Section II: COC Core Requirement
2.7.3 The institution requires in each undergraduate degree program the successful completion of a general education component at the collegiate level that (1) is a substantial component of each undergraduate degree, (2) ensures breadth of knowledge, and (3) is based on a coherent rationale. For degree completion in associate programs, the component constitutes a minimum of 15 semester hours or the equivalent; for baccalaureate programs, a minimum of 30 semester hours or the equivalent. These credit hours are to be drawn from and include at least one course from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts; social/behavioral sciences; and natural science/mathematics. The courses do not narrowly focus on those skills, techniques, and procedures specific to a particular occupation or profession. The institution provides a written justification and rationale for course equivalency.
JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE
NARRATIVE/JUSTIFICATION FOR JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCEAll undergraduate degree programs must include a core curriculum of 42 semester credit hours which represents one-third of the total semester hours required for most degrees. The core curriculum provides a breadth of knowledge (Catalog 2004-2005, Academic Regulations-Undergraduate, Core Curriculum) as follows:
A common core curriculum for all colleges and universities in Texas was implemented in Fall 1999 in accordance with Texas Education Code, Chapter 61, Subchapter S. The core can be transferred whole or in part among all institutions in the State of Texas in order facilitate student completion of degrees. (Catalog 2004-2005, Academic Regulations - Undergraduate, Transfer of the Core Curriculum)