Transfer AIQ Guides

Academic Advisors will preregister incoming transfer students for two or more fall courses based on major, placement scores, and information provided to us in the AIQ. You will be given a copy of your Fall 2016 schedule at Orientation where you will have the opportunity to speak with an Academic Advisor about your schedule, add additional courses, and make any necessary changes. Please contact the Center for Advisement at (423) 425-4573 with any questions regarding the Academic Interest Questionnaire (AIQ).

 

College of Arts and Sciences

ANTHROPOLOGY & SOCIOLOGY

ART

BIOLOGY

CHEMISTRY

COMMUNICATION

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

ENGLISH

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES

GEOLOGY

HISTORY

HUMANITIES

LEGAL ASSISTANT STUDIES

MATH

MUSIC

PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION

PHYSICS

POLITICAL SCIENCE

PSYCHOLOGY

THEATRE

WOMEN'S STUDIES

 

College of Business

BUSINESS MAJORS

ECONOMICS

 

College of Engineering and Computer Science

COMPUTER SCIENCE & COMPUTER ENGINEERING

ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT

ENGINEERING

 

College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies

DIETETICS

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

EXCEPTIONAL LEARNING K-12

EXERCISE SCIENCE

HHP HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION K-12

SPORTS AND LEISURE SERVICE ADMINISTRATION 

INTEGRATED STUDIES

INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE

MIDDLE GRADES EDUCATION

NURSING

SECONDARY EDUCATION

SOCIAL WORK

 No College Designated (Undecided Students)

UNDECIDED

 

 

 

ANTHROPOLOGY & SOCIOLOGY

The Department of Social, Cultural, and Justice Studies  offers a degree in Sociology & Anthropology, with a major concentration in Sociology OR Anthropology, and a minor in Geography.   Sociology is the study of large scale social structures (like UTC) and how they impact human behavior.   Sociologists investigate and study a wide range of topics including:  educational systems, mental health issues, and social relationships.  Anthropology is the study of humans in all times and places and the relationship between human biology and culture.  It is traditionally divided into four main subfields: cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology.   The department offers courses in each of these subfields.   Students majoring in Sociology & Anthropology learn about the methods used to conduct and carry out social science research and gain valuable insight to cultural diversity which directly relates to an ever increasing global economy and society.   This degree program will greatly serve students entering into a competitive job market that interacts with diverse peoples and cultures and will prepare those students interested in graduate level programs. 

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

ART

The Department of Art has several degree offerings. As a transfer student, you have the choice to register as a Pre-BFA Art, which prepares you for entering into our competitive concentrations in Painting and Drawing, Graphic Design, Photography and Media Art, and Sculpture. We offer a noncompetitive degree, the BA in Art, which allows students to take a variety of art courses while pursuing a minor in an area outside of art. Finally, we offer a BS in Art Education, upon completion of which you are certified to teach Art in Tennessee at the K-12 level. 

Transfer students should note that we make every effort to ease transition from other institutions; however, students pursuing Pre-BFA Art must complete courses in their intended area of study at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. As such, transfer students will take a minimum of three years to complete the BFA requirements. For the BA in Art, we accept all transfer art credits, making this a strong option for students wishing to complete their degree in the most timely fashion. 

Art courses provide opportunities to explore creativity, develop skills, learn about the history of art and become more critically engaged in the world. We provide an atmosphere of support and mentorship as students learn to master a variety of art forms, articulate their ideas carefully, and solve complex problems. Ultimately our graduates are well prepared to enter into a competitive yet deeply rewarding profession.

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

BIOLOGY

Biology involves the study of living organisms, including their structure, function, evolution, distribution, and relationships.  If you want to become a physician, dentist, veterinarian, physician assistant, research scientist, field biologist, molecular biologist, middle or high school science teacher, natural resource manager, or are just interested in learning about living organisms, then majoring in Biology would be an ideal choice for you. The Department of Biology, Geology and Environmental Sciences offers three concentrations in the Biology major: General Biology, Preprofessional, STEM Education.

Biology can be a challenging subject for many students.  Predictors of success include:

  • 4 years of math in high school or completion of college-level math
  • A or B in Biology courses
  • Math subscore on the ACT of 22 or above
  • A strong work ethic
  • Prior coursework that encouraged studying and critical thinking
  • Strong writing and organizational skills

Once you have graduated with a biology degree from UTC, you have various choices depending on your interests. Many of our graduates choose to attend graduate school (in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science), medical school, dental school, veterinary school, optometry school, pharmacy school, or to receive physician assistant training.  Others go immediately into a job as a field or laboratory biologist or teacher.  The program in Biology at UTC is designed to prepare students for success in all of these careers.

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

BUSINESS

The College of Business offers programs in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Human Resource Management, Business Analytics , Investments and Marketing.

Choosing your major is often scary and exciting at the same time.  The College of Business provides students with opportunities to explore each of our program areas through course work, advisement, student organizations, or by speaking directly with faculty.  So, whether you are thinking of becoming an accountant, opening your own business or just have a general idea you would like to do something in business, you have plenty of time to find the program that is just right for you!

The key to succeeding as a business major is a strong foundation in fundamental business concepts. This includes topics such as accounting, economics and statistics. To ensure students are well prepared for our program, the College of Business requires all students declaring business as a major to earn a “C” or better in each of the following courses:  ACC 2010, 2020; MGT 1000, 2110, 2120; English 1010/1011, 1020; ECON 1010, 1020.   The College also requires a 2.5 GPA in these nine classes.

Completing your AIQ is an important first step toward entering the College of Business.  While it’s not always apparent how some classes apply to business, serious thought should still be given to each of your responses. After all, your answers will shape your first semester at UTC!

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

 CHEMISTRY

Chemistry offers the molecular perspective upon which much of modern medicine, environmental studies, energy research, biochemistry, material science, and contemporary technology are based. If you want to become a medical doctor, pharmacist, dentist, optometrist, physician assistant, research scientist, science teacher, chemical industry employee, worker in a chemical laboratory, or just want to understand the world around you, then majoring in Chemistry would be an ideal choice for you.

The program in Chemistry at UTC is accredited by the American Chemical Society and designed to prepare students for many different careers. The chemistry curriculum provides programs leading to the BS Chemistry degree, BS Biochemistry degree, or BS Chemistry: STEM Education degree. Students interested in becoming medical doctors, dentists, or pharmacists often choose the BS Biochemistry degree option. For more information about the degree options in Chemistry or for more information about graduate school, preparation for health careers, preparation for applying to medical/dental/pharmacy school, pre-professional advising, or courses, go to the department website: http://www.utc.edu/chemistry-physics

 Chemistry can be a challenging subject for many students. Predictors of success include:

◦ 4 years of math in high school or completion of college-level math

◦ A or B in Chemistry courses

◦ Math subscore on the ACT of 22 or above

◦ A strong work ethic

◦ Prior coursework that encouraged studying and critical thinking

◦ Strong writing and organizational skill

 Additional details about this major are also available in the undergraduate catalog and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

COMMUNICATION

The Department of Communication program is one of 109 accredited journalism and mass communication programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Students receive a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as the knowledge and skills required for success in a wide variety of professions.

Majors complete a 21-hour core of seven courses and select electives that allow for focused learning in a specific professional area to complete the 33-hour major. Courses include media writing, persuasive writing, audio and video production, web production, documentary production, publication design, television news production, advanced reporting, feature writing and others.  The internship program provides opportunities for experience in a variety of communication fields.

Graduates work in professional fields such as print and broadcast journalism, magazine production, public relations, advertising, broadcast production, Web development and design, multi-media production and presentation, corporate communications, media relations, television and film industries, and many, many others.

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

The College of Engineering and Computer Science provides Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in Computer Engineering. Computer science and engineering majors take at least a 46-hour sequence of computer science courses and additional courses in an area of concentration. The concentration of study augments the computer science courses and is a specialization in which the student can apply his or her knowledge of computers. Beyond the Computer Engineering program, five Computer Science concentrations are available: Software Systems, Scientific Applications, Information Security and Assurance, Data Science, and STEM Education.

Students entering UTC who intend to major in Computer Science should be enrolled as pre-computer science majors. For admission to the Computer Science program, pre-computer scinece majors must complete (or place out of) MATH 1720: Precalculus II and CPSC 1100: Fundamentals of Computer Science with minimum grades of C. Only after meeting the course completion requirements or obtaining a written waiver from the Computer Science and Engineering department will students be allowed to change their major to any of the Computer Science concentrations.

The Computer Science and Engineering program offers six concentrations:

Software Systems

Scientific Applications

Computer Engineering

Information Security and Assurance

Data Science 

Computer Science: STEM Education (teach 9-12 grades)

For more information, please visit the departmental website

Additional details about this major are also available in the undergraduate catalog and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

 CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Most jobs in criminal justice require working with victims and/or offenders who may be very different from you and come from very diverse backgrounds. You should enjoy working with people and be able to work with people who come from a variety of different backgrounds.

Related to a major in Criminal Justice:

  • Laws are creation, definition, and enforcement – Are you interested in understanding how the criminal justice system works to respond to victims and offenders? Can you think abstractly about concepts such as criminality and victimization? This major challenges students to think about crime from a very broad perspective including topics like corporate misconduct, interpersonal violence, and street crime. It does not teach you how to “be” a cop, for example, though it will expose you to a variety of issues associated with policing and the police profession. The same is true for corrections and victim related jobs.
  • Are you interested in taking a foreign language? – People who can speak Spanish with any degree of proficiency are in high demand in the criminal justice field. However, the major does not require a foreign language.

When not to major in Criminal Justice:

  • Law School – The major is not designed as a pre-law program. The criminal justice program has a master’s degree and our undergraduate program prepares you to do advanced graduate level work if you decide you are interested as your education progresses.
  • Forensics (crime investigation similar to those shown on CSI programs) – Most criminal justice programs, including ours, do not have a forensics component. These jobs are somewhat limited and often require a chemistry background

 

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

DIETETICS

Congratulations, you have selected an exciting and dynamic education program and a career with unlimited potential.  Dietetics is a vibrant field of study with professionals working in acute and long term care health facilities, wellness programs, food corporations, private practice, public health, school food systems, community-based Nutrition programs, and hospitality venues.  Your education program is rigorous with a strong focus on the natural and biological sciences, nutrition and food science.  However, there is also a commitment to application with several courses having a practicum component.  You are encouraged to take an active role in the student organization and professional organizations to maximize your university experience.  Additionally, we encourage you to interact with the Dietetics faculty as advisors and mentors in your academic career. 

The Dietetics Program at UTC is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  This is the first step in a 3-part process in the journey to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).  The second step involves applying to and getting accepted into an accredited internship program where you will complete 1200 supervised practice hours in various facilities.  The last step is to pass the RD exam when you will officially become a Registered Dietitian. 

The Dietetics program at UTC is a two-fold method, where you will first choose Pre-Dietetics as your major.  After successfully completing specific minimum course requirements and maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA, you will apply to the Dietetics Program.  Once accepted, you will continue to take the required courses for your BS degree in Dietetics.  

 

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

  EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Teaching is one of the most important professions you can choose. An education major has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the next generation. As a future teacher, you may find that you are drawn to working with young children as they learn to read, you may find your calling as a middle grades teacher, or you might decide that you are eager to prepare young people for their futures after high school. In each case, your impact can pave the way for the young people with whom you work.

Education majors at UTC have a number of classes that include field components. These experiences are intended to help candidates identify the grade levels and/or content areas they are most comfortable teaching. As part of these hands-on activities, students may observe in the UTC Children’s Center, participate in the Professional Development School semester, or assist a classroom teacher by tutoring or working with small groups of K-12 students. The four year programs offered by the Professional Education Unit include PreK-3, Middle Grades, Secondary, and Exceptional Learning K-12.

We are excited that you are interested in becoming a teacher! As you review the documents and information included in the School of Education website, we hope you will find answers to your questions and will find that our programs reflect our Conceptual Framework and the three areas of Performance, Professionalism, and Partnership.

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

  ECONOMICS

What is Economics?

Economics is structured ways of thinking that helps explain why people, firms and markets behave the way they do.  The scope of economics is extremely broad, ranging from issues that affect the whole economy to issues such as human welfare and equality.  Students learn to think critically by examining important societal and practical business issues.  The economics curriculum helps develop analytical skills by integrating graphical modeling and problem solving into its course work.

Why study Economics?

Economics teaches skills and problem-solving techniques that employers value.

Economics is excellent preparation for many business careers and for graduate schools in business, law, public policy, and of course economics.

Economics is centered on a framework of rational choice and market interactions that has practical applications in personal, professional, and policy settings.

Unlike more technical degrees, economics prepares students for positions requiring a broad, general knowledge of the business environment, making economic majors well-suited to achieve upper-level management positions.

Combined with a non-business discipline, an economics minor enhances employment opportunities by providing a unique set of analytical tools that can be applied to the business world, social science analysis, or engineering applications.

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the Clear Path for Advising

 

ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT

Engineering Technology Management (ETM) is an interdisciplinary form of management and engineering involving the application of engineering principles to business practice.

Engineering management is a career that brings together the technological problem-solving savvy of engineers and the organizational, administrative, and planning abilities of managers to oversee complex enterprises from conception to completion such as product development, project management, etc., in manufacturing and service organizations.

There are two programs of study offered:

  • Engineering Technology Management: Engineering Management, B.S.
  • Engineering Technology Management: Construction Management, B.S.

 

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

 ENGINEERING

The strengths of UTC's four-year Engineering programs are the emphasis on breadth, interdisciplinary interaction, design, and depth. The programs build on the general education and graduation requirements of the University. Every student completes a structured set of courses that form a foundation in written and oral communication, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering fundamentals. Special emphasis is placed on learning the basic tools and techniques of engineering. Interdisciplinary interaction is introduced and emphasized through interdisciplinary design projects, team experience, and laboratory exercise.

Engineering can be a challenging subject for many students. Predictors of success include:

  1. 4 years of math in high school or completion of college-level math
  2. A's and B's in science courses
  3. A math sub-score on the ACT of 22 or above
  4. A strong work ethic
  5. Prior coursework that encouraged studying and critical thinking

The Engineering Department offers eight programs of study:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering: STEM (for teaching 9-12 grade)

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

ENGLISH

Being an English major at UTC means that students have an opportunity to work with outstanding faculty who are specialists in their areas of research and teaching. The English Department teaches students both to read and write maturely and correctly on the literal level and also to interpret and use figurative language. In the classroom, that role is carried out through studies in composition; language, rhetoric and writing, literature, criticism; and creative writing.

Every aspect of the English Department’s program attempts to communicate a sense of wonder and excitement about our written culture and to engage the student’s imagination. We make students aware that whenever they read or write, complex and sometimes contradictory elements factual, emotive, logical must be apprehended, held in balance, and accorded appropriate weight. We want them to be able to identify and order intricate responses to arrive at a sound understanding of a written text or to produce clear and forceful writing of their own.

What students learn in the English Department adds to their inventory of competencies and enriches their experience of life. We recognize that the ability to understand and produce good writing is an invaluable mental resource.

The English Department currently offers three different plans for you to follow:

  • English and American Language and Literature, B.A.
  • English and American Language and Literature: Creative Writing, B.A.
  • English and American Language and Literature: Rhetoric and Professional Writing B.A

 

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Environmental Science involves the interdisciplinary study of relationships between living organisms, including humans, and the environment.  If you want to become a research scientist, environmental scientist, environmental lawyer, water quality specialist, environmental manager, natural resource manager, regulatory specialist, environmental policy analyst, non-governmental organization manager, geographic information system specialist, middle or high school science teacher, sustainability specialist, or are just interested in learning about environmental issues, then majoring in Environmental Science would be an ideal choice for you.

Environmental Science can be a challenging subject for many students.  Predictors of success include:

  • 4 years of math in high school or completion of college-level math
  • A or B in Biology and Environmental Science courses
  • Math subscore on the ACT of 22 or above
  • A strong work ethic
  • Prior coursework that encouraged studying and critical thinking
  • Strong writing and organizational skills

Once you have graduated with an Environmental Science degree from UTC, you have various choices depending on your interests. Many of our graduates choose to attend graduate school in environmental science, biology, environmental law and policy, land use planning, or natural resource and environmental management.  Others go immediately into a job as wildlife biologists, middle and high school science teachers, natural resource managers, environmental consultants, geographic information specialists, non-profit scientists and managers, and environmental technicians.  The program in Environmental Science at UTC is designed to prepare students for success in all of these careers.

Environmental Science (ESC) offers six programs for you to choose from:

  • BS ESC: Biodiversity, Conservation, and Natural Resources
  • BS ESC: Earth, Atmosphere , and Geological Resources
  • BS ESC: Engineering Science
  • BS ESC: Environmental Health
  • BS ESC: Environmental Policy and Planning
  • BS ESC: Geographic and Cartographic Sciences

 

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

 EXCEPTIONAL LEARNING K-12

Teaching is one of the most important professions you can choose. An education major has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the next generation.  As a future teacher, you may find that you are drawn to working with young children as they learn to read, you may find your calling as a middle grades teacher, or you might decide that you are eager to prepare young people for their futures after high school. In each case, your impact can pave the way for the young people with whom you work.

Education majors at UTC have a number of classes that include field components.  These experiences are intended to help candidates identify the grade levels and/or content areas they are most comfortable teaching. As part of these hands-on activities, students may observe in the UTC Children’s Center, participate in the Professional Development School semester, or assist a classroom teacher by tutoring or working with small groups of K-12 students. The four year programs offered by the Professional Education Unit include PreK-3, Middle Grades, Secondary, and Exceptional Learning K-12.

We are excited that you are interested in becoming a teacher! As you review the documents and information included in the School of Education website, we hope you will find answers to your questions and will find that our programs reflect our Conceptual Framework and the three areas of Performance, Professionalism, and Partnership.

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the Clear Path for Advising

EXERCISE SCIENCE

As a future professional enrolled in Health and Human Performance (HHP) you will promote active living and empower others to make healthy choices.  Our faculty and staff will work collaboratively with you to ensure that you are prepared to engage the community and enhance our health-related quality of life.  The curriculum includes a combination of lectures, experiential learning, and university/community service to provide both theoretical and practical knowledge of the profession.

Exercise Science prepares students for a variety of fitness and wellness positions in personal training and in community, corporate, and clinical settings. In addition, many students pursue direct entry into exercise science graduate programs.

The program is comprised of a common core curriculum in HHP with directed elective options that can lead to certification with leading fitness organizations, including the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Also, students can pursue an internship at the completion of their coursework, which is an outstanding opportunity to gain work experience in a relevant setting.

Graduates of this program are employed in a variety of positions related to the fitness and physical activity fields.

•           Corporate fitness

•           Personal training

•           Nutrition coaches

•           Employee wellness

•           Fitness center management

Students interested in pre-professional programs will complete a rigorous scientific background complimented by courses in nutrition and behavioral science. The primary focus is on disease recognition and prevention, and the unique role exercise plays in both. These students often end up on the following careers:

•           Graduate exercise science

•           Physical therapy school

•           Graduate athletic training

•           Cardiac rehabilitation

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES

The mission of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures is to teach the languages and cultures of a variety of peoples.

In the Modern Languages, the faculty assists students in achieving proficiency appropriate to their level of study in each of the basic skills of living in a language: speaking, writing, listening comprehension and reading proficiency.

In the Classical Languages, the faculty assists students in achieving sufficient mastery of reading, writing, and translation skills so they can profitably approach texts that are fundamental to an in-depth understanding of Greek and Roman cultures, the basis of what is known as Western Civilization.

Through the study of a foreign language, the faculty endeavors to make students aware of the relationship between language and culture. The faculty also encourages students to engage in study abroad programs. This allows them to experience first-hand the language and culture they are studying.

In addition to being engaged in many scholarly and professional development activities, faculty members in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures participate in the life of the institution through work in a variety of committees and task forces. They provide their professional skills in community service projects, consultation for local schools, the courts, the criminal justice system, regional health providers, local and regional businesses, and other government and private entities.

 

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

 GEOLOGY

Geoscientists study the physical aspects of the Earth, such as its composition, structure, and processes, to learn about its past, present, and future. The interaction of surface rocks with water, soil and organisms is a study of environmental geoscientists and hydrologists alike. Through research based on field examination and laboratory work, geoscientists find new relationships that contribute to the understanding of the natural environment. Geoscientists with first or subsequent degrees work in numerous private and public agencies and education facilities and contribute to the betterment of society.

The geology program at UTC is designed to help the student develop a career in one of several opportunities described above. A faculty with diverse areas of interest offer courses that provide a well-rounded undergraduate degree in classical geology or geology with an emphasis in environmental geology. All our graduates will have experiences of examining rocks in the field, collecting data in the field and in the laboratory by using instruments at our department or in other facilities, and will learn the common methods used for interpreting geological data. Also, the department offers field courses, which culminate in a ten-day field study of geology in the US desert southwest or at Costa Rica in alternate years. Two scholarships managed by the department are offered to deserving and qualified major.  Our graduates enter the work force after a first degree or go to graduate schools. Some students participate in undergraduate research and present their work at the geological society meetings. 

The Geology program offers three concentrations for you to choose from: Geology, Environmental Geology, Geology: STEM (certification for High School teaching).

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

HHP Health and Physical Education K-12

As a future professional enrolled in Health and Human Performance (HHP) you will promote active living and empower others to make healthy choices. Our faculty and staff will work collaboratively with you to ensure that you are prepared to engage the community and enhance our health-related quality of life. The curriculum includes a combination of lectures, experiential learning, and university/community service to provide both theoretical and practical knowledge of the profession.

This career program prepares students who desire teacher licensure and endorsement in physical education and health instruction (K-12). Since graduates of this program can be certified to coach, a partial segment of the concentration is devoted to content and laboratory courses designed to ensure necessary skills for both teaching and coaching.

Graduates of this concentration often look to secure full-time positions as K-12 physical education or health teachers, while some seek entry directly into graduate studies.

Students pursuing this degree concentration will also need to seek admission into the Teacher Education Program (TEP), administered through the School of Education.

Along with TEP admission standards HHP students will be expected to maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in professional health and human performance course work and successfully interview with the TEP/HHP committee. Students enrolled within any teacher licensure concentration are expected to maintain and demonstrate standards of ethics reasonably attributed to an educator who holds professional teacher certification. Additionally, students who plan to teach outside the state of Tennessee are strongly urged to check the certification requirements of the state with the appropriate state department of education before the end of the sophomore year in order to plan an appropriate academic program.

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

SPORTS AND LEISURE SERVICE ADMINISTRATION 

As a future professional in Health and Human Performance (HHP) you will promote active living and empower others to make healthy choices. Our faculty and staff will work collaboratively with you to ensure that you are prepared to engage the community and enhance our health-related quality of life. The curriculum includes a combination of lectures, experiential learning, and university/community service to provide both theoretical and practical knowledge of the profession.

The professional disciplines that comprise Sport and Leisure Services Administration (SLSA) prepare students for management and leadership positions in many commercial and non-profit settings. We recognize the complex relationship between sport and society, and allow students to select an emphasis in Sport Administration, Leisure Services, or Outdoor Recreation. A common core of courses in HHP and Business serve as the foundation, upon which each specialization can build.

Sport Administration:

Students studying sport administration will gain insight and experience into the sports and recreation profession on and off UTC’s campus. These students enjoy the culture of sports, recreation, and fitness and often end up on the following careers: K-12 or college athletic directors, K-12 or college coaches, Personal trainers, Community recreation directors, Facility managers, Special event coordinators, and Camp directors.

Leisure Services Administration:

“Leisure” is the traditional definition for all activities outside of work and school. Students entering this specialization are “generalists” who will find careers helping others make positive use of non-work time. These careers may be found in: Community recreation centers, Commercial tourism, Museums and cultural centers (e.g. Children’s museum), After-school programs, and Co-curricular programs in K-12 and colleges.

Outdoor Recreation:

Students in the outdoor recreation program are passionate about the outdoors and want others to recognize the benefits of connecting with the natural environment. There is perhaps no better place to experience the outdoors than in Outside Magazine’s #1 outdoor city in America: Chattanooga, TN. An outdoor recreation degree may lead to careers in: Camp management, Adventure tourism (e.g. Outdoor Chattanooga), Outdoor leadership, Wilderness therapy, facility management, K-12 and college outdoor programs, and Parks management (e.g. Park ranger).

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

 HISTORY

The History Major at UTC prepares students for careers in education, museums, archives, publishing, historic preservation, law, business, government, and medicine, as well as for graduate school. Since the field of history is vast and its methods numerous, students at UTC take a broad array of courses in World, American, European, and non-Western history. Students are challenged to critically engage with written, oral, and visual sources from the past as well as with diverging interpretations by historians. Studying history is more than just learning facts. As a core discipline of the liberal arts, the history major teaches analytical thinking, critical reading, expository writing, and effective communication skills, transferable skills necessary to succeed in the twenty-first century.

Students intending to pursue a major or minor in history should enjoy reading, writing, and challenging discussions. They need to be prepared to work hard in order to reap the benefits of an exciting course of study.

Welcome to UTC! Get involved: join the History Club, study abroad, apply for an internship.

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

HUMANITIES

The humanities traditionally encompass those disciplines which pierce to the core of the human condition: philosophy, music, art, language and literature, religion, ethics, jurisprudence, and history. But the field of study for the humanities is becoming increasingly wider as the definitions of what constitutes and shapes “culture” broaden; some branches of the social sciences for instance, such as anthropology, political science, psychology, or archaeology, may also inform how the human person and the culture to which he or she belongs is to be understood.

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

INTEGRATED STUDIES

The BIS degree helps UTC to further meet the educational needs of our diverse community by allowing students to build a personalized program of study focused on a theme that integrates two or more disciplines. The degree program attracts individuals who have previously earned credit hours and wish to complete a degree as well as individuals whose educational goals are not met by traditional degree offerings.

Essential Elements of a BIS curricular plan include (1) integrated, interdisciplinary program of study focused on a theme and related disciplines, tailored to specific student goals, (2) two or more disciplines, and (3) a capstone experience portfolio, which includes a reflective essay and self-assessments demonstrating integration of the multiple disciplines.

Transfer students should visit the Integrated Studies website (http://www.utc.edu/bis) and “Click to Get Started Today” prior to orientation to view a video and complete the required inquiry form.  Completion of the inquiry form insures that a program advisor will be prepared to meet with you at transfer orientation.

Please be sure to list your areas of interest in the comment section as this will help determine which classes you are registered to take in the fall.

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE

Welcome to The Department of Interior Design! 

A degree in Interior Architecture prepares students to become professional interior designers. A professional interior designer enhances the function and quality of interior spaces for the purpose of improving quality of life, increasing productivity and protecting the health, safety & welfare of the user. 

This requires having a(n):

  • Global perspective and knowledge of sustainability.
  • Understanding of human behavior and psychology.
  • Knowledge of codes and regulations.
  • Knowledge of interior construction, building systems and materials.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate.
  • Understanding of business practices and ethics.

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

  LEGAL ASSISTANT STUDIES

Legal Assistants aid attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Through formal education, training, and experience, legal assistants have knowledge and expertise regarding the legal system and knowledge of substantive and procedural law which qualify them to work under the supervision of an attorney. Duties include: conducting client interviews, locating and interviewing witnesses, conducting investigations, conducting legal research, drafting legal documents, summarizing depositions, and attending depositions, real estate closings, administrative hearings, and trials.

The Bachelor of Science degree at UTC prepares individuals for employment in law-related occupations in one of the fastest growing professions in the country. This major is also a pre-law program and many of its graduates choose to attend law school.

This major is a good fit for you if you are interested in the legal system, the roles of attorneys, paralegals, judges and law clerks in the justice system and its various viewpoints. This degree enables you to work in the legal field in many different jobs, including, but not limited to, law school.

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

 MATH

The BS Mathematics degree at UTC has three concentrations: Actuarial Science, General Mathematics, and STEM Education. The core courses in each concentration are essentially the same, with the differences provided through a type of minor.

The Actuarial concentration requires coursework in Economics, Finance, and Mathematics which will prepare students who wish to become actuaries, primarily in the insurance field.

The STEM Education concentration prepares future high school teachers through a selection of modern educational theory and training courses, including field experiences. The director of the STEM Education program is a member of the School of Education, and you should contact that person as well as Mathematics (e.g. the Department Head) to prepare for your initial coursework.

The General concentration provides students the opportunity to choose their own minor in the field of their choice. Some popular choices are physical sciences like Physics or Chemistry, Computer Science, and Business Administration.

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

MIDDLE GRADES EDUCATION

Teaching is one of the most important professions you can choose. An education major has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the next generation.  As a future teacher, you may find that you are drawn to working with young children as they learn to read, you may find your calling as a middle grades teacher, or you might decide that you are eager to prepare young people for their futures after high school. In each case, your impact can pave the way for the young people with whom you work.

Education majors at UTC have a number of classes that include field components.  These experiences are intended to help candidates identify the grade levels and/or content areas they are most comfortable teaching. As part of these hands-on activities, students may observe in the UTC Children’s Center, participate in the Professional Development School semester, or assist a classroom teacher by tutoring or working with small groups of K-12 students. The four year programs offered by the Professional Education Unit include PreK-3, Middle Grades, Secondary, and Exceptional Learning K-12.

We are excited that you are interested in becoming a teacher! As you review the documents and information included in the School of Education website, we hope you will find answers to your questions and will find that our programs reflect our Conceptual Framework and the three areas of Performance, Professionalism, and Partnership.

 

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

 MUSIC

Admission to the university does not guarantee admission into the Department of Music as a major. Students intending to major in Music must complete a live audition for the Music faculty and pass a Music Theory Placement Exam in order to be admitted into the Music program. The audition determines the student’s readiness for college-level instrument or voice instruction. Students must pass the Theory Placement Exam with a score of 80% in order to enroll in Theory I and Ear Training I. If you still need to audition and take the Theory Placement Exam, you may do this on the Friday before the first day of classes of the fall semester. 

 

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

 

 NURSING

Please note that meeting the minimum criteria for admission into the School of Nursing does not guarantee admission into the School of Nursing.  Enrollment in the nursing major is limited and the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of students that can be admitted.   You will have an opportunity to apply to the School of Nursing after completing the prerequisite coursework.

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION

The Department of Philosophy and Religion offers a variety of courses in ethics, the history of philosophy, philosophical developments in the United States and Europe, religions of Asia and the West, and the history of the development of religious thought and practice.  Majors in our department choose one of three concentrations or tracks of study: (1) philosophy, (2) religious studies, or (3) a combination of philosophy and religion.  Our introductory courses require no previous training or course work in philosophy or religious studies, and are designed to help students at any level of experience to prepare themselves for more advanced work in both areas.  Our Senior Educational Experience is unique among academic departments at UTC, and provides our majors with the opportunity to complete a capstone project before they begin their post-graduate careers.  Our students engage in a complete intellectual life, including participation in our series of lectures from visiting scholars and the invitation to join our Philosophy Club, a campus organization that sponsors many extra-curricular activities. 

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

 

 

PHYSICS

A faculty of diverse interest areas offers courses that provide a well-rounded undergraduate degree in physics. All students take classical core courses, modern physics courses, data collection and analysis laboratory courses, and when possible research courses. Our observatory augments courses in Astronomy. Interested students may perform collaborative research with faculty and use equipment at our laboratories, at national laboratories such as at Oak Ridge and at Huntsville, and at other universities. Six separate scholarships managed by the department are offered to deserving and qualified majors.  Often our undergraduate program is a steppingstone for students who pursue graduate studies to become research scientists. Some students use their undergraduate physics degree to pursue allied programs in biophysics, biochemistry, engineering, or computer science. Another option is preparation for high school teaching through a Physics:STEM degree.

The Physics program offers three possible degree options: Physics, Biophysics, or Physics: STEM (Certification for High School Teaching).

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE

The Department's mission is to provide UTC undergraduates and graduate students with high quality instruction in the fields of Political Science, Public Administration and Nonprofit Management.

The Department offers five concentrations.  These concentrations include:  American Studies; International and Comparative Studies; Legal Studies; Public Policy; and Public Administration and Nonprofit Management.

The program is designed to achieve balance between theory and practice.  Students will acquire a better understanding of politics, will be able to analyze and evaluate policy issues and become familiar with various theoretical approaches in the social sciences.  Students will also become familiar with concepts and techniques relative to the management of public and nonprofit organizations.

The Political Science Department offers five programs of study for you to follow:

  • Political Science: American Studies, B.S.
  • Political Science: International & Comparative Studies, B.S.
  • Political Science: Legal Studies, B.S.
  • Political Science: Public Administration & Nonprofit Management, B.S.
  • Political Science: Public Policy & Administration, B.S. 

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

 

PSYCHOLOGY

Faculty members in the UTC Psychology Department are dedicated teachers who make the educational development of students their top priority. They have created a curriculum that not only helps students to master essential competencies in psychology, but also encourages them to be enthusiastic about learning and to maintain a life-long commitment to personal growth.

At the undergraduate level, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree gives students a sophisticated grounding in the processes and discoveries of the scientific method as it is used in contemporary Psychology. The attractiveness of these degree programs is apparent in the fact that Psychology is among the most popular majors on campus.  Many of our graduates move directly into business or public service.  These graduates have the enhanced opportunities for success that are associated with a strong liberal arts education.  Other majors graduate with a B.S. degree and enter graduate programs in psychology.  They pursue careers in applied psychological areas like Industrial/Organizational, Clinical, and School Psychology or in basic scientific areas like Social, Developmental, and Personality Psychology.  

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

 

 

SECONDARY EDUCATION

Teaching is one of the most important professions you can choose. An education major has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the next generation.  As a future teacher, you may find that you are drawn to working with young children as they learn to read, you may find your calling as a middle grades teacher, or you might decide that you are eager to prepare young people for their futures after high school. In each case, your impact can pave the way for the young people with whom you work.

Education majors at UTC have a number of classes that include field components.  These experiences are intended to help candidates identify the grade levels and/or content areas they are most comfortable teaching. As part of these hands-on activities, students may observe in the UTC Children’s Center, participate in the Professional Development School semester, or assist a classroom teacher by tutoring or working with small groups of K-12 students. The four year programs offered by the Professional Education Unit include PreK-3, Middle Grades, Secondary, and Exceptional Learning K-12.

We are excited that you are interested in becoming a teacher! As you review the documents and information included in the School of Education website, we hope you will find answers to your questions and will find that our programs reflect our Conceptual Framework and the three areas of Performance, Professionalism, and Partnership.  

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

*Students interested in teaching science or math at the secondary level should major in the appropriate science major with a STEM Education concentration. More information is available online.  

 

 

 

SOCIAL WORK

Welcome, we are excited that you are considering social work as your major. Social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. Among the settings that employ social workers are schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, private counseling services, drug and alcohol clinics, job training programs, adult and child social services, in-home services, social welfare agencies, adult corrections and juvenile probation. The mission of the Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) degree program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is to prepare students for competent, generalist evidence-based practice. As generalists, you will learn a common body of social work knowledge, values, and skills transferable among human service settings and population groups—making you ready for employment as soon as you graduate.  

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

 

THEATRE

Welcome!  As a new Theatre major at UTC you are automatically a member of the UTC Theatre Company.  Throughout the semester, the department will hold company meetings.  The first company meeting will be held on the first Thursday of the fall semester at 3:00 PM in the Fine Arts Center Studio Theatre (Room 158).  You should attend.  This will also be posted on the Callboard which is outside our Greenroom (Room 118).  

Auditions for both fall shows will occur during the first week of classes.  Yes, we do cast freshmen and non-theatre majors are also occasionally cast.  Watch the Callboard for details.  Rehearsals are in the evenings 7-10:00 M-F, so you will need your evenings clear.  

Additional details about this major are available on the departmental website, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the ClearPath for Advising.

 

UNDECIDED

What is your major? It’s the defining question for college students – and the cliché’ that’s launched a thousand friendships and romances. It’s also a question that has become harder for students to answer. Students enter college undecided about their major for different reasons. It could be that you don’t know what you want to study or what career/job you want to have. It could also be that you know the career or job but are unsure of the major that is most appropriate Some students may be unwilling, unable, or unready to make a choice of an area of study at this point. Others may declare a major early on, only to discover different options as they encounter new courses and experiences.

There’s no substitute for the power of discovery. Here’s a secret. Loads of brilliant students don’t know what they want to major in. And that’s ok.

To start, complete the AIQ portion based on what you still need to General Education.  However, if you are strongly leaning towards a particular major, please select that major on the AIQ.

Additional details about all of our majors are available on departmental websites, in the undergraduate catalog, and on the Clear Path for Advising.

 

 WOMEN'S STUDIES

For women in the United States today, it is the best of times and the worst of times. One hundred years ago, only 4% of college-age women were enrolled in some form of higher education; today nearly 60% of that age group attend college. Many more careers are open to women today, yet they still earn 20% less on average than men do, and American women rank 67th in world leadership. For women who work outside the home, finding affordable, high-quality day care and health care for children, adequate maternity leave, and a harassment-free work environment can be difficult.

We need women’s studies now as much as we did in 1970, when the first women’s studies major was established at San Diego State College. UTC’s 30-hour program and 18-hour minor in women’s studies are designed to equip our students to understand problems such as those described above that are rooted deeply in patriarchy, analyze them from the perspective of several disciplines, and develop research-based solutions.

The interdisciplinary women’s studies programs combine courses that explore how power relations are gendered and complicated by issues of race, class and sexual orientation from the disciplinary perspectives of history, literary studies, rhetoric, political science, economics, criminal justice, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, religious studies, psychology, communication, and foreign languages as we teach our students to think analytically, read critically, argue cogently, and speak eloquently about gender-related issues across the disciplines.  The senior seminar that caps the program offers opportunities for leadership training, service learning, and understanding the global dimensions of feminism.

“From the beginning, the goal of women’ s studies was not merely to study women’s position in the world but to change it,” writes Marilyn Jacoby Boxer in When Women Ask the Questions (13). In giving our students the tools to understand and value women’s experiences and achievements as well as to critique existing patriarchal social structures, we aim to equip and empower them to effect such change.

The Learning Outcomes for students majoring in the Women's Studies Program are:

  • Students will be able to explain what patriarchy is and the ways in which it impacts individuals and society.
  •  Students will be able to articulate what gender is and how it is socially constructed.
  • Students will be able to analyze how oppression is intersectional.

For additional information on this program, please see the departmental website, the undergraduate catalog, or the Clear Path for Advising.