Major/Program Specific Admission Requirements

Major/Program Specific Admission Requirements


Several majors and degree programs at UTSA have additional admission requirements in order for incoming freshmen and transfer students to be admitted directly into a college and major.

If you do not meet these stated requirements but meet UTSA’s general admission requirements, then you will be admitted into UTSA’s University College in a focused “studies” pathway based upon the major you applied for. You will then be able to work towards meeting the prerequisites needed to declare your major and be admitted into the appropriate college.

Academic Admission Requirements

Majors or degree programs that have additional requirements are listed below, organized by college.

Admission to College of Architecture, Construction & Planning

Applicable to All Architecture, Construction & Planning Majors

Students interested in majoring in any of the architecture, construction & planning degree programs must meet the following admission requirements:

FRESHMEN

High School Class Rank Minimum Test Scores
Top 10% 1350 SAT* or 29 ACT

Freshmen who do not meet the above requirements, but meet UTSA’s general admission requirements will be in “Architecture, Construction & Planning Studies” which is housed in University College where students will be able to work towards meeting the pre-requisites needed to declare an architecture, construction & planning major.

* New SAT scores combine Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math.

TRANSFER

Transferable Credits Minimum GPA (4.0 Scale)
< 12 hours 3.0 GPA and must meet freshmen requirements and go through a portfolio review
> 12 hours 3.0 GPA and go through a portfolio review

Transfer students who do not meet the above requirements, but meet UTSA’s general admission requirements will be in “Architecture, Construction & Planning Studies” which is housed in University College where students will be able to work towards meeting the pre-requisites needed to declare an architecture, construction & planning major.

Admission to College of Business

Applicable to Majority of Business Majors

Students interested in majoring in any of the business degree programs, with the exception of Online Cyber Security and Statistics and Data Science, must meet the following admission requirements:

FRESHMEN

High School Class Rank Minimum Test Scores
Top 25% 1170 SAT* or 24 ACT
Second 25% 1270 SAT* or 26 ACT

Freshmen who do not meet the above requirements, but meet UTSA’s general admission requirements will be in “Business Studies” which is housed in University College where students will be able to work towards meeting the pre-requisites needed to declare a business major.

* New SAT scores combine Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math.

TRANSFER

Transferable Credits Minimum GPA (4.0 Scale)
< 12 hours 3.0 GPA and must meet freshmen requirements, completed MAT 1133 Calculus for Business (TCCN MATH 1325) or equivalent with grade C or better, and be TSI Complete
> 12 hours 3.0 GPA, completed MAT 1133 Calculus for Business (TCCN MATH 1325) or equivalent with grade C or better, and be TSI Complete

Transfers who do not meet the above requirements, but meet UTSA’s general admission requirements will be in “Business Studies” which is housed in University College where students will be able to work towards meeting the pre-requisites needed to declare a business major.

Admission to select Education & Human Development Majors

Applicable to the following Education & Human Development Majors:

  • Health
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Public Health (Health Promotion & Behavioral Science)

Students interested in Interdisciplinary Studies will not be able to be admitted directly into the major because this major cannot be declared as a freshman. Students interested in Interdisciplinary Studies must meet UTSA’s general admission requirements and will be admitted into “Interdisciplinary Education Studies” until all requirements can be met at UTSA.

Students interested in Nutrition & Dietetics will not be able to be admitted directly into the major because this major cannot be declared as a freshman. Students interested in Nutrition & Dietetics must meet UTSA’s general admission requirements and will be admitted into the “Life and Health Science Studies” until all requirements can be met at UTSA.

Students who are interested in majoring in Health, Kinesiology or Public Health must meet the below admission requirements:

FRESHMEN

High School Class Rank Minimum Test Scores
Top 10% No minimums, must be TSI Complete
Top 15% 1350 SAT* or 29 ACT

Freshmen who do not meet the above requirements, but meet UTSA’s general admission requirements will be placed in the “Life and Health Science Studies” which is housed in University College where students will be able to work towards meeting the pre-requisites needed to get into the above majors.

* New SAT scores combine Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math.

TRANSFER

There are no additional requirements for transfer students with the exception of Interdisciplinary Studies. Transfers who meet the general UTSA admission requirements will be admitted directly into the above programs.

Transfers who are interested in majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies will be admitted into “Interdisciplinary Education Studies” in the University College unless they are transferring in as a Junior and meet the following requirements:

  • Academic Good standing
  • Clear criminal history
  • Attain junior standing (60 semester credit hours)
  • Complete all core requirements
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work completed
  • Have completed 12-15 hours of content coursework. Math and Science certification tracks must have 15 hours completed
  • Attain minimum passing scores to demonstrate basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics C- or Better in coursework:
    – Reading: any course in the Language
    – Philosophy and Culture Core Math (any course in the Math Core)
    – Writing: WRC 1013 and WRC 1023
  • SAT: Composite score of 1070 or higher
  • ACT: Composite score of 23 or higher
  • Earn a “C” or better in WRC 1023.
  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency. Earn a “C-” or better in a public speaking course (WRC 1013, COM 1043, COM 1053, COM 2123, COM 2113. Credit for WRC 1013 through AP or CLEP will not be accepted. Teacher Candidates who did not receive an associate’s degree or high school diploma from an accredited institution in the United States will be required to take the TOEFL IBT in order to demonstrate proficiency. Required score for TOEFL IBT is a 26 on the oral language section.
  • Read and Sign the Code of Ethics. Students will need to turn in the last page of the Code of Ethics signed and dated to MB 3.214. Code of Ethics
  • EC-6 BBL and 4-8 BBL will be required to have taken the ALPS test

Admission to College of Engineering

Applicable to All Engineering Majors

Students interested in majoring in any of the engineering degree programs must meet the following admission requirements:

FRESHMEN

High School Class Rank Minimum Test Scores
Top 10% No minimums, but must Calculus I Ready and TSI Complete
Top 25% 1170 SAT* or 24 ACT and Calculus I Ready
Second 25% 1170 SAT* or 24 ACT and Calculus I Ready

Freshmen who do not meet the above requirements, but meet UTSA’s general admission requirements will be in “Engineering, Math and Sciences Studies” which is housed in University College where students will be able to work towards meeting the pre-requisites needed to declare an engineering major.

* New SAT scores combine Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math.

TRANSFER

Transfer students must meet the general UTSA admission requirements and completed Calculus I (MAT 1214) with C- or better to be admitted into UTSA College of Engineering. Transfers who have not completed Calculus I (MAT 1214) will be placed into University College in the “Engineering, Math and Sciences Studies” until pre-requisites can be met.

Admission to select Liberal & Fine Arts Majors

Applicable to the following Liberal & Fine Arts Majors:

  • Music
  • Psychology

MUSIC

Freshmen and Transfer students who are interested in majoring in Music must apply to audition. Students who are admitted to UTSA as a music major will be admitted in the “Arts & Humanities Studies.” Students who successfully complete their audition will eventually see their majors changed to Music.

PSYCHOLOGY

Freshmen who are interested in majoring in Psychology must be in the Top 25% with a minimum of 1170 SAT* or 24 ACT or be TSI Complete.

Transfer students who are interested in majoring in Psychology must meet the general UTSA admission requirements and transfer in the following or equivalent courses with the grade of “C-” or better:

  • PSY 1013 Introduction to Psychology AND
  • one of the following math – MAT 1023, MAT 1033, MAT 1073, MAT 1093, MAT 1163, MAT 1193, MAT 1214, or STA 1053

* New SAT scores combine Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math.

Admission to select College of Sciences majors

Applicable to the following Sciences Majors:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Microbiology & Immunology

FRESHMEN

High School Class Rank* Minimum Test Scores
Top 15% 1350 SAT* or 29 ACT and Calculus I Ready

Freshmen who do not meet the above requirements, but meet UTSA’s general admission requirements will be in either the “Life & Health Sciences Studies ” or “Engineering, Math and Sciences Studies” which is housed in University College where students will be able to work towards meeting the pre-requisites needed to declare an engineering major.

* New SAT scores combine Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math.

TRANSFER

With the exception of Biology and Microbiology & Immunology, Transfer students must meet the general UTSA admission requirements and be Calculus I Ready to be admitted into the above College of Sciences programs.

Transfer students interested in Biology and Microbiology & Immunology must also transfer the following or equivalent courses with a grade of “C” or better:

  • BIO 1414
  • CHE 1103
  • MAT 1193
  • PHY 1943 or 1603

Transfers who do not meet the above criteria will be placed into University College in the “Life & Health Sciences Studies ” or “Engineering, Math and Sciences Studies” until pre-requisites can be met.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a focused “studies” pathway?

A focused “studies” pathway is based on the major that you applied for, but it also includes several other similar majors. For example, there are 10 majors grouped under the Business Studies pathway: actuarial science, accounting, cyber security, economics, finance, information systems, management science, management, marketing, and real estate finance and development. For these focused “studies,” the courses you need to take in your first year at UTSA are common to all the majors in that pathway. This allows you to take the appropriate courses to work toward your degree and be grouped with other students who have similar academic interests to yours.

What is University College?

University College is devoted exclusively to undergraduate students and your success. We collaborate with other colleges, departments, and offices throughout the university that are focused on helping you achieve academic excellence — no matter what your major is.

Why am I not admitted to the program I applied for?

Some of the academic programs at UTSA have specific requirements to be admitted directly into the program. These requirements are in place to ensure you are successful when you do enter the program.

How can I move from a Studies to a major/degree program?

Your academic advisor will be able to tell you what is needed to move from the focused studies pathway to your intended major/degree program. In most cases, these are a set of courses that you need to complete within your first two or three semesters at UTSA. Once these are completed, you will be automatically moved into your major/degree program.

Can I change the major I indicated on my application?

Yes, you can change your major when you come for orientation. Depending on the requirements for your new major, you will either be admitted directly into the academic program or into the corresponding focused studies pathway.