Dec 01, 2020  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Core Curriculum Programs



University Core Curriculum Programs 

The Core Curriculum Program and the First-Year Learning Communities Program together make up the University Core Curriculum Programs.

Overview of University Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum Program (the Core) is a 42-semester-hour program of study that is required of undergraduates to ensure that students will develop the essential knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, in a career, in their communities, and in life.

Each course in the Core has been reviewed and approved on the basis of its potential to contribute to the achievement of the following six core objectives.


  • Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
  • Personal Responsibility - to include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making
  • Social Responsibility: to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities

Core Curriculum Program Courses

Students are encouraged to consult their degree plans for specific Core course requirements for their majors. Core curriculum courses are organized according to the Foundational Component Areas are listed below.

Communication (6 semester hours)1

COMM 1311 Foundation of Communication  *


Mathematics (3 semester hours) - Select one from:




MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics  




Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester hours) - Select two courses from**:





















Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester hours) - Select one from:

ENGL 2316 Literature and Culture  









Creative Arts (3 semester hours) - Select one from:







American History (6 semester hours)**



Government/Political Science (6 semester hours)



Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester hours) Select one from:

ECON 2301 Macroeconomics Principles  

ECON 2302 Microeconomics Principles  



Component Area Option (6 semester hours)2

Any Foundation Component Area Course (not counted in a Foundational Area)3

  1. Students who have taken ENGL 1301 and/or COMM 1315 previously at TAMUCC or another institution can count these courses toward completion of the Communication Foundational Component Area.

  2. For 4-SCH courses that are taken as a Foundational Component Area requirement, students may count the extra 1 SCH of each course as part of the Component Area Option (to a maximum of 3 SCH).

  3. Students who have passed MATH 2413 may take MATH 2414 to satisfy up to 4 hours of the Component Area Option.


* Students should complete COMM 1311 and ENGL 1302 by the end of the sophomore year. Students who transfer into the University without equivalent credit should complete these courses as soon as possible.

** Students may take

  for either   or  .  Texas History is a 3000-level course, and is recommended only for juniors and seniors.



The First-Year Learning Communities Program

As part of the First-Year Learning Communities Program, all full-time A&M-Corpus Christi students are expected to enroll, in each of their first two semesters, in specially selected groups of 3 or 4 classes known as Triads and Tetrads.

The students and teachers within each Triad or Tetrad form a learning community. The same group of students takes all of the classes within a given Triad or Tetrad together, which gives them many opportunities to work together, get to know each other, and learn together. The teachers in each learning community also work with each other to develop connections among the classes.

All of the Triads and Tetrads include a First-Year Seminar (UCCP 1101 or UCCP 1102) and most are linked to a Communication class (COMM 1311 or ENGL 1302). These are small classes of 25 students or fewer. In addition, Triads include a large lecture class (such as History or Sociology), and Tetrads include two large lecture classes. The classes within each Triad (or Tetrad) are “linked,” in the sense that students enroll in all three classes (or four classes in a Tetrad) at once. For example, students might enroll in a Triad that includes:

First-Year Seminar





COMM 1311 Foundation of Communication  



U.S. Government and Politics



A Tetrad that the University frequently offers consists of the following courses:

 First-Year Seminar





COMM 1311 Foundation of Communication  



Biology I


General Chemistry I



First-Year Seminar

First-Year Seminar (FYS) is a two-semester course sequence required of all full-time first-year students. As the central component of a learning community, Seminar helps students achieve success, academically and socially, as they make the transition to the university. Seminar provides students with opportunities for meaningful interactions with faculty and peers about substantive matters as well as timely, constructive feedback about their learning. Students are immersed in an active learning environment with a purposefully integrated and contextualized curriculum, fostering the development of transferable skills and engaging them in the academic community. In UCCP 1101, students are introduced to college level work and responsibilities, and provided with appropriate support and resources to navigate their first semester. The goal of UCCP 1102 is for students to participate in academic discourse and take ownership of their education in preparation for their future coursework and careers.

First-Year Full-time students. First Year full-time students are required to enroll in a First-Year Seminar during each of their first two semesters. First-Year students are those who have never attended any college. This includes students enrolled in the fall term who attended college for the first time in the prior summer term. It also includes students who entered with advanced standing (college credits earned before graduation from high school).

Transfer students. Transfer students who become full-time A&M-Corpus Christi students after having completed less than 12 semester hours are required to take UCCP 1101 and UCCP 1102. Students who become full-time A&M-Corpus Christi students after having completed 12-23 semester hours are required to take only one First-Year Seminar. They may take either UCCP 1101 or UCCP 1102. Students who become full-time A&M-Corpus Christi students after having completed 24 or more semester hours are exempt from the First-Year Seminar requirement.

Course Objectives

The objectives of UCCP 1101/1102 are to advance the six intellectual and practical skills defined by the Texas Core Curriculum:

  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Social Responsibility
  • Personal Responsibility

Student Learning Outcomes*

UCCP 1101

Reflect and integrate learning from learning community courses, including development of critical thinking skills, social and/or personal responsibility.
Interact with faculty and peers about substantive matters through daily activities and discussions.
Demonstrate competence of knowledge related to the learning community discipline(s) in a public forum.

UCCP 1102

Reflect and integrate learning from learning community courses, including development of critical thinking skills, social and/or personal responsibility.
Interact with faculty and peers about substantive matters through daily activities and discussions.
Discover relevance of learning in the learning community through real-world applications.


First-Year Seminar Course Descriptions





Transfer Students and the University Core Curriculum Programs

Transfer students may contact a transfer counselor in the Department of Undergraduate Studies, located in the Faculty Center, or call (361) 825-5931 for general transfer information. Transfer students who have not officially declared an academic major may receive academic advising from the Department of Undergraduate Studies. Students who have declared a major will be advised through their college’s academic advising center.

For a list of transfer courses that will fulfill specific Core requirements, please see the appendix entitled “Lower-Division Transfer Courses: Common Courses.”

Students transferring credit hours to A&M-Corpus Christi from other institutions may have various means of fulfilling the Core requirement.