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What is the Core Curriculum?

Each state-supported institution of higher education in Texas has adopted a core curriculum to provide a solid foundation for your education and to make transfer between colleges and universities as smooth and seamless as possible.

Components of the core curriculum can be transferred in a block from TCC to another Texas public college or university. These components are substituted for the corresponding core curriculum of the receiving institution.

To be considered core complete at TCC, you must meet the core curriculum requirements.

See the 2016-2017 TCC Basics / Core Curriculum Course List.


Fields of Study

Fields of Study are sets of courses that fulfill lower-division (freshman and sophomore) requirements for specific majors/degree plans. They transfer to other Texas public colleges and universities in the same way the Core Curriculum transfers and apply to bachelor's degrees.

Explore Fields of Study: Transfer specific coursework


What were the 2014 revisions?

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) approved revisions to the 42-semester-credit-hour core curriculum for all undergraduate students in Texas. The changes were implemented in Fall 2014 include:

  • A statement of purpose
  • 6 core objectives
  • Common component areas

THECB Quick Reference for Core Curriculum 2014 (PDF will open in a new window)


What is the purpose of the 2014 Core Curriculum?

Through the Texas Core Curriculum, you will:

  • Gain a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world
  • Develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world
  • Advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning

THECB Quick Reference for Core Curriculum 2014 (PDF will open in a new window)

The TCC Core Curriculum includes only courses that meet the definition of the Core purpose as defined by the THECB.  


Does the new 2014 Core Curriculum impact you?

You will be subject to the 2014 Texas Core Curriculum requirements:

  • If you first enroll in an institution of higher education following high school graduation in Fall 2014 or later
  • If you are admitted under the terms of the Academic Fresh Start program and you first enroll under that admission in Fall 2014


Did you enroll before Fall 2014?

If you first enrolled in an institution of higher education before Fall 2014, consult with an academic advisor to discuss your choice to:

  • Complete the core curriculum requirements in effect in Summer 2014
  • Transition to the updated 2014 Core Curriculum requirements

    In this case, your previously completed core curriculum courses will be applied to the current core curriculum requirements under the same terms as those that apply to a student who transfers from one institution to another. You will then complete the remaining requirements under the current core curriculum.


Are you a transfer student?

If you are a transfer student with a completed 42-semester-credit-hour core curriculum from a Texas public institution of higher education, your block of courses may be transferred to any other Texas public institution of higher education and must be substituted for your  receiving institution's core curriculum (component areas are transcripted as they are completed).

You will receive academic credit for each of the courses transferred, and you may not be required to take additional core curriculum courses at the receiving institution. (Texas Administrative Code 4.28 Core Curriculum)


What courses are included in the 2016-2017 TCC Core Curriculum?

The following courses are approved for the 2016-2017 TCC Core Curriculum.

Consult the current College catalog or an academic advisor if you have questions about your specific program.

Note: SCH = Semester Credit Hour

010 Communication: Choose 2 courses (6 hours); 1 course must be ENGL 1301

Subject Number Course SCH
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3
SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication 3


020 Mathematics: Choose 1 course (3 hours)

MATH 1314 or MATH 2413 is considered the first course in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) pathway.

Subject Number Course SCH
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
MATH 1316 Plane Trigonometry 3
MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences 3
MATH 1325 Calculus for Business & Social Sciences 3
MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics I
(Math for Liberal Arts Majors I)
MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods
(3 SCH version, freshman level)
MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus Math (4 SCH version) 4
MATH 2413 Calculus I (4 SCH version) 4


030 Life and Physical Sciences: Choose 2 consecutive courses (8 hours)

Subject Number Course (Lecture + Lab) SCH
BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I (lecture + lab) 4
BIOL 1407 Biology for Science Majors II (lecture + lab) 4
BIOL 1408 Biology for Non-Science Majors I (lecture + lab) 4
BIOL 1409 Biology for Non-Science Majors II (lecture + lab) 4
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I (lecture + lab) 4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II (lecture + lab) 4
BIOL 2406 Environmental Biology (lecture + lab) 4
BIOL 2421 Microbiology for Science Majors (lecture + lab) 4
CHEM 1405 Introductory Chemistry I (lecture + lab) 4
CHEM 1407 Introductory Chemistry II (lecture + lab) 4
CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I (lecture + lab) 4
CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II (lecture + lab) 4
CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I (lecture + lab) 4
CHEM 2425 Organic Chemistry II (lecture + lab) 4
GEOL 1401 Earth Sciences for Non-Science Majors (lecture + lab) 4
GEOL 1402 Earth Sciences for Non-Science Majors II (lecture + lab) 4
GEOL 1403 Physical Geology (lecture + lab) 4
GEOL 1404 Historical Geology (lecture + lab) 4
GEOL 1405 Environmental Science (lecture + lab) 4
GEOL 1445 Oceanography (lecture + lab) 4
GEOL 1447 Meteorology (lecture + lab) 4
PHYS 1401 College Physics I (lecture + lab) 4
PHYS 1402 College Physics II (lecture + lab) 4
PHYS 1403 Stars and Galaxies (lecture + lab) 4
PHYS 1404 Solar System (lecture + lab) 4
PHYS 1405 Elementary Physics I (lecture + lab) 4
PHYS 1407 Elementary Physics II (lecture + lab) 4
PHYS 1415 Physical Science I (lecture + lab) 4
PHYS 2425 University Physics I (lecture + lab) 4
PHYS 2426 University Physics II (lecture + lab) 4


040 Language, Philosophy and Culture: Choose 1 course (3 hours)

Subject Number Course SCH
ENGL 2322 British Literature I 3
ENGL 2323 British Literature II 3
ENGL 2327 American Literature I 3
ENGL 2328 American Literature II 3
ENGL 2332 World Literature I 3
ENGL 2333 World Literature II 3
FREN 2311 Intermediate French I (3rd semester French) 3
FREN 2312 Intermediate French II (4th semester French) 3
GERM 2311 Intermediate German I (3rd semester German) 3
GERM 2312 Intermediate German II (4th semester German) 3
HIST 2311 Western Civilization I 3
HIST 2312 Western Civilization II 3
HIST 2321 World Civilizations I 3
HIST 2322 World Civilizations II 3
HUMA 1301 Introduction to Humanities I 3
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 1304 Introduction to World Religions 3
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 3
PHIL 2316 Classical Philosophy 3
SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish I (3rd semester Spanish) 3
SPAN 2312 Intermediate Spanish II (4th semester Spanish) 3

050 Creative Arts: Choose 1 course (3 hours)

Subject Number Course SCH
ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation 3
ARTS 1303 Art History I: Prehistoric to the 14th century 3
COMM 2366 Introduction to Cinema 3
DANC 2303 Dance Appreciation I
(may also be single-semester course)
DRAM 1310 Introduction to Theater 3
DRAM 2366 Introduction to Cinema 3
HUMA 1315 Fine Arts Appreciation 3
MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation 3
MUSI 1307 Music Literature I (single-semester course) 3
MUSI 1310 American Music 3


060 American History: Choose 2 courses — both courses (I and II) must be taken (6 hours)

Subject Number Course SCH
HIST 1301 United States History I 3
HIST 1302 United States History II 3
HIST 2301 Texas History 3
HIST 2327 Mexican-American History 3
HIST 2328 Mexican-American History 3


070 Government/Political Science: Take both courses (6 hours)

Subject Number Course SCH
GOVT 2305 Federal Government: Federal constitution & topics 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government: Texas constitution & topics 3


080 Social and Behavioral Sciences: Choose 1 course (3 hours)

Subject Number Course SCH
ANTH 2346 General Anthropology 3
ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics 3
GEOG 1301 Physical Geography 3
GEOG 1302 Cultural Geography 3
GEOG 1303 World Regional Geography 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology 3


090 Component Area Option

Subject Number Course SCH
ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
ENGL 2311 Technical & Business Writing
(single-semester course)
KINE 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness & Sport 1

Updated February 15, 2017