All CNS students are required to meet entry-level requirements prior to declaring a specific degree and major option. In order to meet entry-level requirements, all entry-level courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better and maintain good standing in CNS. Computer Science and Environmental Science have additional program requirements and require higher than a 2.0 GPA.

Major

Courses

Alternative/Substitutions

     
Astronomy M 408C/D M 408N/S or M 408K/L
  PHY 301/101L PHY 303K/103M
     
Biochemistry M 408C M 408N or M 408K
  CH 301/302 CH 301H/302H
  BIO 311C/D BIO 315H
  BIO 325 BIO 325H
     
Biology M 408C M 408N or M 408K
  CH 301/302 CH 301H/302H
  BIO 311C/D BIO 315H
  BIO 325 BIO 325H
     
Chemistry M 408C/D M 408N/S or M 408K/L
  CH 301/302 CH 301H/302H
     
Computer Science CS 312 CS 307
  CS 311 CS 313K
  CS 314 CS 315
Note: CS students are advised in the Computer Science Advising Center. Students must apply to CS for upper-division status.
     
Environmental Sciences M 408C M 408N or M 408K
  CH 301 CH 301H
  BIO 311C BIO 315H
  GEO 401 GEO 303
 
Human Development M 408N or SDS 302 M 408C, M 408K, SDS 304, or SDS 306
& Family Sciences HDF 304 WGS 301 - Topic 4
  HDF 313/113L WGS 301 - Topic 5
  HDF 315L  
     
Human Ecology M 408N or SDS 302 M 408C, M 408K, SDS 304, or SDS 306
  HDF 304 HDF 313/113L
  NTR 306 NTR 312
  TXA 205/105L  
     
Mathematics M 408C/D M 408N/S or M 408K/L
     
Medical Laboratory Science M 408C M 408N or M 408K
  CH 301/302 CH 301H/302H
  BIO 311C/D BIO 315H
  BIO 325 BIO 325H
     
Neuroscience M 408C M 408N or M 408K
  CH 301/302 CH 301H/302H
  BIO 311C/D BIO 315H or NEU330/335
     
Nutrition M 408N or SDS 302 M 408C, M 408K, SDS 304, or SDS 306
  CH 301/302 CH 301H/302H
  CH 204  
  BIO 311C BIO 315H
  NTR 312/112L NTR 311/111L*
Note: NTR 311/111L is an acceptable subsitution in only the 2006-2008 catalog.
     
Physics M 408C/D M 408N/S or M 408K/L
  PHY 301/101L PHY 303K/103M
     
Public Health M 408C M 408N or M 408K or M 408R
  BIO 311C/D BIO 315H
  CH 301/302 CH 301H/302H
  PBH 317  
     
Textiles & Apparel M 408N or SDS 302 M 408C, M 408K, SDS 304, SDS 306, M 316 or EDP 371
  CH 301 CH 301H
  TXA 205/105L  

Advising

1. Who is my academic advisor?

Advisor assignments are typically complete by the second week of a given semester. Unless your status changes (met entry-level, different major, or entered second academic year), your advisor assignment should remain the same. Learn more about your academic advisor by visiting the following link:

2. How do I make an appointment with my advisor?

You can make an appointment with your advisor by calling your assigned advising center. Plan ahead! It can be difficult to get an appointment during peak advising times (first week, week of Q-drop, registration).

  • Center for First-Year Advising - 512-471-3796
  • Biological Sciences Advising Center - 512-471-4920
  • Chemistry Advising Center - 512-471-3097
  • CNS Honors Center - 512-232-1048
  • Computer Science Advising Center - 512-471-9509
  • Human Ecology Advising Center - 512-471-7219
  • Mathematics, Physics, & Astronomy Advising Center - 512-471-0900
  • Texas Interdisciplinary Plan (TIP) - 512-232-6493
  • UTeach -512-232-2770

3. How can I prepare for the meeting with my academic advisor?

It is important to view existing resources to be fully prepared for the meeting with your academic advisor. Consider visiting UT and CNS resources pages, such as CNS Degree Plans, UT Course Schedule, and the Interactive Degree Audit (IDA).

The IDA allows students to view how coursework applies to any given degree. Be sure to input a specific major and major-option (do not use entry-level audits) and the correct catalog year (usually when you entered UT).

4. How do I meet entry-level requirements?

All CNS majors require a set of courses to be completed in order to meet entry-level requirements. To find out more about entry-level requirements, visit The Entry-Level Process portion of this web site.

5. Can I enroll at UT and ACC (or other institution) concurrently?

You must meet with your academic advisor to submit a petition for concurrent enrollment.

6. How do I know if a course will transfer?

The Office of Admissions has an Automated Transfer Equivalency (ATE) website that allows you to input either the UT or other Texas institution course number to determine if a course will transfer.

7. How do I accept AP credits?

Due to financial and academic reasons, it is recommended you speak with a CNS advisor prior to accepting AP credit. You can view the credits earned for specific AP scores and read about how to claim AP credits.

8. How do I calculate my GPA?

You can find a GPA calculator on the registrar's website at the following address:

9. How do I transfer to another college or school at UT-Austin?

Each college/major at the University of Texas has unique internal transfer requirements. Many also have internal transfer sessions that discuss the entrance requirements for internal transfer.  Some of these sessions are mandatory for program admission.

10. Can my academic information be shared with others?

Academic information is split into two categories: directory and non-directory. Directory information that can be shared with others includes your name, address, major field of study, enrollment status, and other general information. Non-directory information is covered by FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) that protects the release of most educational records.

Be aware that CNS advisors cannot share information protected by FERPA without a release signed by the student.

Registration

11. What is UT Math Assessment (UTMA)?

CNS assesses prerequisite math placement through the UT Math Assessment.  This assessment is required as a prerequisite for precalculus and calculus enrollment.  The necessary UTMA score will vary depending on the course.  Prerequisite requirements for precalculus and calculus courses can be found on the Math Prerequisites page.

12. What is ALEKS-Chemistry?

CNS assesses appropriate knowledge of chemistry through ALEKS-Chemistry. All CNS students who register for CH301 are required to complete this assessment and earn a score of 85.

13. How do I register for classes?

In order to register for classes, you must first meet with your academic advisor. You can check your registration time and date by visiting your RIS (Registration Information Sheet).

14. Where can I find the Advising Worksheet?

Note: students on grade contract (academic probation) are not eligible to complete an advising worksheet to remove a registration bar.

15. What if I cannot register for a specific class?

The advisors in CFYA cannot help you register for a class that is wait listed or closed. We recommend you visit the department of the course to inquire about availability. For example, if you are attempting to access a biology course, you will need to speak with the biology department.

16. How do I Q-drop a class?

Q-drop forms may be picked up at the front counter in WC Hogg (1.106). If you are unsure of whether or not to Q-drop a course, a conversation with your instructor and academic advisor is recommended.

17. Do I qualify for the One-Time-Exception (OTE) policy?

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:

General Provisions

  1. The OTE does not apply to students in the Graduate School, the College of Pharmacy, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the School of Law, or the School of Information.
  2. A student must request the OTE from the student's dean's office by the last class day.  Forms must be returned to the student's dean's office by 5 p.m. on the last class day.
  3. Any drop or withdrawal allowed under the OTE will be subject to the same academic and financial aid rules governing other drops or withdrawals taken during the semester.

Provisions for Drops

  1. A student may not drop a class in which a final grade has been assigned.  This will be verified by the student's dean's office with the instructor of the course.
  2. A student may not drop a class if there are any pending investigations of scholastic dishonesty for the class in question; this will be verified by the student's dean's office with the instructor of the course.
  3. Drops allowed under the provisions of the OTE will be considered academic drops and will count toward the six-drop limit.  Students who have reached the six-drop limit are not eligible to use the OTE to drop a course.

Provisions for Withdrawals

  1. Students who are requesting to use the OTE for a withdrawal will be allowed to withdraw regardless of current grades in classes.
  2. No instructors' signatures will be required on the form.
  3. Pending scholastic dishonesty will be verified by the student's dean's office with the Dean of Students Office.  Withdrawal will not be approved if there is a pending scholastic dishonesty case.
  4. Per University policy, withdrawals require a meeting with a non-academic counselor in the CNS Dean’s Office. Call 512-471-3796 to schedule an appointment with a non-academic counselor.

18. How do I create a degree audit?

    • Go to IDA.  Log-in with your UTEID and password.
    • To create a new audit, select the "Create" option from the IDA's main menu.
    • Under "All Degree Plans" at the bottom of the page, select Natural Sciences to view all degree plan options.
    • From the list, select your major.  Be as specific as possible - do not run an audit that says "entry-level," these audits contain incorrect information.
    • Once you select your major, you are prompted to choose a catalog.  Your catalog dates coincide with the dates you started at UT (or with dates you attended at another Texas public institution - post high school).  For example, if you arrived at UT as a freshman in fall 2010, you will choose the 2010-2012 catalog.  If you transfered to UT from UTSA, and you were taking courses at UTSA in 2009, you have the option to utilize the 2008-2010 catalog.
    • Once you select your catalog, review your request information and click "Submit Audit."
    • Click OK to create your audit.
    • Under the main menu, select "View an Existing Degree Audit."
    • Click on your audit, and select the "Detail" view option, which provides the most comprehensive review of your degree requirements.
    • Compare your degree audit to a degree plan, checking off courses you have completed.  Your remaining coursework can serve as a registration guide or planning tool for creating a time line to graduation.
    • After you have registered each semester, rerun or create a new audit to see if your courses will apply to your degree as you expected.

Probation

19. Why are students placed on academic probation?

Students with a cumulative UT GPA of below 2.0 are placed on academic probation. Academic probation provides the student with a chance to raise his or her GPA to avoid dismissal.

20. Where can more information be found on probation and dismissal?

The chart below displays the criteria for university dismissal. Students in the College of Natural Sciences are subject to the Table of Scholastic Standards, but also fall under the terms of the CNS grade contract.

Table of Scholastic Standards

Total College Hours Undertaken

UT Austin GPA for Scholastic Probation

UT Austin GPA for Scholastic Dismissal

Below 15

Less than 2.0

Less than 1.50

15 - 44

Less than 2.0

Less than 1.70

45 - 59

Less than 2.0

Less than 1.85

60 or more

Less than 2.0

Less than 2.00

Source: http://catalog.utexas.edu/general-information/academic-policies-and-procedures/scholastic-probation-and-dismissal/

The CNS grade contract can be found at the following link: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/ns/contract.WBX

Adding a Course

1st through 4th class days (1st and 2nd class days in the summer)

You may add a course using the online registration system. Be sure to check your Registration Information Sheet (RIS) for your specific access times.

5th through 12th class days (3rd and 4th class days in the summer)

To add a course, you must go to the specific department that offers the course you are attempting to add. Each department in the College of Natural Sciences can only assist students in registering for coursework in that specific department. For example, if you need assistance to register for a chemistry course, visit with the chemistry department.  Students registering for research coursework must be added by the 12th class day through the department offering the course.

13th through 20th class days (4th class day in the summer)

Adds after the 12th class day are extremely rare. There must be extenuating circumstances, such as administrative or departmental error. If you incur these circumstances, you must visit the CNS Dean’s Office (WCH 1.106) for more information. There are no adds after the 20th class day.

  

Dropping a Course

 

It is not possible for students to drop all classes or the last registered class. This will require you to withdraw (see withdrawal section) from the University for that particular semester.

 

1st through 12th class days (1st through 4th class days in the summer)

You may drop a course using the online registration system. Courses dropped during this time are removed from your record and will not count toward your six Q-drop limit. You may be refunded for hours dropped below 12. Please consult the flat rate schedule for more information.

 

After the 12th class day (4th class day in the summer) through the mid-semester deadline (or through the last class lecture during the summer)

All courses dropped during this time period will be recorded as Q-drops. When you Q-drop a course, a grade of “Q” is recorded on your transcript for that course. The “Q” will not affect your GPA. You will not be refunded for a course that is Q-dropped.

To initiate a Q-drop, you must visit the CNS Dean’s Office (WCH 1.106) or your CNS major advising center. The Q-drop process includes obtaining an academic advisor’s signature, and approval of the Dean’s Office.  International students must also obtain a signature from the International Office. Q-drop forms must be turned into the CNS Dean’s Office by the due date.  There are no exceptions or grace periods.

Note: Students who began full-time college enrollment at a Texas public institution for the first time in Fall 2007 semester or later will be limited to a total of six (6) dropped courses for academic reasons during undergraduate students.

 

Dropping a class for non-academic reasons before the mid-semester, Q-drop deadline

If you want to drop a course for a non-academic reason, you may apply for a non-academic drop. To initiate a non-academic drop, the College of Natural Sciences requires you to make an appointment with a CNS non-academic counselor (CNS Dean’s Office, WCH 1.106, 512-471-3796). It is important to note that non-academic appeals will only be considered with appropriate supporting documentation.

 

Dropping a class after the mid-semester, Q-drop deadline

Only two possible options exist for dropping a course following the mid-semester, Q-drop deadline:

1.     You may use the One-Time Exception (details listed in One-Time Exception section, below) if you have not already done so; or

2.     You must have an urgent and substantiated non-academic reason for dropping a course. To initiate a non-academic drop, the College of Natural Sciences requires you to make an appointment with a CNS non-academic counselor (CNS Dean’s Office, WCH 1.106, 512-471-3796). It is important to note that non-academic appeals will only be considered with appropriate supporting documentation

 

Dropping Below Full-Time Status (12 hours of registered coursework)

If you are registered for less than 12 hours of coursework in a fall or spring semester, you are considered a part-time student. This reduced registration level may impact:

  • Financial aid (including scholarships) – contact the Office of Student Financial Services to see if this affects your individual situation
  • On-campus housing (consult your Residential Advisor)
  • International status (contact the International Office)
  • Auto insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • Honors day status
  • Graduation date

 

One-Time Exception Drop

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:

 

General Provisions

 

  1. The OTE does not apply to students in the Graduate School, the College of Pharmacy, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the School of Law, or the School of Information.
  2. A student must submit the completed OTE form to the student's dean's office by the last class day.
  3. Any drop or withdrawal allowed under the OTE will be subject to the same academic and financial aid rules governing other drops or withdrawals taken during the semester.

 

Provisions for Drops

 

  1. A student may not drop a class in which a final grade has been assigned. This will be verified by the student’s dean’s office.
  2. A student may not drop a class if there are any pending investigations of scholastic dishonesty for the class in question. Any drop assigned will not be considered final until any investigations of scholastic dishonesty for the class in question are resolved.
  3. Drops allowed under the provisions of the OTE will be considered academic drops and will count toward the six-drop limit. Students who have reached the six-drop limit are not eligible to use the OTE to drop a course.

 

Provisions for Withdrawals

 

  1. Students who are requesting to use the OTE for a withdrawal will be allowed to withdraw regardless of current grades in classes.
  2. No instructors' signatures will be required on the form.
  3. Pending scholastic dishonesty will be verified by the student's dean's office with the Dean of Students Office.  Withdrawal will not be approved if there is a pending scholastic dishonesty case.
  4. Per University policy, withdrawals require a meeting with a non-academic counselor in the CNS Dean’s Office. Call 512-471-3796 to schedule an appointment with a non-academic counselor.

 

Leaving UT – Withdraw, Cancel Registration, or Take a Semester Off from UT

 

Withdrawing from UT (after the first class day)

Withdrawals must be initiated before the mid-semester deadline during a fall or spring semester, or the last class day (before finals begin) during a summer session. Per University policy, withdrawals require a meeting with a non-academic counselor in the CNS Dean’s Office. Call 512-471-3796 to schedule an appointment with a non-academic counselor.

 

Cancelling your Registration (before the first class day)

If you decide not to attend classes at the University for a semester in which you have already registered, you will need to cancel your registration. If you make this decision before you have paid any of your tuition (before the tuition payment deadline), you may cancel your registration online by dropping all of your courses. This removes all of your classes from your record and clears your tuition bill.

If you decide not to attend classes at the University after you have paid some or all of your tuition, you will need to visit the CNS Dean’s Office (WCH 1.106) with a photo ID to complete a cancellation form. If you receive financial aid, you will need to take your cancellation form to Student Financial Services (SSB 3.200) for clearance. If you are an international student, you will need to take your cancellation form to the International Office for approval. 

If it is not possible for you to visit the CNS Dean’s Office (WCH 1.106), you will need to email (CNSinfo@austin.utexas.edu) a request to cancel your registration.  In your request, include your name and EID, you will also need to include a brief explanation of why you are cancelling your registration and a brief explanation of why you are unable to come and sign your cancellation form. 

If the cancellation is received prior to the first class day - after your cancellation form has been processed by the University - you will be refunded all of your tuition (minus a $15 matriculation fee), and the classes you were registered for will be removed from your record.

 

Taking a Semester (or more) Off from UT

If you decide to take a break from attending classes at the University and make this decision before you register, you notify the University of your decision by not registering for classes. You can elect to return to the University in a future semester. If you miss a fall or spring semester, you will need to follow the University’s readmission guidelines.