Associate Transfer Degrees

San Jacinto College offers a variety of certificates and degrees. The College encourages students to complete the requirements of an associate degree at San Jacinto College even if they are planning to transfer to another college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree. One advantage of completing a degree is the fact that this action reflects commitment to a specific educational goal and success in meeting that goal. Earning an associate degree is evidence of taking one definable step beyond a high school diploma or the high school equivalency examination, and it is the minimum educational requirement for employment in certain positions in area businesses and industries. The Associate of Arts (AA) and the Associate of Science (AS) degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year or upper-level college or university. This type of degree includes general education courses such as English, mathematics, history, and government, which are considered to be core requirements for most baccalaureate degree programs.

One path to an associate degree at San Jacinto College has three parts:

  1. a 42-semester credit hour (SCH) core curriculum;
  2. a six-hour institutional option; and
  3. a 12-hour transfer path.

The Core Curriculum & Institutional Option

INSTITUTIONAL OPTION
Select one of the following:3
Learning Framework
Learning Framework
Academic elective (if successfully completed GUST 0305)
Select one of the following:3
Business Computer Applications
Integrated Software Applications I
Academic elective (if student passes the computer literacy exam)
CORE CURRICULUM
Communications
Select two of the following:6
Composition I (required)
Composition II
Technical and Business Writing
Mathematics
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Plane Trigonometry
Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences 1
Calculus for Business and Social Sciences 1
Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) 1
Elementary Statistical Methods (Statistics) 2
Linear Algebra
Differential Equations
Pre-Calculus Math
Calculus I
Calculus II
Life and Physical Sciences (Natural Science)
Select two of the following: 36
Stars and Galaxies (lecture)
The Solar System (lecture)
Biology for Science Majors I (lecture)
Biology for Science Majors II (lecture)
Biology for Non-Science Majors I (lecture) 4
Biology for Non-Science Majors II (lecture) 4
General Botany
General Zoology (lecture)
Human Anatomy and Physiology I (lecture) 5
Human Anatomy and Physiology II (lecture) 5
Introductory Chemistry I (lecture) 4
General Chemistry I (lecture)
General Chemistry II (lecture)
Earth Sciences for Non-Science Majors I (lecture) 4
Physical Geology (lecture)
Historical Geology (lecture)
Environmental Science (lecture)
College Physics I (lecture)
College Physics II (lecture)
University Physics I (lecture)
University Physics II (lecture)
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities)
Select one of the following:3
British Literature I
British Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
World Literature I
World Literature II
Forms of Literature: Literature and Film
Mexican American Literature
Human Geography
World Civilization I
World Civilization II
Introduction to the Humanities I
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
Creative Arts (Fine Arts)
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
Art History I (Prehistoric to the 14th century)
Art History II (14th century to the present)
Dance Appreciation
Introduction to Theater
Introduction to Cinema: Film Appreciation I
Music Appreciation
Music Literature
American Music
American History
Select two of the following:6
United States History I
United States History II
Texas History
Mexican American History I
Mexican American History II
Government/Political Science
Select two of the following:6
Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics) 6
Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Archaeology
General Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
World Regional Geography
Introduction to Political Science
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Minority Studies I
Component Area Option
The Component Area Option includes the courses listed below as well as all other courses listed in the Core Curriculum that have not been used to fulfill a previous area of the Core. Select 6 semester credit hours (SCH) to fulfill this component. 76
Introduction to Speech Communication
Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Business and Professional Speech
Introduction to Physical Fitness and Wellness
Beginning Chinese I
Beginning Chinese II
Beginning French I
Beginning French II
Beginning German I
Beginning German II
Beginning American Sign Language I
Beginning American Sign Language II
Beginning Spanish I
Beginning Spanish II
Total Credits48

If a student successfully completes San Jacinto College’s 42-hour core curriculum, that block of courses must be substituted for the receiving institution’s core curriculum. A student may not be required to take additional core curriculum courses to meet the requirements of the core. Students who transfer without completing the core curriculum shall receive academic credit in the core curriculum of the receiving institution for each of the courses that the student has successfully completed in the San Jacinto College core curriculum.

Students should plan core curriculum courses that would meet baccalaureate degree requirements at the four-year institution.

The Transfer Path

Associate of Arts Degree

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year or upper-level college or university and major in General Studies, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Business, Fine Arts, or Communications. For more information, students may refer to the Core Curriculum and Field of Study sections of the catalog.

  • The Transfer Path for an AA in General Studies requires 12 SCHs in any combination from academic courses. For more specific information, refer to  General Studies (1G-STUDY).
  • The Transfer Path for an AA in Social & Behavioral Sciences requires 12 SCHs in any combination from ANTH,CRIJ, GEOG, GOVT, HIST, HUMA, PHIL, PSYC, or SOCI. For more specific information, refer to Social & Behavioral Sciences (1SOC-BEHV)
  • The Transfer Path for an AA in Business requires 12 SCHs in any combination from ACCT, BCIS, BUSI, ECON, or MARA. For more specific information, refer to Business (1BUSINESS)
  • The Transfer Path for an AA in Fine Arts requires 12 SCHs in any combination from ARTS, DANC, DRAM, MUAP, MUEN, or MUSI. For more specific information, refer to Fine Arts (1FINEARTS)
  • The Transfer Path for an AA in Communications requires 12 SCHs in any combination from CHIN, COMM, ENGL, FREN, GERM, SGNL, SPAN, or SPCH. For more specific information, refer to Communications (1COMM)

Associate of Science Degree

The Associate of Science (AS) degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year or upper-level college or university and major in mathematics, one of the sciences (biology, chemistry, geology, physics, biotechnology, or related fields), engineering, or computer science. For more information, students may refer to the Core Curriculum and Field of Study sections of the catalog.

  • The Transfer Path for an AS in Life Sciences requires 12 SCHs in any combination from BIOL or CHEM (except BIOL 1308/1108 and BIOL 1309/1109; CHEM 1305/1105). For more specific information, refer to Life Sciences (2LIFESCI).
  • The Transfer Path for an AS in Physical Sciences requires 12 SCHs in any combination from CHEM, GEOL, or PHYS (except CHEM 1305/1105; GEOL 1301/1101). For more specific information, refer to Physical Sciences (2PHYSCI).
  • The Transfer Path for an AS in Computer Sciences requires 12 SCHs in any combination from COSC 1336 and COSC 1337; and 6 SCH form COSC 2336, COSC 2325, MATH 2413, MATH 2414, or PHYS 2325/2125 or PHYS 2326/2126. For more specific information, refer to Computer Science (2COSCI).
  • The Transfer Path for an AS in Mathematics requires 12 SCHs in any combination from MATH 2318, MATH 2320, MATH 2413, MATH 2414, or MATH 2415. For more specific information, refer to Mathematics (2MATH).

Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree

The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) is a collegiate degree program approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) consisting of lower-division courses intended for transfer to baccalaureate programs that lead to initial Texas teacher certification. The AAT degree, as defined by THECB, is fully transferable to all Texas public universities. Because the AAT fulfills the requirements of the field of study curriculum statutes and THECB rules, all Texas public universities must accept the AAT curricula if they offer the applicable baccalaureate degrees leading to initial teacher certification.

Students who complete the AAT at San Jacinto College will be required to meet any and all entrance requirements of the receiving university and the educator preparation program, including grade point averages and/or testing requirements.

  • The Transfer Path for an AAT in Teaching - Early Childhood to 6th Grade requires 12 SCHs in any combination from MATH 1350, MATH 1351 or equivalent; EDUC 1301, EDUC 2301, and additional science beyond Life and Physical Science. For more specific information, refer to Teaching - Early Childhood to 6th Grade (1TEACH-EC6).
  • The Transfer Path for an AS in Teaching - Grades 7 to 12 requires 12 SCHs in any combination from EDUC 1301, EDUC 2301, and content area teaching fields/academic disciplines. For more specific information, refer to Teaching - Grades 7 to 12 (1TEACH-7-12).

Associate of Arts in Music

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) allows a community college to combine a Field of Study (FOS) and a portion of the core curriculum, including government and history, to create a 60 SCH degree. The Associate of Arts in Music is a combination of the Music FOS and the College core curriculum.

The College designed the AA in Music to apply to Bachelor of Music (BM), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music Education (BMEd), or other baccalaureate-level music degrees as deemed appropriate by the awarding institution.

Associate of Science in Engineering Degree

The Associate of Science in Engineering (ASE) is a collegiate degree approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) consisting of lower-division courses intended for transfer to baccalaureate programs that lead to an engineering degree. The ASE, as defined by THECB, is fully transferrable to Texas public universities that participate in the Tuning In Texas articulation agreement (transfer compact).

The College recommends students seek the advice of an educational planner. Students who complete the ASE will be required to meet any and all entrance requirements of the receiving institution, including grade point averages and/or testing requirements.

Field of Study (FOS)

The state of Texas mandated field of study curricula in Senate Bill 148 of the 75th Texas Legislature (1997). Core curricula and field of study curricula are intended to facilitate free transferability of lower-division academic courses among Texas public colleges and universities if a student successfully completes a field of study curriculum. Fields of study are developed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), but not for all majors. Students may transfer the block of courses in the field of study to a general academic teaching institution in Texas, and the institution must substitute the filed of study curricula for that institution’s lower-division (freshman and sophomore level) requirements for the degree program in that field of study. The student will receive full academic credit toward the degree program for the block of courses transferred.

A student who transfers from one institution of higher education to another, without completing all courses in the field of study curriculum at the sending institution, will receive academic credit in the field of study curriculum of the receiving institution for each of the courses that the student has successfully completed. Following receipt of credit for these courses, the student may be required to satisfy the remaining course requirements in the field of study curriculum at the receiving institution. A student concurrently enrolled at more than one institution of higher education should follow the field of study curriculum requirements of the institution at which the student is classified as a degree-seeking student.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) maintains a list of available Field of Study (FOS) curricula.