Basics / Core Curriculum
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.
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)
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
|SPCH||1311||Introduction to Speech Communication||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.
|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)
|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|
|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)
|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||1307||Music Literature I (single-semester course)||3|
060 American History: Choose 2 courses — both courses (I and II) must be taken (6 hours)
|HIST||1301||United States History I||3|
|HIST||1302||United States History II||3|
070 Government/Political Science: Take both courses (6 hours)
|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)
|ECON||2301||Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
|ECON||2302||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|GEOG||1303||World Regional Geography||3|
090 Component Area Option
|ENGL||2311||Technical & Business Writing
|KINE||1164||Introduction to Physical Fitness & Sport||1|
Updated February 15, 2017