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Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

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An Associate of Arts is an academic transfer degree designed for students who will ultimately be pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree at a four-year college/university that is not math or science oriented. 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.

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.
Communication 6 Credits
ENGL 1301
SPCH1 1311, 1315, 1318, 1321
Mathematics 3 Credits
MATH 1314, 1316, 13242, 1325, 1332, 1342, 13502, 13512, 2318, 24123, 24133, 24143, PHIL 2303
Life & Physical Sciences 8 Credits
BIOL 1406 -or- 1408, 1407 -or- 1409, 1414, 2401, 2402, 2404, 2406, 2420, 2421
CHEM 1405, 1407, 1411, 1412, 2423, 2425
ENVR 1401, 1402
GEOL 1401, 1403, 1404, 1405, 1445
PHYS 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404, 1410, 2425, 2426
Creative Arts 3 Credits
ARTS 1301,1303,1304
DANC 2303
DRAM 1310, 2366
MUSI 1306, 1307, 1310
Language, Philosophy, & Culture 3 Credits
ENGL 2322, 2323, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333, 2351
HUMA 1301, 1302, 1305, 1311, 2319
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
History 6 Credits
HIST4 1301, 1302, 2301
Government 6 Credits
GOVT 2305 and 2306
Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits
ANTH 2301, 2351
CRIJ 1301, 1307
ECON 2301, 2302
GEOG 1301, 1303
GOVT 2304, 2311
HIST 2311, 2312, 2321, 2322
PSYC 2301
SOCI 1301, 1306
Component Area Option 4 Credits
ENGL 1302 -or- 2311
PHED 1164
Electives 18 Credits
Choose elective courses based on university requirements if transferring
Associate of Arts (AA) Degree Program Total 60 Credits


  1. Communication component must include ENGL 1301 and one Speech course
  2. Specifically designed for elementary and middle school teachers.
  3. 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
  4. Select two HIST courses

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Transfer Options

Credits earned at Lone Star College transfer to any public college or university in the state. Start smart with 2+2 (2 years at LSC and 2 years at the University of your choice) and get the first two years of your Bachelor's degree without the high-cost. Before you make your decision, make sure you:

  1. Meet with an advisor to choose the right degree plan
  2. Research colleges & universities
  3. Complete their admissions application on time

Transfer Guides

The key to success and to minimizing stress is planning ahead. LSC has transfer agreements with dozens of colleges and universities across Texas. These transfer guides, 2 + 2 agreements, and equivalency guides will show you the LSC courses that fulfill bachelor degree requirements at the institutions listed.

Transfer Centers

Want to speak with someone in person? No problem. All seven of our campuses have transfer centers that offer one-on-one appointments, workshops, university visits and resources for parents. Find the transfer center that is closest to you:


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $862 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.

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