Associate Degrees


Core Requirements

Core Curriculum Requirements
Students earning an A.A., A.S., or A.A.T. must complete the Core Curriculum below.
Component Area Course Options Required SCH*
Communication ENGL 1301 and 1302 6
Mathematics MATH 1314, 1324, 1332, 1342 3
Life/Physical Sciences BIOL 1306/1307, 1308/1309, CHEM 1311, 1312, PHYS 1301/1302, PHYS 2325/2326 6
Language, Philosophy, and Culture ENGL 2322, 2323, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333 or HUMA 1301, PHIL 1301, 2306 3
Creative Arts ARTS 1301, or DRAM 2361, or MUSI 1306 3
American History HIST 1301 and 1302 6
Government/Political Sciences GOVT 2305/2306 6
Social & Behavioral Sciences ECON 2301 or PSYC 2301 or SOCI 1301 3
Core Component Area SPCH 1311 or 1321 3
Option 1    
Component Areas BCIS 1305, PHED 1304, PSYC 2314, HECO (BUSI) 1307 3
Option 2 (Personal Finance), COSC 1301, HECO 1322 (Nutrition)  
Total   42
*Semester Credit Hours
 

Associate of Arts (AA)

Associate of Arts (AA) in General Studies Degree

The Associate of Arts in General Studies (A.A.) degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a senior college or university.  This degree includes general education courses such as English, foreign language, history, government, mathematics, and lab science, which are considered to be core requirements for almost all baccalaureate degree programs.  (See a listing of core courses above.)

Students should keep in mind the advantages of completing the requirements of a degree at Southwest Texas Junior College even if they are planning to transfer to another college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree.  An obvious advantage of completing any 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.

Requirements:

  1. Satisfy minimum entrance requirements.
  2. Complete the Core Curriculum (see Core Curriculum Requirements).
  3. Complete additional academic coursework for a total of 60 semester credit hours, not including semester credit hours earned in ORIE 0100 or any developmental course.
  4. Earn at least twenty-five percent of semester credit hours at SWTJC.
  5. Make formal application for graduation.
  6. Must satisfy TSI (Texas Success Initiative) requirements.
  7. Must follow catalog requirements of the academic year when student first enrolled at SWTJC or current catalog.  There is a 10 year limit to the catalog used for graduation.

Associate of Science (AS)

Associate of Science (AS) Degree

The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a senior college or university and major in science, mathematics, or engineering.  This degree includes general education courses such as English, foreign language, history, government, mathematics, and lab science, which are considered to be core requirements for almost all baccalaureate degree programs.  Also, it includes additional lab science and mathematics courses required in most science, mathematics, and engineering Bachelors of Science degree programs. (See a listing of core courses above).

Students should keep in mind the advantages of completing the requirements of a degree at Southwest Texas Junior College even if they are planning to transfer to another college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree.  An obvious advantage of completing any 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.

Requirements:

  1. Satisfy minimum entrance requirements.
  2. Complete the Core Curriculum (see Core Curriculum Requirements).
  3. Complete additional academic coursework for a total of 60 semester credit hours including  8 semester credit hours of sophomore level lab science, 3 semester credit hours of sophomore level mathematics, and not including semester credit hours earned in ORIE 0100, COLS 0300 or any developmental course.
  4. Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for all college level courses.
  5. Earn at least twenty-five percent of semester credit hours at SWTJC.
  6. Make formal application for graduation.
  7. Must satisfy TSI (Texas Success Initiative) requirements.
  8. Must follow catalog requirements of the academic year when student first enrolled at SWTJC or current catalog.  There is a 10 year limit to the catalog limit used for graduation.

Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT)

Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) Degree

The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree is a Board-approved collegiate degree program consisting of lower-division courses intended for transfer to baccalaureate programs that lead to initial Texas teacher certification.  There are three AAT options:

  1. EC-6
  2. 4-8, EC-12 Special Education
  3. 8-12, EC-12 Other than Special Education

These three AAT’s can only be offered by Texas public community colleges, Lamar State College-Orange, and Lamar State College-Port Arthur, and are fully transferable to any Texas public university offering baccalaureate degree programs leading to initial teacher certification.

Students who complete the AAT will be required to meet any and all entrance requirements of the receiving university and the educator preparation program, including grade point average and/or testing requirements.  While the degree is designed for transfer purposes, it also meets the “No Child Left Behind” requirements for paraprofessionals.  In addition, completion of the AAT is much like that of an Associate of Arts in General Studies degree in that it may qualify students for work that requires at least an associate’s degree.  Some AAT courses require field experiences in a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade (P-12) setting.

Because of the various degree options available within the AAT, students are advised to meet with an advisor to discuss specific details of a degree plan.

Requirements

  1. Satisfaction of minimum entrance requirements.
  2. Complete the Core Curriculum (see Core Curriculum Requirements).
  3. Complete additional academic coursework for 60 semester credit hours, not including semester credit hours earned in ORIE 0100, or any developmental course.
  4. Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on all college level courses.
  5. Earn at least twenty-five percent of semester credit hours at SWTJC
  6. Make formal application for graduation.
  7. Must satisfy TSI (Texas Success Initiative) requirements.
  8. Must follow the current catalog requirements for specific AAT options. (See
  9.  Associate of Arts in Teaching section). There is a 10 year limit to the catalog used for graduation.
 
The curricula of the three degree options can be found in the section “Associate of Arts in Teaching Curricula.”

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

The Associate of Applied Science degrees and certificates are Board-approved collegiate programs consisting of technical courses and integrated general education courses.  Students choose among a variety of career areas and acquire skills necessary to compete in the job market.

Requirements:

  1. Satisfaction of minimum entrance requirements.
  2. Completion of specific program and course requirements (see Technical Programs).
  3. Computer competencies must be verified by satisfactory completion of ITSC 1301, COSC 1301, or equivalent.
  4. Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on all college level courses.
  5. Earn at least twenty-five percent of semester credit hours at SWTJC.
  6. Make formal application for graduation.
  7. Must satisfy TSI (Texas Success Initiative) requirements.
  8. Must follow the catalog requirements of the academic year when the student first enrolled in the technical program or the current catalog.  There is a 10 year limit to the catalog used for graduation.