Frequently Asked Questions
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UNIV 1301 satisfies a requirement in the Component Area Option of the current UTEP Core Curriculum, which became effective Fall 2014. The grade for UNIV 1301 is averaged in a student’s GPA, and because UNIV 1301 is a core curriculum course, a student must earn a “C” grade or better to satisfactorily fulfill this portion of the core.
UNIV 1301 is designed to help first-year and entering transfer students make a successful transition to UTEP. UNIV 1301 is designed to enhance students’ critical thinking and help them develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become independent learners and engaged UTEP students. Committees consisting of faculty, staff, and administrators representing departments and colleges from across campus designed UNIV 1301 to help meet the academic needs of UTEP students and develop the students’ UTEP Edge.
Depending on your major, you may be required to enroll in a specific section of UNIV with a theme that addresses your area of study. Your academic advisor will inform you if there is a required section for your major or college. If you are not required to enroll in a specific section, then you should review the themes and brief descriptions of the available sections to select a UNIV 1301 that addresses a topic of interest to you because of your career choice or because it will engage you intellectually. The section themes and descriptions appear on this ESP Website and on Goldmine. The majority of UNIV 1301 sections are designated for first-year students (fewer than 30 semester credit hours), but there are specific UNIV 1301 sections reserved for transfer students (30 or more semester credit hours and in first or second semester at UTEP when taking the course) and specific online sections reserved UTEP Connect students who are enrolled 100% in UTEP’s online college.
Both UTEP’s UNIV 1301 and EPCC’s EDUC 1300 are first-year experience courses that satisfy a 3-credit hour Core Curriculum requirement. At UTEP, all UNIV 1301 sections address the same set of goals and objectives, but each section has an academic theme based on the instructor’s area of expertise. At EPCC, all EDUC 1300 address the same goals and objectives, but the course is not theme based. If you have successfully completed EDUC 1300 at EPCC, you do not need to enroll in UNIV 1301 at UTEP.