BSIS Degree in 3 Common Questions

Who is it that we intend to serve with this option?

The degree in three is targeted to students bringing 30 or more credit hours, either through dual credit/AP/IB as first time college students OR as transfer students with community college or university credit hours.

How many credit hours should I assume a student is bringing?

You should assume that students have taken core general education credits that fulfill 30 of the 42 core hours. While students may bring other credit outside of the core, for planning purposes, assume only core or common dual credit courses.

What courses are students most often bringing?

Unfortunately, the way we receive transcripts makes it difficult to communicate with precision about the courses students bring in with them. Students most commonly bring courses from the general education core, often in the social sciences and humanities. In addition, students' majors play into the courses they bring. For example, science and engineering majors are more likely to bring science and math credit. Art majors would be more likely to bring arts courses.

What should I assume about the credits that students bring in?

If your program has specific requirements, then you should note on your degree program what credit is assumed. If there are general education core courses that are prerequisites for early required courses in your curriculum, it would be best to note that these courses are assumed to be complete. As an example, for chemistry majors it would be assumed that one or more chemistry classes would be complete prior to coming to UNT. At the University of Texas, their Chemistry program assumes students are bringing 8 credit hours of chemistry, whereas Ohio State University’s Chemistry program assumes that students have completed one chemistry course, along with biology, math, physics, English, and language.

Do I have to change degree requirements?

For many programs there is no change in any program requirements. This is simply an illustration of your current curriculum over three years rather than four. For some programs, this might require some changes in terms of offering of a course and each program would need to evaluate the feasibility of any change. If your program would require a change in a pre-requisite, change in courses included in the curriculum etc., then these changes would need to be evaluated by faculty to determine the appropriateness of a change. A key question to ask - is this curricular requirement creating a barrier for students to complete their degree in a timely manner? If so, is this barrier in place for reasons critical to student success? If not, then a change to the barrier should merit consideration. Any curricular changes would need to go through the normal university approval processes.

What if we are undergoing curricular revision?

If your program is undergoing significant changes, simply notify Christy Crutsinger. As you undertake curricular changes, keep a degree in three track in mind.

What if my program cannot be completed in three years, due to accreditation, field experience or other curricular requirements?

Notify Christy Crutsinger and your program will not be included.

Will students be required to complete exactly what is shown on a degree in three pathway?

Keep in mind your current four-year pathway is simply representative. The same is true of a three year pathway; it is a communication tool for students. Each student will make individual choices about courses they take. Students working with their advisors will make sure they have completed all degree requirements.