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Academic Core Courses

Academic Core Curriculum: (48 hours - A Total of 16 Courses)

TSTC Harlingen believes that an academic college transfer core benefits its students. This Academic Core provides students with a broad general understanding of communication skills, critical thinking, inquiry and research, and multiple perspectives about an individual and the world in which that person lives.

This academic core is ideal for:

  • Students who intend to transfer to another public college or university.
  • Students who intend to complete their AAS or AS and then transfer to another public college or university.
  • Students who intend to get some "basic" classes.

After completing this Academic Core, students will receive an institutional certificate of completion. In order to qualify to receive the institutional certificate of completion, the student must obtain a "C" or better in all courses taken for core completion. The student must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Completion of the Academic Core allows a student to transfer all the classes as a block. This core will substitute for the academic core of any other public college or university in Texas.

Section of courses with each category must be based upon the student's demonstrated abilities, desired major, and intentions for graduation. Additional hours may be taken beyond the minimum shown. The categories and minimum hours for the basic core are as follows:

:: English Rhetoric and composition (6 hours)

ENGL 1301 Composition I
ENGL 1302 Composition II

:: Mathematics (3 hours)

MATH 1314 College Algebra
MATH 1316 Plane Trigonometry
MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics I
MATH 1350 Fundamental of Mathematics I
MATH 2312 Precalculus Math
MATH 2318 Linear Algebra
MATH 2320 Differential Equations
MATH 2342 Elementary Statistical Methods
MATH 2413 Calculus I
MATH 2414 Calculus II
MATH 2415 Calculus III

:: Natural Science (6 hours)

BIOL 1306 Biology for Science Majors I
BIOL 1307 Biology for Science Majors II
BIOL 1308 Biology for Non-Science Majors I
BIOL 1309 Biology for Non-Science Majors II
BIOL 2301 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 2302 Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 2321 Microbiology for Science Majors I
CHEM 1305 Introductory Chemistry I
CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II
PHYS 1401 College Physics I
PHYS 1402 College Physics II
PHYS 1415 Physical Science I
PHYS 1417 Physical Science II
PHYS 2425 University Physics I
PHYS 2426 University Physics II

:: Government and U. S. History (12 hours)

GOVT 2301 American Government I
GOVT 2302 American Government II
GOVT 2305 Federal Government (Federal constitution & topics) Spring 2013
GOVT 2306 Texas Government (Texas constitution & topics ) Spring 2013
HIST 1301 U.S. History I (to 1877)
HIST 1302 U.S. History II (since 1877)

:: Social/Behavioral Science (3 hours)

ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomic
PSYC 2301 General Psychology
PSYC 2314 Life Span Growth & Development
SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology
SOCI 1306 Social Problems
SOCI 2319 Minority Studies**

:: Fine Arts (3hours)

ARTS 1301 Art appreciation
ARTS 1303 Arts History I
ARTS 1304 Art History II
MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation

:: Humanities (6 hours)
     Must include one literature course marked with a *

ANTH 2346-General Anthropology
ENGL 2321-British Literature*
ENGL 2326-American Literature*
ENGL 2331-World Literature*
PHIL 1301-Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 1304-Introduction to World Religions
PHIL 2306-Introduction to Ethics
SOCI 2319-Minority Studies I**
SPAN 2323-Introduction to Latin American Literature*
SPAN 2324-Spanish Culture*

:: Speech Communication (3 hours)

SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication
SPCH 2333 Discussion & Small Group Communication

:: Modern Language (6 hours)

SPAN 1311 Beginning Spanish I
SPAN 1312 Beginning Spanish II

Students who are enrolled at another college from which they plan to graduate must follow the core requirements of that college. Students who plan to transfer to another college should consult their future college or university catalog in order to select the proper courses for their majors.

All numbers are consistent with the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS).
*Literature class.
**SOCI 2319 (Minority Studies) may count either as a Social/Behavioral Science class or as a Humanities class, but it cannot count for both groups.

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