Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum is defined by the state of Texas.

About the Core Curriculum:
Updated 2018-2019

A core curriculum is defined by the state of Texas as "curriculum in the liberal arts, humanities, sciences, political, social, and cultural history, that all graduates of an institution of higher education are required to complete before receiving a baccalaureate degree." KC's Core Curriculum consists of 42 semester credit hours that will transfer as the core to any state college or university. After completing the core, a student may need only 18 additional semester credit hours to receive the associate of arts or the associate of science degree.

A core curriculum is defined by the state of Texas as "curriculum in the liberal arts, humanities, sciences, political, social, and cultural history, that all graduates of an institution of higher education are required to complete before receiving a baccalaureate degree." KC's Core Curriculum consists of 42 semester credit hours that will transfer as the core to any state college or university. After completing the core, a student may need only 18 additional semester credit hours to receive the associate of arts or the associate of science degree.

Printable version of the Core Curriculum (pdf)

COMPONENT AREA

REQUIRED COURSES

SEMESTER HOURS

Communication

6 hours to be selected from: ENGL 1301 and 1302 or 2311

6

Mathematics

3 hours to be selected from:
MATH 1314, 1316, 1324, 1325, *1332, 1342, *1350, **2412, 2413, 2414, 2415
*Math 1332 and 1350 will not fulfill Math requirement for AS degree
**Those taking a 2400 level Math course as their core curriculum Requirement will earn only 3 SCHs toward Core completion. The other SCH may count toward electives in an associate's degree.

3

Life and Physical Sciences

6 hours to be selected from:

BIOL 1406, 1407, 1408, 1409, 2401, 2402, 2404, 2406
ENVR 1401
CHEM 1405, 1406, 1411, 1412
GEOL 1301, 1403, 1404, 1405
PHYS 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404, 1405, 2425, 2426

Additional SCHs from labs may be counted toward electives in an associate’s degree.

6

Language, Philosophy & Culture

3 hours to be selected from: ENGL 2322, 2323, 2326, 2332, 2333
HIST 2311, 2312, 2321, 2322, PHIL 1301, 2306

3

Creative Arts

3 hours to be selected from: ARTS 1301, 1303, 1304, DANCE 2303
DRAM 1310, 2362, 2366, MUSI 1306, 1307

3

American History

6 hours to be selected from: HIST 1301, 1302

6

Government/Political Science

6 hours to be selected from: GOVT 2305, 2306

6

Social and Behavioral Sciences

3 hours to be selected from: COMM 1307; ECON 2301, 2302;

GEOG 1303; PSYC 2301, 2314; SOCI 1301, 1306; TECA 1354

3

Component Area Option

3 hours to be selected from:
Component Area Option 1: SPCH 1315, 1318
and 3 hours from Component Area Option 2:

Any additional course listed in the core curriculum above or MATH 1351 or EDUC 1300.

6

Total Minimum Requirements

 

42


Core Objectives of the Texas Core Curriculum

  • Critical Thinking Skills - creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills - effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills - manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Teamwork - ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
  • Social Responsibility - intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities
  • Personal Responsibility - ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making

Printable version of the Core Curriculum (pdf)