Central Texas College

Degrees and Certificates

Central Texas College offers the Associate of Arts, the Associate of Science, the Associate of Applied Science, the Associate of Arts in General Studies degrees 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. The courses 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 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 in this catalog.

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 and certificates are on the following pages. Designations stated after each degree title reference the degree plan by major code. For example, the majorcode for the Associate of Applied Science degree - business management is BUBM. The reference facilitates student academic advising. 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. If you plan to transfer to a senior college or university and are taking courses that lead to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree, refer to the degree requirements for the AS or AA degrees listed in this catalog.

NOTE: Although academic counseling is available, it remains the student’s responsibility to determine the major area of study, to verify the required courses and their prerequisites and to select the four-year college or university to which they wish to transfer.

Semester Credit Hours

The three numbers (on the right) following 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 during 16 weeks and three hours of laboratory per week conducted during 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

Tuition Rebate Program

The State of Texas offers a tuition rebate as an incentive for students to complete their bachelor’s degree with no more than three attempted hours above the minimum required for the baccalaureate degree. Students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree from a Texas public baccalaureate-granting general academic university may qualify to receive up to $1,000 from the university awarding the degree if they meet the criteria listed below.

  • Must have enrolled (taken their first course) after high school graduation in a Texas public institution of higher education in fall 1997 or later
  • Must be a Texas resident and entitled to pay in-state tuition at all times while pursuing the degree
  • Must have taken all coursework at Texas public institutions of higher education
  • If enrolled for the first time in fall 2005 or later, graduate within four calendar years for a four-year degree or within five calendar years for a five-year degree,  if the degree is in architecture, engineering or any other program determined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to require more than four years to complete
  • Must have attempted no more than three hours in excess of the minimum number of semester credit hours required to complete the degree under the catalog under which they graduated. Hours attempted include transfer credits, course credits earned exclusively by examination (except for the purposes of this program, only the number of semester hours earned exclusively by examination in excess of nine semester hours is treated as attempted); courses dropped after the official census date; optional internship and cooperative education courses; and repeated courses. Hours attempted do not include those for students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in December 2007 or later; course credit earned to meet requirements for a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program but is not required to complete the degree program; and for students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in August 2011 or later, course credit other than course credit earned exclusively by examination, which is earned before graduating from high school. For students concurrently earning a baccalaureate degree and a Texas teaching certificate, the required teacher education courses shall not be counted to the extent they are more than the free electives allowed in the baccalaureate degree program
Programs of Study

AA Associate of Arts degree

AS Associate of Science degree

AAS Associate of Applied Science degree

CC Institutional Certificate of Completion

CC* Level I certificate

CC** Level II certificate

MSA Marketable Skills Achievement Award

Core curriculum for Associate of Science (AS) and Associate of Arts (AA)                        55

Associate Degrees of Science and Arts and Certificates

AS Agriculture Science 58

AA Art 71

AS Biology 89

AS Business Administration 61

AS Chemistry 89

AA Commercial Art 71

AA Drama 71

AS Engineering 70

AS Environmental Science 89

AA General Studies 72

AS Geology 90

AA Interdisciplinary Studies 77

AA Journalism/Communications 64

AS Kinesiology 77

AS Mathematics 79

AA Modern Language 64

AA Music 71

AA Radio and Television Broadcasting 89

CC* Radio Broadcasting 89

CC* Television/Radio Broadcasting 89

AA Social Science 90

AAT Teacher Education 90

Degrees and Certificates

Agriculture

CC* Agriculture Industries 58

CC* Equine Specialization 58

CC* Horticulture Specialization 58

CC* Production Specialization 58

Automotive Mechanic

AAS Automotive Mechanic/Technician 59

CC** Automotive Technician (self-paced, open-entry program) 59

CC* Automotive System Specialist (self-paced, open-entry program) 59

CC* Automotive Tune-Up Specialist Certificate (self-paced, open-entry program) 59

CC* Basuc Automotive Technician 60

MSA Truck Driving 60

Aviation Science

AAS Aviation Science 60

CC* Aviation Science 60

Business Management

AAS Business Management 61

AAS Business Management - Marketing and Sales Management Specialization 62

AAS Business Management - Real Estate Sales Specialization 62

CC* Business Management 61

CC* Entrepreneurship 61

CC* Marketing and Sales Management 62

CC* Real Estate Sales Agent 62

Child Development

AAS Child Development 63

CC** Child Development 63

CC* Administrator’s Credentials 63

MSA Child Development Associate 64

Computer Science

AAS Programmer Analyst 64

AAS Information Security 65

AAS Information Technology 65

AAS Network Systems Administrator 66

CC* Computer Help Desk Specialist 66

CC* Information Security Specialist 65

CC* IT Industry Certification Prep. Program 66

CC* Network Specialist 66

CC* Web Design Basics 66

Diesel

AAS Diesel Engine Mechanic and Repairer 67

CC** Diesel Technician (self-paced, open-entry program) 67

CC* Diesel Engine Specialist (self-paced, open-entry program) 67

CC* Diesel System Specialist Certificate (self-paced, open-entry program) 67

Drafting and Design

AAS Computer-Aided Drafting and Design 68

CC* Computer-Aided Drafting and Design 68

Electronics

AAS Computer Electronics 68

AAS Network Professional Specialization 69

CC* Computer Electronics Technology 68

CC* Network Professional Specialization 69

CC* Networking and Network Security 69

CC* Networking and Wireless Networking 69

CC* Networking and Network Telephony 69

Emergency Medical Technology

AAS Emergency Medical Technology 70

CC* EMT-Paramedic 70

Graphics and Printing

AAS Graphics and Printing 72

CC** Graphics and Printing Technology 72

CC* Graphics and Printing Technology-Graphic Design (self-paced, open-entry program) 73

CC* Graphics and Printing Technology-Press

Operations (self-paced, open-entry program) 73

Heating and Air Conditioning

AAS Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Mechanic and Repairer 73

CC** Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 73

CC* Commercial Heating, Air Conditioning and

Refrigeration 74

CC* Residential Heating, Air Conditioning and

Refrigeration 74

Hospitality Management

AAS Restaurant and Culinary Management 74

AAS Hotel Management Specialization 74

AAS Culinary Arts 75

AAS Food and Beverage Management 76

CC* Baking 75

CC* Culinary Arts 75

CC* Food and Beverage Management 76

CC* Institutional Food Service Operations 76

CC* Property Management Advanced 75

CC* Restaurant Operations (Texas Department

of Criminal Justice only) 76

CC* Restaurant Skills 75

CC* Room Divisions 76

Maintenance Technology

AAS Maintenance Technology 78

CC** Building Trades (self-paced, open-entry program) 78

CC* Carpentry Trades (self-paced, open-entry program) 78

CC* Construction Trades (self-paced, open-entry program) 78

CC* Residential Construction (Brady Campus only) 79

Medical Laboratory Technician

AAS Medical Laboratory Technician 79

MSA Phlebotomy (Non-credit) 79

Health Services

AAS At Risk Youth Specialization 80

AAS Chemical Dependency Specialization 80

AAS Social Work Specialization 81

CC** At Risk Youth Advanced Certificate 80

CC** Chemical Dependency Specialization 81

CC* Criminal Justice Addictions 81

CC* Basic Mental Health Professional 81

CC* Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist 82

Nursing

AAS Nursing Associate Degree 82

AAS Nursing Option for Articulating Student 82

CC** Vocational Nursing 83

Office Technology

AAS Executive Assistant 83

AAS Office Management 84

CC** Administrative Support 84

CC** Office Management 85

CC* General Office Assistant (Texas Department of Criminal Justice only) 84

CC* Health Information Management (self-paced, open-entry program) 85

CC* Medical Coding and Billing 86

CC* Medical Office Specialist (self-paced, open-entry program) 86

CC* Medical Secretary (self-paced, open-entry program) 86

CC* Medical Transcription 86

CC* Office Assistant 84

CC* Office Information Management 85

CC* Office Management 85

CC* Software Applications Specialist 85

Paralegal/Legal Assistant

AAS Paralegal/Legal Assistant 77

Protective Services

AAS Criminal Justice 87

AAS Criminal Justice - Corrections Specialization 87

CC* Criminal Justice Studies Specialization 87

CC* Criminal Justice Corrections Specialization 87

CC Fire Protection Technology 88

Public Administration

AAS Homeland Security and Emergency Management 88

CC* Homeland Security and Emergency Management 88

Radio and Television Broadcasting

CC* Radio Broadcasting 89

CC* Television/Radio Broadcasting 89

Welding

AAS Welding 90

CC** Welding Technology (self-paced, open-entry program) 91

CC* Structural (self-paced, open-entry program) 91

CC* Farm & Ranch (self-paced, open-entry program) 92

CC* Industrial (self-paced, open-entry program) 92

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.

 

Core Area Course Options Semester Credit Hours

Communications (010)

Speech (011)

ENGL 1301 and 1302.

SPCH 1315, 1318, 1321.

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Mathematics (020)

MATH 1316, 1324, 1325, 1332, 1342, 1350, 1351, 1414, 2412, 2413, 2414, 2415 3
Natural Science (030)

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

CHEM 1406, 1407, 1411, 1412, 2423, 2425,

GEOL 1403, 1404, 1405

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

ENVR 1401

AGRI 1407, 1415, 1419

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Humanities (visual/performing arts) (050)

 

 

 

 


(literature, philosophy, and cultural studies) (040)

ARTS 1303, 1304, 1311, 1312, 1316, 1317, 2311, 2313, 2314, 2316, 2317, 2323, 2341, 2342, 2346, 2347, 2356, 2357, 2366

DRAM 1310, 1320, 1321, 1330, 1351, 1352, 2336, 2366, 2367

MUSI 1181, 1183, 1188, 1192, 1301, 1304, 1306, 1307, 1311, 1312, 1390, 2311, 2312


ANTH 2301, 2302, 2346, 2351

ENGL 2322, 2323, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333

SPCH 2341

HUMA 1315

PHIL 1301, 1304, 1316, 1317, 2303, 2306, 2307

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Social/Behavioral Sciences

U.S. History (060)

Political Science (070)

 

HIST 1301, 1302

GOVT 2305, 2306

12
(other social/behavioral science) (080)

HIST 2301, 2311, 2312, 2381

GOVT 2304

PSYC 2301, 2308, 2314, 2315, 2316

SOCI 1301, 1306, 2301

ECON 2301, 2302

GEOG 1300, 1301, 1302, 1303

AGRI 2317

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Health, Wellness, Kinesiology (090) KINE (Physical Activity Courses) 1
  Total Core Requirements 42

Associate of Arts Degree:

Complete Core.......................................................................................................42

Health/Wellness/Kinesiology selection (KINE Activity Courses)..............................3

Computer Technology selection (BCIS-1405, COSC-1301, AGRI-1309)................3

Foreign Language selection (FREN, GERM, SPAN, JAPN)....................................8

Specialization selection - University Parallel............................................................4

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

Associate of Science Degree:

Complete Core........................................................................................................42

Health/Wellness/Kinesiology selection (KINE Activity Courses)...............................3

Computer Technology selection* (BCIS-1405, COSC-1301, AGRI-1309)................3

Mathematics selection (MATH)*................................................................................3

Natural Science selection (BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, GEOL)..........................................4

Specialization selection - University Parallel.............................................................5

Minimum 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 the Central Texas College System
  • All required courses in the major as listed in this Catalog.
  • Satisfy:
  • All required courses in the major as listed in this Catalog.
  • Satisfy:

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

- A minimum "C" on each course in the major.

- A minimum of 2.0 "C" with Central Texas College.

  • A minimum score on all sections of the ACCUPLACER test or other state-approved TSI test unless TSI exempt or eligible for a waiver.
  • Meeting all other Central Texas College and departmental requirements.

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 which includes:

  • ENGL 1301 and three semester hours of oral communications.
  • Three semester hours of humanities or fine arts.
  • Three semester hours of mathematics, MATH 1332, 1342 or higher level.
  • HIST 1301 and 1302.
  • GOVT 2305 and 2306.
  • Three semester hours of computer instruction.
  • Two semester hours of physical education (KINE) from activity courses.
  • If the major is music, journalism, commercial art, or television/radio broadcasting, all required courses in the major as listed in this Catalog must be completed.
  • A minimum of 25 percent of semester hour credits earned within the Central Texas College System.
  • 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 can be made in the Associate of Arts in General Studies Degree requirements when approved by the appropriate Department Chair.
  • A minimum score on all sections of the ACCUPLACER test or other state-approved TSI test unless TSI exempt or eligible for a waiver.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Students must complete the specific degree requirements in the degree plan for their major field as shown in the program of study.

The associate of applied science general education component must constitute a minimum of 15 semester credit hours drawn from and include at least one course from each of the following three required areas: Humanities/Fine Arts; Social/ Behavioral; and Natural Science/Mathematics.

The degree consists of a minimum of 60 semester hours. Students must complete the specific degree requirements as shown in the program of study which includes:

  • ENGL 1301 and three semester hours of oral communications.
  • Three semester hours of humanities or fine arts.
  • Three semester hours of mathematics, MATH, as required by specific program.
  • Three semester hours of social or behavioral science.
  • Three semester hours of computer instruction or successful competency challenge exam.
  • A minimum of 50 percent of semester credit hours of technical courses in the major or a closely related field.
  • A minimum of 25 percent of semester credit hours earned within the Central Texas College System.
  • All required courses in the major as listed in this Catalog.
  • Satisfy:

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

- A minimum "C" on each course in the major.

- A minimum of 2.0 "C" with Central Texas College.

  • A minimum score on all sections of the ACCUPLACER test or other state-approved TSI test unless TSI exempt or eligible for a waiver.
  • Meeting all other Central Texas College and departmental requirements.

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

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Applied Technology

The associate of applied science degree of applied technology general education component must constitute a minimum of 15 semester credit hours drawn from and include 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 which includes:

  • ENGL 1301 and three semester hours of oral communications
  • Three semester hours of humanities or fine arts.
  • Three semester hours of mathematics, MATH 1414, MATH 1324, MATH 1332, MATH 1342, or higher.
  • Three semester hours of social or behavioral science.
  • Three semester hours of computer instruction.
  • Two semester hours of physical education (KINE) from activity courses.
  • 44 semester 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 within Central Texas College.
  • Satisfy:

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

- A minimum "C" on each course in the major area specialization.

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

  • A minimum score on all sections of the ACCUPLACER test or other state-approved TSI test unless TSI exempt or eligible for a waiver.