The Bachelor of Arts Degree
The Bachelor of Science Degree
Pass/No Credit Option
The College of Science and Engineering is composed of the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology, Mathematics, Nutritional Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Psychology, the goals of the college are to support the mission of the University; to integrate the research and undergraduate teaching missions; to prepare majors for careers and further study in science, mathematics, and engineering; to assist in the preparation of highly qualified K-12 mathematics and science teachers; and to provide experiences for all TCU students that will facilitate their becoming and continuing to be scientifically and mathematically literate citizens.
The college offers Bachelor of Science degrees with majors in 19 fields of study and Bachelor of Arts degrees with majors in 6 fields. The college also administers the Bachelor of General Studies degree. In conjunction with the Program in Ranch Management, a program leading to the B.S. degree with a major in Ranch Management is available through the College of Science and Engineering. Students in the degree program are advised by a designated representative of the dean of the college and should consult with the advisor early in their degree program. Minors are available in 14 fields.
The college is responsible for the Pre-Health Professions programs (pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary medicine). The college also works in conjunction with the School of Education to offer a 3-2 program leading to a Master of Education degree and with the School of Business to offer a 3-2 program leading to a Master of Business Administration.
Sid W. Richardson houses departmental offices of Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, and Physics and Astronomy. Biology and Psychology are in Winton-Scott Hall. Nutritional Sciences are in the Annie Richardson Bass Building. College administrative offices and departmental offices for Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics are located in the Tucker Technology Building.
Our college faculty are committed to teaching, and are actively engaged in scholarly activity that contributes to their profession and informs their teaching on all levels. Opportunities for participation in research exist in every department and program of the college. Many faculty involve undergraduates in their research programs. These students often work jointly with graduate students and postdoctoral associates in departments where graduate programs exist. To assist in these activities, the college houses SERC (Science and Engineering Research Center) to serve as a gateway of support for undergraduate and graduate research activities. Students may also join ASPIRE, the student-run research organization.
The College of Science and Engineering is organized into 10 departments.
Physics and Astronomy
Environmental Earth Resources (Geology)
Master of Education (3-2 program with School of Education)
Master of Business Administration (3-2 program with M.J. Neeley School of Business)
The College of Science and Engineering administers programs which lead to the following baccalaureate degrees:
The Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in the following fields:
The Bachelor of Science degree with majors in the following fields:
Astronomy and Physics
Combined Science (Pre-Health Professions)
Computer Information Technology (Computer Science)
Dietetics (Nutritional Sciences)
Environmental Earth Resources
Food Management (Nutritional Sciences)
Nutrition (Nutritional Sciences)
The Bachelor of General Studies degree
Child Development (Psychology)
Computer Information Technology
Health Care Ethics
Psychology of Leadership
Minors for students majoring in the College of Science and Engineering are also accepted from AddRan College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Communication, School of Education, the School of Business (General Business), and the College of Health and Human Sciences.
The Bachelor of Arts Degree
Students pursuing a program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete a minimum of 124 semester hours, 42 of which must be advanced (30000 level or above) from TCU, with a major and a minor selected from the approved list of majors and minors. The specific number of hours required for the major and minor may be found in the appropriate section of this Bulletin.
In addition, students must complete the TCU Core Curriculum (TCUCC) described elsewhere in this Bulletin.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT. All students pursuing the Bachelor of
Arts degree in the College of Science and Engineering must demonstrate competency
in a foreign language equivalent to the completion of one of the following:
FREN 20063 Fourth Semester College French
GERM 20063 Intermediate German
GREE 20063 Fourth Semester College Greek (Hellenistic)
ITAL 20063 Fourth Semester College Italian
JAPN 20063 Fourth Semester College Japanese
SPAN 20203 Intermediate Spanish
This requirement may be satisfied by either satisfactory completion of coursework
taken at or transferred to TCU or by presenting satisfactory scores on recognized
standardized tests (i.e., AP, CLEP or SAT II). Required scores on standardized
tests may be found in the Credit by Exam booklet available from the Office of
Admissions. For languages not currently taught at TCU, six semester hours at
the sophomore-level, transferred to TCU from another accredited institution,
may be used to satisfy this requirement. Students may also provide evidence of
competency in the non-English language by successfully completing one academic
year in a secondary or post-secondary institution in which the language of instruction
is other than English, for which the student will receive 12 hours of credit.
The Bachelor of Science Degree
Students pursuing a program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree must complete the minimum number of semester hours (typically 124 or 132), 42 of which must be advanced (30000 level or above) from TCU, specified for their particular major. Specific requirements of each major are to be found in the appropriate section of this bulletin. Where a minor is called for, it is to be selected with the assistance of the student's adviser from the list of approved minors.
In addition to the specific requirements, students must complete the TCU Core Curriculum (TCU CC)described elsewhere in this Bulletin.
Students with a first major in Science and Engineering may declare an additional major in lieu of or in addition to a minor on either a B.A. or B.S. degree. The additional major may be selected from the list of Science and Engineering approved majors or may be selected from majors available in other TCU schools and colleges. Students seeking an additional major in a school or college other than Science and Engineering must have the approval of the dean of Science and Engineering and the dean of the additional major.
Students with a first major in another TCU school or college may select additional majors from those available in Science and Engineering with the approval of the dean of the first major and the dean of Science and Engineering. Students whose first major is in a TCU school or college other than Science and Engineering and who seek a second major from Science and Engineering need only satisfy the UCR requirements of the first major with one exception. If the student is meeting requirements of a Science and Engineering B.A. degree, the language requirement of 6 hours in the same foreign language at or above the 20000 level must be satisfied.
The degree awarded will be that appropriate to the major designated as the first major. All degree requirements for each major must be satisfied. These include TCU Core Curriculum Requirements (TCUCC) and all associated requirements.
Students wishing to take courses at another college or university following their admission to Texas Christian University must receive approval of such courses through the office of the Dean of College of Science and Engineering before enrolling in them.
Pass/No Credit Option
The department of the major controls acceptability of P/NC for studies in both the major and minor, if any. For a specific major, consult the appropriate section of the Science and Engineering section of this Bulletin. The P/NC option is not allowed in any English as a Foreign Language course offered by the English Language Center.