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.

SHSU Course Number <SHSU FOUR DIGIT> Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) Hours Required
Component Area:  
Component Area 1 - Communication 6 HOURS
English 164 <ENGL 1301> ENGL 1301
English 165 <ENGL 1302> ENGL 1302
English 330 <ENGL 3330>*  
English 380 <ENGL 3380>*  
English 381 <ENGL 3381>*  
*When approved by department
Component Area 2 - Mathematics 3 HOURS
Math 164 <MATH 1332> OR Math 1332
Math 170 <MATH 1314> 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 1420> MATH 2413
Math 163 <MATH 1316> MATH 1316
Math 199 <MATH 1324> MATH 1324
Math 184 <MATH 1384> MATH 1350

Note: Math 166 and Math 169 DO NOT meet this requirement.

Note: Students with a documented learning disability and department approval may 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> BIOL 1308 & 1108
Biology 137 & 117 <BIOL 1301 & 1101> BIOL 2306 & 2106 or 2406
Biology 161 & 111  <BIOL 1311 & 1111> BIOL 1311 & 1111
Biology 162 & 112 <BIOL 1313 & 1113> BIOL 1313 & 1113
Biology 146 <BIOL 1436>    
Biology 245 <BIOL 2401> BIOL 2401
Chemistry 135 & 115 <CHEM 1306 & 1106> CHEM 1305 & 1105
Chemistry 136 & 116 <CHEM 1307 & 1107> CHEM 1307 & 1107
Chemistry 138 & 118 <CHEM 1311 & 1111> CHEM 1311 & 1111
Chemistry 139 & 119 <CHEM 1312 & 1112> CHEM 1312 & 1112
Geology 132 & 112 <GEOL 1305 & 1105> GEOL 1305 & 1105
Geology 133 & 113 <GEOL 1303 & 1103> GEOL 1303 & 1103  
Geology 134 & 114 <GEOL 1304 & 1104> GEOL 1304 & 1104  
Geology 146 <GEOL 1436>    
Geography 131 & Lab 111 <GEOG 1301 & 1101> (required @ SHSU) GEOG 1301  
Physics 133 & 113 <PHYS 1311 & 1111> PHYS 1311 & 1111  
Physics 134 & 114 <PHYS 1312 & 1112> PHYS 1312 & 1112  
Physics 135 & 115 <PHYS 1305 & 1105> PHYS 1305 & 1105  
Physics 136 & 116 PHYS 1307 & 1107  
Physics 138 & 118 <PHYS 1301 & 1101> PHYS 1301 & 1101  
Physics 139 & 119 <PHYS 1302 & 1102> PHYS 1302 & 1102  
Physics 141 <PHYS 1411> PHYS 2425  
HON 161* <HONR 1361>*  
HON 162* <HONR 1362>*  
*When approved by the department.
Component Area 4 - Humanities & Visual & Performing Arts 9 HOURS
Select 3 hours from Visual & Performing Arts:
Agriculture 299 <AGRI 2399> ARTS 1301  
Art 160 <ARTS 1301> ARTS 1301  
Art 161 <ARTS 1311> ARTS 1311  
Art 163 <ARTS 1316> ARTS 1316  
Art 260 <ARTS 1303> ARTS 1303  
Dance 172 <DANC 1372> DANC 2303  
Dance 176 <DANC 1301> DANC 1301  
Family and Consumer Sciences 160 <FACS 1360>    
Music 138 <MUSI 2348> MUSI 1308  
Music 161 <MUSI 1301> MUSI 1301  
Music 264 <MUSI 2364> MUSI 1310  
Music 265 <MUSI 1306> MUSI 1306  
Theatre 160 <THEA 1330> DRAM 1330  
Theatre 164 <THEA 1364> DRAM 1351  
Theatre 166 <THEA 1366> DRAM 1310  
Theatre 230 <THEA 2330> DRAM 1341  
Theatre 231 <THEA 2336> DRAM 2336  
Select 3 hours from Literature or Philosophy:
English 265 <ENGL 2331>   ENGL 2331 OR 2332  
English 266 <ENGL 2342> ENGL 2342  
Philosophy 261 <PHIL 2361> PHIL 1301  
Philosophy 263 <PHIL 2306> PHIL 2306  
Philosophy 365 <PHIL 3365>*  
Philosophy 463 <PHIL 4363>*  
*When approved by department:
Select 3 hours from Cultural Studies:
BSL 236 <BESL 2301> NO TCCN  
Foreign Languages 263 ARAB, FREN, GERM, SGNL, SPAN 2311/2312  
Foreign Languages 264 ARAB, FREN, GERM, SGNL, SPAN 2312  
Geography 265 <GEOG 2355> GEOG 1303  
Geography 266 <GEOG 2356> GEOG 1303  
History 265 <HIST 2311> HIST 2311  
History 266 <HIST 2312> HIST 2312  
Sociology 168 <SOCI 2319> SOCI 2319  
Component Area 5 - Social and Behavioral Sciences 15 HOURS
Select 9 hours from:
History 163 <HIST 1301> HIST 1301
History 164 <HIST 1302> HIST 1302
Political Science 261 <POLS 2301> GOVT 2301/2306
Select 3 hours from:
Political Science 231 <POLS 2331> NO TCCN
Political Science 232 <POLS 2332> NO TCCN
Political Science 235 <POLS 2335> NO TCCN
Political Science 265 <POLS 2365> NO TCCN  
Political Science 266 <POLS 2366> NO TCCN
Political Science 281 <POLS 2381> NO TCCN  
Political Science 285 <POLS 2302> GOVT 2302/2305
Political Science 334 <POLS 3334>*  
Political Science 336 <POLS 3336>*  
Political Science 337 <POLS 3337>*  
Political Science 360 <POLS 3360>*  
Political Science 364 <POLS 3364>*  
*When approved by department:  
Select 3 hours from:
Agriculture 236 <AGRI 2360> SOCI 1301  
Economics 230 <ECON 2300> ECON 1301  
Economics 233 <ECON 2302> ECON 2302  
Economics 234 <ECON 2301> ECON 2301  
Geography 161 <GEOG 1321> GEOG 1300  
Philosophy 262 <PHIL 2303> PHIL 2303  
Psychology 131 <PSYC 1301> PSYC 2301  
Psychology 289 <PSYC 2315> PSYC 2315  
Sociology 131 <SOCI 1301> SOCI 1301  
Sociology 264 <SOCI 1306> SOCI 1306  
Communication Studies 286 <COMS 2386> SPCH 1318
Component Area 6 - Institutionally Designated Option 1 HOURS
Select 1 hour from:
Kinesiology 215 <KINE 2115> PHED 1164  
MSL 111 <MLSC 1101>  
MSL 211 <MLSC 2101>  
Kinesiology 233 <KINE 2333>  
*When approved by department  
Total Hours Required to Complete Core Requirements 42 HOURS

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