Dec 01, 2020  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic and Student Services

Academic Support Services

The University provides a variety of academic support services that complement the academic programs and help students reach their educational goals.

Office of Academic Testing

The Office of Academic Testing provides testing services for students and the community. Some of the exams administered include the GRE subject exam, CLEP, THEA, and correspondence exams. For information on TExES examinations, see the “College of Education ” section of the catalog. For additional information regarding Academic Testing services, call (361) 825-2334 or visit the website at

Center for Academic Student Achievement

The Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA) is committed to providing academic support services to help students reach their own educational goals and succeed in the university environment. CASA programs are designed to improve the retention and graduation rates of university students. Students are encouraged to contact the Center for Academic Student Achievement, located in the Glasscock Student Success Center, call (316) 825-5933, or visit the website for further information.

CASA Services: The center’s primary service is tutoring in various subjects, including writing, and graduate students may receive assistance from CASA writing consultants. CASA services are free and available to all A&M University-Corpus Christi students. In order to receive tutoring in a subject, a student must be enrolled at A&M University-Corpus Christi. The writing consultants strongly encourage students to make appointments to ensure sufficient time for a session. For more information, visit the web site at

CASA Computer Lab: The CASA’s Computer Lab provides academic assistance by utilizing computer software in subjects areas such as writing, math, reading, political science and history.

SMARTHINKING: In Fall 2008, the CASA provided a new service called SMARTHINKING. SMARTHINKING is a web-based tutoring service which covers a variety of subjects. The classes offered include writing, math (basic through Calculus II), accounting, statistics, finances, economics, biology, introductory human anatomy and physiology, physics, chemistry, and Spanish.

Mary and Jeff Bell Library

For information on library resources and services, see “Mary and Jeff Bell Library ” in the catalog section entitled “The University .”

Computing Resources

For information on computing resources, see “Campus Facilities  ” in the catalog section entitled “The University  .”

Academic Accomodations for Students With Disabilities

Academic accommodations for persons with permanent disabilities are arranged through Disability Services. For more information, see “Disability Services” in the catalog section entitled “Student Services” or call (361) 825-5816.

Academic Support for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Courses for Teaching Assistants

The College of Liberal Arts/First Year Learning Communities Program offers a summer workshop to prepare graduate teaching assistants for teaching first year seminar courses. The college also offers ENGL 5392  (Practicum for Composition Instructors), which focuses specifically on preparing English Teaching Assistants.

The College of Science and Engineering offers SMTE 5104  (Seminar for Teaching Assistants), which prepares graduate teaching assistants in the sciences for classroom responsibilities.

Faculty Renaissance Center

The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) promotes professional growth and development for the faculty at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. CFE activities, such as workshops, are open to graduate teaching assistants who teach composition courses, First-Year Seminars, science labs, or any for-credit courses.

Student Services

Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs aims to foster a healthy academic climate and professional atmosphere that promotes and encourages student leadership, learning and growth. Services and programs are designed to meet the needs of students with varied backgrounds and interests. Music, arts, special events and multicultural programs contribute to a positive experience on campus and promote an understanding of a diverse and changing global community.

The Division of Student Affairs is made up of various departments, including Career Services, Housing, Judicial Affairs, Recreational Sports, University Center and Student Activities, Disability Services, University Counseling Center, University Health Center, and the Women’s Center. The Division collaborates with all departments on campus to assist students in the attainment of their personal and academic goals.

Student services are designed to help students attain their desired degrees, learn healthy lifestyles, and attain employment or admission into graduate school. For additional information, see the Student Affairs website at The Office of Student Affairs is located in the University Center, Suite 318, (361) 825-2612.

Career Services

The Career Services staff helps students explore, select, prepare for, and actively pursue employment and careers. The following services are available:

  • Career counseling, computer-assisted assessment, and vocational guidance. Students may meet with a career counselor to explore interests and values, with a view toward choosing a career.
  • Job search and graduate school advisement.
  • Student employment services: assistance in finding on- or off-campus employment.
  • On-line job listings via Career Services website
  • Volunteer opportunities listing.
  • n-campus recruiting and Job Fairs throughout the year targeted at different majors.
  • Electronic resume referral service.
  • Career Resource Library and Computer Lab.
  • Career seminars, workshops and Business Etiquette Dinner.
  • Videotaped “mock” interviews with trained counselors and professionals.

Career Services is located on the third floor of the University Center in Suite 304. For information, call (361) 825-2628 or visit the web site at

Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board (CSAB)

The purpose of the Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board of the Texas A&M University System is to provide representation for the students to the Texas A&M University System leadership, and to educate and stimulate student involvement in student affairs. It is made up of two students from each system institution. Thus, the Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board is the official student voice to the system leadership.


The University offers assistance to students seeking housing while pursuing their studies. On-campus accommodations may be available on a limited basis. The University can assist students in locating off-campus housing.

Students desiring information about housing can go to the web site at

Transportation Services

Any student may ride the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) buses free of charge by showing his or her Sandollar ID card. For bus route information, go to or call RTA (361) 289- 2600. For more information or to address concerns regarding the service, contact the Office of Student Affairs at (361) 825-2612.

Judicial Affairs

Judicial Affairs Officers strive to protect the University’s educational community and to maintain social discipline through the administration of the Student Code of Conduct. Inappropriate behavior will be investigated and adjudicated in a manner consistent with the institution’s educational and community development goals. Students may view a copy of the Student Code of Conduct at

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association (SGA) is composed of the Executive Branch, Class Senators, College Senators, and the Judicial Branch. The SGA President, Vice President, Class Senators and College Senators are elected in the spring semester for a term of one year. The Judicial Branch is appointed by the SGA President and approved by the Student Senate. For more information, call (361) 825-5745 or visit the website at

Recreational Sports

The Recreational Sports program provides facilities, equipment, and opportunities for participation in a wide variety of sports and recreational activities for the University community. The activities range from highly competitive and structured to informal, social activities. A variety of programs are offered including intramural sports, fitness and wellness classes, informal recreation, sport clubs, aquatics, outdoor adventure and special events.

The Dr. Jack and Susie Dugan Wellness Center includes a gymnasium, free weights, weight machines, cardiovascular exercise equipment (treadmills, elliptical trainers, steppers and bikes), multipurpose group exercise rooms, and offices for the Recreational Sports Department and Intercollegiate Athletics Department. The adjacent outdoor complex includes multi-purpose playing fields and a 25 yard outdoor seasonal pool.

Each semester Recreational Sports employs students to work as intramural supervisors and officials; lifeguards; facility assistants, and supervisors; group exercise instructors and personal trainers. Work study and non-work study positions are available. No experience is necessary. Training for all positions is conducted or facilitated by the Recreational Sports Department. The Recreational Sports Department Office is located in the Room 107 of the Wellness Center. For more information, call (361) 825-2454 or

University Center And Student Activities (UCSA)

The University Center and Student Activities (UCSA) Department strives to provide the campus with opportunities to socialize, learn and develop. The University Center itself serves as the living room of the university, providing table seating, lounge space, a game room and large flat-screen TV’s for students, faculty and staff. A number of small to large meeting and event spaces are available for use. The Department is also home to more than 100 student organizations and coordinates a number of special events and activities, such as comedians, concerts, leadership programs and cultural events. UCSA is also one of the largest student employers on campus. For more information, call 825-2707,
825-5202 or visit our website at

Alternative Spring Break (ASB)

During spring break, students travel to work on various community service projects at the host site, including community engagement social services and environmental conservation.

In the past, ASB has ASB has traveled to New Mexico for a Habitat for Humanity project and Georgia to the Chattahoochee River National recreation Area and helped with river clean up and trial work. For more information call (361) 825-2707.

Campus Activities Board (CAB)

CAB is responsible for bringing a variety of cultural, educational, recreational and social events to the campus community for free or a low price. Students develop leadership skills while budgeting, planning, marketing, and evaluating each event. For a listing of upcoming events call (361) 825-2363 or visit

Education through Development, Growth, & Experience Leadership Program (EDGE)

EDGE is a unique student leadership development program available for all students. Students involved in EDGE attend seminars, participate in service projects, and learn personal and group leadership skills. For more information call (361) 825-2707 or visit

Greek Life

Fraternities and sororities are value-driven student organizations based on brother/sisterhood, leadership, service and academic success. They strive to prepare their members for life after college through a variety of social activities, leadership programs, and community service projects. These organizations provide lifelong relationships, networking and volunteer opportunities. For more information call (361) 825-2707 or visit

Islander Cultural Alliance (ICA) & Multicultural Programs

A&M-Corpus Christi is a multicultural campus with students, faculty, and staff of various ethnic backgrounds and interests. It is also a place where individuality is encouraged and differences are respected. The Islander Cultural Alliance (ICA) is a student organization that organizes and promotes multicultural programs on campus. The group also concentrates on creating and accepting an inclusive campus environment through cultural awareness and education.

Some events include celebrating Black History Month, Disabilities Awareness Month, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Allies Month, Hispanic Heritage Month and Asian Heritage Month. For more information call (361) 825-2539 or visit

South Texas Leadership Conference

The South Texas Leadership Conference (STLC) is held each spring semester at Camp Zephyr, located on Lake Corpus Christi. Students from several universities in South Texas attend this 2 ½ day event to enhance their leadership skills and meet other student leaders. Applications are available in late January or early February. There is a small fee to attend this leadership conference. For more information call (361) 825-2707.

Student Publications

Island Waves, the official student newspaper, is produced weekly. All students who enjoy writing, photography, sports or would like to learn more about producing a student newspaper are encouraged to become involved with Island Waves. Many volunteers are needed to produce the paper. Several paid positions are also available each semester. For more information call (361) 825-5862 or visit

University Council of Student Organizations (UCSO)

The University Council of Student Organizations (UCSO) is a governing body for student organizations and includes representatives from each student organization. UCSO meets monthly to determine policy and funding for over 100 student groups that exist on campus. There are many types of organizations, including: academic, honor societies, special interest, political, faith-based, cultural, professionals and other interest groups. A current list of recognized student organizations is available in the Student Organization Center University Center 204. For more information call (361) 825-3239 or visit

Waves of Welcome (WOW)

Waves of Welcome (WOW) is designed to help students become familiar with A&M-Corpus Christi and its traditions. WOW provides an opportunity for students to meet their fellow Islanders, network with faculty and staff, and connect with student leaders. By attending open houses, special programs, meetings, and other activities, students can learn more about the many resources available to help them succeed academically and get the most out of their college experience. The Waves of Welcome schedule is distributed at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. For more information call (361) 825-2707 or visit

Disability Services

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is committed to promoting equal opportunities for students with disabilities to access campus facilities, resources, and programs. Support services and reasonable academic adjustments are arranged for students with permanent or temporary disabilities through the Disability Services (DS) Office. The DS Office is located in Driftwood 101.

Students with permanent or temporary disabilities who qualify for support under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 must self-identify and register with the Director of the DS Office. To qualify for services students must: 1) be admitted to the University; 2) present appropriate and current documentation of their disability from a qualified professional; and 3) register with the DS Office each semester. Advance planning by the student with the Director or Assistant Director of the DS Office is necessary to ensure adequate time to arrange for appropriate accommodations. It is recommended that requests for services and/or academic adjustments be made as soon as possible. Requests for services requiring extensive preparation (e.g., interpreter services, adaptive and assistive equipment, textbooks in alternate format, etc.), may need up to 30 days to process. For additional information call (361) 825-5816 or visit the DS website at

University Counseling Center (UCC)

The University Counseling Center helps students resolve problems that can interfere with meeting the demands of college life and offers a variety of services for students who want to develop skills and resources to be personally and academically successful. UCC services are funded through the Student Services fee and are available to all enrolled A&M-Corpus Christi students at no additional charge. Counseling center records are kept strictly confidential and all UCC staff respect the confidential nature of counseling sessions. Records are not released without the student’s written permission except under certain legal conditions. UCC staff offer the following services:

Short-term Individual Counseling. Students can meet with a counselor to learn more effective coping and problem-solving skills to address issues which can interfere with being successful in college. Common concerns addressed in counseling include adjustment to college, maintaining healthy relationships, academic pressures, test anxiety, drug and alcohol concerns, family conflicts, anxiety, depression, and multicultural issues. Referral services are provided when a student’s need is beyond the role and scope of UCC services.

Personal Skills Center. Personal skills training is focused on helping students to develop leadership abilities, enhance academic skills and performance, improve time management skills, increase self-confidence, and enhance personal relationships.

Group Counseling. Groups provide students with an opportunity to meet in a safe, supportive setting with other students who share similar concerns. UCC staff offer groups on managing stress, developing communications skills, improving relationships, and substance abuse issues.

Programs. The UCC offers many programs throughout the year to promote both physical and emotional health and wellness. Upon request, professional staff will provide workshops, seminars, and skills training programs for student organizations, classes, or departments on campus.

Students may call (361) 825-2703, or visit the University Counseling Center, located in Driftwood Hall, to schedule an appointment. Additional information can be found at

University Health Center


The University Health Center assists students in maintaining optimal health of mind and body while attending Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Our primary emphasis is on the treatment of acute illnesses and minor injuries, preventive health care and health education. The University Health Center is located in the Sandpiper Building and is open during normal University business hours. Students can call (361) 825-2601 to make an appointment or visit for more information.

In Case of Emergency

 In the event of a life-threatening medical emergency, students on campus should call the University Police Department at (361) 825-4444. Students off-campus should call 911.


Acute Care Medical Clinic: Physicians, family nurse practitioners and registered nurses provide care for acute illnesses and minor injuries. Students with specialized or long-term health care needs are referred back to their own primary care provider or to local community providers.

Ask-a-Nurse Line:  Students can call a Registered Nurse at (361) 825-5735 for advice on caring for minor ailments, use of over-the-counter medications, and general medical questions. The Ask-a-Nurse Line is staffed by registered nurses during University business hours.

Women’s Health Clinic: The Women’s Clinic offers gynecological services, contraception counseling and prescriptions, and other primary care services related to women’s health.

Laboratory Services: Some lab services are provided on-site, but most are sent out to a local laboratory. Services are provided at a reduced cost or students may use their insurance pay for services (insurance can be used for community laboratory only).

Pharmacy Services: The Health Center has a Class A Pharmacy where students can fill prescriptions at a reduced rate. Prescriptions are filled with generic medications to keep student costs to a minimum.

Preventive Medicine: Services include immunizations and tuberculin skin testing; physicals; vision and hearing screenings; contraception, STD and HIVscreenings, and educational consultations on nutrition, weight management, smoking cessation and substance abuse. Allergy injections can also be given at the Health Center if students can provide the serum and care orders from their physician.   

Referrals to Community Providers: Students may be referred to community providers for labs, radiology, and specialized or long-term health care needs. Students are responsible for any charges incurred by outside agencies. The University accepts no responsibility for payment of any student’s medical, surgical or ambulance expenses. 


Health Insurance

In collaboration with the Texas A&M University System, a private insurance plan is available at special rates to students attending Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. All non-insured students are strongly encouraged to consider the benefits of enrolling in a health insurance program. Information brochures regarding this health plan are available in the University Health Center or at


It is recommended that students be current with their immunizations for Tetanus diphtheria (Td), two Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR). International students are required to have the previously listed immunizations, and an annual Tuberculosis (TB) skin test (Mantoux tuberculin test) or in case of history of positive TB test, chest x-ray every two years. The Tetanus diphtheria (Td), Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), TB testing, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Varicella and Meningitis vaccines are available in the University Health Center for a minimal cost. Specific colleges may have immunization requirements.

Health Insurance

In collaboration with the Texas A&M University System, a private insurance plan is available at special rates to students attending A&M-Corpus Christi. All non-insured students are strongly encouraged to consider the benefits of enrolling in a health insurance program. Informational brochures regarding this health plan are available at the Health Center or at

The University accepts no responsibility for the payment of any student’s medical, surgical or ambulance expenses.

For appointments or more information on health services, call the University Health Center at (361) 825-2601 or check the web page at The University Health Center is open during regular business hours on Monday through Friday. For information on after-hours care, refer to the Student Handbook.

Women’s Center

The Women’s Center for Education and Service has been helping the women of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi since 1995. The Center works to improve the well-being of the women faculty, staff, and students where they live, work, and learn. The Women’s Center continues the tradition of support, education and advocacy by creating and sponsoring programs for the University community.

The Women’s Center proactively works to enhance knowledge and awareness of gender issues at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi by assisting in university efforts to create a diverse, inclusive, and sensitive campus environment. The Center extends education, provides services, and promotes the development of every woman’s potential. It also serves as a safe haven for women to voice their concerns and a support system as they seek equity. The Women’s Center collaborates with the Women’s Shelter of South Texas, the YWCA Corpus Christi, and Planned Parenthood of South Texas. For more information about our programs and services, refer to the website at:

Campus Security Report

Click here to view the university crime log.

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

Founded in 2005, the Graduate Student Association’s mission is to promote academic diversity and interdisciplinary excellence by providing effective and active representation for the graduate students of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The GSA goals include encouraging academic and professional development, and promoting the graduate culture at the University. For more information, visit the website at

Intercollegiate Athletics

After a 25-year absence from athletic competition, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has reinstated Intercollegiate Athletics. Implementation of the sports programs began in the fall of 1998 and was completed in the fall of 2001. Additionally, the university became an official NCAA Division I participant in 2002. Athletic teams at A&M-Corpus Christi are known as the “Islanders,” and the official school colors are blue, green, and silver.

Islander Athletics sponsors 14 sports programs: eight women’s sports and six for men. Women’s sports include tennis, golf, basketball, softball, volleyball, cross country, and indoor and outdoor track and field. Men’s sports include tennis, basketball, baseball, cross country, and indoor and outdoor track and field.

In 2006, A&M-Corpus Christi became a full-fledged member of the Southland Conference, an event marking a milestone in the annals of Islander Athletics. Consequently, for the first time in its athletic history, the Islanders can play for regular and post-season conference championships and automatic NCAA Tournament appearances. For more information on Islander Athletics, call (361) 825- 5541 or visit the website B_OEM_ID=14100&DB_LANG=&IN_SUBSCRIBER_CONTENT=.

Office of International Education

The Office of International Education (OIE) was established to support all international students on campus as well the study abroad programs. The OIE serves English as a Second Language International (ESLI) students and those who are enrolled in the university as undergraduate or graduate students. The OIE holds social and informative events for the international population at A&M-Corpus Christi. For more information contact the Office of International Education at (361) 825-3922 or visit the website at

The OIE organizes and assists student with Study Abroad opportunities and supports faculty interested in developing faculty led programs. For information regarding studying abroad contact the Office of International Education at (361) 825-2789 located at CCH 126 or visit the website at

The OIE invites international and domestic students as well as faculty, staff and community members to participate in all activities organized by and services provided by this office. We promote cross-cultural interactions through educational, social, and cultural programs and facilitate the adjustment of the international students to their new environment.

Study Abroad

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) is committed to providing access to international education opportunities for all students.


TAMU-CC is dedicated to creating an inclusive community and establishing collaborative relationships across cultures. TAMU-CC aspires to enrich and educate without exclusion and foster responsible global citizenship. The Office of International Education (OIE) through Study Abroad Programs (SAP) promotes international learning environments that embrace diversity. The mission of the Study Abroad Programs is to provide a variety of educational experiences abroad, be it through faculty-led programs, reciprocal exchange agreements, independent programs, or by participating in the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) Study Abroad partnership programs. The TAMUS Transient Study Abroad Programs allow A&M System students to participate in system-wide study abroad programs.


Faculty-led Programs

These programs are credit-bearing, international study-travel courses. They are led by one or more University professors and usually last between one to five weeks. Students travel as a group to one or more international locations, where there is a mix of lectures, exercises, assignments, excursions, cultural encounters, and free time. There are certain programs that are open only to students in a particular college, while others are open to all A&M System students. 


Reciprocal Agreements

A reciprocal exchange involves an agreement between two universities to exchange students. Tuition and fees are paid at the home university while studying at the host university. When a student participates in a reciprocal exchange, the student remains enrolled at the home university, allowing students to receive credit. Proficiency in the language of the host country is required; however, some programs are available in English speaking countries. 


Independent Programs

Students have the option to apply directly to an international university, or apply to an institute or organization, or to a sponsoring U.S. University. Graduate students may conduct research abroad coordinated by a TAMU-CC faculty member.


Funding for Study Abroad Programs

Students who receive federal financial aid for on-campus study may use their aid for study abroad. Financial Aid counselors work with each individual student to ascertain their eligibility and give students accurate information. The University also offers the International Education Scholarship to all students meeting the general requirements. There are prestigious national grants and scholarships specifically for study abroad including Boren Awards for International Study, Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Gilman International Scholarship, and Fulbright Scholarship. 


How to get involved

For information and applications for faculty-led, reciprocal exchange, independent programs, study abroad scholarships, please visit the Study Abroad Programs website For more information, please contact:


Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Study Abroad Programs

Corpus Christi Hall 126-B

Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5780

(361) 825-2789

Fax (361) 825-2223

Other Offices

Alumni Relations Office

The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Alumni Association exists to strengthen and promote the interests and welfare of A&M-Corpus Christi through the lifelong commitment and support of its alumni and friends. Through a variety of actions, events, services and communications, the Association promotes positive interaction between the University and its alumni.

The Alumni Association considers as members all graduates from this institution during its history, whether as the University of Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi State University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Active membership is granted to individuals who donate to the University’s Islander Fund Campaign. Gifts to the Annual Fund enhance the current academic programs on campus.

Alumni Association members receive several benefits, including membership in Islander clubs, subscription to the Islander magazine, participation in Alumni Association affinity programs, and access to an interactive alumni Web site.

All members of the Alumni Association are encouraged to submit updated information about their personal and professional lives as well as address and phone number corrections. Updated information allows the Alumni Association to keep in contact with its members.

The Alumni Association assists the Student Foundation Association, a student group dedicated to building strong future alumni through a variety of special events and projects. The Student Foundation Association sponsors the Walk of Recognition, and Islander Revue. Funds raised from these projects go toward building the Leadership Scholarship Endowment.

For additional information about the Alumni Association or alumni matters, contact the Alumni Office at (361) 825-5787, visit the Alumni Office in the Lee Alumni Welcome Center, or go to the Alumni Association’s Web site at The Alumni Office’s toll free number is (877) 482-6822 or (877) 4-TAMU-CC. To update address or telephone records, call the Advancement Services Office at (361) 825-2420 or go to the above Web site. Students who are interested in joining the Student Foundation Association should call (361) 825-5558.

Community Outreach

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is committed to meeting the life-long educational needs of citizens throughout South Texas. The mission of Community Outreach is to educate and serve the community by extending A&M-Corpus Christi beyond the campus.

Community Outreach accomplishes its mission by providing a wide variety of services to a diverse group of citizens and organizations. It offers continuing education, professional development, personal enrichment, business assistance, conference and event management, and youth programs. Through the Pollution Prevention Partnership, Community Outreach delivers nationally recognized environmental education and outreach programs, including compliance assistance, health research, vehicle emissions monitoring, teacher education, and community education.

Community Outreach also supports A&M-Corpus Christi’s service mission by facilitating community engagement activities where faculty and students assist non-profits, government agencies, businesses, and other organizations.

To increase available resources, Community Outreach maintains cooperative relationships with other institutions and agencies of The Texas A&M University System, as well as a wide variety of community service organizations.

Additional information on specific Outreach programs is available at