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General Education Core
AA / AS / AAT General Education Core

The Texas Education Code requires all public colleges and universities to have a core curriculum and every degree has a General Education Core requirement. 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 General Education Core focuses on strengthening six basic competencies that help define the educated person: Communication skills, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative reasoning, team work, social responsibility, and personal responsibility. 

Core Curriculum Completion Certificate

A Core Curriculum Completion Certificate is awarded to all students completing Collin’s General Education Core. The State of Texas guarantees acceptance by a public four-year university of any complete General Education Core transferred from any other Texas public college.

The General Education Core at Collin College is the collection of 42 credit hours of general education courses selected by Collin faculty in eight areas that have been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to build a basic core of knowledge. Course options are displayed by area and discipline in the AA/AS/AAT General Education Core Table. Unless otherwise stated, all general education core course options shown in the General Education Core Table can be used to satisfy both core and degree requirements for the AA, AS or AAT degrees.

Students should visit with an academic advisor to ensure the best selection of courses to complete the General Education Core and/or an associate degree, and to transfer to their chosen major for a baccalaureate.





010 Communication Component                                                           6 Credit Hours


ENGL 1301 and either ENGL 1302 or 2311


020 Mathematics Component *                                                             3 Credit Hours

Mathematics MATH 1314 or 1414, 1316, 1342, 2305,2318, 2320, 2412, 2413, 2414, 2415 These courses satisfy the AS, AA, & AAT Math requirement
MATH 1324, 1325, 1332*, 1350, 1351 These courses apply only to the AA or AAT

* Check with academic advising regarding degree applicability. Some majors or institutions may require a higher-level mathematics course.

030 Life & Physical Sciences Component **                                         6 Credit Hours 

Biology BIOL 1406, 1407, 1414, 1415, 2401, 2402, 2406, 2416, 2421

A two-course sequence is recommended.

These courses satisfy the AS, AA, & AAT Science requirement.

Students who transfer to Collin with fewer than 8 credit hours of Life & Physical Science credits can click here to see below for more information.

Chemistry CHEM 1411, 1412, 2423, 2425
Environmental Sciences ENVR 1401, 1402
Geology GEOL 1403, 1404
Physics PHYS 1401, 1402, 2425, 2426
Biology BIOL 1408, 1409, 2404, 2420 These courses only satisfy the AA or AAT requirement.
Chemistry CHEM 1405
Geology GEOL 1401, 1402, 1445, 1447
Physics PHYS 1403, 1404, 1405, 1410, 1415, 1417

**1 hour of each 4 hour Life & Physical Sciences course will be transcripted as 090 Collin Options, up to 2 credit hours.

040 Language, Philosophy & Culture Component                                3 Credit Hours

English ENGL 2322, 2323, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333, 2342, 2343 These courses also satisfy the AA sophomore literature requirement.
History HIST 2311, 2312, 2321, 2322  
Humanities HUMA 1301  
Philosophy PHIL 1301, 1304, 2303, 2306, 2307, 2321  

050 Creative Arts Component                                                               3 Credit Hours

Dance DANC 2303  
Music MUSI 1306, 1307, 1310
Theatre DRAM 1310, 2361, 2362, 2366, 2367
Visual Arts ARTS 1301, 1303, 1304, 1313

060 American History Component                                                       6 Credit Hours

History HIST 1301, 1302, 2301  

070 Government / Political Science Component                                6 Credit Hours

Government GOVT 2305 and 2306  

080 Social and Behavioral Sciences  Component                                3 Credit Hours

Anthropology ANTH 2302, 2346, 2351  
Economics ECON 2301, 2302
Psychology PSYC 2301
Sociology SOCI 1301, 1306

090 Collin Options                                                                                6 Credit Hours

Area 1 - Speech

3 credit hours

SPCH 1311, 1315, 1321  

Area 2 -         

3 credit hours

EDUC 1300*,

PHED 1164, 1304, 1338,

PSYC 1100*, 1300*,


Any core course not used to meet the requirement of another component


* Only one of these courses may be taken.  

Students who complete 8 credit hours of Life and Physical Sciences will have 2 of those credit hours apply to the 090 Collin Options, Area 2 requirement. See core course options that may be used to fulfill the remaining 1 credit hour requirement. If a student earns more than 42 core credit hours, the extra hours may be applied to degree requirements.

Note:   Students who transfer to Collin with 3-7 credit hours of Life & Physical Science credits should see “Becoming Core Complete” below for more information.

































































Becoming Core Complete for Students Who Transfer to Collin College with 3, 6 or 7 credit hours of 030 Life and Physical Science Credits

All core courses in the 030 Life and Physical Sciences Component at Collin College earn four credit hours, which are distributed as three hours applied to the 6-credit hour requirement for the 030 Life and Physical Sciences Core Component, and one lab credit hour is applied to the 090 Collin Option Area 1 requirement.  There are several transfer scenarios for becoming core complete for the student who transfers in 3, 6, or 7 credit hours of Life and Physical Sciences.

If you transfer to Collin with one 3-credit hour Life and Physical Science course with a grade of D or better, three credit hours will be applied toward the 6-credit hour Life and Physical Sciences Core requirement.  You will need to take one additional Life and Physical Science Core course at Collin.

If you transfer in six or seven credit hours of Life and Physical Sciences with a grade of D or better, you will have met the 6-credit hour requirement for the 030 Life and Physical Sciences Core Component.

To meet the 6-credit hour requirement in the 090 Collin Option, all students who transfer to Collin with 3, 6 or 7 credit hours of Life and Physical Sciences Core coursework, will need to take or transfer in one 090 Collin Option Area 2 Speech course, and Area 3 PSYC 1300 in order to be Core complete in both the 030 Life and Physical Sciences Core Component and the 090 Collin Option.