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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Core Curriculum

In order to provide a solid foundation for students’ education and to make transfer between colleges and universities as smooth and seamless as possible, each state-supported institution of higher education in Texas has adopted a core curriculum. Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students gain knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for learning.

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

Components of the core curriculum can be transferred in a block from Tarrant County College to another Texas public college or university to be substituted for the corresponding core curriculum of the receiving institution.

TCC designates core curriculum courses completed by a student on the official transcript. If a student satisfies all component areas, the statement “Texas Core Curriculum Completed (Month/Year)” will appear on the transcript. Students who transfer without completing the core curriculum receive academic credit for each of the courses they successfully completed in the TCC core curriculum.

The Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching, Associate of Science, and Associate of Science in Engineering degrees include courses drawn from the core curriculum. A student concurrently enrolled at more than one institution of higher education should follow the core curriculum requirements in effect for the institution at which the student is classified as degree-seeking.

Tarrant County College has established the 42-semester-credit hour core curriculum listed below.

Communication (Code 010) - 6 Hours

Life and Physical Sciences (Code 030) - 6 Hours *

Two four-credit-hour laboratory science courses

American History (Code 060) - 6 Hours

Two three-credit-hour courses

Component Area Option (Code 090) - 6 Hours


One three-credit-hour course

Health and Wellness

One one-credit-hour course

Overflow (Extra) Hours *

Two semester-credit-hours

The two overflow (extra) semester-credit-hours are met by completing the Life and Physical Sciences requirement.

Total Semester Hours: 42

* Taking two four-credit-hour laboratory science courses allows a student to earn eight (8) semester-credit-hours; six of which are counted to meet the Life and Physical Sciences requirement. The other two semester-credit-hours are considered overflow (extra) hours and are used to complement the Component Area Option (Code 090) requirement.