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Associate of Arts Core
2009 - 2010 Associate of Arts Requirements

Minimum of 60 credit hours

The Associate of Arts degree is designed for students planning to transfer course credits to a baccalaureate degree program at a college or university. The curriculum suggested in this catalog will satisfy the requirements of most colleges and universities.

Students should visit with an academic advisor to ensure that they take the correct courses for their Associate of Arts, or Associate of Arts in Teaching degree program at Collin College in addition to the major for their chosen transfer college or university. The selection of science, math and elective credit courses is often based on the requirements of the specific transfer college or university.

The Texas Education Code, as a result of Senate Bill 148, requires all public colleges and universities to have a core curriculum. Core curriculum is defined as “the curriculum in the liberal arts, humanities, sciences, and political, social and cultural history that all undergraduate students of a particular Texas institution of higher education are required to complete before receiving an associate or bachelor’s degree.”

The purpose of the core curriculum is to provide the skills, knowledge and perspectives that help define the educated person. The courses included in the core curriculum will contribute to the acquisition of these skills and perspectives and to a basic core of knowledge.

The core curriculum is predicated on a series of basic intellectual competencies - reading, writing, speaking, listening, critical thinking and computer literacy - that are essential to the learning process in any discipline. Although students can be expected to come to college with some experience in exercising these competencies, they often need further instruction and practice to meet college standards and, later, to succeed in both their major field of academic study and their chosen career or profession. Collin will designate core curriculum courses completed by a student on the official Collin transcript. If a student satisfies all component areas, the message “Core Curriculum Completed” will appear on the transcript. Students who make substitutions in the core curriculum may not be core complete. Contact a degree plan / graduate associate for more information.

Students should visit with an academic advisor to ensure that they take the correct courses for their Associate of Arts degree program at Collin in addition to the major for their chosen transfer college or university.

Note: There have been changes made to the courses listed below since the 2009-2010 catalog was printed.


9 credit hours

English 6 credit hours
ENGL 1301 and 1302
(Select one course)
3 credit hours
SPCH 1311, 1315, and 1321
Select one course:

3 credit hours

ENGL 2322, 2323, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333, 2342, 2343, or 2351
FREN 2303 or 2304
HIST 2311, 2312, 2321, or 2322
HUMA 1301, 1305, 2319, or 2323
PHIL 1301, 1304, 2303, 2306, 2307, or 2321
SPAN 2321 or 2322
Select one course:

3 credit hours

MATH 1314, 1316, 1324, 1325, 1332 1, 1342, 1350, 1351, 1414, 2305, 2312, 2318, 2320, 2413, 2414, 2415, 2417, OR 2419
Select two courses (course sequence recommended):

8 credit hours

BIOL 1406, 1407, 1408, 1409, 1411, 1414, 2401, 2401, 2402, 2404, 2406, 2416, or 2421
CHEM 1405, 1411, 1412, 2401, 2423, or 2425
ENVR 1401 or 1402
GEOL 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404, 1405, 1445, or 1447
PHYS 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404, 1405, 1410, 1415, 2425, or 2426
Select one course:

3 credit hours

ANTH 2346 or 2351
ECON 2301 or 2302
PSYC 2301
SOCI 1301

12 credit hours

Legislative Mandate - Students must take BOTH of the following:
GOVT 2301 (Texas) and GOVT 2302 (U. S.)
Legislative Mandate - Students must take TWO of the following courses
HIST 1301, 1302, or 2301
Select one course:

3 credit hours

ARTS 1301, 1303, 1304, or 1313
DANC 2303
DRAM 1310, 2361, or 2362
HUMA 1311
MUSI 1306 or 1307
Students must select one course in each of the following areas:

4 credit hours

COSC 1300 3 or BCIS 1305 2,3

3 credit hours

Any PHED / DANC activity course (1 credit hour) -
-OR- PHED 1338
1 credit hour
AA Core Curriculum 45 credit hours
AA Graduation Requirement * 3 credit hours
Electives / Areas of Emphasis 12 - 15 credit hours
TOTAL (Minimum) 60 credit hours

To complete an Associate of Arts degree:

* At least one sophomore Literature course (3 credit hours) is required for graduation.
 This requirement may be met through a Core Literature course.

Some courses in the core curriculum may require prerequisites. Please check the course descriptions.
1. Check with academic advising regarding transferability. Some majors or institutions may require a higher-level mathematics course.
2. It is possible for students to test out of COSC 1300 (Computer Science) and BCIS 1305 (Computer Information Systems); please contact the appropriate department chair for more information.
3. Students planning to go further in a business-related area of study should take BCIS 1305.

AA Degree Requirements Review

The Associate of Arts degree is awarded to students who meet the following requirements along with graduation requirements.
1. Earn a minimum of 60 credit hours (excluding developmental credit).
2. Complete the core curriculum of 45 credit hours.
3. Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of recommended electives / areas of emphasis.
4. For the Associate of Arts degree, complete 3-credit hours of Sophomore Literature/ this requirement may be met through the Core Literature course.
5. Earn a minimum of 18 credit hours in residency at Collin.
6. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
7. Complete TSI requirements.

Choosing a Catalog Year
Students who plan to transfer to a college or university have a choice to make regarding their requirements for graduation. Specifically, they may choose the catalog year under which they wish to graduate. This choice is subject to restrictions that are outlined in the college or university catalog. Students should consult their Collin academic advisor or the catalog of their choice to learn about any limitations.

Students who plan to transfer should keep a copy of the Collin Catalog from the year they choose, the college’s or university’s catalog and the transfer guide that was valid at the time they enrolled in Collin and selected a major. Course syllabi should also be kept.

Fields of Study
Mandated in Senate Bill 148, the Fields of Study (FOS) curricula are intended to facilitate the transferability of lower division courses among Texas public colleges and universities.

FOS courses are defined by SB 148 as “a set of courses that will satisfy the lower-division requirements for a bachelor’s degree in a specific academic major at a general academic teaching institution.” Receiving institutions may not require incoming transfer students to repeat courses with the same content as FOS courses. Collin offers FOS curricula for the Business, Computer Science, Communication, Criminal Justice, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Mexican-American Studies, Music, and Nursing areas of emphasis. Refer to the specific FOS curriculum in the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science sections of this catalog.

Note: The second digit in a course number indicates the number of credit hours
for that course.