2016 - 2017 Catalog
Core Curriculum

 

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(Core 2015; Effective Fall 2015; Revised Fall 2016)

The core of learning in college is a set of courses that will provide you with the knowledge, skills and educational experiences you need to succeed in higher education. Those courses - called the Core Curriculum - lead to an associate degree from the colleges of DCCCD and transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Our three-tiered approach ensures that you build fundamental skills upon a solid educational base. It is also flexible enough that you can choose the courses that will apply to your chosen field of study while completing your Core requirements. This solid foundation of Core courses enables you to meet the challenges of your entire college career head-on and transfer important credits to another college or university while saving yourself time and money. Core courses are guaranteed to transfer to Texas public colleges and universities.

Pre-CORE College Requirements

Enrolling in one or more of the following courses may be necessary if assessment activities and previous academic experiences indicate a need for Pre-Core knowledge and skills:
  • TSI development minimum for college readiness (Reading, Writing, Math)
  • ESOL
  • Computer Literacy or Application Course(s) [Learn more.]
  • Learning Frameworks (EDUC 1300) - This course offers multiple learning strategies that will help you become a better critical thinker.  As a strategic learner, you will demonstrate, reflect on and assess your learning by using ePortfolios. [Learn more.]

CORE CURRICULUM OF THE COLLEGES OF DCCCD

TIER 1 - CORE FOUNDATIONS
Knowledge and skills that are important to your success in other college courses will be introduced and reinforced in Tier 1.


Critical Reading and Writing - This learning category prepares you to analyze and interpret printed materials for a variety of different courses.  You will be asked to produce clear, correct, and coherent work.

Select EACH of the following:

 ENGL 1301 (a grade of "C" or better is required)   3cr   [CB010]
HIST 1301   3cr   [CB060]
  

Speaking, Listening, Wellness, and the Human Experience - This learning category develops your ability to communicate effectively individually, in pairs and in groups.  Instructors will place an emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking and responding. This learning category also allows you to explore a wide range of courses related to who you are and how you relate to the world. These courses offer an opportunity for you to examine your physical, social, financial, intellectual, emotional, and aesthetic well-being.

Select ONE of the following options:   4cr [CB090]

Option A:

 SPCH 1311, 1315, 1321 or SGNL 1301, 1302 and PHED 1164
  
Option B:
 ARAB 1411, 1412; CHIN 1411, 1412; FREN 1411, 1412; GERM 1411, 1412; ITAL 1411, 1412; JAPN 1411, 1412; KORE 1411, 1412; LATI 1411, 1412; PORT 1411, 1412; RUSS 1411, 1412; SPAN 1411, 1412
 

Quantitative Reasoning - This learning category promotes the application of mathematics to increase your ability to solve “real-world” problems.  When you are quantitatively literate, you can use logic and critical thinking in new ways.

Select ONE of the following:   3-4*cr [CB020]

(a grade of "C" or better is required)
 MATH 1314, 1316, 1324, 1325, 1332, 1350, 1414, 1425, 1442, 2342, 2412, 2413, 2414, 2442
  

*Note: If a student takes the four (4) credit hour mathematics course; three (3) of those hours will apply towards the mathematics requirement. The remaining one (1) credit hour from that mathematics course will be applied to the general elective requirement and does not count towards the 42-hour Core.



TIER 2 - CORE DOMAINS
Courses in Tier 2 reinforce and apply the knowledge and skills that you learned in Tier 1.


Qualitative Reasoning, Literacy and Research - This learning category develops your ability to solve problems, research information and evaluate arguments.  You will be able to use the tools provided to become a more independent thinker.  

Select the following:   3cr [CB010]

 ENGL 1302
  

Self and Society - This learning category is designed to compare and contrast your knowledge of social behaviors.  You will find opportunities to question the roles both you and others play in addressing the issues of our society.

Select ONE of the following:   3cr [CB080]

 ANTH 2302, 2346, 2351; BIOL 1322; BUSI 1307; COMM 1307; CRIJ 1301, 1307; ECON 1301, 2301, 2302; GEOG 1302, 1303; GOVT 2304, 2311; HIST 2321, 2322, 2327; PHED 1304; PSYC 2301, 2306, 2314, 2316; SOCI 1301, 1306, 2301, 2306, 2319; TECA 1303, 1354
  
Select the following:   3cr [CB070]
 GOVT 2305
  
Select ONE of the following:   3cr [CB060]
 HIST 1302, 2301, 2328, 2381
  

Humanity, Creativity and the Aesthetic Experience - This learning category focuses on the value of literature, philosophy, and the visual and performing arts.  You will be able to critically analyze and form artistic judgments about the arts and humanities.

Select ONE of the following:   3cr [CB050]

 ARTS 1301, 1303, 1304; DANC 2303; DRAM 1310, 2361, 2366; HUMA 1311, 1315; MUSI 1306, 1308, 1309, 1310
  
Select ONE of the following:   3cr [CB040]
 ENGL 2321, 2322, 2323, 2326, 2327, 2328, 2331, 2332, 2333, 2342, 2343, 2351; HUMA 1302, 1305, 2319; PHIL 1301, 1304, 2306, 2307, 2316, 2321 or
  
 FOREIGN LANGUAGE:
  ARAB 2311, 2312; CHIN 2311, 2312; FREN 2311, 2312; GERM 2311, 2312; ITAL 2311, 2312; JAPN 2311, 2312; KORE 2311, 2312; LATI 2311, 2312; PORT 2311, 2312; RUSS 2311, 2312; SGNL 2301, 2302; SPAN 2311, 2312
  

Scientific Discovery and Sustainability - This learning category enables you to construct and examine the relationship of the natural sciences to the world around you.  Becoming a scientifically literate person can develop your ideas of how science and technology influence one another and contribute to modern culture.

Select TWO of the following:   8cr [CB030]  (2cr from [CB090])

  ANTH 2401, BIOL 1406, 1407, 1408, 1409, 1411, 2401, 2402, 2406, 2416, 2420, 2421; CHEM 1405, 1406, 1407, 1411, 1412, 2423, 2425; ENVR 1401, 1402; GEOL 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404, 1405, 1445, 1447; PHYS 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404, 1405, 1407, 1415, 1417, 2425, 2426
  
  NOTE: This requirement cannot be met using the following combinations: BIOL 1406 and 1408; BIOL 1407 and 1409; BIOL 2420 and 2421; CHEM 1405 and 1411; CHEM 1406 and 1411; CHEM 1405 and 1406; CHEM 1406 and 1407; GEOL 1401 and 1403; PHYS 1401 and 1405; PHYS 1401 and PHYS 2425; PHYS 1405 and 2425.


TIER 3 - INTEGRATIVE LEARNING
Integrative Learning improves your ability to evaluate and measure the knowledge and skills which you learned previously from courses in Tiers 1 and 2.

Critical Issues in the State-Federal Relationship - This learning category focuses on the investigation of various issues and being able to reflect on how these issues affect you and others. You will be asked to reflect on your contributions as a responsible member of society. 

Select the following:   3cr [CB070]

 GOVT 2306