For all students enrolled at a Texas public university or college, associate of arts and associate of science degree requirements include a General Education Core Curriculum. This is designed to provide a solid foundation for your college education and to make transfers between and among Texas institutions of higher education as smooth and seamless as possible.

Texarkana College’s Core Curriculum consists of 42 credit hours and serves as the foundation for all of our associate of arts and associate of science degrees.

(010) Communication | 6 SCH required

ENGL 1301 Composition I (3 SCH)

Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis. Prerequisite: Completion of English 0032 or 0042 with a C or better, TSI Reading and Writing Requirements

ENGL 1302 Composition II (3 SCH) OR ENGL 2311 Technical & Business Writing (3 SCH)

ENGL 1302 Composition II: Intensive study of and practice in the strategies and techniques for developing research-based expository and persuasive texts. Emphasis on effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry, including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal, visual, and multimedia texts; systematic evaluation, synthesis, and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of ENGL 1301.

ENGL 2311 Technical & Business Writing: Intensive study of and practice in professional settings. Focus on the types of documents necessary to make decisions and take action on the job, such as proposals, reports, instructions, policies and procedures, e-mail messages, letters, and descriptions of products and services. Practice individual and collaborative processes involved in the creation of ethical and efficient documents. Prerequisite: Students taking this course must have satisfactorily completed ENGL 1301 with a grade of C or higher.

(020) Mathematics | 3 SCH required

MATH 1314 College Algebra (3 SCH)

In-depth study and applications of polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions, and systems of equations using matrices. Additional topics such as sequences, series, probability, and conics may be included. Prerequisite: MATH 0033 or satisfactory placement scores. (TSI Scores: 350 or above).

MATH 1316 Plane Trigonometry (3 SCH)

Topics include sets, ordered relations, number intervals, trigonometric functions, radian measure, variations and graphs of the functions, solution of right triangle and applications, trigonometric identities, equations, vector applications, and inverse functions, general triangle and complex numbers. Prerequisite: MATH 0033, MATH 1314 or satisfactory placement scores. (TSI Scores: 350 or above).

MATH 1324 Finite Math (3 SCH)

The application of common algebraic functions, including polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and rational, to problems in business, economics, and the social sciences are addressed. The applications include mathematics of finance, including simple and compound interest and annuities; systems of linear equations; matrices; linear programming; and probability, including expected value. Prerequisite: MATH 0033 or satisfactory placement scores. (TSI Scores: 350 or above).

MATH 1325 Calculus for Business and Social Science (3 SCH)

This course is the basic study of limits and continuity, differentiation, optimization and graphing, and integration of elementary functions with emphasis on application in business, economics, and social sciences. This course is not a substitute for Math 2413 (Calculus I). Prerequisite: MATH 1314 or MATH 1324. A MATH 1332 Math for Liberal Arts (3,3,0). A knowledge of intermediate algebra .

MATH 1332 Math for Liberal Arts (3 SCH)

A knowledge of intermediate algebra is essential. Topics include the mathematics of finance, probability, statistics, logic and reasoning, computer and software, problem solving and geometry. This course does not count towards a mathematics degree. Prerequisite: MATH 0033 or satisfactory placement scores. (TSI Scores: 350 or above).

MATH 1350 Fundamentals of Math I (3 SCH)

Topics include concepts of sets, functions, numeration systems, number theory, and properties of the natural numbers, integers, rational, and real number systems with an emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking. Special emphasis will be given to terminology, notation, skills, and approaches relevant to the elementary and middle grades and to uses of manipulatives and technology in the classroom. Prerequisite: MATH 1314 College Algebra or the equivalent.

MATH 1442 Elementary Statistical Methods (4 SCH)

An introductory course in statistical methods. Topics include collection and display of data, mean, standard deviation and variance, probability including the normal, binomial, and chi-square distributions. Other topics also included are sampling and sampling distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing including nonparametric tests, regression, and analysis of variance. Prerequisite: Satisfactory placement scores. (TSI 350 or above or instructor approval) or MATH 0033 with a C or better.

MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus (4 SCH)

This course includes applications of algebra and trigonometry to the study of elementary functions and their graphs including polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Topics from analytic geometry include conic sections, parametric equations and polar equations. Prerequisite: MATH 0033 or satisfactory placement scores (TSI Scores: 350 or above).

MATH 2413 Calculus I (4 SCH)

Limits and continuity; the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus; definition of the derivative of a function and techniques of differentiation; applications of the derivative to maximizing or minimizing a function; the chain rule, mean value theorem, and rate of change problems; curve sketching; definite and indefinite integration of algebraic, trigonometric, and transcendental functions, with an application to calculation of areas. Prerequisites: MATH 2412, or MATH 1314 and 1316.

(030) Life & Physical Sciences | 6 SCH required

BIOL 1322 Nutrition & Diet Therapy (3 SCH)

A detailed study of the science of food and its effect on human biology. The course is structured around the six major nutrient classes–carbohydrates, lipids, protein, vitamins, minerals, water. The action and interaction of these substances are explored in relation to health and disease. In addition students examine the processing of these nutrients by the body including digestion, absorption, metabolic pathways, and excretion. Menu planning is also discussed as is weight control and fitness.

BIOL 1306 Biology for Science Majors I (3 SCH)

An integrated approach to cell and molecular biology with emphasis on biological chemistry, cell structure and function, genetics and evolutionary theory. Recommended co-requisite: BIOL 1106. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI test.

BIOL 1307 Biology for Science Majors II (3 SCH)

Continuation of BIOL 1306. An integrated study of structure and function in biological populations. Includes organismal diversity and physiological aspects of transport, nutrition, gas exchange, communication, reproduction and development. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI test. Recommended co-requisite BIOL 1107.

BIOL 1308 Biology for Non-Science Majors I (3 SCH)

The process and method of science applied to understanding biological concepts at the molecular, cellular, organismal and community levels. Survey of major groups of organisms with respect to their diversity in organization, processes, interactions, and adaptations including human impact upon the environment. The scientific method and social applications of scientific information to related human issues are stressed throughout the course. Recommended co-requisite: BIOL 1108.

BIOL 1309 Biology for Non-Science Majors II (3 SCH)

The process and methods of science applied to understanding biological concepts at the molecular, cellular, organismal and community levels. Human systems, nutrition, development, homeostasis, genetics, evolutionary principles and ecology will be stressed with application to contemporary issues in human health and the environment. Recommended co-requisite: BIOL 1109

BIOL 1311 General Botany (3 SCH)

A systematic survey of the structure and functions of plants including cell biology, metabolism, taxonomy, reproduction, adaptation and ecology. Included are the life histories of representative plant groups. Recommended co-requisite: BIOL 1111

BIOL 1313 General Zoology (3 SCH)

The biology of animals with emphasis on cell and molecular biology, ecology and taxonomy in relationship to animal form and function, diversity, behavior and evolution. Recommended co-requisite: BIOL 1113

BIOL 2301 Anatomy & Physiology I (3 SCH)

A study of the gross and microscopic anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, integument, muscular-skeletal, and nervous systems. Prior completion of CHEM 1305 is strongly recommended. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI test. Recommended co-requisite BIOL 2101.

BIOL 2302 Anatomy & Physiology II (3 SCH)

A continuation of BIOL 2301. Includes the gross and microscopic anatomy and physiology of the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine and reproductive systems, immunity and fluid-electrolyte/acid base balance. Prerequisite: BIOL 2301 and successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI test or permission of the instructor. Recommended co-requisite BIOL 2102.

BIOL 2306 Environmental Biology (3 SCH)

An interdisciplinary introduction to basic principles of environmental science with emphasis on the relationship of humans and their environment. Topics covered include basic ecological concepts, human population dynamics, climate, global warming, ozone depletion, hazardous waste, food, land, air, and water resources, biodiversity, and achieving a sustainable earth society. Recommended corequisite: BIOL 2106

BIOL 2320 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors (3 SCH)

The morphology, physiology, and classification of microorganisms and their relationship to health, medicine, immunology and biotechnology. Laboratory study emphasizes standard microbiology procedures. Recommended co-requisite BIOL 2120

BIOL 2321 Microbiology for Science Majors (3 SCH)

Principles of microbiology, including metabolism, structure, function, genetics, and phylogeny of microbes. The course will also examine the interactions of microbes with each other, hosts, and the environment. Recommended co-requisite: BIOL 2121

CHEM 1305 Introductory Chemistry I (3 SCH)

A survey of chemistry including the metric system, scientific method, physical properties of matter, atomic structure, ionic and covalent bonding, naming of compounds, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, liquids, solids, solutions, equilibrium, acid-based theory, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and a brief survey of functional groups of organic molecules and biomolecules. Recommended co-requisite: CHEM 1105

CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I (3 SCH)

Fundamental principles of theoretical and applied chemistry, stoichiometry, atomic structure, periodic arrangement of elements, ionic and covalent bonding, gases, liquids, and solids. Prerequisite: College Algebra (MATH 1314) or concurrent enrollment in Chemical Calculations (CHEM 1204). Recommended co-requisite: CHEM 1111

CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II (3 SCH)

Fundamental principles of theoretical and applied chemistry. Topics of study include acid-based theory, kinetics, equilibrium, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, qualitative analysis, and introduction to organic and biochemistry. Prerequisite: CHEM 1311 or the permission of the instructor. Recommended co-requisite: CHEM 1112

CHEM 1419 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry (4 SCH)

A survey of organic and biochemistry including functional groups, nomenclature, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, enzymes, bioenergetics, catabolism, anabolism, nucleic acids, nutrition, digestion, body fluids, neurotransmitters, hormones, immunoglobulins and current topics.

GEOL 1303 Physical Geology (3 SCH)

Introduction to the study of the materials and processes that have modified and shaped the surface and interior of Earth over time. These processes are described by theories based on experimental data and geologic data gathered from field observations. Recommended co-requisite: GEOL 1103

PHYS 1301 College Physics I (3 SCH)

Fundamental principles of physics, using algebra and trigonometry; the principles and applications of classical mechanics and thermodynamics, including harmonic motion, mechanical waves and sound, physical systems, Newton’s Laws of Motion, and gravitation and other fundamental forces; with emphasis on problem solving. Prerequisite: MATH 1314 AND MATH 1316, or MATH 2312/2412 or concurrent enrollment. Recommended co-requisite: PHYS 1101.

PHYS 1303 Stars & Galaxies (3 SCH)

Study of stars, galaxies, and the universe outside our solar system. (Cross listed as ASTR 1303). Recommended co-requisite: PHYS 1103.

PHYS 1304 Solar System (3 SCH)

Study of the sun and its solar system, including its origin. (Cross listed as ASTR 1304) Recommended co-requisite: PHYS 1104.

PHYS 1315 Physical Science I (3 SCH)

A survey of the principles of physics, astronomy, geology, and weather with more emphasis on physics and geology. Recommended co-requisite PHYS 1115.

PHYS 2325 University Physics I (3 SCH)

Fundamental principles of physics, using calculus, for science, computer science, and engineering majors; the principles and applications of classical mechanics, including harmonic motion, physical systems and thermodynamics; and emphasis on problem solving. . Prerequisite: MATH 2413. Co-requisite: MATH 2414. Recommended co-requisite PHYS 2125.

The following are labs that should be taken with lecture courses for those needing 8 SCH of Life & Physical Sciences for a degree. These courses are NOT part of the Core. 

  • BIOL 1106: Biology for Science Majors I (lab) (1 SCH)
  • BIOL 1107: Biology for Science Majors II (lab) (1 SCH)
  • BIOL 1108: Biology for Non-Science Majors I (lab) (1 SCH)
  • BIOL 1109: Biology for Non-Science Majors II (lab) (1 SCH)
  • BIOL 1111: General Botany (lab) (1 SCH)
  • BIOL 1113: General Zoology (lab) (1 SCH)
  • BIOL 2101: Anatomy & Physiology I (lab) (1 SCH)
  • BIOL 2102: Anatomy & Physiology II (lab) (1 SCH)
  • BIOL 2120: Microbiology for Non-Science Majors (lab) (1 SCH)
  • BIOL 2121: Microbiology for Science Majors (lab) (1 SCH)
  • CHEM 1105: Introductory Chemistry I (lab) (1 SCH)
  • CHEM 1111: General Chemistry I (lab) (1 SCH)
  • CHEM 1112: General Chemistry II (lab) (1 SCH)
  • PHYS 1101: College Physics I (lab) (1 SCH)
  • PHYS 1103: Stars & Galaxies (lab)(1 SCH)
  • PHYS 1104: Solar System (lab) (1 SCH)
  • PHYS 1115: Physical Science I (lab) (1 SCH)
  • PHYS 2125: University Physics (lab) (1 SCH)

(040) Language, Philosophy & Culture | 3 SCH required

ENGL 2322 British Literature I (3 SCH)

A survey of the development of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Eighteenth Century. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical, linguistic, and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from a diverse group of authors and traditions. Prerequisite: Students taking this course must have satisfactorily completed both semesters of Composition I & II, ENGL 1301 and 1302, or the equivalent from another college or university and successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI test.

ENGL 2323 British Literature II (3 SCH)

A survey of the development of British literature from the Romantic period to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from a diverse group of authors and traditions. Prerequisite: Students taking this course must have satisfactorily completed both semesters of Composition I & II, ENGL 1301 and 1302, or the equivalent from another college or university and successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI test.

ENGL 2327 American Literature I (3 SCH)

A survey of American literature from the period of exploration and settlement through the Civil War. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from among a diverse group of authors for what they reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience and character. Prerequisite: Students taking this course must have satisfactorily completed both semesters of Composition I & II, ENGL 1301 and 1302, or the equivalent from another college or university and successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI test.

ENGL 2328 American Literature II (3 SCH)

A survey of American literature from the Civil War to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from among a diverse group of authors for what they reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience and character. Prerequisite: Students taking this course must have satisfactorily completed both semesters of Composition I & II, ENGL 1301 and 1302, or the equivalent from another college or university and successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI test.

ENGL 2332 World Literature I (3 SCH)

A survey of world literature from the ancient world through the sixteenth century. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from a diverse group of authors and traditions. Prerequisite: Students taking this course must have satisfactorily completed both semesters of Composition I & II, ENGL 1301 and 1302, or the equivalent from another college or university and successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI test.

ENGL 2333 World Literature II (3 SCH)

A survey of world literature from the seventeenth century to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from a diverse group of authors and traditions. Prerequisite: Students taking this course must have satisfactorily completed both semesters of Composition I & II, ENGL 1301 and 1302, or the equivalent from another college or university and successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI test.

ENGL 2341 Forms in Literature (3 SCH)

The study of one or more literary genres including, but not limited to poetry, fiction, drama, and film. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI and Successful completion of ENGL 1301.

HIST 2321 World Civilizations I (3 SCH)

A survey of ancient and medieval history with emphasis on Asian, African, and European cultures.

HIST 2322 World Civilizations II (3 SCH)

The modern history and culture of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, including recent developments.

PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics (3 SCH)

This course is designed to include study of the major moral theories. Students will have the opportunity to apply these theories to today’s most pressing concerns.

(050) Creative Arts | 3 SCH required

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation (3 SCH)

This is a course on the appreciation of art. The content is based on looking at works of art. The objective of this is to broaden and enlighten the cultural background of the student. Art Appreciation is required for all art majors. Elementary Education and various other degree majors should consult the catalog of the four-year institution to which you intend to transfer.

DRAM 1310 Introduction to Theater (3 SCH)

A general survey of the major fields of dramatic art examined through historical perspective. Emphasis is placed on the various types and styles of plays, playwrights, elementary theory and practice of acting and directing, scenery and staging techniques, design, lighting and costuming. This course is for drama majors and non-majors, and satisfies the visual and performing arts component area of the TC Core Curriculum.

DRAM 2366 Development of the Motion Picture I (3 SCH)

Emphasis on the analysis of the visual and aural aspects of selected motion pictures, dramatic aspects of narrative films, and historical growth and sociological effect of film as an art. This course satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts Component area of the TC Core Curriculum. Cross-listed as COMM 2366.

MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation (3 SCH)

This course is designed for anyone who wishes a broader knowledge of the great music of civilization. Emphasis will be placed on listening and enjoying music of the masters. Open to all students without prerequisite.

(060) American History | 6 SCH required

HIST 1301 United States History I (3 SCH)

Review of political, economic, and social trends in the history of the United States to 1877. Successfully completed the reading portion of the TSI Test.

HIST 1302 United States History II (3 SCH)

Review of political, economic, and social trends in the history of the United States from 1877 to present. Prerequisite: Successfully completed the reading portion of the TSI Test.

(070) Government/Political Science | 6 SCH required

GOVT 2305 Federal Government (3 SCH)

A study of American national government with emphasis on the United States Constitution, Federalism, Congress, the Presidency, and the federal courts. Additional emphasis is placed on bureaucracy, criminal procedure, civil liberties, political parties, and voting behavior. Prerequisite: Successfully completed the reading portion of the TSI Test.

GOVT 2306 Texas Government (3 SCH)

A study of the Texas Constitution and government emphasizing political institutions including: political parties, interest groups, the legislature, the governor, bureaucracy, judiciary, and local government. Prerequisite: Successfully completed the reading portion of the TSI Test.

(080) Social & Behavioral Sciences | 3 SCH required

COMM 1307 Introduction to Mass Communication (3 SCH)

This course is a lecture class on the history of the world’s communications, beginning with cavemen drawings on cave walls and continuing through the invention of the Internet. Also covered are the histories of newspapers, magazines, recordings, radio, television, movies, and the Internet. Students are not members of the TC News staff.

ECON 2301 – Principles of Macroeconomics (3 SCH)

An analysis of the economy as a whole including measurement and determination of Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply, national income, inflation, and unemployment. Other topics include international trade, economic growth, business cycles, and fiscal policy and monetary policy.

ECON 2302 – Principles of Microeconomics (3 SCH)

Analysis of the behavior of individual economic agents, including consumer behavior and demand, producer behavior and supply, price and output decisions by firms under various market structures, factor markets, market failures, and international trade.

GEOG 1303 World Regional Geography (3 SCH)

A study of the major developed and developing regions of the world, with emphasis on an awareness of prevailing world conditions and emerging developments, including the diversity of ideas and practices in various regions. Major topics may include: culture, religion, language, landforms, climate, agriculture, and economic activities.

PSYC 2301 General Psychology (3 SCH)

A study of the basic principles in psychology bearing on growth, motivation, learning, drives, emotions and similar aspects of human behavior. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI test.

PSYC 2308 Child Psychology (3 SCH)

A study of the principles of child care, child development, and early childhood learning. This course presents in systematic fashion the known facts about children – all children – as these facts have been discovered by educators, psychologists, pediatricians, anthropologists, and many others who have devoted themselves to the scientific study of child behavior. Prerequisite: none; PSYC 2301 recommended.

PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development (3 SCH)

The study will concern the physical, mental, and emotional characteristics of the individual from conception throughout the lifespan. Specific topics will include: basic theories and research in developmental psychology; parent-child relationships; identification, peer relations; self-concepts; language learning, perceptual and cognitive development. Course will give special focus to crises which occur as persons live out their lives.

SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology (3 SCH)

A general introduction into the behavior of individuals in social groups, particularly, a study of important phases of life such as culture, population, institutions, social control, the major social processes, and analysis of the simpler relations of daily living as illustrative material. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI test.

(090) Component Area Option | 6 SCH required

Choose one speech course (3 SCH)

SPCH 1315 Public Speaking (3 SCH)

A basic course in the study of effective communications through speech. Emphasis is placed upon content, organization, and delivery of speeches for various purposes and occasions. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI test.

SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication (3 SCH)

Application of communication theory to interpersonal relationship development, maintenance, and termination in relationship contexts including friendships, romantic partners, families, and relationships with co-workers and supervisors. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI test.

SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Speaking (3 SCH)

Fundamentals of oral communications; study of special types and techniques of speeches most common to business and professional people; practice in business situations; oral reports; sales talks. Includes panel and committee discussions, and special occasion speeches. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the reading portion of the TSI test.

Choose 3 SCH from the following:

BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications (3 SCH)

Computer terminology, hardware, software, operating systems, and information systems relating to the business environment. The main focus of this course is on business applications of software, including word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation graphics, and business-oriented utilization of the Internet.

MATH 2413 Calculus I (4 SCH)

Limits and continuity; the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus; definition of the derivative of a function and techniques of differentiation; applications of the derivative to maximizing or minimizing a function; the chain rule, mean value theorem, and rate of change problems; curve sketching; definite and indefinite integration of algebraic, trigonometric, and transcendental functions, with an application to calculation of areas. Prerequisites: MATH 2412, or MATH 1314 and 1316.

PSYC 1300 / EDUC 1300 Learning Frameworks (3 SCH)

A study of the: research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition, and motivation; factors that impact learning, and application of learning strategies. Theoretical models of strategic learning, cognition, and motivation serve as the conceptual basis for the introduction of college-level student academic strategies. Students use assessment instruments (e.g., learning inventories) to help them identify their own strengths and weaknesses as strategic learners. Students are ultimately expected to integrate and apply the learning skills discussed across their own academic programs and become effective and efficient learners. Students developing these skills should be able to continually draw from the theoretical models they have learned. (Cross-listed as PSYC 1300)

Total minimum requirements: 42 SCH