Mar 01, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


A: Glossary


The process of being brought into the University. A student is not considered for admission until all specified forms and fees have been received.

Census Date

The day, each term, on which official calculations are determined. For semesters it is the 12th class day, and for summer terms the 4th class day. Registration and Adds may not occur after this date.

Class Days

The days, Monday through Friday, during which the University is in session; not the days on which an individual class meets.

Degree Student

One admitted to a degree program.


The process of terminating enrollment in one or more classes while remaining enrolled for at least one class for the same semester. A fee is charged for dropping a class after the term has started.

Full Time

A degree-seeking undergraduate attempting 12 or more semester hours in a semester. A degree-seeking graduate student attempting 9 semester hours in a semester.


Grade Point Average. Please check elsewhere in this catalog for method of calculation.


The ceremonial completion of a degree program. The degree is not awarded until all academic requirements are certified as completed. The student initiates application for graduation at point of registration for last term of study. Application must be processed for each attempt.

Graduate Student

A student who holds a baccalaureate degree and is enrolled in a graduate program of study.


A note placed in a student record which restricts a particular activity. Only the office which places a hold can remove it.

Late Registration

A period beginning with the first day of classes and ending on or before the census date during which registration may occur. Special permission may be required. A late registration fee is assessed.


The initial registration as a degree-seeking student toward a particular degree. A student matriculates once for each degree.

Non-Degree Student

One taking classes without the expectation of receiving a degree. A non-degree student is neither part time nor full time, and is not classified as freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior.

Pre/Co Requisite

A requirement that must be completed before/at the same time a course may be attempted.



Reserving space in a course (a process called tallying) followed by payment of all tuition and fees: it is a two-part process. Registration is not completed until payment has occurred.

Restricted Course

One for which admission is limited to a particular classification of student. A student who has been enrolled in error can be removed administratively.


A record of a student’s academic history at the University. It is prepared by the Office of Admissions and Records. Please check with that office for preparation schedule and fees.


The process of dropping all classes for a given term. A check-out process is involved, and the student is not associated with the University until he/she seeks reinstatement for a subsequent term.

B: Lower-Division Transfer Courses: Common Courses.

Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS)

The Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) is a cooperative effort among Texas community colleges and universities to facilitate transfer of freshman- and sophomore-level general academic courses.

The TCCNS provides a shared, uniform set of course designations for students and their advisors to use in determining both course equivalency and degree applicability of transfer credit on a statewide basis. When students transfer between two participating TCCNS institutions, a course taken at the sending institution transfers as the course carrying, or cross-referenced with, the same TCCNS designation at the receiving institution.

In the common course numbering system, each course is identified by a four-letter “rubric” (i.e., prefix or department abbreviation) and a four-digit number. The first digit of the number reflects the academic level of the course (1 and 2 are lower-division courses) and the second digit reflects the semester-credit-hour value of the course. The third and fourth digits establish course sequencing and/or distinguish this course from others of the same level, credit value, and rubric. A&M-Corpus Christi uses this format as the basis for numbering most lower-division courses.

Table of Common Courses

The following table identifies selected TCCNS courses and the equivalent lower-division A&M-Corpus Christi courses. The equivalency table is updated periodically.

Students attending community colleges or universities that are participating TCCNS institutions may use the table as a guide in selecting courses that will transfer to A&M-Corpus Christi. Students should become familiar with the requirements of the University Core Curriculum Program and with degree requirements so that they may select appropriate transfer courses. (A list of core curriculum transfer courses is provided later in this chapter.)

Some college-level courses that are not equivalent to courses at the University may transfer for credit. The Office of Admissions and Records can provide information about the transferability of particular courses.

TCCNS Courses A&M-Corpus Christi Course Numbers & Titles
ACCT 2301 Principles of Accounting I - Financial ACCT 2301   Financial Accounting
ACCT 2302 Principles of Accounting II - Managerial ACCT 2302  

Managerial Accounting

ARTS 1301

Art Appreciation ARTS 1301   Art and Society
ARTS 1303 Art History I ARTS 1303   Art History Survey I
ARTS 1304 Art History II ARTS 1304   Art History Survey II
ARTS 1311 Design I (2-dimensional) ARTS 1311   Design I
ARTS 1312 Design II (3-dimensional) ARTS 1312   Design II
ARTS 1316 Drawing I ARTS 1316   Drawing I
ARTS 1317 Drawing II ARTS 1317   Drawing II
ARTS 2316 Painting I ARTS 2316   Painting I
ARTS 2323 Drawing III ARTS 2323   Drawing III
ARTS 2326 Sculpture I ARTS 2326   Sculpture I
ARTS 2333 Printmaking I ARTS 2333   Printmaking I
ARTS 2346 Ceramics I ARTS 2346   Ceramics I
ARTS 2356 Photography I
(fine arts emphasis)
ARTS 2356   Photography I
BIOL 1308 Biology for Non-Science Majors I (lecture) BIOL 1308   Science for Life I (Non Major Biology)
BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I BIOL 1406   Biology I
BIOL 1407 Biology for Science Majors II BIOL 1407   Biology II
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I BIOL 2401   Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II BIOL 2402   Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 2416 Genetics BIOL 2416   Genetics
BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors BIOL 2420   Principles of Microbiology (for nonmajors of life sciences)
BIOL 2421 Microbiology for Science Majors

BIOL 2421 

BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications MISY 2305   Computer Applications in Business
BUSI 1301 Business Principles BUSI 1310   Intro. to Business Environment
BUSI 1307 Personal Finance FINA 1307   Personal Finance
CHEM 1305 Introductory Chemistry I CHEM 1305   Introductory Chemistry
CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I CHEM 1411   General Chemistry I
CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II CHEM 1412   General Chemistry II
CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I CHEM 1411   General Chemistry I
CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II CHEM 1412   General Chemistry II
COMM 1307 Introduction to Mass Communication MEDA 1307   Media and Society
DRAM 2366 Introduction to Cinema MEDA 2366   Media Forms
COSC 1330 Computer Programming COSC 1330   Programming for Scientists, Engineers, and Mathematicians
COSC 1436 Programming Fundamentals I COSC 1435   Introduction to Problem Solving with Computers I
COSC 1437 Programming Fundamentals II COSC 1436   Introduction to Problem Solving with Computers II
COSC 2415 Data Structures COSC 2437   Data Structures
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice CRIJ 1301   Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIJ 1313 Juvenile Justice System CRIJ 1313   The Juvenile Justice System
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices CRIJ 2328   Police Systems and Practices
DANC 1141 Ballet I DANC 1141   Ballet I
DANC 1145 Modern Dance I DANC 1148   Modern Dance I
DANC 1147 Jazz Dance I DANC 1147   Jazz Dance I
DANC 1351 Dance Performance I DANC 1304   Dance in Performance
DRAM 1120 Theater Practicum I THEA 1100   Theatre Production Lab I
DRAM 1121 Theater Practicum II THEA 1101   Theatre Production Lab II
DRAM 1310 Introduction to Theatre THEA 1310   The Art of the Theatre
DRAM 1341 Makeup THEA 1341   Stage Makeup
DRAM 1342 Introduction to Costume THEA 1371   Costume Construction
THEA 1351 Acting I THEA 1351   Acting I
DRAM 1352 Acting II THEA 1352   Acting II
DRAM 2120 Theatre Practicum III THEA 2100   Theatre Production Lab III
DRAM 2121 Theatre Practicum IV THEA 2101   Theatre Production Lab IV
DRAM 2366 Development of the Motion Picture MEDA 2366   Introduction to Film Art
ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 2301   Macroeconomics Principles
ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 2302   Microeconomics Principles
ENGL 1301 Composition I ENGL 1301   Composition I
ENGL 1302 Composition II ENGL 1302   Writing and Rhetoric
ENGL 2331 World Literature (Single-Semester Course) ENGL 2316   Literature and Culture
ENGL 2332 World Literature I ENGL 2332   Literature of the Western World: From the Classics to the Renaissance
ENGL 2333 World Literature II ENGL 2333   Literature of the Western World: From the Enlightenment to the Present
ENGR 1201 Introduction to Engineering ENGR 1211   Foundations of Engineering I
ENGR 1204 Engineering Graphics I ENGR 1312   Foundations of Engineering II
ENGR 2301 Engineering Mechanics-Statics ENGR 2325   Statics
ENGR 2302 Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics ENGR 2326   Dynamics
ENGR 2305 Circuits I for Electrical ENGR 2460   Circuit Analysis Engineering
ENGT 1401

Circuits I for Engineering Technology

ENTC 2414   Circuit Analysis I
ENVR 1401 Environmental Science I ESCI 1401   Environmental Science I: Introduction to Environmental Science
FREN 2311 Intermediate French I FREN 2311   French III
FREN 2312 Intermediate French II FREN 2312   French IV
GEOG 1300 Principles of Geography GEOG 1300   World Geography
GEOG 1301 Physical Geography GISC 1301   Physical Geography and Mapping
GEOL 1403 Physical Geology GEOL 1403   Physical Geology
GEOL 1404 Historical Geology GEOL 1404   Historical Geology
GERM 2311 Intermediate German I GERM 2311   German III
GERM 2312 Intermediate German II GERM 2312   German IV
GOVT 2305 Federal Government
(Federal Constitution & topics)
POLS 2305   U. S. Government and Politics
GOVT 2306 Texas Government (Texas Constitution and topics) POLS 2306   State and Local Government
HIST 1301 United States History I HIST 1301   U.S. History to 1865
HIST 1302 United States History II HIST 1302   U.S. History Since 1865
HIST 2311 Western Civilization I HIST 2311   Western Civilization I
HIST 2312 Western Civilization II HIST 2312   Western Civilization II
MATH 1314 College Algebra MATH 1314   College Algebra
MATH 1316 Plane Trigonometry MATH 1316   Trigonometry
MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences I MATH 1324   Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences
MATH 1325 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences II (business Calculus) MATH 1325   Calculus for Business and Social Sciences
MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) MATH 1332   Contemporary Mathematics
MATH 1350 Fundamentals of Mathematics I SMTE 1350   Fundamentals of Mathematics I
MATH 1351 Fundamentals of Mathematics II SMTE 1351   Fundamentals of Mathematics II
MATH 1442 Elementary Statistical Methods MATH 1442   Statistics for Life
MATH 2305 Discrete Mathematics MATH 2305   Discrete Mathematics I
MATH 2312 Precalculus Math MATH 2312   Precalculus
MATH 2413 Calculus I MATH 2413   Calculus I
MATH 2414 Calculus II MATH 2414   Calculus II
MUSI 1116 Elementary Sight Singing & Ear Training I MUSI 1116   Aural Training I
MUSI 1117 Elementary Sight Singing & Ear Training II MUSI 1117   Aural Training II
MUSI 1181 Piano Class I MUSI 1181   Class Piano I
MUSI 1182 Piano Class II MUSI 1182   Class Piano II
MUSI 1303 Fundamentals of Music (guitar) MUSI 1303   Basic Guitar I
MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation MUSI 1306   Understanding & Enjoying Music
MUSI 1307 Music Literature (one semester version) MUSI 1307   Elements of Musical Style
MUSI 1311 Music Theory I MUSI 1311   Musicianship I
MUSI 1312 Music Theory II MUSI 1312   Musicianship II
MUSI 2116 Advanced Sight Singing & Ear Training I MUSI 2116   Aural Training III
MUSI 2117 Advanced Sight Singing & Ear Training II MUSI 2117   Aural Training IV
MUSI 2181 Piano Class III MUSI 2181   Class Piano III
MUSI 2182 Piano Class IV MUSI 2182   Class Piano IV
MUSI 2311 Music Theory III MUSI 2311   Musicianship III
MUSI 2312 Music Theory IV MUSI 2312   Musicianship IV
PHED 1206 First Aid KINE 2215   First Aid and Safety
PHED 1301 Introduction to Physical Fitness & Sport KINE 2313   Foundations of Kinesiology
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy PHIL 1301   Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 2303 Introduction to Logic PHIL 2303   Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 2306   Foundations of Professional Ethics
PHYS 1303 Stars and Galaxies (lecture) PHYS 1303   Introduction to Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies
PHYS 1304 Solar System (lecture) PHYS 1304   Introduction to Astronomy: Solar System
PHYS 1401 College Physics I PHYS 1401   General Physics I
PHYS 1402 College Physics II PHYS 1402   General Physics II
PHYS 2425 University Physics I PHYS 2425   University Physics I
PHYS 2426 University Physics II PHYS 2426   University Physics II
PSYC 2301 General Psychology PSYC 2301   General Psychology
PSYC 2314 Life Span Growth & Development PSYC 2314   Life Span Developmental Psyc.

PSYC 2319 or
SOCI 2326

Social Psychology PSYC 2319   Social Psychology
SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology SOCI 1301   Human Societies
SOCI 2326 or PSYC 2319 Social Psychology SOCI 2319   Social Psychology
SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish I SPAN 2311   Spanish III
SPAN 2312 Intermediate Spanish II SPAN 2312   Spanish IV
SPAN 2313 Spanish for Native Speakers I SPAN 2313   Spanish for Native Speakers
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking COMM 1315   Public Speaking
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication COMM 1318   Interpersonal Communication
SPCH 1342 Voice and Diction COMM 1342  or THEA 1342   Voice and Diction
SPCH 2333 Discussion & Small Group COMM 2333   Small Group Communication


Lower-Division Core Curriculum Transfer Courses

 The core curriculum requirements are discussed in the “University Core Curriculum Program ” section of this catalog. The following table lists lower-division A&M-Corpus Christi core curriculum courses for which there are transfer equivalents. The approved core curriculum transfer courses are identified by their common course numbers and titles.

Transfer students also have several other means of meeting the core curriculum requirements. See “General Education Requirement ” in the section entitled “Undergraduate Programs ” for details.

A&M-Corpus Christi Core Courses Core Transfer Courses (Texas Common Course Numbers and Titles)
ENGL 1302 Writing and Rhetoric   ENGL 1302 Composition II
COMM 1311 Foundation of Communication   SPCH 1311 Intro to Speech Communication
U.S. History (6 sem. hrs.)
HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865   HIST 1301 U.S. History to 1865
HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865   HIST 1302 U.S. History Since 1865
  (HIST 2301 Texas History may be substituted for either HIST 1301 or HIST 1302 to meet 3 hours of the Core History requirement at A&M-CC. However, taking both HIST 1301 and HIST 1302 rather than making the Texas History substitution is strongly recommended.)
Political Science (6 sem. hrs.)
POLS 2305 - U.S. Government and Politics   GOVT 2305 Amer. Govt. I (Federal)
POLS 2306 - State and Local Government   GOVT 2306 Amer. Govt. II (State)
Natural Science (6 sem. hrs.) Select two from:
BIOL 1308 Science for Life I (Non-Majors Biology)   BIOL 1308 Biology for Non-Science Majors I (lecture)
BIOL 1406 - Biology I   BIOL 1406 General Biology I
BIOL 1407 - Biology II   BIOL 1407 General Biology II
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I   BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II   BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 2420 Principles of Microbiology   BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors
CHEM 1305 Introductory Chemistry   CHEM 1305 Introductory Chemistry I
CHEM 1411 - General Chemistry I   CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1412 - General Chemistry II   CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II
ESCI 1401 - Environmental Science I: Intro to Environmental Science   ENVR 1401 Environmental Science I
GISC 1301 Physical Geography and Mapping   GEOG 1301 Physical Geography
GEOL 1303 Essentials of Geology   GEOL 1303 Physical Geology
GEOL 1403 - Physical Geology   GEOL 1403 Physical Geology
GEOL 1404 - Historical Geology   GEOL 1404 Historical Geology
PHYS 1303 Introduction to Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies   PHYS 1303 Stars and Galaxies**
PHYS 1304 Introduction to Astronomy: Solar System   PHY 1304 Solar System**
PHYS 1401 - General Physics I   PHYS 1401 College Physics I
PHYS 1402 - General Physics II   PHYS 1402 College Physics II
PHYS 2425 - University Physics I   PHYS 2425 University Physics I
PHYS 2426 - University Physics II   PHYS 2426 University Physics II
  **Provided the ASTR/PHYS course was part of the general education requirement at the transferring institution.
Mathematics (3 sem. hrs.) Select one from:
MATH 1314 - College Algebra   MATH 1314 College Algebra
MATH 1324 - Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences   MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences I (finite mathematics)
MATH 1325 - Calculus For Business & Social Sciences   MATH 1325 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences II (business calculus)
MATH 1442 - Statistics for Life   MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods*** or
  MATH 1442 Elementary Statistical Methods or
MATH 2342 Elementary Statistical Methods or
MATH 2442 Elementary Statistical Methods
MATH 1332 - Contemporary Mathematics **** MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics I
MATH 2413 - Calculus I   MATH 2413 Calculus I (MATH 2313 Calculus I is also acceptable)
PHIL 2303 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking   PHIL 2303 Intro to Logic
  ***MATH 1342 will only be accepted for core curriculum credit if it is in the core curriculum of the transferring institution.
****MATH 1332 Pending final approval for Fall 2017
Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 sem. hrs.)  Select one from:
ECON 2301 - Macroeconomics Principles   ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 2302 Microeconomics Principles   ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics
PSYC 2301 - General Psychology   PSYC 2301 General Psychology
SOCI 1301 - Human Societies 
SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology
Language, Philosophy, & Culture (3 sem. hrs.) Select one from:
ENGL 2332 - Literature of the Western World: From the Classics to the Renaissance   ENGL 2332 World Literature I
ENGL 2333 - Literature of the Western World: From the Enlightenment to the Present   ENGL 2333 World Literature II
  ENGL 2321 British Literature
  ENGL 2326 American Literature
  Any one of the following will also fulfill the literature requirement:
  ENGL 2322 British Literature I
ENGL 2323 British Literature II
ENGL 2327 American Literature I
ENGL 2328 American Literature II
ENGL 2316 Literature and Culture   ENGL 2331 World Literature
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy   PHIL 1301 Intro to Philosophy
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics   PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics
Creative Arts (3 sem. hrs.) Select one from:
ARTS 1301 - Art and Society   ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation
ARTS 1303 Art History Survey I   ARTS 1303 Art History I
MEDA 1305 - Film and Culture   COMM 2366 Introduction to Film or DRAM 2366 Development of the Motion Picture I
MUSI 1306 - Understanding and Enjoying Music   MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation
MUSI 1307 - Elements of Musical Style   MUSI 1307 Music Literature or
THEA 1310 - The Art of the Theatre   DRAM 1310 Introduction to Theatre


Component Area Option (6 sem. hrs.)

To satisfy the 6 semester hour Component Area Option students may select any Core courses that are not already being used to satisfy another Core requirement. In addition, students are able to use lab hours, from 4-hour Core courses, for up to 3 hours of the Component Area Option. Students may take MATH 2414 to satisfy 4 hours of the Component Area Option. MATH 2414 is not included in the Mathematics Component Area, and will only satisfy the Component Area Option. The Core includes 42 hours. Some degree plans, however, require the selection of Core courses that may lead up to 3 additional hours (for example, courses with credit labs). Those 3 additional hours may be applied to the Component Area Option.

Note: Additional courses that are not included in the above list may fulfill specific A&M-Corpus Christi core curriculum requirements. For more information on transfer equivalencies, please contact either the Director of Transfer Admission Services at 361-825-5692 or the Department of Undergraduate Studies at 361-825-5931.

C: Prevention of Alcohol Abuse and Illicit Drug Use

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is committed to a campus-wide plan to educate students and employees about alcohol and drug issues, discourage the irresponsible use of alcoholic beverages, and prohibit the unlawful use, possession or distribution of controlled substances. The University will act to ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal laws, System policies and University rules and procedures dealing with controlled substances, illicit drugs, and the use of alcohol. The Student Handbook and Code of Conduct provides information on alcohol and drug rules and university sanctions. To review the Student Code of Conduct online, go to

Alcohol and Drug Rules

The University prohibits the use or possession of alcoholic beverages on campus by any individual under the age of 21. Failure to comply with this rule violates state law and the rules governing student conduct and will subject the individual to disciplinary action.

Students of lawful age under Texas Statutes may possess and/or consume alcoholic beverages in the privacy of their rooms or apartments in campus residence facilities. However, residence hall occupants and their guests must comply with state and local statutes concerning possession, sale, and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Any use of alcoholic beverages should be in moderation. Therefore, bulk quantities of alcohol (kegs, cases, party balls, etc.) are not allowed on campus or in residence facilities. Loud or disruptive behavior, interference with the cleanliness of residence facilities, or drinking habits that are harmful to the health or education of an individual or those around him/her are reasons for appropriate disciplinary action by the University.

With limited exceptions, the possession of open containers and the consumption of beer, wine, and/or distilled spirits is prohibited in all public areas of the campus. For the purposes of this rule, residence hall balconies and patios are considered public areas. Although students of lawful age may possess and consume alcoholic beverages in the privacy of their rooms or apartments, all alcoholic beverages transported through public areas on the University grounds and in residence facilities must be unopened and concealed.

All members of the University community are expected to abide by state and federal laws pertaining to controlled substances and illicit drugs. Standards of conduct strictly prohibit the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession or use of controlled substances, illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia on University property, at University-sponsored activities, and/or while on active duty. Individuals may use prescription medications that are medically necessary and prescribed by a licensed physician.

While the University has limited jurisdiction when alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs are consumed off-campus, members of the University community are encouraged to consider these regulations as a guideline for responsible and lawful behavior. Any recognized student organization that plans to include alcohol at an official function off-campus must obtain permission from Student Activities under the University risk management guidelines. Failure to comply with this requirement will be reason for appropriate disciplinary action by the University.

Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention Program

To implement an effective drug and alcohol abuse prevention plan, the University will use both formal and informal channels of communication to: 1) disseminate information describing patterns of addiction and the physical, mental, and emotional consequences that result from the abuse of alcohol and controlled/illegal substances, 2) distribute information that describes and encourages the use of counseling and treatment modalities available to both students and employees in the local and regional area, and 3) make available to the campus population referrals to local treatment centers and counseling programs. These referrals will be made within a supportive, confidential, and non-punitive environment under the auspices of the University Health Center, Counseling Center, and/or Human Resources.

University Sanctions

Students suspected or found in violation of University drug or alcohol rules and regulations will be notified in writing to appear for a hearing with a judicial affairs officer. Procedures for hearings are outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

A student found responsible for violating the rules and regulations will be subject to sanctions commensurate with the offenses and any aggravating and mitigating circumstances. Disciplinary actions in cases involving alcohol and drug-related violations result in sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion from the University and referral for prosecution. Any disciplinary action imposed by the University may precede and be in addition to any penalty imposed by an off-campus authority. Students will be advised of available alcohol and drug counseling at the University Counseling Center and/or referred to a community organization. The University Counseling Center and the University Health Center can provide assistance and referral to appropriate community agencies.

Advisors and faculty members have the responsibility to supervise student activities on all trips. Faculty members should inform students that actions violating state laws, local regulations, and University rules regarding alcohol and drugs will not be permitted on any University trip. Students who violate these guidelines regarding alcohol and drug use on field trips will be subject to disciplinary action.

Health Risks

Alcohol abuse can cause many health-related problems. Approximately 150,000 deaths annually are directly related to alcohol abuse and/or alcoholism. Alcohol abuse can lead to alcoholism, premature death through overdose, and complications involving the brain, heart, liver, and many other body organs. Alcohol abuse is a prime contributor to suicide, homicide, motor vehicle deaths, and other accidental causes of death. Alcohol abuse also causes liver disease, gastritis, and anemia.

Alcohol abuse interferes with psychological functions, causes interpersonal difficulties, and is involved in many cases of child abuse. Alcohol abuse also disrupts occupational effectiveness and causes legal and financial problems. Alcohol used in any amount by a pregnant woman can cause birth defects.

The abuse of illicit drugs can result in a wide range of health problems. In general, illicit drug use can result in drug addiction, death by overdose, death from withdrawal, seizures, heart problems, infections (i.e., HIV/AIDS, hepatitis), liver disease, and chronic brain dysfunctions. Other problems associated with illicit drug use include psychological dysfunctions such as memory loss, thought disorders (i.e., hallucinations, paranoia, psychosis), and psychological dependency. Additional effects include occupational, social, and family problems as well as a reduction in motivation. Drug use by a pregnant woman may cause addiction or health complications in her unborn child.

Campus Resources

A&M-Corpus Christi offers a variety of programs to promote healthy lifestyles and substance-free alternatives. Students can become involved with the planning of drug and alcohol education programs by contacting the Division of Student Affairs at 361-825-2612.

University Counseling Center - The University Counseling Center offers students individual counseling, educational programming and support groups focused on alcohol and other drug use, abuse and addiction. An Alcohol Education Program for Minors is also available for minors cited/charged with alcohol-related offenses (MIP, DUI, and Public Intoxication). For more information, call 361-825-2703 or visit the web site at

University Health Center - The University Health Center can provide information about the health risks of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as general medical care for students. For more information, call 361-825-2601.

Coalition on Substance Abuse - The purpose of the Coalition on Substance Abuse (CoSA) is to support the mission of Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi by analyzing behavioral and perception trends, advising on areas of concern and promoting the use of best practices in the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program. For more information, call 361- 825-2612.

National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness - Each year, CoSA plans a variety of interactive and educational events during the month of October in conjunction with National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. Call 361-825-2703 for more information.

University Police Department - The University Police Department educates the University community about drug and alcohol issues as well as enforces local, state and federal law. For more information, call 361-825-4444.

Annual Security Report - This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by A&M-Corpus Christi; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. Obtain a copy of this report by contacting the University Police Department 361-825-4444 or by accessing the following web site:

D: Hazing

The following is a summary of Chapter 37, subchapter F. (§§ 37.151-157) of the Texas Education Code, which prohibits hazing in Texas public or private high schools. Texas Education Code § 51.936 applies Chapter 37’s prohibition on hazing to institutions of higher education. This summary of Chapter 37 is provided as required by § 51.936(d).

The Education Code defines hazing as “any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization.” The statute contains a list of conduct which constitutes hazing.

Hazing is a criminal violation under Texas law. A person may be found guilty of criminal conduct for hazing, encouraging hazing, permitting hazing, or having knowledge of the planning of hazing incidents and failing to report in writing his/her knowledge to the Dean of Students or other appropriate official of the institution.

Failing to report hazing is a Class B misdemeanor, as is hazing that does not result in serious bodily injury. Hazing that results in serious bodily injury is a Class A misdemeanor. Hazing resulting in death is a state jail felony. An organization found guilty of hazing may be fined $5,000 to $10,000 or, for an incident causing personal injury or property damage, an amount double the loss or expenses incurred because of the hazing incident.

It is not a defense to prosecution that the person hazed consented to the hazing activity.

Any person reporting a specific hazing incident to the Dean of Students or other appropriate institutional official is immune from civil and criminal liability unless the report is in bad faith or malicious.

This state law does not limit or affect an educational institution’s right to enforce its own penalties against hazing.

E. Student Travel Rule

1. Overview

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is supportive of student travel and recognizes that the safety of its students is of the utmost importance. The requirements outlined below apply to student travel that is more than 25 miles from campus to an activity that is organized, sponsored and/or funded by the University or by an organization properly registered at the University. Students traveling on behalf of the University must obtain prior approval from the appropriate department. This rule applies to travel by car, truck, van, bus and airplane. It must be read in conjunction with University Procedure 13.04.99.C1.01, Student Travel Procedures.

2. Travel Safety Guidelines

During travel situations specified above, students must abide by the following safety guidelines.

  1. Drivers and passengers must abide by all federal and state laws. In accordance with State law, drivers and passengers must use seat belts or other available safety restraints.
  2. Drivers must possess a valid driver’s license that is appropriate for the classification of vehicle being driven.
  3. Drivers, occupants, and their luggage should not exceed the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended capacity.
  4. Operator fatigue should be considered when selecting drivers. On lengthy trips, alternate drivers should be used to avoid fatigue.

3. Vehicle Options

Listed below are the basic means of travel available to students:

  1. Rental Vehicles: Students traveling using a rental vehicle must comply and abide with all University and rental provider rules, regulations, and stipulations.
  2. Vans: Fifteen (15) passenger vans may be used; however, only nine occupants, including the driver, may ride in the van. Nothing may be loaded on top of the van, and all cargo should be loaded evenly. Cargo limit must meet safety requirements. It is preferred that a University employee drive the van.
  3. Personal Vehicles: The driver must have adequate motor vehicle insurance and the vehicle must meet all state safety and registration requirements.
  4. Commercial Carrier (airplane, bus, train, etc.) Students traveling by commercial transportation must comply with all rules specific to the carrier. This includes laws and regulations regarding carry-on luggage and weight restrictions.

4. Additional Standards

This rule is considered to be a minimum standard. Departments, units, and/or student organizations may mandate additional standards as deemed necessary to address the unique requirements associated with a particular type of student travel.