Academic Regulations

Records – Academic Regulations


Classification of Students

Academic Level: A student is classified as a freshman or sophomore according to the number of semester hours of credit completed. A freshman classification includes those students with fewer than 30 semester hours. Sophomore classification requires the completion of 30 or more semester hours.

Academic Load: Students who are enrolled for 12 or more semester hours will be considered full-time students. Students enrolled in less than 12 semester hours will be classified as part-time. The normal load during a long session (fall and spring semesters) is five academic courses or from 14 to 17 semester hours. Physical education activity courses and other one hour courses may be added to the normal course load. However, no student will be permitted to enroll in six academic courses without the permission of the Dean of Instruction. The normal load during each six-week summer session is six semester hours. The maximum load for each summer session is seven semester hours.

Concurrent Enrollment: Students concurrently enrolled in Angelina College and another college or university may not exceed the maximum allowable semester hour load without written permission from the Vice President and Dean of Instruction.


Schedule Changes

Application for schedule changes must be made through the Office of Academic and Support Services. Courses may be added or substituted during the add/drop period only. A fee is required for changes made for the convenience of the student.

Rules Applying to Limitations on the Number of Courses that May Be Dropped Under Certain Circumstances by Undergraduate Students

STOP – Don’t Drop: Under section 51.907 of the Texas Education Code, the College may not permit a student to drop more than six courses, including any course a transfer student has dropped at another institution of higher education. This statute was enacted by the State of Texas in spring 2007 and applies to students who enroll in a public institution of higher education as first time freshmen in fall 2007 or later. Any course that a student drops is counted toward the six course limit if “(1) the student was able to drop the course without receiving a grade or incurring an academic penalty; (2) the student’s transcript indicates or will indicate that the student was enrolled in the course; and (3) the student is not dropping the course in order to withdraw from the institution.” Some exemptions for good cause could allow a student to drop a course without having it counted toward this limit, but it is the responsibility of the student to establish that good cause with the appropriate College officer. Contact the Office of Academic Support Services in the Welcome Center for more information before you drop a course!

Dropping Courses: To officially drop a course or courses, a student must complete the necessary form in the Office of Academic Support Services. Ceasing to attend class meetings does not constitute formal withdrawal from the course and failure to withdraw properly may result in a failing grade. A student who drops a course on or before the 12th class day during the fall or spring semester or on or before the 4th class day during a summer session will not receive a grade and the course will not appear on the permanent record. A student dropping or withdrawing after the above dates will receive a W. Refer to the college calendar in the front of this bulletin for the last day to drop.

Withdrawal from College: A student who withdraws from the college must see their assigned advisor to complete an exit interview. All necessary forms can be obtained in the Office of Academic Support Services. Students are not considered to be officially withdrawn until these forms are completed and all financial obligations to the college have been met. Written request is required to withdraw from classes. This may be made in person at the Office of Academic Support Services or by fax or mail. Refer to the college calendar for the last day in the semester to drop. For flexible entry and other courses with unusual lengths, contact the Office of Academic Support Services for the last day to withdraw.


Numbering of Courses

The semester hour is the basis of credit. As a general rule, one semester hour of credit is earned for each hour spent in class weekly. Two hours of laboratory work are considered to be equivalent to one hour of lecture. All college courses have a four-digit number and this number gives the rank and semester hour value as follows:

  1. The first digit gives the rank of the course. Courses beginning with a zero are considered developmental, courses beginning with the number one are freshman level, and courses beginning with the number two are considered sophomore level.
  2. The second digit signifies the semester hour value of the course.
  3. The third and fourth digits distinguish the course from others in the same department.

On the printed course schedule of classes, a three-digit section number, which distinguishes the time the course is offered, follows all course numbers.


Auditing Courses

Any student, 18 years of age or older, may audit a course by notifying, in writing, the Office of Records prior to the official census date. The official census date is the 12th class day, as indicated in the fall and spring terms, and the 4th class day, as indicated in the summer terms. (See the college calendar on pages 3 & 4.) The auditing student may then attend classes but is generally not required to take examinations and is not entitled to earn credit for the audited course. Tuition and fees are the same for auditing as those charged for credit enrollment. Once a student chooses to audit a course, they cannot later ask to be changed to receive credit.


System for Grading

During the long terms (fall and spring semester) mid-term estimated grades will be made available to students by each instructor. Mid-term estimates are not prepared during the summer sessions. At the conclusion of each term, final grades are prepared, mailed and recorded on the student’s permanent record. The following grades are given (with description):

A           Excellent
B          Good
C            Average
D            Minimum passing
F            Failure
I/IP       Incomplete or In Progress
P/F         Pass or Fail
W           Withdrew after the census date and before the last day to withdraw
Au          Audit

The numerical ranges are established by the instructors and/or the divisions. The grade “I” indicates that the student has a valid excuse approved by the Vice President and Dean of Instruction for failure to complete the work required during the semester.


For college-level courses, incomplete work must be completed in the succeeding long term, e.g. Fall to Fall and Spring to Spring. Failure to complete the work during the prescribed time will result in a failing grade for the course. For developmental courses, a grade of “IP” will remain as a permanent grade unless the applicable course is subsequently repeated.

The grade of “I” in college-level courses will be calculated as hours attempted in computing the grade point average except in the case of developmental courses. The grade of “P/F” will not be calculated as hours attempted.

When a course is repeated, the most recent grade achieved is the effective grade for calculating grade point average.

All developmental courses posted to a student’s permanent record will be designated by brackets in the credit earned and grade point columns. While a grade will be shown for each developmental course taken, the grade will not be included in the cumulative grade point average calculation. Developmental courses may not be used to satisfy degree requirements.


Grade Appeal

When a student believes that a grade does not reflect his/her level of accomplishment, the following procedure should be implemented within two weeks after the receipt of the grade:

1. Submit a written request for review to the instructor, and if the resolution is not accepted;

2. Submit a written request to the appropriate Associate Dean of Instruction, and if the resolution is not accepted;

3. Submit a written request to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, and if the resolution is not accepted;

4. Submit a written request to the President of the college. The decision of the President, or his designee, is final.


Grade Points

Grade points are granted for all courses, with the exception of developmental courses, on the basis of the value in semester credit hours for the course and the grade earned as follows:


A                            4 grade points per semester hour
B                            3 grade points per semester hour
C                            2 grade points per semester hour
D                            1 grade points per semester hour
F, I, P/F                 0 grade points

How to Calculate Your Grade Point Average

  1. Total the number of credit hours you have attempted, as in the example:ENGL 1301 3 credit hours
    HIST 1301        3 credit hours
    SOCI 1301       3 credit hours
    Total 9 credit hours
  2. Figure how many grade points were earned. Multiply the number of hours you attempted by the grade point using the above chart.ENGL 1301 3 credit hours      grade A = 4 points  Grade Points = 12
    HIST 1301        3 credit hours      grade B = 3 points  Grade Points = 9
    SOCI 1301       3 credit hours      grade F = 0 points   Grade Points = 0
  3. Divide the total of the grade points by the total credit hours attempted to get your grade point average.21/9 = 2.00 (Your GPA)


Dean’s Honor List

To qualify for the Dean’s Honor List the student must have been enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of college-level work and have attained a grade point average of 3.5 with no grade lower than a “C”. The names of students who make the Dean’s Honor List are posted at the end of each long semester.


Scholastic Requirements

Attendance: Students are required to attend all lecture and laboratory classes regularly and punctually. Responsibility for work missed because of illness or extracurricular activity is placed upon the student. A detailed attendance policy can be found in the student handbook available online and in the syllabus for specific courses.

Academic Status: All students are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average according to the following schedule:


Credit Hours Attempted     Minimum GPA Acceptable
1 to 20 hours                                1.50 GPA
21 to 30 hours                              1.75 GPA
31 hours and above                      2.00 GPA


Reminder: A cumulative minimum GPA of 2.00 is required for graduation.

Transfer students will have their previous course work evaluated according to the schedule above.

Academic Referral: Any student who earns less than a 2.00 GPA in any term will be required to seek academic counseling before registering for the following term. The purpose of this referral is to assist those students who experience academic problems in their respective program areas.

Scholastic Probation: Failure to maintain a cumulative grade point average according to the above schedule will result in the student being placed on scholastic probation for the following semester. Transfer students whose cumulative grade point average does not meet the minimum requirements of the schedule will be admitted on scholastic probation, unless they were officially suspended from a previous college.

Removal of Scholastic Probation: All students who are placed on scholastic probation must earn sufficient grade points in the following semester to raise their cumulative GPA to the minimum required for the number of hours attempted. A student who earns at least a “C” average for the probationary term but has not brought the cumulative GPA up to the level required for the number of hours earned, will have their probation continued.

Students who are placed on probation will be notified and required to seek academic counseling before registering for the probationary term. The purpose of such counseling is to insure that an appropriate load and type of course work is taken in order to assist the student in removing the condition of probation.

Scholastic Suspension: Students placed on scholastic suspension at the end of a term will not be allowed to register for classes until their suspension period (next long semester) has elapsed. Students placed on suspension at the end of the fall term cannot enroll again until the following summer session; students placed on suspension at the end of the spring term cannot enroll again until the following spring; students placed on suspension at the end of a summer term cannot enroll again until the following spring.

The college does have a provision for consideration of students on suspension to enroll before their suspension period has elapsed. This provision applies to students suspended from Angelina College. Falsification of any admission documents concerning suspension will result in dismissal and forfeiture of fees.

An Angelina College student who wishes to be considered for re-enrollment before his suspension period has elapsed must file a letter of petition with the Records Office prior to the deadline listed in the college calendar. Upon receipt of this letter, the student will be given an appointment to appear before the appeals committee to state his case. This committee meets once each semester to hear appeals if extenuating conditions exist. The letter of petition must explain any special or unusual circumstances, which caused the student to be, suspended other than simply failing to maintain grades. After review of the appeal and the student’s records and taking additional testimony as required, the appeals committee will reach a decision on re-enrollment and may recommend or require a student to undergo testing or counseling, or may require enrollment in any number and type of appropriate courses. The committee may also deny re-enrollment in which case the student will be required to serve out the suspension period prior to re-enrollment. The term the student is allowed to re-enroll is treated as a probationary semester with the same rules stated under Academic Status for cumulative GPA and Scholastic Probation. The student must use this probationary term to attempt to remove the condition of suspension. No student will be considered more than once during his/her college career for re-enrollment while in a suspension period.


Student Academic Records

The student academic records are maintained in the Office of Records in the Administration Building.

The retention policy allows the classification of short-term use records and permanent (long-term use) records.

The short-term use records are maintained as hard copies for the term* of enrollment plus five years. These records include, but are not limited to: admissions applications, data changes, transcripts from other schools, proof of residency, and instructor grade books.

The permanent records maintained by the Office of Records are Angelina College transcripts, AC bulletins, AC commencement programs, and AC schedule of classes.


*Term of enrollment is the term in which the record is received.


Release of Student Information

The policy of the college with respect to release of information concerning students is based on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). This law helps protect the privacy of student education records. The Act provides for the right of students to inspect and review education records, the right to seek to amend those records and the right to limit disclosure of information from the records. The intent of the legislation is to protect the rights of students and to ensure the privacy and accuracy of education records. With certain exceptions, AC will not disclose personally identifiable information from a student’s education records to any third-party without written consent from the student. The law does allow authorized college personnel access to information contained in the records for facilitating internal college operations, promoting the student’s education and reporting to local, state and federal agencies. The complete college policy concerning release of information about students is available upon request from the Office of Records. Students wanting their parent, friend or other individual to access or obtain their records should give that person a signed release specifying what they need and a copy of the student’s picture ID.


Non-Disclosure of Directory Information for Angelina College

In accordance with the act (PL 93-380, section 513), as amended, and (PL 93-568, section 2), information classified as “Directory Information” may be released to the general public without consent of the student. Angelina College may at its discretion, release Directory Information which shall include:

  • Name, address, telephone number
  • Major
  • Dates of attendance
  • Classification
  • Degrees and awards received
  • Date of graduation
  • Participation in recognized activities and sports
  • Photographs of staged and everyday campus activities

Students may at any time request that all Directory Information be withheld by completing a Non-disclosure Statement located in the Office of Records. Once non-disclosure is requested, all directory information will be withheld. A student can at any time change their status back to allow for disclosure of directory information by submitting an official request in writing to the Office of Records. For more information, see the Office of Records or call (936) 633-5211.


Review of Records

The Office of Records maintains the permanent records for all students. Any student with a question of accuracy concerning his/her transcript, must submit a written request to the Office of Records within one calendar year from which the grade was assigned. Every effort will be made to determine if the grade is correct and that it was entered according to the instructor’s grade book.

Each student is encouraged to contact the instructor first and clarify the grades entered if there are questions. This should occur immediately following the awarding of the grade.


Address and Official Communication

Students changing addresses after registration are required to notify the Office of Records in writing at once. The college communicates officially with students by AC student email, mail, personal interviews, assemblies and postings on bulletin boards. All notifications made through these channels will be considered delivered.


AC Student Email

Angelina College students are assigned an email address upon completion of the admissions application. AC will use this email address to send official college correspondence. For information regarding student email username and password, see


Campus Connect

Currently enrolled students may access their student information on the Angelina College website ( by using Campus Connect. Information available includes class schedule, student account information, student financial aid information, student grades at the end of each term, and an unofficial Angelina College transcript. It may also be used for registration. Students may contact the Office of Records for more information.


Admission and Readmission Appeals

The Vice-President and Dean of Instruction is charged with the primary responsibility of making admissions decisions. However, in unusual cases, wherein it is believed sufficient grounds exist for appeal, a student denied admission for academic reasons may appeal through the Office of Records. Angelina College students on academic suspension must normally serve out the suspension period prescribed according to the college academic policies (generally one long semester). However, in unusual cases, wherein it is believed sufficient grounds exist for appeal, an Angelina College student may appeal to the college admissions committee through the Office of Records. A student may appeal only once during his/her college career. The action of the committee will be considered final. See regulations under section entitled “Scholastic Requirements” later in this bulletin. Refer to the college calendar in the front of this bulletin for the date of the appeals meeting.


Common Course Numbering System

Angelina College is a participant in the Texas Common Course Numbering System. The purpose of the system is to assist students who are transferring between participating institutions. The system utilizes four-letter prefixes and four-digit numbers to identify courses specified in the system. The freshman and sophomore courses that are common between two or more member colleges or universities are identified in the first digit.


Workforce Education

The Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM) is the state community and technical college inventory of workforce education courses. It contains guidelines for course/program development including a designated course prefix of four letters and numbering system of four digits. It is designated to promote increased articulation and transferability of courses among institutions.


Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AROTC)

The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AROTC) offers many unique opportunities for both male and female students. ROTC normally is a four-year program, the basic course being conducted during the first two years of college, the advanced course during the last two years. In order to qualify for the advanced course, credit must be received for the basic course. Through a cooperative agreement between Angelina College and Stephen F. Austin State University, AC students may earn ROTC credits applicable to the four-year program.

Credit for the first two years does not obligate the student for further military service, but it does prepare him or her for entry into the advanced phase of ROTC with eventual commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant in the active Army, Army Reserve or National Guard. In addition, entrance into the basic ROTC program gives students the opportunity to be eligible for ROTC scholarships and unique training opportunities such as Airborne School, Air Assault School and the Army Mountaineering Course.

Students may register at Angelina College for two semester credit hours of Military Science (MSC) each semester (see course descriptions). The class instruction and the lab will be conducted at Stephen F. Austin State University.


Articulation Between Technical Programs and Four-Year University Programs

This agreement will allow the student to transfer to the university without the significant loss of credits and to pursue advance study in academic and workforce education courses tailored to the graduates’ background and educational objectives.

The workforce education graduates have an opportunity to pursue a baccalaureate degree – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science Degree (BAAS) or the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology at selected four-year universities. This includes Stephen F. Austin State University, Sam Houston State University, Lamar University, and Texas A&M University.

Students must successfully complete an approved workforce education curriculum for two years and earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree from Angelina College. This degree may be earned in programs of studies that vary but are in the following three divisions: Business, Health Careers, and Technology and Workforce. Additional agreements have been signed with Texas State Technical College, Harlingen; Abilene Christian University; and Baylor University.

For more information, interested students should contact the Office of Academic Support Services and the appropriate division director.

In addition, there is an agreement with Pineywoods Community Academy for an Early College High School.


Transfer Curricula and Resolution of Transfer

Disputes for Lower-Division Courses

The transfer curricula shall be as prescribed by the current issue of the Coordinating Board’s guide to transfer curricula and transfer of credit.

  1. The following procedures shall be followed by public institutions of higher education in the resolution of credit transfer curricula and transfer of credit.
    • If an institution of higher education does not accept course credit earned by a student at another institution of higher education, the receiving institution shall give written notice to the student and to the sending institution that the transfer of the course credit is denied.
    • The two institutions and the student shall attempt to resolve the transfer of the course credit in accordance with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules and/or guidelines.
    • If the transfer dispute is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student or the sending institution within 45 days after the date the student received written notice of the denial, the institution whose credit is denied for transfer shall notify the Commissioner of its denial.
  1. The Commissioner of Higher Education or the Commissioner’s designee shall make the final determination about a dispute concerning the transfer of course credit and give written notice of the determination to the involved student and institution.


Tuition Rebate for Certain Undergraduates

Section 54.0065 of the Texas Education Code authorizes a tuition rebate of up to $1,000 for certain baccalaureate degree recipients. To be eligible for a rebate under this program, students must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. They must have enrolled for the first time in an institution of higher education in the Fall of 1997 semester or later.
  1. They must be requesting a rebate for work related to a first baccalaureate degree received from a Texas public university.
  1. They must have been a resident of Texas, must have attempted all course work at a Texas public institution of higher education, and have been entitled to pay resident tuition at all times while pursuing the degree, and
  1. They must have attempted no more than three hours in excess of the minimum number of semester credit hours required to complete the degree from the bulletin under which they were graduated. Hours attempted include transfer credit, course credit earned exclusively by examination, courses that are dropped after the official census date, developmental courses taken for credit, optional internship and cooperative education courses, and repeated courses. Courses dropped for reasons that are determined by the institution to be totally beyond the control of the student shall not be counted.


Transfer Limitations

Students transferring to Texas public universities may find that all lower-division courses may not be accepted in a bachelor’s degree. The number of freshman and sophomore semester credit hours accepted may range from 60-66. However, some universities may accept more in special cases. We want you to reach your educational goals and the advising/counseling staff can assist you in making appropriate decisions. You may contact the counselors in the Office of Academic Support Services, C200 or at (936) 633-5212.


Academic Fresh Start

Texas residents may apply for admission under the Academic Fresh Start Program, Texas Education Code 51.931 which entitles residents of Texas to seek admission to public institutions of higher education without consideration of courses taken ten or more years prior to enrollment. This legislation has been called the “right to an academic fresh start” and it gives students the option of having course work taken 10 or more years prior to the starting date of the semester in which the applicant seeks to enroll ignored for admission purposes. Students with three or more semester credit hours or the equivalent from an accredited institution awarded prior to fall semester 1989 and enrolled before 2003 are exempt from TSI regardless of any election of Academic Fresh Start. Students needing additional information must contact the Office of the Registrar.


Academic Guidelines


Graduate Guarantee Program

The program is available to students enrolled in either a transfer degree plan or a workforce education plan.

Angelina College guarantees to its Associate in Arts and Associate in Science graduates and to students who have met the requirements of a 60-credit-hour transfer plan, the transferability of course credits to those Texas colleges or universities which cooperate in the development of Equivalency/Degree Plan Guides. If such courses are rejected by the college or university, the student will be offered tuition-free alternative courses that are accepted by the college or university.

Special conditions which apply to the guarantee are as follows:

  1. Transferability means the acceptance of credits toward a specific major or degree. Courses must be identified by the receiving university as transferable and applicable in The Equivalency/Degree Plan 1991-92 or later.
  2. The catalog of the receiving institution states the total number of credits accepted in transfer, grades required, relevant grade point average, and duration of transferability.
  3. The guarantee applies to courses included in a written transfer plan, which includes the institution to which the student will transfer, the baccalaureate major and degree sought, and the date such a decision was made – which must be completed with the advisors/counselors.


Guarantee for Job Competency: If a graduate who has earned an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is judged by his or her employer to be lacking job skills as exit competencies for his or her specific degree program, the graduate will be provided up to nine tuition-free credit hours of additional skill training by the college under the conditions of the guarantee policy.

Special conditions which apply to the guarantee are as follows:

  1. The graduate must have earned the AAS degree beginning May of 1992 or thereafter in an occupational program identified in the college bulletin.
  2. The graduate must have completed the AAS degree at Angelina (with a majority of the credits being earned at the college) and must have completed the degree within a five-year time span.
  3. Graduates must be employed full-time in an area directly related to the area of program concentration as certified by the respective division director.
  4. Employment must commence within 12 months of graduation.
  5. The employer must certify in writing that the employee is lacking entry-level skills identified by the college as the employee’s program competencies and must specify the areas of deficiency within 90 days of the graduate’s initial employment.
  6. The employer, graduate, dean, program coordinator or division director, and appropriate faculty member will develop a written educational plan for retraining.
  7. Retraining will be limited to nine credit hours related to the identified skill deficiency and to those classes regularly scheduled during the period covered by the retraining plan.
  8. All retraining must be completed within a calendar year from the time the educational plan is agreed upon.
  9. The graduate and/or employer is responsible for the cost of books, insurance, uniforms, fees, and other course-related expenses.
  10. The guarantee does not imply that the graduate will pass any licensing or qualifying examination for a particular career.


Graduation Requirements

A student may meet the degree requirements as outlined in the general bulletin at the time of first admission or as outlined in any subsequent bulletin issue previous to the date of graduation, provided the student meets the requirements not later than three years from the date of the bulletin selected.

In order to graduate with an Associate Degree, a student must file an application for degree/certificate in the Office of Records by the deadline printed in the college calendar, then report to the bookstore to pay for cap, gown, and invitations and to be measured. Eligibility to receive an Associate Degree requires that the student must:

  1. Have a minimum of sixty semester hours credit including no more than two semester hours of physical activity and one hour freshman seminar. Eligible veterans may be granted physical activity credit based on active military service in the armed forces. Can be waived for physically challenged students.
  2. Have an overall average of “C” (2.0 grade point average) in all work attempted.
  3. Have earned a minimum of 15 of the last 21 semester credit hours towards a degree at Angelina College.
  4. Have earned a minimum of 25% of semester credit hours at Angelina College.
  5. Have completed a program of study with freshman and sophomore courses as listed in the bulletin or have completed a modified bulletin program as approved by the director of the division concerned.
  6. Meet the minimum passing standard for the assessment test or successfully complete the individualized plan.
  7. Document the appropriate hours when the reverse transfer is requested.

In order to fulfill the requirements for a Certificate of Completion*, a student must file an application for degree/certificate in the Office of the Registrar by the deadline printed in the college calendar, then report to the bookstore to pay for the cap, gown, and invitations and to be measured. Eligibility to receive a Certificate of Completion requires that the student must:

  1. Have at least 15 semester hours credit including no more than two semester hours of physical activity and one hour freshman seminar. Eligible veterans may be granted physical activity credit based on active military service in the armed forces. Can be waived for physically challenged students.
  2. Complete courses outlined in program study (curriculum guide) for the certificate sought.
  3. Have an overall average of “C” (2.0 grade point average) in all work attempted.
  4. Have earned a minimum of 15 of the last 21 semester credit hours at Angelina College.
  5. Have earned a minimum of 25% of semester credit hours at Angelina College.
  6. Meet the minimum passing standard for the assessment test or successfully complete the individualized plan.


Reverse Transfer

Part of HB 3025, passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, established the reverse transfer program awarding of an Associate degree for students who transferred from, or previously attended, a community college, earned at least 30 semester credit hours for coursework at the community college. Contact the Office of the Registrar at 936-633-5211.


Second Associate Degree Requirements

(Multiple Degrees)

A second associate degree may be conferred. A student must successfully complete all courses required in the degree plan for the second degree. Students must consult the director of the division in which they wish to pursue a second degree. The student must earn at least 15 semester credit hours of work at Angelina College in addition to those hours applied to the previous degree. Where course requirements among degrees are so similar that fewer than 15 semester credit hours would be necessary to complete the second degree, electives applicable to the degree should be substituted with the approval of the associate dean of the division.


Course Requirements for Core


(New Core Curriculum effective Fall 2014)

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)


1. Communication (6 SCH’s)
Courses focus on developing ideas and expressing them clearly, considering the effect of the message, fostering understanding, and building the skills needed to communicate persuasively. Courses involve the command of oral, aural, written, and visual literacy skills that enable people to exchange messages appropriate to the subject, occasion and audience.ENGL 1301
ENGL 1302
2. Mathematics (3 SCH’s)
Courses focus on quantitative literacy in logic, patterns, and relationships. Courses involve the understanding of key mathematical concepts and the application of appropriate quantitative tools to everyday experience.MATH 1314
MATH 1324
MATH 1332
MATH 1342
MATH 1350
MATH 1414
MATH 2412
MATH 2413
3. Life & Physical Sciences (6 SCH’s)
Courses focus on describing, explaining, and predicting natural phenomena using the scientific method. Courses involve the understanding of interactions among natural phenomena and the implications of scientific principles on the physical world and on human experiences.BIOL 1406
BIOL 1407
BIOL 1408
BIOL 1409
BIOL 1411
BIOL 1413
BIOL 2401
BIOL 2402
BIOL 2404
CHEM 1305
CHEM 1411
CHEM 1412
PHYS 1305
PHYS 1401
PHYS 1402
PHYS 2425
PHYS 2426
4. Language, Philosophy & Culture (3 SCH’s)
Courses focus on how ideas, values, beliefs, and other aspects of culture express and affect human experience. Courses involve the exploration of ideas that foster aesthetic and intellectual creation in order to understand the human condition across cultures.ENGL 2322
ENGL 2323
ENGL 2327
ENGL 2328
ENGL 2332
ENGL 2333
ENGL 2341
5. Creative Arts (3 SCH’s)
Courses focus on the appreciation and analysis of creative artifacts and works of the human imagination. Courses involve the synthesis and interpretation of artistic expression and enable critical, creative, and innovative communication about works of art.ARTS 1301
DRAM 1310
MUSI 1306
MUSI 1307*
MUSI 1310
6. American History (6 SCH’s)
Courses focus on the consideration of past events and ideas relative to the United States, with the option of including Texas History for a portion of this component area. Courses involve the interaction among individuals, communities, states, the nation, and the world, considering how these interactions have contributed to the development of the United States and its global role.HIST 1301
HIST 1302
7. Government/Political Science (6 SCH’s)
Courses focus on consideration of the Constitution of the United States and the constitutions of the states, with special emphasis on that of Texas. Courses involve the analysis of governmental institutions, political behavior civic engagement, and their political and philosophical foundations.GOVT 2305
GOVT 2306
8. Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 SCH’s)
Courses focus on the application of empirical and scientific methods that contribute to the understanding of what makes us human. Courses involve the exploration of behavior and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, and events, examining their impact on the individual, society, and culture.ECON 2301
PSYC 2301
SOCI 1301
9. Component Area Option (6 SCH’s)
BUSI 2304
COMM 1307*
EDUC 1300
PSYC 1300
SPCH 1315
SPCH 1318

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

This degree is awarded to students who successfully complete an approved curriculum for a two-year technical program in the Business, Fine Arts, Health Careers, and Technology and Workforce Divisions. Specific credit hour requirements and course requirements vary among the various workforce education programs. Consult the appropriate division director for specific requirements for progression and graduation.


CORE COMPONENT               COURSE SELECTION                            CREDIT HRS               
Use five component areas listed General education courses 15
There must be at least one course from each of the following areas: Humanities/Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Life & Physical Science/Mathematics


Degrees and Certificates

The associate degree program consists of two-year courses of study. The acceptability of work completed at Angelina College to meet the requirements of a degree at another institution is determined by that institution and not by Angelina College. The college does, however, have articulation agreements with other institutions and participates in the Texas Common Course Numbering System to insure the transferability of courses. Associate in Arts Degree is designed to provide course work for the first two years of study toward the Bachelors of Arts Degree offered by many colleges and universities primarily for liberal arts majors.*

  1. Associate in Science Degree is designed to provide course work for the first two years of study toward the Bachelors of Science and Bachelors of Business Administration Degrees offered by many colleges and universities for business majors, science majors and others.*
  2. Associate of Arts in Teaching is designed to provide a broad, general background of course work for the first two years of study toward a Bachelors degree for prospective elementary school teachers.*
  3. Associate in Applied Science Degree is designed primarily for those students who plan to complete their formal education in two years. In an increasing number of cases the courses are transferable en bloc and may be used as a part of the requirements of another degree.**


*The Texas Higher Education Board Rule Chapter 7, Subchapter A General Provisions. Section 7.7 (12) Curriculum (B): An academic associate degree must consist of 60 semester credit hours. (Exceptions may be justified by articulation agreements.)

**The Guidelines for Instruction Programs in Workforce Education (GIPWE) is published by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for credit and non-credit workforce programs. The degree is limited to a total of 60 semester credit hours.

The certificate programs offered are intended as one year or less courses of study. They are offered primarily for students in the business, health career, and technology and workforce education areas.


Academic Support Services


Counseling Services

The college counseling program is designed to help students with their educational program, the study and selection of vocation. These services include counseling for selection of degree choices and courses, testing, student services, student development and study skill services. Most students have college faculty members who act as advisors in approving course selection each semester and degree planning in their major field of study. Counselors assist undecided students, refer students to an appropriate advisor, and provide assistance in registration to all students.

All students are given the opportunity through the school year to take additional tests which may help them individually in the choice of vocation. These tests are given in the Office of Academic Support Services and are interpreted to the student in private conferences.


Texas Success Initiative*

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state statute requiring all undergraduate students entering a Texas public institution of higher education to demonstrate readiness for college-level reading, writing and mathematics before enrolling in college-level course work. Students may demonstrate college readiness by achieving the statutory threshold(s) on the state-approved readiness assessments, unless they are exempt. Students are exempt from readiness testing as described in the testing section of this bulletin.

Exemption documentation should be submitted to the Office of Records. A student who does not meet any of the exemptions above as defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board must submit scores for TSI status.


Readiness Assessment and Course Placement*

*Will change according to THECB guidelines

Angelina College accepts scores on the TSI Assessment Test for assessment purposes. These state-approved tests measure college-level readiness in reading, mathematics and writing.

Students shall participate in a developmental program for each semester of enrollment for those subjects where readiness has not been demonstrated. Students may demonstrate readiness by either passing the highest level of indicated developmental course work as prescribed by the developmental education faculty or by scoring at or above statutory thresholds on the approved test. Students are individually advised into the appropriate developmental program according to their assessment scores.