The Core Curriculum is defined by the Texas Education Code (TEC) Section 61.821 as

    ... the curriculum in liberal arts, humanities, and sciences and political, social, and cultural history that all undergraduate students of an institution of higher education are required to complete before receiving an academic undergraduate degree.

    The Core Curriculum thus provides the broad, general knowledge base that society expects a college graduate to have.

    Students completing AA, AS, or AAT degrees must satisfy all core requirements by completing the 42 semester credit hours as specified below.  In addition, most AAS degrees require students to choose from core classes to complete the general education requirements of the degree plan.

    Students who successfully complete the 42 semester credit hour (SCH) core curriculum at one institution can transfer the entire set of completed courses to another Texas higher education institution without having to repeat any core courses. These students will receive a designation of “core complete” on their transcript.

    Although the courses included in the core curriculum may vary by institution, every Texas higher education institution's core curriculum must include the following foundational component areas and semester credit hours:

    • Communication (6 SCH)
    • Mathematics (3 SCH)
    • Life and Physical Sciences (6 SCH)
    • Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 SCH)
    • Creative Arts (3 SCH)
    • American History (6 SCH)
    • Government/Political Science (6 SCH)
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 SCH)
    • The Component Area Option (6 SCH)

    Students may choose from courses listed in the specified Foundational Component Area as stated on their degree plan.  For example, if the degree plan lists “Mathematics Core Elective,” students may choose any of the courses listed under the Mathematics Foundational Component Area.

    DMC Core Courses 

    THECB - Texas Core Curriculum  

    DMC Core Objectives/General Education Competencies 

    Core Objectives and Aspects 

    Critical Thinking Resources 

    Communication Skills Resources 

    Empirical & Quantitative Skills Resources 

    Teamwork – Working Document 

    Social Responsibility Resources 

    Personal Responsibility Resources 

    Foundational Component Areas/Core Objectives chart