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

Core Curriculum as of Fall 2014

(to be used by incoming students as of Fall 2014)

2014 Core Curriculum 
Component Area I: Communications 6 Hours Required
3 Digit Course Number 4 Digit Course Number TCCN (if applicable)
ENG 164 ENGL 1301 ENGL 1301
ENG 165 ENGL 1302 ENGL 1302
Component Area II: Mathematics 3 Hours Required
3 Digit Course Number 4 Digit Course Number TCCN (if applicable)
MTH 170 MATH 1314 MATH 2312
MTH 163 MATH 1316 MATH 1316
MTH 199 MATH 1324 MATH 1324
MTH 164 MATH 1332 MATH 1332
MTH 184 MATH 1384 MATH 1350
MATH 1410
MTH 142 MATH 1420 MATH 2413
PHIL 2352*
Component Area III: Life and Physical Science 8 Hours Required
3 Digit Course Number 4 Digit Course Number TCCN (if applicable)
BIOL 1401
BIOL 1408
BIOL 1411
BIOL 1413
BIO 146 BIOL 1436
BIO 245 BIOL 2401 BIOL 2401
CHEM 1406
CHEM 1407
CHEM 1411
CHEM 1412
GEOG 1401
GEOL 1403
GEOL 1404
GEOL 1405
GEOL 1436
ISCI 1436
PHYS 1403
PHYS 1404
Component Area IV: Language, Philosophy, and Culture 3 Hours Required
3 Digit Course Number 4 Digit Course Number TCCN (if applicable)
ARB 263 ARAB 2311 ARAB 2311
ARB 264 ARAB 2312 ARAB 2312
ENGL 2332
ENGL 2333
FL 263 FOLG 2311 ARAB 2311/2312, FREN 2311/2312, GERM 2311/2312, SGNL 2311/2312, SPAN 2311/2312
FL 264 FOLG 2312 ARAB 2312, FREN 2312, GERM 2312, SGNL 2312, SPAN 2312
FRN 263  FREN 2311 FREN 2311
FRN 264 FREN 2312 FREN 2312
GEO 265 GEOG 2355 GEOG 1303
GEO 266 GEOG 2356 GEOG 1303
GER 263 GERM 2311 GERM 2311
GER 264 GERM 2312 GERM 2312
HIS 265 HIST 2311 HIST 2311
HIS 266 HIST 2312 HIST 2312
MCM 130 MCOM 1330
MUSI 1379
PHL 263 PHIL 2306 PHIL 2306
PHL 261 PHIL 2361 PHIL 1301
SGNL 2311 SGNL 2311
SGNL 2312 SGNL 2312
SOC 168 SOCI 2319 SOCI 2319
SPN 263 SPAN 2311 SPAN 2311
SPN 264 SPAN 2312 SPAN 2312
Component Area V: Creative Arts 3 Hours Required
3 Digit Course Number 4 Digit Course Number TCCN (if applicable)
AGR 299 AGRI 2399 ARTS 1301
ART 130 ARTS 1301 ARTS 1301
ARTS 1302
ART 260 ARTS 1303 ARTS 1303
FCS 160 FACS 1360
FAMC 2301
MUS 161 MUSI 1301 MUSI 1301
MUS 265 MUSI 1306 MUSI 1306
MUS 138W MUSI 2348 MUSI 1308
MUS 264 MUSi 2364 MUSI 1310
Component Area VI: U.S. History 6 Hours Required
3 Digit Course Number 4 Digit Course Number TCCN (if applicable)
HIS 163 HIST 1301 HIST 1301
HIS 164 HIST 1302 HIST 1302
Component Area VII: Political Science / Government 6 Hours Required
3 Digit Course Number 4 Digit Course Number TCCN (if applicable)
POLS 2305
POLS 2306
Component Area VIII: Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Hours Required
3 Digit Course Number 4 Digit Course Number TCCN (if applicable)
AGR 236 AGRI 2360 SOCI 1301
BSL 236 BESL 2301
COM 286 COMS 2386 SPCH 1318
CJ 261 CRIJ 2361
ECO 230 ECON 2300 ECON 1301
ECO 234 ECON 2301 ECON 2301
ECO 233 ECON 2302 ECON 2302
GEO 161 GEOG 1321 GEOG 1300
HED 283 HLTH 2383
PHL 262 PHIL 2303 PHIL 2303
PSY 131 PSYC 1301 PSYC 2301
SOC 131 SOCI 1301 SOCI 1301
SOC 264 SOCI 1306 SOCI 1306
Component Area IX: Component Area Option 4 Hours Required
3 Digit Course Number 4 Digit Course Number TCCN (if applicable)
3 Hours Required:
One additional course in component area 4 OR:
GBA 261 BUAD 2321
COM 161 COMS 1361
COM 282 COMS 2382
MCM 171 MCOM 1371
1 Hour Required:
ECON 1100
KIN 215 KINE 2115 PHED 1164
NGLI 1101
The 4th credit hour of MATH 1410
The 4th credit hour of MATH 1420

2014 Core Curriculum Courses
AGRI 2360 Animals in Society
AGRI 2399 Floral Design
ARAB 2311 Intermediate Arabic I
ARAB 2312 Intermediate Arabic II
ARTS 1301 Introduction to Visual Arts
ARTS 1302 Exploring Contemporary Art
ARTS 1303 Survey I: Pre-Renaissance Art History
BESL 2301 Multicultural Influences on Learning
BIOL 1401 Environmental Science
BIOL 1408 Contemporary Biology
BIOL 1411 General Botany
BIOL 1413 General Zoology
BIOL 1436 Foundations of Science
BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy
BUAD 2321 Design & Presentation of Business Projects
CHEM 1406 Inorganic and Environmental Chemistry
CHEM 1407 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry
CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II
COMS 1361 Public Speaking
COMS 2382 Communication for Business and Professions
COMS 2386 Interpersonal Communication
CRIJ 2361 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
ECON 1100 Economics of Social Problems
ECON 2300 Introduction to Economics
ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics
ENGL 1301 Composition I
ENGL 1302 Composition II
ENGL 2332 World Literature I: Before 17th Century
ENGL 2333 World Literature II: 17th Century and Afterwards
FACS 1360 Basic Principles of Design
FAMC 2301 Creative Arts Seminar
FOLG 2311 Intermediate Foreign Language I
FOLG 2312 Intermediate Foreign Language II
FREN 2311 Intermediate French I
FREN 2312 Intermediate French II
GEOG 1321 People, Place and Environment: An Introduction to Geography
GEOG 1401 Weather and Climate
GEOG 2355 World Regional Geography: Europe, Asia, and Australia
GEOG 2356 World Regional Geography: Latin America, Africa, and South Asia
GEOL 1403 Physical Geology
GEOL 1404 Historical Geology
GEOL 1405 Geological Hazards and Resources
GEOL 1436 Foundations of Science
GERM 2311 Intermediate German I
GERM 2312 Intermediate German II
HIST 1301 American History to 1876
HIST 1302 American History from 1876
HIST 2311 World History from Dawn of Civlization through the Middle Ages
HIST 2312 World History from the Renaissance to the Age of Imperialism
HLTH 2383 Multicultural Health Issues
ISCI 1436 Foundations of Science
KINE 2115 Lifetime Health and Wellness
MATH 1414 Pre Calculus Algebra
MATH 1316 Plain Trigonometry
MATH 1324 Mathematics for Managerial Decision Making
MATH 1332 College Mathematics
MATH 1384 Introduction to the Foundations of Mathematics
MATH 1410  Elementary Functions
MATH 1420 Calculus
MCOM 1330 Analysis of Electronic Culture
MCOM 1371 Audio Production and Performance
MUSI 1301 Introduction to the Study of Music
MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation
MUSI 1379 Survey of World Music Cultures
MUSI 2348 Survey of Music Literature
MUSI 2364 History of Rock, Jazz, and Popular Music
NGLI 1101 Research in the Digital Age
PHIL 2303 Critical Thinking
PHIL 2306 Contemporary Moral Issues
PHIL 2352 Introduction to the Contemporary Logic
PHIl 2361 Introduction to Philosophy
PHYS 1403 Stars and Galaxies
PHYS 1404 Solar System Astronomy
POLS 2305 American Government
POLS 2306 Texas Government
PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology
SGNL 2311 Intermediate American Sign Language I
SGNL 2312 Intermediate American Sign Language II
SOCI 1301 Principles of Sociology
SOCI 1306 Social Problems
SOCi 2319 Introduction to Ethnic Studies
SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 2312 Intermediate Spanish II

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