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2013-2014 General Catalog
South Plains College
   
 
    
 
  Feb 18, 2018
 
2013-2014 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Arts and Sciences Division


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The Arts and Sciences Division includes the academic transfer, university-parallel programs and courses of instruction that are designed to provide the first two years of study leading to a baccalaureate degree.

The Arts and Sciences Division confers the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. Students who complete the prescribed course of study may transfer to a four-year college or university to complete the junior and senior-level requirements for the baccalaureate degree. These degree programs are designed to be completed in two years of study, however, students have the option of transferring credits at any time they finish their studies at South Plains College.

The Arts and Sciences Division is comprised of 10 academic departments and 45 suggested transfer options. Students who meet the general requirements and specific minimum requirements will be awarded an associate degree. These requirements are listed below for each degree.

The Arts and Sciences Division is under the administrative direction of Yancy Nunez, Dean of Arts and Sciences.

Associate of Arts Degree

Minimum requirements for the Associate of Arts* degree include the following:

English

6 semester hours

United States History**

6 semester hours

Texas Government**

3 semester hours
           Federal Government** 3 semester hours

Behavioral Science

3 semester hours

Speech Communication

3 semester hours

Mathematics

3 semester hours

Natural Science

6 semester hours

Physical Education Activity ***

2 semester hours

Computer Elective

3 semester hours

Visual or Performing Arts

3 semester hours

Humanities

3 semester hours

Electives****

18 semester hours

Total Semester Hours

62 semester hours

* Art and music majors should follow the transfer guide outlined under Music or Art in this catalog.

** No more than 3 semester hours of American History and 3 semester hours of Federal Government may be earned through credit by examination.

*** Physical education activity courses may not be repeated for graduation credit. Please see requirements regarding non-resident completion of this requirement on page 62.

**** Consult suggested transfer guides and an advisor to determine electives. Elective courses must be eligible for transfer toward a baccalaureate program.

NOTE: Although not a requirement for this degree, students are strongly encouraged to take HUDV 1100 during the first semester of enrollment.

Associate of Science Degree

Minimum requirements for the Associate of Science degree include the following:

English

6 semester hours

United States History*

6 semester hours

Texas Government*

3 semester hours
            Federal Government* 3 semester hours

Speech Communication

3 semester hours

Mathematics

3 semester hours

Natural Science**

6 semester hours

Mathematics/Natural Science

5 semester hours

Physical Education Activity***

2 semester hours

Computer Elective

3 semester hours

Visual or Performing Arts

3 semester hours

Humanities

3 semester hours

Behavioral or Social Science

3 semester hours

Electives****

13 semester hours

Total Semester Hours

62 semester hours

* No more than 3 semester hours of American History and 3 semester hours of Federal Government may be earned through credit by examination.

** Must include at least 4 semester hours of a lab science.

*** Physical education activity courses may not be repeated for graduation credit. Please see requirements regarding non-resident completion of this requirement on page 62.

****Consult suggested transfer guides and an advisor to determine electives. Elective courses must be eligible for transfer toward a baccalaureate program.

NOTE: Although not a requirement for this degree, students are strongly encouraged to take HUDV 1100 during the first semester of enrollment.

Transfer Curricula

The courses offered at South Plains College are intended to provide an academic foundation for a student’s educational development. At the same time, students are given reasonable freedom of course selection in order to satisfy individual needs. If the student intends to enter a university after leaving South Plains College, a faculty advisor should be consulted in selecting courses to assure junior standing at the transfer institution.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has established rules, which state that “all lower division academic courses shall be fully transferable among public institutions and must count toward the same degree at any public college or university in Texas.” Each public university is required to accept in transfer into a baccalaureate degree the number of lower division credit hours in a major which are allowed for non-transfer students in that major with certain limitations. The following may limit transfer of courses: THECB Transfer Curriculum, the receiving institution’s degree plan, and certain “D” grades. Procedures exist for transfer dispute resolution (See Transfer Dispute Resolution  ).

New Student Orientation

Students who are enrolling in college for the first time are strongly encouraged to attend the New Student Experience held prior to each semester. Programs to assist new students in making the transition into college are available at SPC’s Levelland, Reese and Plainview locations. New students are also encouraged to enroll in HUDV 1100 Introduction to Learning Frameworks during the first semester of enrollment. HUDV 1100 is offered at all SPC locations. This course is not a degree requirement for graduation. However, the grade earned for HUDV 1100 does count toward your cumulative GPA and may count toward the total semester hours required for graduation.

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