Texas General Education Core Curriculum WebCenter

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The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board), with the assistance of its Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee, designed a new 42 semester credit hour (SCH) core curriculum for all undergraduate students in Texas public higher education institutions. The Coordinating Board approved the new core to be implemented in fall 2014. The purpose of the core curriculum is to ensure that Texas undergraduate students enrolled in public institutions of higher education will develop the essential knowledge and skills they need in order to be successful in college, in a career, in their communities, and in life. The core curriculum facilitates the transfer of lower-division course credit among public colleges, universities, and health-related institutions throughout the state.

Beginning in fall 2014, all incoming Freshmen students to Texas public institutions will complete the new core curriculum requirements. Core curriculum courses for all institutions are listed in this Core Curriculum WebCenter Search Facility.

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Core Curriculum Courses

The courses that are listed on this site have been approved for inclusion in an institution’s core curriculum. No institutional representative may approve course substitutions or waivers of the institution's core curriculum requirements for any currently enrolled student, with certain exceptions noted in Coordinating Board rules Chapter 4.28 (k). All common core courses are grouped in eight Foundational Component Areas and one Component Area Option. Each Foundational Component Area has a maximum number of Semester Credit Hours (SCH) required. The completed core curriculum is exactly 42 SCH.

Components & Requirements of the Core Curriculum
FCATranscript Code Component Area Required Semester
Credit Hours
010 Communication 6 SCH
020 Mathematics 3 SCH
030 Life and Physical Science 6 SCH
040 Language, Philosophy and Culture 3 SCH
050 Creative Arts 3 SCH
060 American History 6 SCH
070 Government/Political Science 6 SCH
080 Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 SCH
090 Component Area Option 6 SCH
Links of Interest
Texas Education Code (legislative statutes):
Texas Administrative Code (Coordinating Board rules): Texas Common Course Numbering System:

For information about specific course equivalencies at Texas institutions go to TCCNS

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College: