Academic Programs and Transfer Initiatives

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum is an academic program guaranteed to transfer to any Texas public college or university as a block of courses fulfilling college freshman and sophomore requirements for a major or degree plan. Core Curriculum Complete allows students, who successfully complete the 42 semester credit hour core curriculum at LSCS, to transfer the full block of courses to any Texas public college or university. LSCS core curriculum must be substituted for the core curriculum at Texas public colleges or universities receiving the block of courses. Core Curriculum courses may be transferred individually to other Texas public colleges and universities. 

Associate of Arts

Associate of Arts is an academic degree program preparing students to transfer to a Texas public college or university as a junior with the intention of declaring a major in the liberal or fine arts. Examples of majors include, but are not limited to: English and History. 

Associate of Arts - Field of Study Programs

Associate of Arts – Field of Study programs are academic degrees preparing students to transfer to a Texas public college or university as a junior with transferable courses in specific majors of Business, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Music, and Speech Communication.

Associate of Arts in Teaching

Associate of Arts in Teaching is an academic degree preparing students to transfer to a Texas public college or university as a junior with a specific teaching major of early childhood through sixth grade or generalist grades 4 through 8. 

Associate of Science

Associate of Science is an academic degree preparing students to transfer to a Texas public college or university as a junior with intention of majoring in the sciences. Examples of majors include, but are not limited to: Math, Engineering, and Biology.

Associate of Applied Science

Associate of Applied Science is career and technical degree program for students seeking credentials to work in a specific career including approximately 18 credit hours of core curriculum courses and 36 - 48 credit hours of technical or vocational courses. Generally, career and technical educational courses are not designed to transfer to universities. However, universities may accept a block of career and technical educational courses in a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) program.

Reverse Transfer

Reverse transfer provides an avenue for obtaining an associate degree after transferring to an university. Reverse transfer establishes policies and procedures for credits earned at universities to be transferred to LSCS and applied toward associate degrees.

Texas Tuning Agreements

Associate of Science Degrees in Biology and Mechanical Engineering adhere to the Texas Tuning Agreements that are designed to facilitate transfer for students attending community college with the intent of completing a bachelor’s degree in specific disciplines in Texas. The agreements create a shared understanding of the subject-specific knowledge and transferable skills that students must demonstrate upon completion of a degree program. The “Fine Tuning” (or course alignment) process involves identifying a set of lower-division courses for a given discipline area and aligning the learning outcomes across institutions in the state to provide a bases for voluntary transfer compacts and articulation agreements.

University Articulation Agreements

An articulation agreement is a framework to form partnerships between LSCS and other academic institutions to formalize a pathway for student transfer. University articulation for transfer can be for single courses, a group of courses, or entire degree programs. LSCS strives to build partnerships with universities to provide assurance that the coursework at LSCS will transfer and satisfy degree requirements.

Lone Star College has Articulation Agreements with the Following Institutions

American Public University System

Art Institute of Houston

Ashford University

Belhaven College

Bellevue University

Chamberlain College of Nursing

College of Biblical Studies

DeVry University

Everest University

Grand Canyon University

Grantham University

ITT Technical Institute

Kaplan University

Lamar University

Northcentral University

Our Lady of the Lake University

Prairie View A&M University

Regent University

Sam Houston State University

Stephen F. Austin State University

Strayer University

Texas Chiropractic College

Texas Southern University

Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

University of Houston

University of Houston - Downtown

University of Houston - Victoria

University of Maryland - University College

University of St. Thomas

University of Texas at Dallas

University of Texas at San Antonio

University of Texas at Tyler

University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston

University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio

University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston

Victory University

Western Governors University

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