Core Curriculum - Associate in Science

Here are the classes you will need to take to meet the general education requirements for an associate (two-year) degree.

Core Curriculum for an Associate in Science Degree

  1. English Composition     6 hours                                               

Courses in English composition will emphasize the practice of critical reading and effective writing.                           

       Select two courses          

  • ENGL 121              Freshman Composition
  • ENGL 220              Research Writing


  1. Mathematics    3 hours                                                                                                     

Courses in mathematics will emphasize quantitative and deductive reasoning, problem solving and logical thinking, organizational and systematic thinking, and the application of mathematics to various life situations.

                   Select one course        

  • MATH 110             College Algebra
  • MATH 121             Precalculus
  • MATH 131             Applied Mathematics
  • MATH 181             Calculus I
  • MATH 141             Intro to Probability & Statistics


  1. Whole-Person Wellness    1 hour

Courses in fitness activity will emphasize practical knowledge and practices that will promote life-long whole-person wellness

Select one course   


  1. Humanities       3 hours

Courses in the humanities will emphasize a reflection on the human experience and human condition through literary texts and artistic forms.                                   

                   Select one course

  • ENGL 221, 222            World Masterpieces I or II
  • ENGL 224                    Survey of English Literature
  • ENGL 231, 232            American Literature I or II                                                                                          
  • ARTS 222                     Art Appreciation
  • HIST221/ARTS221      History of Western Art
  • MUHL 221                   Survey of Music
  • ENGL 272                    Introduction to Drama


  1. Life and Physical Science     4 hours

Courses in science will emphasize understanding and application of everyday phenomena.  Laboratories will be discovery based and emphasize the development and testing of hypotheses, or they may expose students to observational experiences that enhance scientific understanding.

Select one course

  • BIOL 101 or 102                      Anatomy and Physiology I or II
  • BIOL 103                                 Human Biology
  • BIOL 111 or 112                      General Biology I or II
  • BIOL 220                                  Microbiology and Immunology
  • BIOL 225                                  Field Biology
  • CHEM 105                                Survey of Chemistry
  • CHEM 111                                General Chemistry I
  • GEOL 240                                 The Dinosaurs
  • PHYS 101                                 Introductory Physics
  • PHYS 114                                 Physical Science
  • PHYS 121                                 General Physics I


  1. History and Social Science    3 hours

Courses in history and social science are designed to give students a broad understanding of the sweep of world historical, governmental, and cultural events.Through reading, lectures, discussions, and writing, these courses will enhance the critical abilities of students by providing tools and practice that are universal in application.Ultimately, students should be better able to understand contemporary events by grasping how historical, political, and cultural events have combined to create the world in which they live.

                   Select one course

  • HIST 111                         American History, 1492-1865
  • HIST 112                         American History, 1866 to Present
  • HIST 225                         World Civilizations I
  • HIST 226                         World Civilizations II
  • HIST 242                         Historical and Political Geography
  • ECON 211                       Macroeconomics
  • ECON 212                       Microeconomics
  • POLS 211                        National and Texas Constitutions
  • PSYC 212                        General Psychology
  • PSYC 220                        Human Growth and Development
  • SOCI 111                         Introduction to Sociology


  1. Religion      6 hours                                        

Courses in biblical studies will introduce the student to practical methods of Bible study, critical evaluation of scholarship and interpretation, and the richness and depth of the biblical text. Courses in theology will engage the student in a systematic approach to biblical matters, will have students explore different perspectives and relevant issues, and guide students to formulate personal viewpoints and positions. Courses in historical studies trace the origin and development of the Bible, Christianity, Seventh-day Adventism, and other religions.

      Select two courses.    

  1. Biblical Studies

       RELB 211 Life and Teachings of Jesus

  1. Theological Studies

       RELT 101 Christian Beliefs

       RELT 212 Christian Ethics  

  1. Historical Studies

       RELH 230 History of the SDA Church

       RELH 233 Biblical Archaeology

Total: 26