These three degrees are designed as the equivalent of the first half of a baccalaureate degree. These are general plans and may or may not satisfy the requirements of a specific transfer university. Students desiring to transfer should seek one of these degrees after consultation with the college Counseling/Advising Center. However, in keeping with Texas State law, students who complete the 42 hour credits of the Core Curriculum are assured that the core should transfer to any Texas public college or university; in such instances, the core should be substituted for the core requirements of the receiving institution. Students are encouraged to complete the entire core within the college. However, care should be taken in the selection of math and science courses to ensure that those courses also meet requirements of the proposed major at the transfer institution.
Students transferring from another Texas public college or university who have completed that institution's core requirements are assured that Richland College will accept the completion of that core in lieu of its own toward the requirements for the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Arts in Teaching degree.
In order to receive one of these degrees, students should complete the college's 42 hour Core Curriculum and a minimum of 18 additional elective hours. Students should follow the degree outline for those degree requirements.
The Associate of Science degree differs from the Associate of Arts degrees by requiring an additional 6 hours to be selected from a course with the prefix of BCIS, BIOL, CHEM, COSC, ENGR, ENVR, FORS, GEOL, MATH, PHYS or ANTH 2401. Students are not eligible to receive both degree titles.
A maximum of four physical education activity hours may be counted as credit toward requirements for graduation. The GPA for graduation is based on the credit earned for all courses taken in colleges of the DCCCD and for all credit which is transferred from other institutions. The following courses will not count toward graduation nor the GPA for graduation: Courses numbered below 1000; ARTS 1170; DIRS 9170, 9270, 9370; MUSI 9176 and 9378. In addition to completing required courses, students must meet all Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements and receive a GPA (2) of at least 2.00.
Students who wish to complete a degree totally through distance learning courses should read the section entitled Distance Learning Program and consult the degree plan.
Students who desire to become a certified teacher in Texas may wish to consider completing the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree or other specific AA or AS degrees associated with teacher preparation programs described elsewhere in this catalog.