Central Texas College

Degrees and Certificates

Central Texas College offers the Associate of Arts, the Associate of Science, the Associate of Applied Science and the Associate of Arts in General Studies, and certificates of completion.

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs are designed to allow for the transfer of credits earned at Central Texas College to the bachelor degree requirements at most four-year public colleges and universities. In addition, completion of the 42 semester hours of core curriculum in each degree guarantees transferability of the minimum 42 semester credit hours of state-mandated core curricula toward the general education requirements of a bachelor’s degree program at state supported colleges and universities in Texas.

The Associate of Applied Science degrees, offered in technical programs, are designed to prepare students for employment upon graduation. Within many of the associate of applied science degrees, there are certificates of completion that can be completed in less than two years.

The Associate of Arts in General Studies degree provides students with a foundation in general education courses, which are appropriate for transfer to a four-year college or university and allows students to structure a program based on their interests and educational goals.

Developmental Studies

Developmental studies courses offered by Central Texas College are designed to provide a means for students to remove specific deficiencies or provide refresher coursework before enrolling in academic, occupational, or technical programs.

Students on academic probation or suspension may be required to complete developmental studies courses to satisfy probation or suspension readmission requirements.

NOTE: Developmental studies courses may not be used to satisfy degree requirements, cannot be used to meet the 25 percent residency toward the degree and grades cannot be counted in the grade point average at Central Texas College.

Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum is the set of courses in liberal arts, humanities, sciences, and political, social and cultural history that undergraduates of a public higher education institution in Texas are required to complete before receiving a bachelor’s degree (Title 19, Chapter 5, Subchapter S, Rule 5.400). Students seeking a CTC Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree are required to complete a 42-hour core curriculum. Students who successfully complete the core curriculum may transfer the block of courses to another Texas public institution of higher education and substitute the block for the receiving institution’s core curriculum. Students who do not complete the 42-hour core curriculum may still transfer those courses successfully completed to another public college or university in Texas. They will generally be required to complete the remainder of the courses in the receiving institution’s core curriculum. For a list of the courses in the core curriculum, refer to the Programs of Study section of this Catalog.

To facilitate transfer of freshman- and sophomore-level core courses, a Texas Common Core Numbering System (TCCNS) exists. These lower-division courses have a TCCNS number and are listed in the Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual, an official publication of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Community and Technical Colleges Division.

It is important to know what courses are recognized as common at the school to which you plan to transfer. You should declare a major before attaining sophomore standing at CTC. Each Texas public community college or university will accept TCCNS courses, provided such credits are within the approved transfer curriculum of the student’s declared major field of study at the receiving institution. A change of major may result in loss of credits earned in a previous program.

Program Listings

Curriculum plans for various degrees, certificates, and courses offered at the C&I Campuses are on the following pages. Please refer to the current Texas Campuses catalog and the CTC Distance Learning website for additional programs of study and courses that may be available through distance learning. Course descriptions for all courses offered are listed in alpha-numeric order by course prefix. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor program offerings and follow the published degree plan requirements. Any deviations from listed courses must be approved in writing by the department.

NOTE: Although academic counseling is available, it remains your responsibility to determine the major area of study to verify the required courses and their prerequisites, and to select the senior college or university to which you wish to transfer.

Semester Credit Hours

The three numbers following (to the right of) the course title indicate the: (a) hours per week the class meets for lectures, (b) number of laboratory hours required per week and (c) credit hours awarded for successful completion of the course. One semester hour of credit represents one hour of lecture time per week for 16 weeks; one semester hour of credit also represents two to four hours of laboratory time per week for 16 weeks. Lecture and lab proportions may vary depending on the nature of the course.

For example, BIOL 1406, General Biology I, 3-3-4, has three hours of lecture per week conducted over 16 weeks and three hours of laboratory per week conducted over 16 weeks with four hours of credit awarded for successful completion. This weekly requirement is adjusted to compensate for terms/ sessions/semesters with lengths other than 16 weeks. For instance, 3-0-3 for an eight-week term would require six hours of lecture per week and 2-4-3 would require four hours of lecture and eight hours of lab per week.

Course Numbering System Guidelines

A common course numbering system is used for credit courses.

  • The four-letter prefix (rubric) is used to identify subject areas.
  • The four-digit numbers are as follows:

- First digit—identifies the course as lower division

- Second digit—identifies the credit hour value

- Third and Fourth digits—represent a unique course identifier

Core Curriculum

In the spirit of accomplishing Central Texas College’s mission, the core curriculum experience will prepare you to learn effectively through your college years so that you carry these aptitudes for learning into your life careers. It is the goal of Central Texas College to graduate well-educated men and women who are articulate, interested in lifelong learning, and capable of becoming creative citizens. The core curriculum design and implementation will also facilitate the transferability of lower division courses between Central Texas College and universities. A course cannot count toward more than one requirement of the degree. Students planning to attend a senior college should coordinate with that senior college to ensure that the courses they take at Central Texas College will fulfill degree requirements there. Check with the appropriate Department Chair for specific degree requirements.

Core Area

Course Options

Minimum Semester
Credit Hours

Communications (010) Required

ENGL 1301

3

Communications (010)

SPCH 1315, SPCH 1318, SPCH 1321

3

Mathematics (020)

MATH 1332, MATH 1342, MATH 1414

3-4

Life and Physical Sciences (030)

AGRI 1407, AGRI 1415, AGRI 1419

BIOL 1406, BIOL 1407*, BIOL 1411, BIOL 1413, BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402*, BIOL 2420, BIOL 2421*, BIOL 2428

CHEM 1406, CHEM 1407*, CHEM 1411, CHEM 1412*

ENVR 1401

GEOL 1403, GEOL 1404

PHYS 1401*, PHYS 1402*, PHYS 1403, PHYS 1404, PHYS 1415, PHYS 2425*, PHYS 2426*

8

Language, Philosophy & Culture (040)

ANTH 2351

MUSI 1306, MUSI 1307

ENGL 2322*, ENGL 2327*, ENGL 2328*, ENGL 2332*

SPAN 1411, SPAN 1412*

FREN 1411, FREN 1412*

GERM 1411, GERM 1412*

RUSS 1411, RUSS 1412*

PHIL 1301, PHIL 1304, PHIL 1316, PHIL 1317, PHIL 2306, PHIL 2307

3-4

Creative Arts (050)

ARTS 1303, ARTS 1304

DRAM 1310, DRAM 2366, DRAM 2367

HUMA 1315

3

American History (060) Required

HIST 1301, HIST 1302

6

Government/Political Science (070) Required

GOVT 2305, GOVT 2306

6

Social & Behavioral Sciences (080)

AGRI 2317

ECON 2301, ECON 2302

GEOG 1301, GEOG 1302, GEOG 1303

HIST 2301, HIST 2311, HIST 2312, HIST 2381

PSYC 2301, PSYC 2308, PSYC 2314, PSYC 2315, PSYC 2316

SOCI 1301, SOCI 1306, SOCI 2301

3

Component Area Option (090)

AGRI 1407, AGRI 1415, AGRI 1419, AGRI 2317

ANTH 2351

ARTS 1303, ARTS 1304

BIOL 1406, BIOL 1407*, BIOL 1411, BIOL 1413, BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402*, BIOL 2420, BIOL 2421*, BIOL 2428

CHEM 1406, CHEM 1407*, CHEM 1411, CHEM 1412* 

COSC 1301

DRAM 1310, DRAM 2366, DRAM 2367

ECON 2301, ECON 2302

ENGL 1302, ENGL 2322*, ENGL 2327*, ENGL 2328*, ENGL 2332*

ENVR 1401

FREN 1411, FREN 1412*

GEOG 1301, GEOG 1302, GEOG 1303

GEOL 1403, GEOL 1404 

GERM 1411, GERM 1412*

HIST 2301, HIST 2311, HIST 2312, HIST 2381

HUMA 1315

MATH 1332, MATH 1342, MATH 1414

MUSI 1306, MUSI 1307

KINE Physical Activity Courses

PHIL 1301, PHIL 1304, PHIL 1316, PHIL 1317, PHIL 2306, PHIL 2307

PHYS 1401*, PHYS 1402*, PHYS 1403, PHYS 1404, PHYS 1415

PSYC 2301, PSYC 2308, PSYC 2314, PSYC 2315, PSYC 2316

RUSS 1411, RUSS 1412*

SOCI 1301, SOCI 1306, SOCI 2301

SPAN 1411, SPAN 1412*

SPCH 1315, SPCH 1318, SPCH 1321

3-4

Total Core Requirements

42

* prerequisite course required  

 

Associate of Arts Degree:

Core Curriculum............................................................................................... 42

Specific courses to be determined by program of study.................................. 18

Credit Hours....................................................................................................... 60

Associate of Science Degree:

Core Curriculum................................................................................... 42

Specific courses to be determined by program of study...................... 18

Credit Hours........................................................................................... 60

* The Associate of Science in Business Administration requires 4 semester credit hours in math and computer technology.

Additional Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 25 percent of semester credit hours earned within Central Texas College.

  • All required courses in the program of study as listed in this Catalog.

  • Satisfy:

            -     A minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 (C average).

            -     A minimum grade of C on each required course in the program of study.

            -     A minimum of  2.0 GPA with Central Texas College.

  •   Meeting all other Central Texas College and departmental requirements.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Students must complete the specific degree requirements in the degree plan as shown in the program of study.

The Associate of Applied Science degree’s general education component must include a minimum of 15 semester credit hours and at least one course from each of the following three required areas: Humanities/Fine Arts; Social/Behavioral; and Natural Science/Mathematics. 

Students must complete the specific degree requirements as shown in the program of study that includes:

  • In addition to ENGL 1301, 12 semester credit hours determined by the program of study. The 12 hours must include at least one course from each of the following three required areas: Humanities/Fine Arts; Social/Behavioral Science; and Natural Science/Mathematics. 
  • A minimum of 50 percent of semester credit hours of  technical courses in the program of study or a closely related field.
  • A minimum of 25 percent of semester credit hours earned with Central Texas College.
  • All required courses in the program of study as listed in this Catalog.
  • Satisfy:

        -    A minimum overall grade point average 2.0 (C average).

        -    A minimum grade of C on each course in the program of study.

        -    A minimum of  2.0 GPA with Central Texas College.

  • Meeting all other Central Texas College and departmental requirements.

Students may be required to repeat courses in their program of study if graduation is not accomplished within five years after courses are completed.

Associate of Arts - General Studies Degree

Students planning to attend a senior college should coordinate with that senior college to ensure that the courses they take at Central Texas College will fulfill degree requirements there. The minimum required hours for an Associate of Arts - General Studies Degree is 60 semester hours. Students must complete the specific degree requirements as shown in the program of study that includes:

  • ENGL 1301 and three semester credit hours of oral communications.
  • Three semester credit hours of Humanities/Fine Arts.
  • Three semester credit hours of Mathematics/Natural Science selection.
  • HIST 1301 and 1302.
  • GOVT 2305 and 2306.
  • A minimum of 25 percent of semester credit hours earned with Central Texas College.
  • A minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 (C average), to include a minimum 2.0 (C average) on all courses taken with Central Texas College.
  • Meeting all other Central Texas College and departmental requirements.
  • In cases where freshman and/or sophomore degree requirements of the receiving college for a bachelor’s degree differ from those listed above, changes may be made in the Associate of Arts in General Studies Degree requirements when approved by the appropriate Department Chair.

Associate of Applied Science Degree of Applied Technology

The Associate of Applied Science Degree of Applied Technology general education component must constitute a minimum of 15 semester credit hours and at least one course from each of the following areas: Humanities/Fine Arts; Social/Behavioral; and Natural Science/Mathematics.

To receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Applied Technology students must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours. Students must complete the specific degree requirements as shown in the program of study that includes:

  • ENGL 1301 and three semester credit hours of oral communications.
  • Three semester credit hours of Humanities/Fine Arts.
  • Three semester credit hours of Mathematics/Natural Science selection.
  • Three semester credit hours of Social/Behavioral Science.
  • Three semester hours of computer instruction.
  • Two semester hours of physical education (KINE) from activity courses.
  • 40 semester credit hours of major area courses related to a specific MOS, Rating, or Job Specialty Code.
  • A minimum of 25 percent of semester credit hours earned with Central Texas College.
  • Satisfy:

        -       A minimum overall grade point average 2.0 (C average).

        -       A minimum grade of C on each required course in the program of study.

        -       A minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C average) with Central Texas College.

Special and Approved Electives

Special Electives are defined by the specific classification of the course. The course may be defined as either Humanities/Fine Arts or Social/Behavioral Science. Approved electives are courses that, although not specifically related to the major, are designed to broaden the student’s exposure to various disciplines considered supportive of the program’s objectives.

The Associate of Applied Science, the Associate of Arts-General Studies, and the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Applied Technology have Humanities/Fine Arts and Social/Behavioral Science elective requirements. Some courses can be used as either a Humanities/Fine Arts or a Social/Behavioral Science elective.

Credits earned at CTC are transferable to other institutions in accordance with policies of the receiving institutions. Students who plan to transfer to other institutions for degree completion or to pursue a more advanced degree are advised to consult with officials of the receiving school for degree requirements and transfer policy.

Humanities/Fine Arts Electives

ANTH     2351     Cultural Anthropology

ARTS                   Art courses

DRAM                  Drama courses

Foreign Language courses

HUMA    1315      Fine Arts Appreciation

ENGL                   Literature courses only

MUSI                    Music courses

PHIL                     Philosophy courses to include Religion

Social/Behavioral Science Electives

AGRI      2317      Introduction to Agriculture Economics

ANTH     2351      Cultural Anthropology

ECON    2301      Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON    2302      Principles of Microeconomics

GEOG                  Geography courses

GOVT                   Government courses

HIST                      History courses

PSYC                    Psychology courses

SOCI                     Sociology courses

NOTE   Courses taken at another college or university to satisfy special elective requirements must be freshman/sophomore level. Other courses may satisfy the special electives.