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The General Catalog contains information about The University of Arizona's courses, academic policies, and academic programs that bear directly on progress towards completion of an undergraduate baccalaureate degree. The various sections are explained briefly below. Students are responsible for knowing and understanding the contents of their chosen Catalog.

Personalized Catalog/Student Link

A Personalized Catalog is available through External Link Student Link, a group of services that gives students access to their own personal records. Enrolled students access their information by using their student identification and personal identification numbers. The Personalized Catalog section, under Academic Information, links to Catalog pages specific to students' declared major, including their college, major, major department, degree, and year for Catalog policies (see below).

Choice of Catalog

The General Catalog is the University's official document of record for departmental, college and university-wide information related to academic programs. Students maintaining continuous enrollment follow the requirements outlined by the Catalog in effect when they first enroll in a public Arizona community college or university. A student may choose instead to follow the requirements outlined by any single Catalog in effect during subsequent terms of continuous enrollment. Each student is responsible for knowing and abiding by the policies described in the Catalog chosen.

Students admitted or readmitted to a public Arizona community college or university during a summer term follow the requirements of the Catalog in effect the following Fall semester. Students transferring among Arizona public higher education institutions must meet the admission requirements, residency requirements, and all curricular and academic requirements of the degree-granting institution.

UA students who follow requirements outlined in earlier Catalogs will find that some information about them is not available electronically. For example, academic policies for years earlier than 1997-1998 are not available online. Students governed by earlier Catalogs should speak with an advisor or consult the appropriate printed Catalog for such information.

Official Catalog Seal

Official Catalog Seal The Official Catalog Seal, at the top of each page, signifies official University of Arizona academic information and policy.
External Link The small Cancelled Seal is used to identify links to non-Catalog Web sites, such as department or college home pages.

Catalog Content

Academic Calendar: This is the Official Academic Calendar for the University of Arizona, approved by the Faculty Senate.  Many policies, procedures, and deadlines are coordinated with the Academic Calendar.  It is very important to be aware of the dates for registration, withdrawal, and other academic procedures.

Academic Policies: This section includes all current university-wide academic policies.  They include information about university-wide graduation requirements, grade appeal, academic integrity, and other policies that bear directly on progress towards completion of an undergraduate degree.  Additional policies related to specific degree programs and majors can be found by consulting information provided by the offering unit.  Links to academic unit home pages are provided on the Catalog's college and department pages.

College Information: The 17 colleges that comprise the University of Arizona are listed here, along with basic information about each college. Links to college home pages are also provided.

Departmental Information: Departments and other degree-granting units are listed here, as well as basic information about each unit. Links to department and college home pages are provided.

Faculty Member InformationFollow this link to a list of current UA faculty. These faculty are either permanent, tenure track faculty, multi-year lecturers, emeritus faculty, or faculty on continuing status.

Undergraduate Majors/MinorsThis section includes all undergraduate majors and minors currently enrolling students. Each major and minor is linked to information about the managing department or college.

Degree / Academic Program Requirements Reports (APRR's):  APRR's list all of the specific requirements for completing an undergraduate degree program, including minimum number of units required for graduation, general education requirements, course requirements, and others. The department or college that administers the degree also appears on the APRR.  Students need to be familiar with the APRR associated with their degree program.  Also see Student Responsibility and Degree Requirements.

Undergraduate Minor Reports:  Minor reports list all the requirements for completing an undergraduate minor, including minimum number of units required for the minor, number of upper-division units required, and specific core courses, if any. The department that administers the minor also appears on the report. Students need to be familiar with the minor report associated with their minor program. Also see Student Responsibility and Degree Requirements.

Course Descriptions:  Descriptions of courses of instruction by academic unit. All course descriptions are linked to the External Link Schedule of Classes, which provides up-to-the minute course availability information by term. 

See the All UA Academic Catalogs page for links to course descriptions from 1993-95 forward.  To request copies of course descriptions from General Catalogs prior to1993-95, contact the External Link Office of Curriculum and Registration; there is a small fee for course processing.  Also see Help reading course descriptions for a definition of each element in the description.

Accreditations and Affiliations:  Click here to find out more about the accreditations and affiliations of the University and its colleges, schools, departments, and other academic units.

All UA Academic Catalogs:  This page provides links to all online General Catalogs and all other online UA catalogs.  The 1995-1997 General Catalog is available online as scanned text only (no hypertext).  For 1993-1995 the online scanned text consists of department and course information only.

Printing Catalog Pages

The UA's General Catalog is available online only.

We have designed the General Catalog so that each page fits horizontally when printed on regular 8.5 inch wide paper.  Below are some helpful tips to control other aspects of your printed output:

Printing linked pages:  Newer versions of the Internet Explorer browser allow you to print a Web page as well as all the pages that are linked from it.  Choose FILE, PRINT and the Print Dialog Box will open.  In the bottom left corner Check the box that says "print all linked documents" and Click OK. Careful choosing this option!  Be sure to browse through all the linked pages beforehand -- or you may end up printing many, many pages unintentionally!

Printing only a portion of a Web page:  Since one Web page could technically be an endless number of printed pages, most browsers give you the option to specify a range of page numbers for printing.  When you select FILE, PRINT the Print Dialog Box opens, simply enter in your desired page range.  Netscape offers a convenient FILE, PRINT PREVIEW that you can scroll around in and note which page numbers you want to print before you input the page range. 

Adding helpful information to printed output:  Most Web browsers give you the option to add helpful header and footer information to your printed output, such as:  the document title, document location (URL), page number, and date printed.   Simply choose FILE, PAGE SETUP, make your choices, and Click OK.  This information can come in very handy, especially when you refer back to these pages after a period of time.  These settings will stay in affect for all subsequent print jobs until you change them.


Page last updated:  May 20, 2013

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