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Program Entry Requirements

Some majors at Texas State have entry requirements that must be completed in addition to receiving general admission to the university. Students may be admitted to Texas State but not their major, and will start their program classified as a "pre-major" (for example, pre-communication studies). Students wishing to pursue these majors are not considered eligible to graduate in their program until they complete the entry requirements, departmental application and upper-level courses required by the department.

This page is meant to give you some basic information to determine additional entry standards for successful admission to and completion of your major. It is not an official or exhaustive listing of all individual degree program admission or graduation requirements. 

Please see the University Catalog or contact the Academic Advising office for your major for complete information.

* If you are transferring from another Texas institution, refer to the Transfer Course Equivalency System to determine if courses equivalent to these prerequisites are offered at your college or university. You may also use the Transfer Planning Guides to assist you in selecting transferable courses.

* Different degree programs consider different combinations of courses when calculating their required minimum GPA. Here are some of the notations that you will see in the "Required GPA" column:

  • TX State - This GPA only takes into account the courses that you have taken while enrolled at Texas State.
  • Overall - This GPA takes into account all courses taken at Texas State as well as those taken at other institutions and transferred to Texas State.
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  • Nutrition and Foods

    Required GPA - 2.5 TX State

    Prerequisite Courses - Not Applicable

    Miscellaneous Information - See catalog for additional requirements. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Nutrition and Food - Dietetics Track

    Required GPA - 2.75 TX State

    Prerequisite Courses - Not Applicable

    Miscellaneous Information - See catalog for additional requirements. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Social Work

    Required GPA - 2.50 Overall; 2.75 in SOWK and supportive courses

    Prerequisite Courses - 45 completed hours of core curriculum, including SOWK 1350 and SOWK 2375

    Miscellaneous Information - Separate applications required for admission to Phase II (major courses) and Phase III (field placement). See catalog for information about the admission process. Transfer Planning Guide

  • All Business Majors

    Required GPA - 3.25 Overall

    Prerequisite Courses - ENG 1310, ENG 1320 and MATH 1329

    Miscellaneous Information - Must take PHIL 1320 for Philosophy core requirement.

    Certain majors (Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing and Computer Information Systems) within the McCoy College of Business are classified as Limited Access. Learn more about additional admission requirements for degree programs in the McCoy College of Business.

    Transfer Planning Guides

  • Interdisciplinary Studies

    Required GPA - 2.75 Overall and 2.5 in Major Courses

    Prerequisite Courses -  See Office of Educator Preparation website for Teacher Preparation Program prerequisite course requirements.

    Miscellaneous Information - See catalog for additional requirements. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Athletic Training

    Required GPA - 2.75 Texas State

    Prerequisite Courses - Grade of "B" or better in BIO 2430, AT 1298, AT 2156, AT 2260 & AT 2356

    Miscellaneous Information - Separate application and interview are required. See catalog for more information. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Health & Wellness Promotion

    Required GPA - 2.50 Overall

    Prerequisite Courses - Not Applicable

    Miscellaneous Information - All major courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Health & Wellness Promotion: All-Level Health Teacher

    Required GPA - 2.75 Overall and 2.5 in Major Courses

    Prerequisite Courses - Not Applicable

    Miscellaneous Information - All major courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Exercise & Sports Science: All Level PE Teacher

    Required GPA - 2.75 Overall and 2.5 in Major

    Prerequisite Courses - See Office of Educator Preparation website for Teacher Preparation Program prerequisite course requirements. 

    Miscellaneous Information - See catalog for additional requirements. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Exercise & Sports Science: Pre-Rehabilitation Sciences

    Required GPA - 2.50 Overall and 2.75 Texas State

    Prerequisite Courses - Not Applicable

    Miscellaneous Information - See catalog for additional requirements. Transfer Planning Guide

  • Communication Design

    Required GPA - 2.75 Overall

    Prerequisite Courses - ARTF 1301 & ARTF 1302 with grade "C" or better, ARTC 1301 & ARTC 1302 with grade "B" or better and ARTC 2000 with passing grade of "CR"

    Miscellaneous Information - See catalog for additional requirements. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Studio Art: Teacher Certification

    Required GPA - 2.75 Overall, 2.50 in major courses, 2.50 in Teacher Certification courses

    Prerequisite Courses - Not Applicable

    Miscellaneous Information - All major and teacher certification courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Must apply and be accepted through the Office of Educator Preparation. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Communication Studies

    Required GPA - 2.50 TX State

    Prerequisite Courses - COMM 1310, COMM 2315, COMM 2330 and COMM 2338

    Miscellaneous Information - Must earn 45 hours to declare a Communication Studies major. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Mass Communication

    Required GPA - 2.50 Overall

    Prerequisite Courses - Grade of "C" or better in these courses. ENG 1310, ENG 1320, COMM 1310, MC 1301 and MC 1100B [or a score of 70 or higher on the school's Punctuation, Usage and Grammar (PUG) test].

    Miscellaneous Information - Transfer students must complete MC 1100B or pass the PUG test within the first semester. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Music

    Required GPA - Not Applicable

    Prerequisite Courses - Not Applicable

    Miscellaneous Information - Separate application and audition are required. See website for more info. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Sound Recording Technology

    Required GPA - Not Applicable

    Prerequisite Courses - Not Applicable

    Miscellaneous Information - Enrollment is highly competitive. Separate application and interview are required. See website for more info. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Theatre: Acting Option

    Required GPA - 2.50 Overall

    Prerequisite Courses - Not Applicable

    Miscellaneous Information - Enrollment is highly competitive and based upon an audition and interview. Transfer students must contact the Head of Acting for available spots. See catalog for more info. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Theatre: Design/Technology

    Required GPA - 2.50 Overall

    Prerequisite Courses - TH 1350 and TH 2330 with grade of "C" or better

    Miscellaneous Information - See catalog for more info. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Theatre: Teacher Certification

    Required GPA - 2.75 Overall, 2.50 in major courses, 2.50 in Teacher Certification courses

    Prerequisite Courses - Not Applicable

    Miscellaneous Information - All major and teacher certification courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Must apply and be accepted through the Office of Educator Preparation. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Musical Theatre

    Required GPA - 2.50 Overall

    Prerequisite Courses - Not Applicable

    Miscellaneous Information - Enrollment is highly competitive and based upon an audition and interview. Transfer students must contact the Head of Musical Theatre for available spots. See catalog for more info. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Dance: Performance and Choreography

    Required GPA - Not Applicable

    Prerequisite Courses - Not Applicable

    Miscellaneous Information - Separate application and audition are required. See catalog for more info. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Dance: Teacher Certification

    Required GPA - 2.75 Overall, 2.50 in major courses, 2.50 in Teacher Certification courses

    Prerequisite Courses - Not Applicable

    Miscellaneous Information - Separate application and audition are required. All major and teacher certification courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Must apply and be accepted through the Office of Educator Preparation. Transfer Planning Guide

  • Clinical Lab Science

    Required GPA - 2.50 Overall

    Prerequisite Courses - BIO 1330/1130, BIO 1331/1131, CHEM 1341/1141, CHEM 1342/1142 with grade "C" or better and a mathematics core curriculum course

    Miscellaneous Information - Separate application is required. Minimum grade of "C" or higher in science courses. See catalog for more info. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Communication Disorders

    Required GPA - 3.00 Overall

    Prerequisite Courses - PHYS 1310, CDIS 1331, BIO 2430, HP 3302, PSY 3300

    Miscellaneous Information - Completion of 50 hours. Grade of "C" or better must be earned in these courses. See catalog for more info. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Health Administration

    Required GPA - 2.75 TX State

    Prerequisite Courses - All general education core and supportive courses, with a "C" or better in MATH 1315 or an equivalent, ECO 2301 or 2314, HP 3325 or an equivalent, and HA 3308

    Miscellaneous Information - Admission is competitive and a separate application is required. Must also pass Punctuation, Usage and Grammar (PUG) test with score of 70% or higher. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Health Information Management

    Required GPA - 2.50 Overall

    Prerequisite Courses - Must complete most of the general education core curriculum (no more than 9 hours to be completed in the summer following application deadline)

    Miscellaneous Information - Separate application and interview required with HIM department. See catalog for more info. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Nursing

    Required GPA - 2.90 in prerequisites; 3.00 in science courses

    Prerequisite Courses - All core curriculum and lower level degree required classes (maximum or 18 hours remaining, including 2 of the 5 science courses, left to complete the spring and summer prior to admission to program)

    Miscellaneous Information - Admission is competitive and selective. Separate application and fee is required. Grade of "C" or better in all science courses. See website for more info. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Radiation Therapy

    Required GPA - 2.75 Overall; 3.0 in Science and Support courses

    Prerequisite Courses - Completion of all general education requirements and required Science and Support courses

    Miscellaneous Information - Grade of "C" or better all course work. See catalog for more info. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Respiratory Care

    Required GPA - 2.50 Overall

    Prerequisite Courses - Completion of RC 2213 highly recommended before applying

    Miscellaneous Information - Admission is competitive and enrollment limited. Separate application is required. Grade of "C" or better must be earned in all Respiratory Care courses. See catalog or website for more info. Transfer Planning Guide

     

  • International Studies

    Required GPA - 2.75 TX State

    Prerequisite Courses - ENG 1310, ENG 1320, HIST 1310, HIST 1320, POSI 2310 and POSI 2320

    Miscellaneous Information - See catalog for additional requirements. Transfer Planning Guide

  • Construction Science & Management

    Required GPA - 2.50 Overall

    Prerequisite Courses - MATH 2328, MATH 2417, CHEM 1335/1141, PHYS 1315/1115, PHYS 1325/1125, CSM 1260, CSM 2313, CSM 2342 and TECH 2351.

    Miscellaneous Information - Grade of "C" or better must be earned. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Electrical Engineering

    Required GPA - Not Applicable

    Prerequisite Courses - Minimum SAT Math score of 520 OR minimum ACT Math score of 24 OR credit for one of the following with a grade of "C" or higher: MATH 1315, MATH 1317, MATH 1319 or MATH 1329

    Miscellaneous Information - Grade of "C" or better must be earned in all math and Electrical Engineering prerequisite courses. Transfer Planning Guide

     

    Industrial Engineering

    Required GPA - Not Applicable

    Prerequisite Courses - Minimum SAT Math score of 520 OR minimum ACT Math score of 24 OR credit for one of the following with a grade of "C" or higher: MATH 1315, MATH 1317, MATH 1319 or MATH 1329

    Miscellaneous Information - Grade of "C" or better must be earned in prerequisite math courses. Transfer Planning Guide