Important UTPA Terms
A student's UTPA classification depends on the number of completed college credit hours.
Classifications are as follows:
0 earned hours
0-29 Earned Hours
30-59 Earned Hours
60-89 Earned Hours
90 or More Earned Hours
Students with a Bachelor’s Degree
A student's academic standing is determined jointly by the number of credit hours attempted and the number of quality points earned.
There are four categories of academic standing:
Good Standing, Academic Probation, Continued Academic Probation, & Academic Suspension.
To be in Good Standing, a student’s cumulative GPA is at least:
The number of credit hours taken each semester. A student may enroll in up to 18 hours per semester or 9 credit hours during the summer. College Dean’s approval is required for students seeking to enroll for additional hours.
A course students must take prior to (and in preparation for) another course (which is usually more advanced). A different kind of prerequisite may require a student to be enrolled in a certain major or certain academic classification in order to qualify for enrollment in the course. Check the catalog for more information. Under special conditions, students may obtain permission to enroll in the course.
GPA (Grade Point Average)
Expresses your academic performance. It is the ratio of the number of grade points earned divided by the total number of credit hours attempted.
Assigned based on the grade received multiplied by the number of credit hours.
Example: Assigned grade points are as follows: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.
A grade of “A” is equivalent to 4 grade points. If the course was offered for 3 credit hours, the total grade points for that course would be 12.
To Calculate your Semester GPA complete the following steps:
1) Credit Hours X Grade Points = Quality Points (do this for each course)
2) Add all Quality point to get Total Quality Points
3) Add all credit hours to get GPA hours (total hours you are enrolled in for the semester)
Total Quality points ÷ GPA hours = Semester GPA
The standard number used to indicate the particular course within a subject area of study.
The first digit in a course number refers to the level at which the course is offered. (e.g. ENG 1301).
The second digit in a course number indicates the credit hour value that a student receives for successfully completing the course. Most courses have a credit hour value of 3; however, there are exceptions.
BIOL 1401 = 4 credit hours KIN 2206 = 2 credit hours
ENG 1301 = 3 credit hours CHEM 1101 = 1 credit hour
The last two digits in a course number are the course reference numbers.
Example: ENG 1301 and ENG 1302 are consecutive freshman-level courses.
Courses numbered 3000-4000 are advanced or upper-division courses.
Approval of the Department Chair or Dean of the College is required for enrollment in advanced-level courses by students who have not reached junior standing (60+ hrs).
Lower-Level: Courses, primarily for students with less than 60 hours completed, listed in the 1000-2000 course number range.
Upper-Level: Courses, usually exclusive to students with 60 or more hours, listed in the 3000-4000 course number range.
* TSI NOTE: Students who have not successfully completed all portions (reading, math and writing) of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) may not enroll in any advanced-level coursework.