|Guidelines & Procedures|
Natural Sciences uses the UT calendar for purposes of registration, adding and dropping courses, and withdrawing from the university.
Undergraduate students who may not have urgent, substantiated, nonacademic reasons will be allowed to drop a single class or withdraw from the University after the deadline to drop or withdraw for academic reasons under the provisions of the One-Time-Exception (OTE). The OTE may be invoked only once during the student's entire undergraduate career regardless of college the student was enrolled in at the time the exception was allowed. The OTE and the former CNS One-time drop are considered to be separate drops. The provisions of the OTE are as follows:
Provisions for Drops
Provisions for Withdrawals
No student may enroll in any course offered in the College of Natural Sciences more than twice, even if the course is needed to meet degree requirements, without first obtaining the written consent of the major advisor and the department that offers the course; students in colleges other than the College of Natural Sciences need only departmental approval. A symbol of Q or W counts as enrollment in a course unless it has been approved by the Dean's office for nonacademic reasons. Some departments in the College of Natural Sciences may have additional restrictions for students who repeat courses.
There is no grade replacement policy at The University of Texas at Austin. If a student repeats a course, both grades will appear on the student’s transcript and both will be calculated into the student’s overall GPA,
Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, using, buying, stealing, and/or divulging the contents of an examination, removing a test from the examination room, substituting for another person, having someone take a test for you, misplacing or damaging property of the University or destroying information so another student may not have materials, falsifying research data, misrepresenting facts including providing false grades or resumes, presenting someone else’s work as one’s own academic work and falsifying academic records. A full and comprehensive statement about what constitutes academic dishonesty can be found in Appendix C, section 11-802 in the General Information bulletin. The Student Judicial Services office in the Office of the Dean of Students has the responsibility for following up and making the final determination.
Students within the College of Natural Sciences may change their majors in WCH 1.106 or in the advising center they are changing into. Most majors require students to attend an information session prior to changing majors. Students transferring to another college go to the Dean’s office of that college by the 8th class day in a long session or the 4th class day in summer in order for the change to be in effect for the current semester. Some colleges may have a specific grade point average and/or other requirements.
Concurrent enrollment refers to being simultaneously enrolled at UT-Austin and another educational institution or UT Extension. The College of Natural Sciences permits concurrent enrollment with certain restrictions. Math or science courses cannot be taken concurrently and counted toward a degree unless specifically approved in advance by the college. Students must see their academic advisor for detailed information and to petition for approval.
To be a full-time student, you must register for, and be enrolled in, a minimum of 12 hours at UT. Full-time status is usually necessary to receive financial aid, live in on-campus housing, compete on a University athletic team, be covered under parents’ health or car insurance or be an international student. If full-time status becomes a hardship for non-academic reasons, please see your academic advisor or contact the CNS Dean’s Office for a CNS counselor.
Your tuition and fee bill will be calculated based on a 14-hour semester courseload. The policy was implemented to encourage an increase in the four-year graduation rate. Four year degree plans are available on-line at http://cns.utexas.edu/students/advising/degree_plans/ and in the advising centers, but usually require 15-16 hours per semester. Please see your academic advisor for more information.
Students who are unable to complete the semester because of non-academic reasons should discuss this situation with their professors or contact a CNS counselor. Under certain situations an incomplete grade (X) may be given at the discretion of the instructor, and if it meets The University criteria for incomplete. However, note that it must be completed by the end of the following long semester or a grade of “F” is automatically assigned. An incomplete does not allow a student to repeat an entire course.
Students may take a maximum of 17 credit hours in one semester. If a student wishes to carry more than 17 hours, approval is required in the Dean’s Office (WCH 1.106). During summer a student can take up to 14 hours with no more than 8 hours in either summer session.
Students whose GPA is less than 2.00 are placed on scholastic probation by The University. In the CNS, a student on probation must do a CNS Grade Contract – https://utdirect.utexas.edu/ns/ - every long (Fall/Spring) semester his/her GPA is less than 2.00. A student who completes the requirements of the Contract will be continued by the College. If a student does not meet the requirements, he/she will be dismissed from The University. The exception to this policy is when a student earns 12 hours of failing grades in his/her first semester. This results in an automatic dismissal after the first semester.
Placement tests can be taken at UT Austin through Instructional Assessment and Evaluation. Test Schedules and other information are available at http://www.utexas.edu/academic/mec/
Many students transfer academic credit from other colleges. Speak to your advisor if you plan to take courses at another institution. Information about how coursework transfers to UT from schools in Texas can be found on the Office of Admission website http://www.utexas.edu/student/admissions/ate/
An undergraduate may be eligible for a tuition rebate of up to $1,000 if, at graduation, he or she has attempted no more than three semester hours beyond the minimum number of hours required for the degree. Credit by exam hours could make you ineligible. Discuss this with your advisor before claiming credit.
Candidates for all undergraduate degrees must complete at least 60 semester hours of coursework in residence at The University. A transfer student who has completed a substantial amount of transferable, degree-applicable coursework may be obliged to take more courses at the University than his or her degree program requires, simply to meet the residence requirement. UT Austin Distance Education (Correspondence) courses and UT Austin Extension courses do not count as in residence coursework.
E-mail is a mechanism for official University communications to students. The University expects that e-mail communications will be received and read in a timely manner. CNS Students are directed to obtain a free UT e-mail address and check it at minimum twice per week. Many outside e-mail providers (ex. Hotmail, Yahoo) treat university communications as spam messages. It is the student’s responsibility to regularly read e-mails sent by the University, the College and his or her academic advisor.