FAQs

Below are some of the questions we get from our students who are trying to navigate completing their degree at a regional location, and in particular Frisco.

How can I get my degree in Frisco?

We have two options for students who want to take UNT classes at Frisco:

  1. We provide a transfer-friendly path to a four-year degree. This means Frisco offers a number of highly relevant degree completion options for students wanting to transfer from a community college. Students may complete all of their upper division coursework at Frisco without having to take classes in Denton.
  2. We offer many of the classes that support degrees. For example, while we do not currently offer all of the necessary courses for a degree in logistics, you can take several courses at this logistics courses at Frisco. To finish the degree, you would need to take courses online or at the main campus.
Can somebody explain what the difference is between an upper division class and a lower division class?

Lower division classes are often referred to as the university core or core curriculum. Some community colleges also refer to these classes as general education curriculum or GEs. The university core in Texas is 42 semester (credit) hours of course work. In addition there is another 18 semester credit hours of course, often degree-specific prerequisites that make up the 60 hours of lower division courses, or what is often designed as an associate of science or associate of arts degree.  Those associate degrees have the Texas core included. Alternatively some students earn the associates of applied science degree which typically will not include the Texas core, but will include work force preparation courses, also called WECM credits. 

Upper division means those 3000 and 4000 level courses that are part of a major.  At Frisco, we now have a number of full degrees that we are committed to providing all of the upper division courses over a two-year period. A listing of those degrees can be found here.

What are "upper division" courses?

Upper division courses are those at the 3000 and 4000 level that are offered as part of a major. At Frisco, we now have a number of full degrees that we are committed to providing all of the upper division courses over a two-year period. A listing of those degrees can be found here.

What does it mean that I must have a certain amount of upper division credit to graduate?

The amount of upper division course credits (3000 and 4000 level course credits) required by a degree varies from between 36 and 60 semester credit hours. If you need answers about a specific degree program or course offered at Frisco, contact Hope Garcia, Director of Student Services, or one of the New College advisors – Stephanie Myers or Trey Anderson.

I have my Associate of Science (AS) degree and a total of 60 semester credit hours. I am told that I have to take a bunch of prerequisites. Why is that?

You are certainly not alone in asking this question. Different degrees have unique requirements that a student must follow before they can take a major's upper division courses. For instance, a Psychology degree will have certain lower-level course prerequisites that must be completed before a student can register for many PSYC 3000- or 4000-level class. Some programs will allow you to take the pre-requisite class during the same semester as the upper-level course, others may waive or substitute prerequisites; however, this is not always the case. If you need answers about a specific degree program or course offered at Frisco, contact Hope Garcia, Director of Student Services, or one of the New College advisors – Stephanie Myers or Trey Anderson.

Can I take classes at UNT and Collin Community College at the same time?

Yes, but please check with your financial aid counselor to be sure you have completed all the necessary paperwork. You can reach a UNT expert here.

How many of my classes will transfer to UNT?

Great question.  This is depends on what degree path you plan to take at UNT. For example, if you have 60 semester credit hours of lower division coursework completed but have taken no pre-businesses courses then you are likely to face a number of prerequisites if you decided to complete a degree in Management or Marketing. At the same time, the Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Event, and Sport Management has a very clear transfer pathway where you can get started immediately on upper division coursework (assuming you have completed 60 semester credit hours and have completed the Texas core.) If you need answers about a specific degree program or course offered at Frisco, contact Hope Garcia, Director of Student Services, or one of the New College advisors – Stephanie Myers  or Trey Anderson.

What if I am interested in attending UNT at Frisco… how can I get some help?

We have an outstanding Director of Student Services at Frisco, her name is Dr. Hope Garcia. She can be reached at 972-668-8114 or via email at Hope.Garcia@unt.edu.