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Academic Core Courses

Academic Core Curriculum: (42 hours - A Total of 14 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:

Please note: Student must complete TSTC 1101 College Success course in 1st semester.
Academic Core Approved by THECB beginning Fall 2014.

:: Communication (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 for Liberal Arts Majors I)
MATH 2312 Precalculus Math

:: Life and Physical Sciences (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
CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II
PHYS 1301 College Physics I
PHYS 1302 College Physics II
PHYS 1315 Physical Science I
PHYS 1317 Physical Science II

:: Language, Philosophy, and Culture (3 hours)

ENGL 2321-British Literature
ENGL 2326-American Literature
ENGL 2331-World Literature
PHIL 1304-Introduction to World Religions

:: Creative Arts (3 hours)

ARTS 1301 Art appreciation
MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation

:: American History (6 hours)

HIST 1301 U.S. History I (to 1877)
HIST 1302 U.S. History II (since 1877)

:: Government/Political Science (6 hours)

GOVT 2305 Federal Government (Federal constitution & topics)
GOVT 2306 Texas Government (Texas constitution & topics )

:: Social and Behavioral Sciences (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

:: Component Area Option
     A. Choose 3 hours from the following:

BIOL 1106 Biology for Science Majors Laboratory I (1.00 SCH)
BIOL 1107 Biology for Science Majors Laboratory II (1.00 SCH)
BIOL 1108 Biology for Non-Science Majors Laboratory I (1.00 SCH)
BIOL 1109 Biology for Non-Science Majors Laboratory II (1.00 SCH)
BIOL 2101 Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory I (1.00 SCH)
BIOL 2102 Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II (1.00 SCH)
CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Laboratory I (1.00 SCH)
CHEM 1112 General Chemistry Laboratory II (1.00 SCH)
ENGL 2321 British Literature (single-semester course) (3.00 SCH)
ENGL 2326 American Literature (single-semester course) (3.00 SCH)
ENGL 2331 World Literature (single-semester course) (3.00 SCH)
PHYS 1101 College Physics Laboratory I (1.00 SCH)
PHYS 1102 College Physics Laboratory II (1.00 SCH)
PHYS 1115 Physical Science Laboratory I (1.00 SCH)
PHYS 1117 Physical Science Laboratory II (1.00 SCH)
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Develppment (3.00 SCH)
SPAN 1311 Beginning Spanish I (1st semester course) (3.00 SCH)
SPAN 1312 Beginning Spanish II (2nd semester course) (3.00 SCH)

:: Component Area Option
     B. Choose 3 hours from the following:

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

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).

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