. 

To be considered for admission, applicants must fulfill their major’s portfolio, audition and/or application requirements by the general admissions application deadline.


Jackson School of Geosciences

Freshmen

Freshman applicants interested in majoring in a geological science should prepare by taking math and science courses each year of high school.

Additionally, you must meet the university’s calculus readiness requirement.

Transfers

Transfer applicants should have the following credit:

  • CHEM 301
  • GEO 401
  • MATH 408C, 408K or 408N

Environmental Science

Environmental Science (Geological Sciences) majors should have credit for:

  • BIO 311C, CHEM 301 and MATH 408C, 408K or 408N with grades of at least a C-minus
  • GEO 401 or 303 with a grade of at least a B-minus

College of Liberal Arts

Freshmen

Prospective freshmen interested in applying to Plan II or Liberal Arts Honors should prepare with a broad and challenging curriculum that includes honors, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses in literature, mathematics (including calculus), foreign language and the sciences during each year of high school.

To be considered for admission to Economics or Environmental Science (Geographical Sciences), freshman applicants must meet the university’s calculus readiness requirement.

Transfers

Transfer applicants to Economics are required to have the following transfer credit, with grades of at least C-minus:

  • ECO 304K (Intro to Microeconomics) 
  • ECO 304L (Intro to Macroeconomics) 
  • MATH 408K, 408C or 408N (Calculus I) 
  • MATH 408L, 408D or 408S (Calculus II) 

Transfer applicants to Environmental Science (Geographical Sciences) are required to have the following transfer credit:

  • BIO 311C, CHEM 301 and MATH 408C, 408K or 408N with grades of at least a C-minus
  • GEO 401 or 303 with a grade of at least a B-minus

College of Natural Sciences

Freshmen

Freshman applicants considering a major in the College of Natural Sciences should take at least a beginning calculus (not pre-calculus) course during high school.

To be considered for admission to Environmental Science (Biological Sciences), you must meet the university’s calculus readiness requirement.

Transfers

Transfer applicants should exhibit strong past performance in math and science courses. A college transcript that indicates a competitive grade in calculus and a solid foundation of first-year coursework in science is highly valued.

To be most competitive, students should have earned credit for calculus and should have complete or in progress a minimum of nine credit hours in first-year math and science courses for science majors. A grade of A or B in all math and science courses is also desirable. 

Environmental Science

Transfer applicants to Environmental Science (Biological Sciences) are required to have the following transfer credit:

  • BIO 311C, CHEM 301, and MATH 408C, 408K, or 408N with grades of at least a C-minus
  • GEO 401 or 303 with a grade of at least a B-minus

School of Nursing

Freshmen

Freshman applicants interested in majoring in nursing should prepare by taking math and science courses each year of high school.

All applicants must meet professional and technical standards (PDF), and be able to meet compliance requirements.

Transfers

Transfer applicants must submit official transcripts showing completion of the following courses:

  • CHEM 301
  • SDS 302 or M 316
  • BIO 311C

College of Pharmacy

Freshmen

Freshman applicants interested in a degree in pharmacy should prepare by taking math and science courses every year of high school.

Transfers

Transfer applicants should refer to information on the College of Pharmacy’s website for details about preparation and prerequisites.


School of Social Work

All applicants to the Bachelor of Social Work program must meet certain grade-point requirements, have volunteer experience, demonstrate a strong commitment to the profession and be emotionally and professionally prepared to deal with clients.


Other Colleges and Schools

Colleges and schools not listed above do not have specific prerequisites, although in order to be competitive for admission and well-prepared for college-level coursework you should always enroll in the most challenging classes available to you.