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Core Curriculum

Revised Fall 2000
Revised July 24th, 2001
Revised May 16, 2002
Revised March 3, 2004

The Core Curriculum at Sam Houston State University contains 42 semester credit hours, encompassing six component areas. Each component area has a minimum credit hour requirement and a set of specific courses that may be used to satisfy the requirement. The chart below details the Sam Houston State University courses and their Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) equivalents that comprise SHSU’s core curriculum.

Component Area: Number Equivalent (TCCN) Texas Common Hours Required Course
Component Area 1 - Communication
6 HOURS
English 164 ENGL 1301
English 165 ENGL 1302
English 330*  
English 380*  
English 381*  
*When approved by department  
Component Area 2 - Mathematics
3 HOURS
Math 164 OR Math 1332
Math 170 Math 2312
Note: The only exception to the required courses listed above is when a different Math is required within the major field of study. The following is a list of the possible exceptions to this component area.
Math 142 MATH 2413
Math 163 MATH 1316
Math 199 MATH 1324
Math 184 MATH 1350
Note: Math 166 and Math 169 DO NOT meet this requirement
Note: Students with a documented learning disability and department approval by substitute Math 169 (Statistics) or Philosophy 362 (Contemporary Logic).
Component Area 3 - Natural Sciences
8 HOURS
Choose two courses with Labs.
Biology 134 & 114 BIOL 1308 & 1108
Biology 137 & 117 BIOL 2306 & 2106 or 2406
Biology 161 & 111 BIOL 1311 & 1111
Biology 162 & 112 BIOL 1313 & 1113
Biology 245 BIOL 2401
Chemistry 135 & 115 CHEM 1305 & 1105
Chemistry 136 & 116 CHEM 1307 & 1107
Chemistry 138 & 118 CHEM 1311 & 1111
Chemistry 139 & 119 CHEM 1312 & 1112
Geology 132 & 112 GEOL 1305 & 1105
Geology 133 & 113 GEOL 1303 & 1103  
Geology 134 & 114 GEOL 1304 & 1104  
Geography 131 & Lab 111 (required @ SHSU) GEOG 1301  
Physics 133 & 113 PHYS 1311 & 1111  
Physics 134* & 114* PHYS 1312 & 1112  
Physics 135 & 115 PHYS 1305 & 1105  
Physics 136 & 116 PHYS 1307 & 1107  
Physics 138 & 118 PHYS 1301 & 1101  
Physics 139 & 119 PHYS 1302 & 1102  
Physics 141 PHYS 2425  
HON 161*    
HON 162*    
*When approved by the department.    
Component Area 4 - Humanities & Visual & Performing Arts 9 HOURS
Select 3 hours from Visual & Performing Arts:
Agriculture 299 ARTS 1301  
Art 160 ARTS 1301  
Art 161 ARTS 1311  
Art 163 ARTS 1316  
Art 260 ARTS 1303  
Dance 172 DANC 2303  
Dance 176 DANC 1301  
Music 138 MUSI 1308  
Music 161 MUSI 1301  
Music 264 MUSI 1310  
Music 265 MUSI 1306  
Theatre 160 DRAM 1330  
Theatre 164 DRAM 1351  
Theatre 166 DRAM 1310  
Theatre 230 DRAM 1341  
Theatre 231 DRAM 2336  
Select 3 hours from Literature or Philosophy:
English 265 ENGL 2331OR 2332  
English 266 ENGL 2342  
Philosophy 261 PHIL 1301  
Philosophy 263 PHIL 2306  
Philosophy 365*    
Philosophy 463*    
*When approved by department:    
Select 3 hours from Cultural Studies:
BSL 236 NO TCCN  
Foreign Languages 263 FREN, GERM, SPAN 2311/2312  
Foreign Languages 264 FREN, GERM, SPAN 2312  
Geography 265 GEOG 1303  
Geography 266 GEOG 1303  
History 265 HIST 2311  
History 266 HIST 2312  
Sociology 168 SOCI 2319  
Component Area 5 - Social and Behavioral Sciences
15 HOURS
Select 9 hours from:
History 163 HIST 1301
History 164 HIST 1302
Political Science 261 GOVT 2301/2306
Select 3 hours from:
Political Science 231 NO TCCN
Political Science 232 NO TCCN
Political Science 235 NO TCCN
Political Science 265 NO TCCN
Political Science 266 NO TCCN
Political Science 281 NO TCCN
Political Science 285 GOVT 2302/2305
Political Science 334*    
Political Science 336*    
Political Science 337*    
Political Science 360*    
Political Science 364*    
*When approved by department:    
Select 3 hours from:
Agriculture 236 SOCI 1301  
Economics 230 ECON 1301  
Economics 233 ECON 2302  
Economics 234 ECON 2301  
Geography 161 GEOG 1300  
Philosophy 262 PHIL 2303  
Psychology 131 PSYC 2301  
Psychology 289 PSYC 2315  
Sociology 131 SOCI 1301  
Sociology 264 SOCI 1306  
Speech Communication 286* SPCH 1318
Component Area 6 - Institutionally Designated Option
1 HOURS
Select 1 hour from:
Kinesiology 215 PHED 1164  
MSL 111    
MSL 211    
Kinesiology 233    
*When approved by department    
Total Hours Required to Complete Core Requirements
42 HOURS


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