Jan 21, 2021  
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 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 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 1111 General Chemistry I (lab) CHEM 1111  General Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 1112 General Chemistry II (lab) CHEM 1112  General Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I CHEM 1311  General Chemistry I
CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II CHEM 1312  General Chemistry II
COMM 1307 Introduction to Mass Communication COMM 1307  Media and Society
COMM 2366 Introduction to Film COMM 2366  Introduction to Film Art
COSC 1300 Introduction to Computing COSC 1315  Computer Literacy
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 1147 Jazz Dance I DANC 1147  Jazz Dance I
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 COMM 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  Composition II
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 1212  Foundations of Engineering II
ENGR 1304 Engineering Graphics I ENTC 1304  Engineering Design Graphics
ENGR 2303 Engineering Mechanics – Statics and Dynamics ENGR 2321  Statics and Dynamics
ENGR 2305 Circuits I for Electrical ENGR 2360    Circuit Analysis Engineering
ENGR 2332 Mechanics of Materials ENGR 2320  Strength of Materials
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
ENVR 1402 Environmental Science II ESCI 1402  Environmental Science II: Systems and Applications
FREN 1311 Beginning French I FREN 1311  French I
FREN 1312 Beginning French II FREN 1312  French II
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
GEOL 1403 Physical Geology GEOL 1403  Physical Geology
GEOL 1404 Historical Geology GEOL 1404  Historical Geology
GERM 1311 Beginning German I GERM 1311  German I
GERM 1312 Beginning German II GERM 1312  German II
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
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  Business Mathematics
MATH 1325 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences II (business Calculus) MATH 1325  Business Calculus
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 1151 Scuba Diving I KINE 1151  Scuba and Snorkeling
PHED 1206 First Aid KINE 2215  First Aid and Safety
PHED 1301 Introduction to Physical Fitness & Sport KINE 2313  Foundations of Kinesiology
PHED 2255 Water Safety KINE 2255  Water Safety Instruction
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy PHIL 1301  Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 2303 Introduction to Logic PHIL 2303  Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking
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 2326  Social Psychology
SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology SOCI 1301  Human Societies
SOCI 2326 or PSYC 2319 Social Psychology SOCI 2326  Social Psychology
SPAN 1311 Beginning Spanish I SPAN 1311  Spanish I
SPAN 1312 Beginning Spanish II SPAN 1312  Spanish II
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)
English Composition
ENGL 1301 - Composition I  ENGL 1301 Composition I
ENGL 1302 - Composition II 

ENGL 1302 Composition II


U.S. History
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
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)

or both of the following to fulfill the two-course requirement:

  1. GOVT 2301 Amer. Govt. I (Combined Fed. & State/inc. Const.)* and
  2. GOVT 2302 Amer. Govt. II (Combined Fed. & State)*

    *It is recommended that students take both courses to satisfy these requirements at one institution. Alternatively, students who have completed POLS 2305  or POLS 2306  at A&M-Corpus Christi may transfer common course GOVT 2301 from another institution to meet the two-course requirement. Students who have completed GOVT 2301 at another institution may take either POLS 2305  or POLS 2306  at A&M-Corpus Christi. Any student who is uncertain about how to complete this requirement should contact a transfer counselor at (361) 825-2257 or 2258 to ensure that the combination of courses taken covers both the U. S. and Texas constitutions.
Natural Science

Select two from:
ASTR 1311 - Introduction to Space Science  ASTR 1303 or PHYS 1303 Stars and Galaxies or ASTR 1304 or PHYS 1304 Solar System**
BIOL 1406 - Biology I  BIOL 1406 General Biology I
BIOL 1407 - Biology II  BIOL 1407 General Biology II
CHEM 1311 - General Chemistry I  CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1312 - General Chemistry II  CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II
ESCI 1401 - Environmental Science I: Intro to Environmental Science  ENVR 1401 Environmental Science I
ESCI 1402 - Environmental Science II: Systems and Applications  ENVR 1402 Environmental Science II
GEOL 1403 - Physical Geology  GEOL 1403 Physical Geology
GEOL 1404 - Historical Geology  GEOL 1404 Historical Geology
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.
Select one from:
MATH 1314 - College Algebra  MATH 1314 College Algebra
MATH 1324 - Business Mathematics  MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences I (finite mathematics)
MATH 1325 - Business Calculus  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 1470 - Introduction to Modeling  MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences I (finite mathematics)
MATH 2413 - Calculus I  MATH 2413 Calculus I (MATH 2313 Calculus I is also acceptable)
  ***MATH 1342 will only be accepted for core curriculum credit if it is in the core curriculum of the transferring institution.
Oral Communication
COMM 1315 - Public Speaking 
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking
Select one from:
ECON 2301 - Macroeconomics Principles  ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 2302 - Microeconomics Principles 
ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics
Social Science
Select one from:
PSYC 2301 - General Psychology  PSYC 2301 General Psychology
SOCI 1301 - Human Societies 
SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology
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 2334 - Themes and Genres in English Literatures  ENGL 2321 British Literature
ENGL 2335 - Themes and Genres in the Literatures of the Americas  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
Fine Arts
Select one from:
ARTS 1301 - Art and Society  ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation
COMM 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
  MUSI 1308 Music Literature I or
MUSI 1309 Music Literature II
THEA 1310 - The Art of the Theatre  DRAM 1310 Introduction to Theatre

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 a transfer counselor at (361) 825-2257 or 2258.

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 http://judicialaffairs.tamucc.edu.

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 http://counseling.tamucc.edu.

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.

I-ADAPT - I-ADAPT (Islander’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team) is committed to promoting healthy choices among the A&M-Corpus Christi campus community in order to reduce the negative consequences of alcohol and drug use/abuse. For more information, call 361- 825-2612.

National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness - Each year, I-ADAPT 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: http://falcon.tamucc.edu/~police/UPD/statis.htm.

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.