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Associate of Arts Requirements

The Associate of Arts (AA) program is an academic transfer degree designed for students who will ultimately be pursuing a Bachelor's degree at a four-year college/university that is not math or science oriented. At LSCS, the AS degree is a generalized degree that will not list a specific major but will be called Associate of Science.

Examples of this type of four-year degree are: Business, Liberal Arts, History, Speech, Music, Education, Criminal Justice, etc.

While certain courses are recommended, the requirements are essentially the basic first year and second year offerings appropriate for the first two years of many baccalaureate degree programs. Students who successfully complete the degree requirements of the program will be eligible to receive the associate of arts degree.

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree is offered at LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball, and LSC-University Park. It can be earned entirely online through LSC-Online.

Fields of Study

Lone Star College offers several options for specialized Associate of Arts degrees:

General Associate Degree Requirements

Within five years of initial enrollment in credit courses at LSCS, a student may graduate according to the catalog degree requirements in effect at the time of first enrollment or any subsequent catalog degree requirements provided the degree, the program, and requisite courses are still being offered. Course prerequisite changes need to be followed.

If a student fails to complete within five years all degree requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment, the student will be required to graduate under a catalog not older than five years. The five year initial enrollment period for specialized admissions programs begins upon acceptance into the program. Exception to this requirement may be approved in extenuating circumstances by the instructional vice president.

Students whose first year of enrollment in credit courses is prior to fall 1993 may graduate according to requirements in effect at that time provided the degree, the program, and requisite courses are still being offered.

  1. At least 60 semester hours of earned credit, 18 of which must be courses taken at LSCS and apply to the degree. Courses transferred from regionally-accredited institutions will be evaluated and applied to degree requirements if:
    • At least a grade of “D” was earned.
    • The cumulative GPA of the transfer courses applied to the degree or certificate must be at least a 2.00.
    • AAS graduates may be required to demonstrate skills/proficiencies in the discipline.
  2. Satisfaction of core competency requirements.
  3. At least a 2.0 cumulative GPA for LSCS courses applying toward their degree requirements.
  4. A cumulative 2.0 GPA on all credit courses earned at LSCS (graduation GPA).
  5. Completion of LSCS Student Success Initiative requirements (college level reading and writing, and at least completion of Math 0308) even if students are exempt from the Texas Success Initiative.
  6. Completed formal application for graduation on or before the announced deadline.
  7. All transcripts on file and all financial obligations to the college complete, including all records cleared in the library.

Degree Plan

Core Component Course Options Semester Credit Hours


ENGL 1301

6 hours

and 3 hours of Speech

SPCH 1311, 1315, 1318, 1321



MATH 1314, 1316, 1324‡ , 1325, 1332, 1342, 1350‡,2318, 2320, 2412†, 2413†

3 hours

Life & Physical Sciences

BIOL 1406 or 1408, 1407 or 1409, 1414, 2401, 2402, 2404, 2406, 2420, 2421 

CHEM 1405, 1411, 1412, 2423, 2425

ENVR 1401, 1402

GEOL 1403, 1404, 1405, 1445

PHYS 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404, 1410, 2425, 2426 

8 hours

Creative Arts

ARTS 1301,1303,1304

DANC 2303

DRAM 1310, 2366

MUSI 1306, 1308, 1309, 1310 

3 hours

Language, Philosophy, & Culture

ENGL 2322, 2323, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333, 2341, 2342, 2343, 2351

HUMA 1301, 1302, 1305, 1311

PHIL 1301, 1304, 2306, 2307, 2316, 2321

ARAB 2311, 2312 

CHIN 2311, 2312 

FREN 2311, 2312 

GERM 2311, 2312

ITAL 2311, 2312

JAPN 2311, 2312 

SGNL 2301, 2302 

SPAN 2311, 2312, 2313, 2315 

3 hours


HIST 1301, 1302, 2301
(Select two HIST courses)

6 hours


GOVT 2305 and 2306

6 hours

Social/Behavioral Sciences

ANTH 2301, 2351

CRIJ 1301, 1307

ECON 2301, 2302

GEOG 1301, 1303

GOVT 2304

HIST 2311, 2312, 2321, 2322 

PSYC 2301

SOCI 1301, 1306

3 hours

Component Area Option

ENGL 1302 or ENGL 2311


PHED 1164

4 hours


Choose elective courses based on university requirements if transferring

18 hours


Total Hours


‡ Specifically designed for elementary and middle school teachers.

†This course satisfies the mathematics core requirement of three semester hours; however, the fourth hour is not a part of the transfer core curriculum and may be transferred as an elective hour