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UHD Undergraduate Policies - Courses & Course Credit

Course Load

Maximum course loads are established to encourage students to think carefully about the amount of time they will need to devote to each class.  The following policies are in place so that students are better able to meet their course obligations successfully.

  •  A standard undergraduate course load during the fall and spring terms is 15 to 16 semester credit hours, or five courses. Twelve semester credit hours are considered the minimum full-time load.
  • Students who are employed 40 hours per week should take no more than two courses, or six credit hours.
  • Students who wish to enroll in 20 credit hours or more in a  fall or spring term must receive approval from the assistant or associate dean of their college.
  • The standard load for one summer session is six to eight credit hours. 
  • Students who wish to enroll in nine hours or more in a single summer ses­sion or in two overlapping summer sessions must receive approval from the assistant or associate dean of their college.   

 

For information on the graduate course load, consult specific master’s degree coordinator.

 

Part-of-Term (PoT)

Effective Fall 2011, UHD began utilizing shorter sessions, termed “Part-of Term” (PoT) within full terms.  For more information about these offerings, please review the posted academic calendars on the UHD website (uhd.edu).

 

Schedule Changes

Schedule changes are made online, and may require approval by an academic advisor. Registration instructions for Schedule Changes are found in each term’s Registration & Information Bulletin and the dates for Schedule Changes are found in the online Academic Calendar.

 

Discontinued (Cancelled) Classes

The university reserves the right to discontinue classes or other­wise alter the class schedule. Whenever possible, enrollment in an alternate course is completed through an administrative change form initiated by the department responsible for discon­tinuing the class.

 

Classification
Undergraduate classification is determined by the number of credit hours which have been completed: 0-29 semester hours: freshman; 30-59 semester hours: sophomore; 60-89 semester hours: junior; and 90 semester hours and above: senior. Master’s classification is determined by admission status.

 

Class Attendance

Students are expected to attend all class sessions. The responsi­bility for  dropping a course lies with the student. Departments and faculty members may have  additional attendance policies for their courses.

 

Transfer Credit-Undergraduate

 

Acceptance of Transfer Credit
Transfer students must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended as a part of the admission process. An evaluation will be performed during a student’s first semester at the university. Course work transferred or accepted for credit toward an undergradu­ate degree must represent collegiate course work relevant to the degree, with course content and level of instruction resulting in student competencies at least equivalent to those of students enrolled in the institution’s own undergraduate degree program.

 

Courses transfer on the same level and with the corresponding number of hours as earned at another institution. Courses taken at a junior or community college do not transfer as upper-level credits.

 

Courses taken at other colleges that do not correspond to cours­es offered by UHD may transfer as elective credit.

 

With the consent of the appropriate dean, the chair of the depart­ment in which a student is majoring will make the decision concerning application of transfer credit to the degree program. Therefore declared majors should obtain approval from their degree-granting college before taking courses from a community or junior college which they wish to transfer to UHD.

 

In general, UHD does not award transfer credit for vocational courses that are not considered part of a standard col­lege curriculum. Students may petition the academic dean of the college in which they are seeking their degree, who may agree to award credit for such courses in exceptional circumstances.

 

Students should direct questions concerning transfer credit to their academic advisor or degree program coordinator.

 

Evaluation of Transfer Credit
Transcripts will be evaluated for institutional transfer credit upon completion of the admission application process. Students accepted later in the admission cycle may not have their transcripts evaluated until after they have actually enrolled. Transfer work will be further evaluated for applicability to the student’s chosen degree plan by the degree-granting college once the student has been accepted into the college as a declared major.

 

Students who apply to UHD while they are attending another institution must submit two official transcripts. The first should be sent at the time of application and should reflect the student’s current enrollment. A second must be sent as soon as grades are available for those classes.

 

Transferring Credits from Other Countries
Students applying for admission with college credits from other countries must submit an evaluated transcript from a credential evaluation service recognized by the university. Credits will be granted based on the recommendations of the evaluating serv­ice with respect to University of Houston-Downtown degree requirements at the time of enrollment.

 

Information and brochures from evaluating service agencies are avail­able at the Office of Admissions and online at www.uhd.edu/admissions.

 

Transfer Credit Dispute Resolution Procedures
Students who receive written notification from Office of Admissions that a lower-level course taken at another Texas public institution of higher education has not been accepted may challenge denial of credit by UHD. To initiate a dispute action, a Transfer Dispute Resolution form must be completed. The form and instruc­tions for its completion are available in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Room S950.

 

Credit by Examination

UHD accepts up to 24 hours of credit by examination. Credit by examination may be obtained on the basis of several types of examinations. Nationally recognized standardized examinations such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the College Board’s Advanced Placement program may be used. Examinations widely used within a professional field and locally designed examinations also may be used. Students planning to take CLEP exams should do so before their final semester.

 

Nationally standardized examinations are administered through Testing Services; all other examinations are administered through the responsible department.

 

If credit is not awarded, a period of six months must elapse before application for re-examination will be considered. Appropriate fees are charged for each examination. No student may attempt the exam for a particular course more than twice.
Credit may be granted for professional certification and training received from armed forces and service schools. With consent of the appropriate dean, the chair of the department in which the student is majoring will make the decision concerning the applicability of such courses to the degree program.

 

Credit received by examination does not fulfill residency requirements for graduation.

 

No grade is awarded for courses for which credit has been obtained by exam, nor are hours received for such courses included in the calculation of grade point average for graduation. Listed below are the subject examinations for the Advanced Placement Program and the College Level Examination Program.


College Level Examination Program

Examination

score

earns credit for

hrs

American Government

50

POLS 2305

3

American Literature

50

ENG 2311 & 2312

6

Analyzing & Interpreting Literature

50

ENG 2300

3

College Algebra

50

MATH 1301

3

College French

50

FREN 1401 & 1402

8

College Spanish

50

SPAN 1401 & 1402

8

English Literature

50

ENG 2313 & 2314

6

College Composition Modular

50

ENG 1301

3

History of the US I

50

HIST 1305

3

History of the US II

50

HIST 1306

3

Human Growth & Development

50

PSY 2310

3

Information Systems & Computer Applications

50

CIS 1301

3

Introductory Psychology

50

PSY 1303

3

Introductory Sociology

50

SOC 1303

3

Precalculus

50

MATH 1302 & 1404

7

Principles of Macroeconomics

50

ECO 2301

3

Principles of Microeconomics

50

ECO 2302

3


Advanced Placement Program

Examination

score

earns credit for

hrs

Art History

4

ART 1302

3

 

5

ART 1301 & 1302

6

Biology

3 or 4

BIOL 1301/1101

4

 

5

BIOL 1301/1101 & 1302 /1102

8

Chemistry

3 or 4

CHEM 1307/1107

4

 

5

CHEM 1307/1107 & 1308/1108

8

Computer Science A

3

CS 1410

4

English: Language & Composition OR English Literature & Composition

3

ENG 1301

3

English: Language & Composition OR English Literature & Composition

4

ENG 1301 & 1302

6

French Language

3 or higher

FREN 1401 & 1402

8

Gov’t & Politics: US

3

POLS 2305

3

Mathematics: Calculus AB

3

MATH 2401

4

Mathematics: Calculus BC

3

MATH 2402

4

Physics B

3 or 4

PHYS 1307/1107

4

 

5

PHYS 1307/1107 & 1308/1108

8

Physics C: Mechanics

3

PHYS 1307/1107

4

Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism

3

PHYS 1308/1108

4

Psychology

3

PSY 1303

3

Spanish Language/Literature

3

SPAN 1401

4

 

4

SPAN 1401 & 1402

8

 

US History                                        

5
3

SPAN 1401, 1402, & 2301
HIST 1305

11
3

US History

4 or 5

HIST 1305 & 1306

6

 

Credit for Military Service

It is the policy of the University of Houston Downtown to award transfer credit for military courses and/or military service based on the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE)’s Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Services.  Credit for military courses and/or credit is available to all admitted undergraduates.  Either elective or direct course credit will be awarded based on ACE recommendations.

 

Credit for Military Service (HB 269)
HB 269 makes military veterans who enroll in Texas universities and who meet certain requirements eligible to receive undergraduate college credit for the time they spent in the service. Eligible veterans receive college credit for all the required physical education courses needed for their degree and up to an additional 12 semester hours of elective coursework.

To be eligible to receive credit under HB 269, veterans must have:

  • Graduated from a public or private high school accredited by a generally recognized accrediting organization or from a high school operated by the United States Department of Defense
  • Completed at least two years of service in the armed forces (or discharged because of a disability)
  • Been honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces
  • Credit awarded under HB 269 is awarded for having served, not for college-level courses that might have been taken while in the military.

 

Acceptable forms of documentation include:

 

  • AARTS Transcript (Army ACE Registry Transcript)
  • CCAF Transcript (Community College of the Air Force Transcript)
  • SMART Transcript (Sailor/Marine ACE Registry Transcript)

 

Elective credit

 

Directed Studies Courses
A directed studies course allows students to work directly with a faculty member on an individual basis. This type of study is intended to expand the curriculum and may not duplicate an organized course. A directed studies course requires a term paper, research study or comparable project.

 

Students wishing to enroll in a directed studies course must be juniors or seniors and have a grade point average of at least 3.0, with a grade point average of at least 3.3 in the specific area of the directed studies course.

 

Procedures for enrolling in directed studies courses are available in each academic department. Degree requirements may limit the number of hours of directed studies that may be applied.

 

Auditing Courses
To audit a course is to enroll in a course on a noncredit basis. Audit students pay the regular tuition and all other applicable fees as set for the current academic year. Senior citizens 65 years or over may audit for free on a space-available basis. A change to credit status may not be made after the student has registered to audit a course. Changes from credit status to audit status in a course must be made prior to the end of the business day of the Official Day of Record. A Request for Audit form must be processed in the Registrar’s Office by the Official Day of Record for the appropriate term along with Instructor approval. Students wishing to audit courses should contact the Registrar’s Office for further details http://www.uhd.edu/registrar/documents/audit_form.pdf


 

 

 

 

 

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