Core, Flag & Foreign Language Requirements

The University of Texas at Austin core curriculum consists of core course requirements, flag course requirements and a foreign language requirement that “represent a university-wide commitment to general education, etc…”  All core and flag requirements as well as the foreign language requirement MUST be satisfied to receive a Pharm.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

The School of Undergraduate Studies oversees the core curriculum and considers any requirement waivers and course substitution petitions.

IMPORTANT: If you’ve earned a prior baccalaureate degree or higher, any CORE and FLAG course requirements and the FOREIGN LANGUAGE requirement that you still have lacking upon matriculation into the Pharm.D. program will be WAIVED.

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Core Curriculum Course Requirements

The University of Texas at Austin requires any student pursuing the Pharm.D. degree to fulfill the course requirements of the CORE curriculum.  The core curriculum consists of 42-hours of general education coursework in government, history, visual & performing arts, the First-Year Signature Course, etc..

For CORE course requirements, please visit the Common Core page and select the catalog of your anticipated start in the Pharm.D. program.  If it’s not available, please view the most current catalog available as guidance.  It’s highly recommended that you fulfill all core course requirements before matriculation into our Pharm.D. program.

You can actually consult the current 2016-2017 common core list for guidance.

Accepted students to the Pharm.D. program who matriculate with a prior bachelor’s degree will have any deficient core course requirement(s) waived. The information below is directed to those students who will be matriculating without a prior bachelors degree.

Things To Keep In Mind

  • You should notice that some of our pre-pharmacy prerequisite courses overlap with fulfilling both pre-pharmacy course requirements & core course requirements.
  • If the College of Pharmacy approves a course to fulfill a pre-pharmacy course requirement that does not mean the approval carries across to the core course requirement being fulfilled.  The core course requirements are under the School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS).  UGS makes final approvals on any core course substitution appeals.
  • Always keep copies of all your course syllabi taken in your academic history.  You never know when you will need to provide documentation of specific content taught in a course or appeal a course you’ve taken to fulfill a course requirement.
  • The First-Year Signature Course does not have an equivalent course outside of UT Austin.

How can the Core course requirement(s) be fulfilled?

Undergraduate students attempting to fulfill this course requirement at UT Austin:

  • Select a course from the course schedule using filter 3 (core curriculum) and selecting the a “core curriculum area”.
  • “Knock out two birds with one stone”…. You can fulfill both the First Year Signature (core) course requirement that holds global cultures flag in one course.  Select “Institutionally Designated Option (I)” for the “core curriculum area” and then find the UGS 302 & 303 First Year Signature courses that hold a “GC” flag.  Any UGS 302 or 303 course will fulfill the First Year Signature course.
  • Consult with your undergraduate academic advisor and/or advisors in UGS.

Undergraduate students attempting to fulfill this course requirement taking outside of UT Austin:

  • Students attending a Texas public state-funded institution are highly recommended to transfer into UT Austin as “core complete”.  Matriculating into UT Austin as “core complete” from a Texas public institution will allow UGS to waive any deficiencies in the core course requirements.  The First-Year Signature course requirement is usually waived in this situation. Specific details can be found under “Transfer Core Complete”.
  • Students attending a Texas institution should use the Common Core information provided by UGS and the ATE (Automated Transfer Equivalency) System to see what courses will transfer to UT Austin and fulfill a core curriculum requirement.
  • Students attending an out-of-state institution should use the Common Core information provided by UGS.  Since their isn’t an automated transfer equivalency system for out-of-state schools some good ‘ole educated decision-making and using our on-line course schedule (filter #5) to input course numbers will be necessary.  The course schedule will allow you to obtain course titles and descriptions.
  • You are more than welcome to contact UGS (School of Undergraduate Studies) for academic advising and questions regarding the core curriculum.

Common Core Petition

Admitted students to UT Austin College of Pharmacy can submit a Common Core Petition if one has taken a course and is requesting UGS to consider it for a course substitution to fulfill a particular core course requirement.  An uploaded copy of the syllabus will be required in the formal appeal.

We highly recommend and advise that you complete these core requirements prior to matriculation into the Pharm.D. program. However, one will not be denied admission into the Pharm.D. program if an applicant is deficient in a few core curriculum area upon matriculation. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Skills and Experience FLAG Course Requirements

There are six skills and experience flag course requirements that UT Austin and the Center for the Skills & Experience Flags believes our students should be exposed to as they enter our complex world.  Five out of the six flag course requirements will be fulfilled by Pharm.D. courses once a student matriculates into our program.  The Global Cultures flag course requirement is the ONLY requirement not fulfilled by a course in our Pharm.D. curriculum.

Accepted students to the Pharm.D. program who matriculate with a prior bachelor’s degree will have the global cultures flag requirement waived.  The information below is directed to those students who will be matriculating without a prior bachelors degree.

What is the requirement and expecation of a global cultures course at UT Austin?
Click the Global Cultures Flag site for this information.

How can the Global Cultures flag course requirement be fulfilled?

Undergraduate students attempting to fulfill this course requirement at UT Austin:

  • Select a course from the course schedule using the filter 2 (keyword search) and selecting “Global cultures”.
  • “Knock out two birds with one stone”…. You can fulfill both the First Year Signature (core) course requirement that holds global cultures flag in one course.  Follow the above instructions, scroll down the page, and then find the UGS 302 & 303 First Year Signature courses that hold a “GC” flag.

Undergraduate students attempting to fulfill this course requirement taking outside of UT Austin:

  • Fulfillment of a flag course requirement is evaluated on a case-by-case basis
  • The course syllabus is required to determine if a course you took or plan to take will fulfill this requirement
  • A direct transfer course equivalent from an outside institution to UT Austin does not automatically satisfy this requirement
  • You can seek a pre-approval OR submit a petition appeal to determine if a course fulfills the Global Cultures flag requirement
    • Prospective students can send a request email to the Flags Petitions Coordinator at flags.advising@austin.utexas.edu to determine if a particular course they took or plans to take will fulfill the Global Cultures flag requirement.  An attached syllabus of the course during the semester taken is required. ADVICE: Do not take a course you “think” fulfills the global cultures flag requirement without obtaining a pre-approval first!
    • Accepted students to the Pharm.D. program can submit a Flag Petition on-line.  An uploaded syllabus will be required.

We highly recommend and advise that you complete this requirement prior to matriculation into the Pharm.D. program.  However, one will not be denied admission into the Pharm.D. program if an applicant will be deficient with this requirement upon matriculation.

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Foreign Language Requirement

The foreign language requirement is a university CORE requirement that must be fulfilled prior to matriculation into the Pharm.D. program.

This requirement may be satisfied by one of the following options:

  • completing two years of a single foreign language in a U.S. high school
  • completing two semesters of a single foreign language in a U.S. university or college
  • taking a language proficiency exam and demonstrating exam level proficiency at or above the ACTFL Novice High level

The University of Texas at Austin Texas Language Center provides proficiency exams for languages not regularly taught at UT Austin.  Non-native English speakers may take a language proficiency exam in their native language to demonstrate proficiency in that language.

The College of Pharmacy will request proof of completion of this requirement to only those applicants that are offered admission into our Pharm.D. program.  An official transcript or official results from the Texas Language Center will be required for submission to assess successful fulfillment of this requirement.

NOTE:

  • Admitted students who matriculate into the Pharm.D. program with a prior baccalaureate degree will have the foreign language requirement WAIVED.
  • Applicants who started their college education prior to the summer of 1985 are exempt from this requirement.

 

Frequently asked questions about the core, flag and foreign language requirements.