Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum at South Texas College has, at its foundation, the philosophy and purpose of the College and is a composition of general education courses which form the foundation of all Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees.

These are degrees that are designed for students who plan to continue their education at a four-year university in order to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

STC is committed to the preparation of intellectually flexible, creative, and productive citizens. Through exposure to a varied range of disciplines and technologies, students will develop:

  • an understanding of the importance of lifelong learning
  • broad global and social perspectives
  • essential skills for tomorrow's workforce

The purpose of the Core Curriculum is to gain a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning.

Core Objectives

  • Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
  • Personal Responsibility - to include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making
  • Social Responsibility - to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities

This common body of essential knowledge and skills is taught and reinforced through courses selected in nine Core Components: Communication, Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences, Language, Philosophy & Culture, Creative Arts, American History, Government/Political Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and a Component Area Option.


Composition/Written Communication
6 credits
ENGL 1301 Composition I
ENGL 1302 Composition II-Rhetoric

Courses in this category focus on developing ideas and expressing them clearly, considering the effect of the message, fostering understanding, and building the skills needed to communicate persuasively. Courses involve the command of oral, aural, written, and visual literacy skills that enable people to exchange messages appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.


3-4 credits
MATH 1316 Plane Trigonometry
MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences
MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics
MATH 1414 College Algebra
MATH 1425 Calculus for Business & Social Sciences
MATH 1442 Elementary Statistical Methods
MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus Math
MATH 2413 Calculus I

Courses in this category focus on quantitative literacy in logic, patterns, and relationships. Courses involve the understanding of key mathematical concepts and the application of appropriate quantitative tools to everyday experience.


8 credits
BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I
BIOL 1407 Biology for Science Majors II
BIOL 1408 Biology for Non-Science Majors I
BIOL 1409 Biology for Non-Science Majors II
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II
CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II
GEOL 1403 Physical Geology
GEOL 1404 Historical Geology
GEOL 1445 Oceanography
GEOL 1447 Meteorology
PHYS 1401 College Physics I
PHYS 1402 College Physics II
PHYS 1403 Stars and Galaxies
PHYS 1404 Solar System
PHYS 1415 Physical Science I
PHYS 1417 Physical Science II
PHYS 2425 University Physics I
PHYS 2426 University Physics II

Courses in this category focus on describing, explaining, and predicting natural phenomena using the scientific method. Courses involve the understanding of interactions among natural phenomena and the implications of scientific principles on the physical world and on human experiences.


3 credits
ARTS 1304 Art History II
ENGL 2321 British Literature
ENGL 2326 American Literature
ENGL 2331 World Literature
ENGL 2341 Introduction to Forms of Literature
ENGL 2351 Mexican American Literature
HUMA 1301 Introduction to Humanities I
HUMA 1305 Introduction to Mexican-American Studies
HUMA 2319 American Minority Studies
HUMA 2323 World Cultures
MUSI 1307 Music Literature
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 1304 Introduction to World Religions
PHIL 2303 Introduction to Logic
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 2307 Introduction to Social & Political Philosophy
PHIL 2316 Classical Philosophy
PHIL 2321 Philosophy of Religion
SGNL 2301 Intermediate American Sign Language I
SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 2312 Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 2313 Spanish for Native/Heritage Speakers I
SPAN 2315 Spanish for Native/Heritage Speakers II

Courses in this category focus on how ideas, values, beliefs, and other aspects of culture express and affect human experience. Courses involve the exploration of ideas that foster aesthetic and intellectual creation in order to understand the human condition across cultures.


3 credits
ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation
ARTS 1303 Art History I
ARTS 1311 Design I
ARTS 1316 Drawing I
ARTS 2346 Ceramics I
ARTS 2348 Digital Art I
ARTS 2356 Photography I (Fine Arts Emphasis)
DANC 2303 Dance Appreciation
DRAM 1310 Introduction to Theater
DRAM 2366 Introduction to Cinema
HUMA 1302 Introduction to Humanities II
HUMA 1311 Mexican-American Fine Arts Appreciation
MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation
MUSI 1310 American Music

Courses in this category focus on the appreciation and analysis of creative artifacts and works of the human imagination. Courses involve the synthesis and interpretation of artistic expression and enable critical, creative, and innovative communication about works of art.

American History

6 credits
HIST 1301 U. S. History I or
HIST 2327 Mexican-American History I
HIST 1302 U. S. History II or
HIST 2328 Mexican-American History II

Courses in this category focus on the consideration of past events and ideas relative to the United States, with the option of including Texas History for a portion of this component area. Courses involve the interaction among individuals, communities, states, the nation, and the world, considering how these interactions have contributed to the development of the United States and its global role.


6 credits
GOVT 2305 Federal Government
GOVT 2306 Texas Government

Courses in this category focus on consideration of the Constitution of the United States and the constitutions of the states, with special emphasis on that of Texas. Courses involve the analysis of governmental institutions, political behavior, civic engagement, and their political and philosophical foundations.


3 credits
ANTH 2301 Physical Anthropology
ANTH 2302 Introduction to Archeology
ANTH 2351 Cultural Anthropology
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices
CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law
CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices
ECON 2301 Principles of Economics I - Macro
EDUC 1300 Learning Framework
GOVT 2304 Introduction to Political Science
GOVT 2311 Mexican American Politics
HIST 2301 Texas History
HIST 2321 World Civilizations I
HIST 2322 World Civilizations II
HIST 2381 African American History
PSYC 1300 Learning Framework
PSYC 2301 General Psychology
PSYC 2306 Human Sexuality
PSYC 2307 Adolescent Psychology I
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development
PSYC 2315 Psychology of Adjustment
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 1306 Social Problems
SOCI 2301 Marriage and the Family
SOCI 2319 Minority Studies
SOCW 2361 Introduction to Social Work
TECA 1354 Child Growth and Development

Courses in this category focus on the application of empirical and scientific methods that contribute to the understanding of what makes us human. Courses involve the exploration of behavior and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, and events, examining their impact on the individual, society, and culture.


3-4 credits
BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications
BIOL 1322 Nutrition and Diet Therapy I
BIOL 2406 Environmental Biology
BIOL 2416 Genetics
BIOL 2421 Microbiology for Science Majors
CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2425 Organic Chemistry II
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computing
COSC 1337 Programming Fundamentals II
COSC 1436 Programming Fundamentals I
COSC 2330 Advanced Structured Languages
COSC 2425 Computer Organization
COSC 2436 Programming Fundamentals III
ENGR 1201 Introduction to Engineering
ENGR 1304 Engineering Graphics
ENGR 2301 Statics
ENGR 2302 Dynamics
ENGR 2405 Electrical Circuits I
KINE 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness and Sport
MATH 2418 Linear Algebra
MATH 2420 Differential Equations
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communications
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication
SPCH 2333 Discussion and Small Group Communication
SPCH 2335 Argumentation and Debate

Total Credits: 42