Degree Requirements

Overall Requirements

In order to receive a bachelor’s degree from UTSA, a student must meet these minimum requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours, at least 39 of which must be upper-division level.
  2. Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements outlined in this chapter.
  3. Complete the major and support work requirements and the free elective requirements for the desired degree. Free electives refer to any semester credit hours accepted by UTSA in transfer or awarded by UTSA that, for degree purposes, are not applied to Core Curriculum, major, minor, or support work requirements. The only restrictions placed upon courses used as free electives are as follows:
    1. that a specific number of free elective credits must be at the upper-division level for some degree programs
    2. that a maximum of 6 semester credit hours of physical activities courses can be applied to the free electives allowed for any UTSA degree program.
  4. Meet all requirements for a degree as put forth by the Texas State Education Code, including the following:
    1. All students must complete 6 semester credit hours of American or Texas history.
    2. All students must complete 6 semester credit hours of government or political science, including the Constitution of the United States and constitutions of states, with special ­emphasis on Texas.
  5. Meet the minimum UTSA residence requirements.
  6. Achieve an overall 2.0 grade point average in all work attempted at UTSA and a 2.0 grade point average in all work included in the major.
  7. Be in good academic standing at UTSA.
  8. Apply formally for the degree before the deadline in the Office of the Registrar.