Explanation of Degrees

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

The individual courses of study will include the requirements for graduation. Please refer to your individual degree plan for specifics.

TC awards the Associate of Applied Science degree for successful completion of prescribed two-year programs of study that enable the graduate to enter an occupation with a marketable skill, an acceptable level of competency, and the ability to communicate intelligently. Several Associate of Applied Science degree programs provide a foundation for transfer to a four-year institution offering Bachelor of Science degrees in occupational programs.

The Associate of Applied Science degree programs require a minimum of 15 semester hours of general education courses. Courses must be selected from the following areas and must include at least 3 SCH in each area: humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, and natural sciences/mathematics. General education requirements in AAS programs are in compliance with the Guidelines for Instructional Programs in Workforce Education.

Academic Degrees—Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), and Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT)

The Associate of Arts, the Associate of Science, and the Associate of Arts in Teaching degrees provide general academic curricula in university-parallel and pre-professional courses of study which enable students to enter as juniors at senior colleges or universities of their choice. Students who attend TC for one or two years and transfer to senior colleges or universities should have no difficulty completing transfer of credits if they follow these steps:

  1. Select a major field of study and a senior college or university which offers a bachelor’s degree in the chosen field
  2. Write or visit the Registrar’s Office of the senior college or university to obtain a current copy of its catalog, and study the freshman and sophomore courses offered
  3. See an academic TC advisor who will help select TC courses corresponding to those offered for freshman and sophomore years at the senior college or university
  4. Complete the courses with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 (C average)
  5. Apply for admission to the senior college or university early in the last semester at TC and ask the Registrar’s Office to send a transcript to the receiving institution
  6. Apply for Texarkana College Graduation to receive your degree.

The Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Arts in Teaching degree programs provide the Texas Core Curriculum (general education requirement) consisting of 42 semester hours as mandated by Rule 4.28 of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). In compliance with the Core Curriculum requirements specified by the THECB, the Texarkana College Core Curriculum includes the following minimum requirements: communication (6 credit hours), mathematics (3 credit hours), life and physical sciences (6 credit hours) language, philosophy, and culture (3 credit hours), creative arts (3 credit hours), American history (6 credit hours), government/political science (6 credit hours), social/behavioral sciences (3 credit hours), and component area option (6 credit hours). All core curriculum courses are approved to transfer and to apply toward any undergraduate degree at a public college, university, or health science center in Texas.

Additionally, Texarkana College does offer a number of major pathways within the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Arts in Teaching degrees that allow students to better facilitate the transition to degree majors at four-year colleges. Students are encouraged to work closely with college advisors in choosing the proper courses in line with both their desired major concentration and the senior institution to which they wish to transfer. Specific major concentrations within the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Arts in Teaching degree programs are indicated on student transcripts.