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  Sep 25, 2017
 
2017-2018 General 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, Associate of Science degrees and Associate of Arts in Teaching degrees. Suggested Transfer Guides are offered to allow students to focus on a major field of study. 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 48 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 Nuñez, Dean of Arts and Sciences.

Associate of Arts Degree - General Studies

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

Speech Communication*

3 semester hours

Mathematics*

3 semester hours

Life and Physical Science*

6 semester hours

Creative Arts*
(previously Visual and Performing Arts)

3 semester hours

Language, Philosophy, and Culture*
(previously Humanities)

3 semester hours

Behavioral and Social Science*

3 semester hours

Optional Core Requirement**

3 semester hours

Physical Education Activity***‡

2 semester hours

Electives****

16 semester hours

Total Semester Hours

60 semester hours

* SPC General Core Curriculum Requirement.

**Select one 3-hour course from the approved General Core Curriculum.

*** Physical education activity courses may not be repeated for graduation credit. Please see requirements regarding non-resident completion of this requirement in the SPC Graduation  section.

****Minimum of 9 semester credit hours must come from any combination of ANTH, ARTS, BUSI, COMM, CRIJ, DRAM, ECON, EDUC, ENGL, GEOG, HIST, HUMA, MUSI, PHED, SPAN. Consult suggested transfer guides and an advisor to determine electives. Elective courses must be eligible for transfer toward a baccalaureate program.

‡ SPC degree requirement.

Associate of Science Degree - General Studies

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*‡

6 semester hours

Life and Physical Science*

8 semester hours

Creative Arts*
(previously Visual and Performing Arts)

3 semester hours

Language, Philosophy, and Culture*
(previously Humanities)

3 semester hours

Behavioral and Social Science*

3 semester hours

Optional Core Requirement**

3 semester hours

Physical Education Activity***‡

2 semester hours

Electives****

11 semester hours

Total Semester Hours

60 semester hours

*SPC Core Curriculum Requirement.

**Select one 3-hour course from the approved core curriculum.

*** Physical education activity courses may not be repeated for graduation credit. Please see requirements regarding non-resident completion of this requirement in the SPC Graduation section.

****Minimum of 6 semester credit hours must come from any combination of AGRI, BIOL, CHEM, COSC, ENGR, GEOL, HECO, MATH, PHYS, PSYC, or SOCI. Consult suggested transfer guides and an advisor to determine electives. Elective courses must be eligible for transfer toward a baccalaureate program.

‡ SPC degree requirement.

Associate Arts in Teaching

Associate Arts-Multidisciplinary Studies

Associate Arts

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  ).

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