Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum is designed to give all students who graduate from the university the opportunity to acquire a general knowledge of areas of study that have traditionally been regarded as basic to a university education. This general knowledge base requires study in the natural and applied sciences, social sciences, humanities, visual and performing arts, and the tools of language and thought. The curriculum complies with 1997 Texas legislation requiring each state-supported institution to establish a "core curriculum. . .in the liberal arts, humanities, sciences, and political, social, and cultural history."

In addition to the core, each student must complete at least one 3-hour multicultural course that focuses explicitly on the distinctive subcultures of the U.S. or on the culture of another society (see immediately following section). Many courses fulfill Core Curriculum requirements and at the same time satisfy the multicultural emphasis. Students should check with an advisor for appropriate courses.

Students should choose only those Core Curriculum courses that follow their degree plans.

The following courses have been approved for the Core Curriculum.

A. Communication:

1. Written: English rhetoric, composition: 6 hours

"The objective of a communication component of a core curriculum is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience."

Texas Common Course
Number System (TCCNS)
(for transfer purposes)
ENGL 1301 Essentials of College Rhetoric ENGL 1301
ENGL 1302 Advanced College Rhetoric ENGL 1302

In addition to the 6 hours of composition and rhetoric, a writing-across-the-curriculum requirement includes 6 hours of writing intensive courses in the major.

2. Oral: Speech: 3 hours

Oral communication means the basic skills acquired in speaking and listening effectively and critically.

CH E 2306 Exposition of Technical Information
COMS 2300 Public Speaking SPCH 1315
COMS 3358 Business and Professional Communication
HDFS 2320 Basic Interpersonal Skills SPCH 1318
MGT 3373 Managerial Communication
PETR 3308 Engineering Communications

B. Mathematics: Logic, college-level algebra or equivalent, finite math, statistics, calculus or above: 6 hours, at least 3 of which must be mathematics

"The objective of the mathematics component of the core curriculum is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems."

AAEC 3401Agricultural Statistics
I E 3341Engineering Statistics
MATH 1320College AlgebraMATH 1314
MATH All mathematics courses
above 1320, except 3430
MUTH 3303Form, Analysis, and Synthesis
PHIL 2310LogicPHIL 2303
PHIL 4310Advanced Logic
PSY 3400Statistical Methods
SOC 3391Introduction to Social Research I

C. Natural Science: 8 hours (includes laboratory)

"The objective of the study of the natural sciences component of a core curriculum is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. (The natural sciences investigate the phenomena of the physical world.)"

ANSC 3404Consumer Selection and Utilization of Meat Products
ANTH 2300Physical AnthropologyANTH 2301*
ANTH 2100Physical Anthropology Laboratory
ASTR 1300Solar System AstronomyPHYS 1311
ASTR 1100General Astronomy Laboratory IPHYS 1111
ASTR 1301Stellar AstronomyPHYS 1312
ASTR 1101General Astronomy Laboratory IIPHYS 1112
ATMO 1300Introduction to Atmospheric ScienceGEOL 1347*
ATMO 1100Atmospheric Science Laboratory
BIOL 1313Ecology and Environmental Problems
BIOL 1113Environmental Problems Laboratory
BIOL 1401Biology of Plants BIOL 1411
BIOL 1402Biology of AnimalsBIOL 1413
BIOL 1403Biology IBIOL 1406
BIOL 1404Biology IIBIOL 1407
CHEM 1305Chemistry and Society ICHEM 1305
CHEM 1105Experimental General Chemistry I (Laboratory) CHEM 1105
CHEM 1306Chemistry and Society IICHEM 1307
CHEM 1106Experimental General Chemistry II (Laboratory) CHEM 1107
CHEM 1307Principles of Chemistry ICHEM 1311
(or 1411)
CHEM 1107Principles of Chemistry I (Laboratory)CHEM 1111
CHEM 1308Principles of Chemistry IICHEM 1312
(also 1412)
CHEM 1108Principles of Chemistry II (Laboratory)CHEM 1112
F&N 1410Science of Nutrition
GEOG 1401Physical GeographyGEOG 1301*
GEOL 1303Physical GeologyGEOL 1403
GEOL 1101Physical Geology Laboratory
GEOL 1304Historical GeologyGEOL 1404
GEOL 1102Historical Geology Laboratory
GEOL 1350History of Life
GEOL 1105History of Life Laboratory
HONS 2305Honors Integrated Science I
HONS 2115Honors Integrated Science Laboratory I
HONS 2306Honors Integrated Science II
HONS 2116Honors Integrated Science Laboratory II
PHYS 1303Physics for Nonscience MajorsPHYS 1305
PHYS 1101Experimental Elementary Physics (Laboratory)PHYS 1105
PHYS 1306General PhysicsPHYS 1301
PHYS 1103Experimental General Physics I (Laboratory)PHYS 1101
PHYS 1307General PhysicsPHYS 1302
PHYS 1104Experimental General Physics II (Laboratory)PHYS 1102
PHYS 1308Principles of Physics IPHYS 2325
PHYS 1105Principles of Physics I (Laboratory)PHYS 2125
PHYS 1406Physics of Sound and Music
PHYS 2301Principles of Physics IIPHYS 2326
PHYS 1106Principles of Physics II (Laboratory)PHYS 2126
PSS 1411Principles of HorticultureHORT 1401
PSS 2330Urban Soils
PSS 2130Urban Soils Laboratory
PSS 2401Introductory EntomologyAGRI 1413
ZOOL 2403Human Anatomy and Physiology IBIOL 2401

*Does not include lab course

D. Technology and Applied Science: 3 hours

The objective of the study of the technology and applied science component of a core curriculum is to enable the student to understand how profoundly scientific and technological developments affect society and the environment. Human nutrition, the world's environment, and energy problems are all viewed as critical to one's understanding of and interactions with today's world.

AGED 4302Transfer of Agricultural Technology
AGSM 2302Agricultural Surveying and Land Conservation
AGSM 3303Internal Combustion Engine Theory and Operation
AGSM 4302Agricultural Buildings and Environmental Control
ANSC 1401General Animal ScienceAGRI 1419
ANSC 2303Care and Management of Companion Animals
ANSC 3402Animal Breeding and Genetics
ARCH 2351 Building Systems
ARCH 3350Building Technology
ART 3362Technology in the Visual Arts
ATMO 2301Weather, Climate, and Human Activities
ATMO 3301General Meteorology
C E 1130Civil Engineering Seminar I
CH E 1305Engineering Analysis I
CHEM 1303Science, Technology, and Chemistry
CHEM 2305Organic ChemistryCHEM 2323
C S 1300Computers and Modern SocietyCOSC 1301
C S 1462Fundamentals of Computer Science I COSC 1420
C S 3368Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
CTEC 1312Construction Methods
CTEC 2301Surveying and Surveys ENGR 1307
EDIT 2318Computing and Information Technology
EDIT 3318Applications of Technology in Elementary Education
E E 1305Introduction to Engineering and Computer Programming
FADS 3305Computer Applications in Apparel Design
F&N 2310Principles of Food PreparationHECO 1315
FD T 2300Principles of Food TechnologyAGRI 1329
FD T 2302Elementary Analysis of Foods
FD T 3301Food Microbiology
FD T 3303Food Sanitation
FFP 2310Technological Application in Family Financial Planning
GEOG 3353Man, Resources, and Environment
GEOG 3360Technology and the Human Landscape
GEOG 4301Geomorphology in Environmental Management
GEOL 3323Environmental Geology
G PH 2300Introduction to Geophysics
GTEC 1312Alternating and Direct Current Technology
HONS 3302Honors Seminar in Sciences
I D 4383Computer Aided Drafting for Interior Designers II
I E 1305 Engineering Analysis
I E 3351Manufacturing Engineering I
I E 4363Work and Product Safety Engineering
ISQS 2440Introduction to Computer Systems in Business
ISQS 3344Introduction to Production and Operations Management
MATH 3430Computational Techniques for Science and Mathematics
MBIO 4307Industrial Microbiology
M E 1315Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
M E 2322Engineering Thermodynamics I
MTEC 1312Mechanical Technology
MUCP 3001Projects in Electronic and Experimental Music
MUSI 3341Introduction to Technology for Musicians
MUSI 3342Advanced Technology for Musicians
PETR 1305Engineering Analysis I
PHIL 3330Philosophy of Science
PHYS 1305Engineering Physics Analysis I
PSS 1321Agronomic Plant ScienceAGRI 1307
PSS 2311Vegetable Crops
PSS 2312Propagation Methods
PSS 2432Principles and Practices in Soils
PSS 3323Crop Growth and Culture
RHIM 3303Computers in the Hospitality Industry
RWFM 2301Introductory WildlifeAGRI 2330
RWFM 2302The Ecology and Conservation of Natural Resources
RWFM 2305Introduction to Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries
RWFM 4314Watershed Planning
SOC 3352Technology and Society
TELE 3300Telecommunications Technologies and Society
TELE 3310Introduction to Telecommunications
TH A 3304Principles of Theatrical Lighting

E. Humanities: 3 hours

"The objective of the humanities in a core curriculum is to expand the students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students will engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society."

ANTH 3323Religion of Culture
ANTH 3325Anthropological Folklore
ANTH 3346Ancient Civilizations of Middle and South America
ANTH 3351Language and Culture
ARCHAll architecture history courses
CLAS 1320Introduction to Mythology of the Classical World
CLAS 1330Sports and Public Spectacles in the Ancient World
CLAS 3320The World of Greece
CLAS 3330The World of Rome
CLAS 3350Comparative Mythology
C LT 2301The Epic in the Western Tradition
C LT 3302Literary Traditions
C LT 3334Literatures and Cultures of Africa, Asia, or Latin America
C LT 4305Contemporary Theories of Cultural Meaning
COMS 3311Rhetoric in Western Thought
COMS 3318Persuasion and Social Movements
COMS 3319Rhetoric and American Issues
ENGLAll English courses in literature or linguistics. Excluded are courses in technical writing.
FADS 3312History and Philosophy of Dress
HISTAny history courses not used to fulfill Core Curriculum American history requirement
HONS 3301Honors Seminar in Humanities
HUM 2301Introduction to HumanitiesHUMA 1301
HUM 2302Introduction to HumanitiesHUMA 1302
JOUR 3350History of American Journalism
LAIS 2300Latin America and Iberia: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
LAIS 4300Seminar in Latin American and Iberian Studies
LARC 3302Development of Landscape Architecture
PHIL 2300Beginning PhilosophyPHIL 1301
PHIL 2320Introduction to Ethics PHIL 2306
PHIL 2350World Religions and Philosophy
PHIL 3301Classical Greek Philosophy
PHIL 3302Asian Philosophy
PHIL 3303Modern European Philosophy
PHIL 3304Existentialism and Phenomenology
PHIL 3305American Philosophy
PHIL 3320Introduction to Political Philosophy (POLS 3331)*
PHIL 3322Biomedical Ethics
PHIL 3324Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 3332Feminism and Philosophy
PHIL 4301Seminar in Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 4320 Ethics
PHIL 4323Aesthetics
PHIL 4330Epistemology
PHIL 4331Philosophy of Language
PHIL 4340Metaphysics
PHIL 4341Great Figures in Philosophy
POLS 3330Ancient and Medieval Political Theory
POLS 3331Introduction to Political Philosophy (PHIL 3320)*
POLS 3332Modern Political Theory
POLS 3333Contemporary Political Theory
POLS 3334American Political Theory
TH A 2310Avant-Garde Theatre
W S 2300Introduction to Women's Studies
W S 3341Women in European Civilization (HIST 3341)*
W S 4327Gender, Race, and Class in U.S. Law (HIST 4327)*
W S 4374Love, Death, and Magic in Europe 1500-1800 (HIST 4374)*

Any foreign language courses not used to satisfy the foreign language requirement or other Core Curriculum requirements may be used to satisfy the humanities requirement.

*Cross-listed courses: cannot receive credit for both courses.

F. Visual and Performing Arts: 3 hours

"The objective of the visual and performing arts in a core curriculum is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as the visual and performing arts, students will engage in critical analysis, form aesthetic judgments, and develop an appreciation for arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society."

ARCH 1412Architectonics Studio
ARCH 1441Architectural Delineation I
ARCH 1442Architectural Delineation II
ARTAll art history courses except 3311 and 4315
ART 1309Art AppreciationARTS 1301
ARTAll studio courses
DAN 3313History of the Dance
HONS 3304Honors Seminar in Fine Arts
LARC 1406Landscape Architecture Drawing and Drafting
LARC 1407Landscape Architecture Graphics
MUAP 1001Applied Music Instrument or Voice
MUAP 1002Applied Music Instrument or Voice
MUAP 2001Applied Music Instrument or Voice
MUAP 2002Applied Music Instrument or Voice
MUAP 3001Applied Music Instrument or Voice
MUAP 3002Applied Music Instrument or Voice
MUAP 4001Applied Music Instrument or Voice
MUAP 4002Applied Music Instrument or Voice
MUAP 1123Group Keyboard Instruction IMUSI 1181
MUAP 1124Group Keyboard Instruction IIMUSI 1182
MUAP 2123Group Keyboard Instruction IIIMUSI 2181
MUAP 2124Group Keyboard Instruction IVMUSI 2182
MUAP 2133Class GuitarMUSI 1192
MUAP 2134Class GuitarMUSI 1193
MUAP 3205Jazz Improvisation
MUCP 1201Introduction to Contemporary MusicMUSI 1286
MUCP 1202Introduction to Contemporary MusicMUSI 1287
MUENAll courses except 1103 Marching Band
MUHL 1301Introduction to Music LiteratureMUSI 1308
MUHL 1302Introduction to Music LiteratureMUSI 1309
MUHL 1308Music AppreciationMUSI 1306
MUHL 2301History of Music (music majors)
MUHL 2302History of Music (music majors)
MUHL 2308Heritage of Music
MUHL 2309Heritage of Music
MUHL 3304History of Jazz
MUHL 3308Masterpieces in Music
MUSI 2301Essential Elements of Music
MUTH 1300Songwriting
MUTH 1301Introduction to Music Theory
MUTH 1101Developmental Aural Skills
MUTH 1303Elementary Music Theory IMUSI 1311
MUTH 1103Elementary Aural Skills I
MUTH 1304Elementary Music Theory IIMUSI 1312
MUTH 1104Elementary Aural Skills II
TH A 2301Introduction to Acting
TH A 2303Introduction to TheatreDRAM 1310
TH A 2304Introduction to Cinema
TH A 2305Fundamentals of Oral InterpretationSPCH 2341
TH A 3308History of Theatre I
TH A 3309History of Theatre II
TH A 3310Introduction to Performance Studies
TH A 4303Theory and Practice of Playwriting

G. Social and Behavioral Sciences: 15 hours

"The objective of a social and behavioral science component of a core curriculum is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity."

1. U.S. History: 6 hours

Under state law all students who receive bachelor's degrees from Texas Tech University must complete 6 hours in American history. Students will normally fulfill this requirement by completing HIST 2300 and 2301. However, this requirement may be satisfied by juniors and seniors by completing any 6 hours from among the American history courses listed under the Department of History portion of the catalog. Also, 3 semester hours of Texas history, HIST 3310, may be substituted for 3 of the American history hours.

HIST 2300History of the United States to 1877HIST 1301
HIST 2301History of the United States since 1877HIST 1302
HIST 3310History of Texas
W S 3323History of Women in America (HIST 3323)

2. Political Science: U.S. and Texas: 6 hours

Under state law all students must have received credit for 6 semester hours in political science, covering the federal and Texas constitutions. Students will normally fulfill this requirement by completing POLS 1301, which is a prerequisite for all other political science courses, and POLS 2302. If a student earns a grade of A or B in POLS 1301, he or she may substitute in place of POLS 2302 one of the upper-level courses marked with an asterisk in the course list under the Department of Political Science portion of the catalog. (Permission of the instructor may be required for such substitution.)

POLS 1301American Government, OrganizationGOVT 2301
POLS 2302American Public PolicyGOVT 2302

3. Individual or Group Behavior: 3 hours

AAEC 2305Fundamentals of Agricultural and Applied EconomicsAGRI 2317
ADV 4313International Advertising
ANTH 1301Understanding Multicultural America
ANTH 2301Introduction to ArcheologyANTH 2302
ANTH 2302Cultural AnthropologyANTH 2351
ANTH 3303World Ethnology
ANTH 3305Anthropological Linguistics
ANTH 3306Women in Culture and Society
ANTH 3308Cultural Ecology
ANTH 3315Health, Medicine, and Culture
ANTH 3331Indians of North America
ANTH 3332Peoples of Latin America
ANTH 3345North American Archeology
ANTH 3371Peoples of the Southwest
ANTH 4372Society and Culture of Mexico
ARCH 1311Design, Environment, and Society
ART 3311Native American Arts
ART 4315 Arts of Pre-Columbian America
COMS 1300Introduction to Communication StudiesSPCH 1311
COMS 1301Interpersonal Communication
COMS 3310Theories of Interpersonal Communication
COMS 3313Persuasion
COMS 3331Nonverbal Communication
COMS 3332Intercultural Communication
COMS 3334Gender and Communication
COMS 3353Small Group Communication
COMS 3355Communication in Organizations
COMS 3356Leadership and Communication
ECO 2301Principles of Economics IECON 2302
ECO 2302Principles of Economics IIECON 2301
ECO 2305Principles of Economics
EDEL 2300Schools, Society, and Diversity
EDSE 2300Schools, Society, and Diversity
ESS 3307Gender Issues in Sports
ESS 3308Sport in World Cultures
F&N 4380Cultural Aspects of Food
GEOG 2351Regional Geography of the World
GEOG 3337Man's Economic Environment
HDFS 2303Life Span Human DevelopmentPSYC 2314
HDFS 2322Courtship and Marriage
HDFS 3301Theories of Human Development and the Family
HDFS 3320The Contemporary Family
HDFS 3321Human Sexuality Through Family Life Cycle
HDFS 3322The Family in the Community
HDFS 3325Family Dynamics of Addiction
HDFS 3331Parenting
HDFS 3332Aging in the Family
HLTH 1305Human SexualityPSYC 2306
HLTH 2302Environmental Health and Awareness
HLTH 3325Health Concerns in Chemical Dependencies
HONS 3303Honors Seminar in Social Sciences
I E 3301 Engineering Economic Analysis
I E 4361Engineering Design for People
JOUR 4330Public Opinion and Propaganda
MCOM 1300Introduction to Mass Communications COMM 1307
PHIL 3321Philosophy of Law
PHIL 3331Philosophy of Social and Human Sciences
POLS 3326Women in Politics
POLS 3341The Administrative Process
POLS 3351The Judicial Process
POLS 3361International Politics
POLS 3371Comparative Politics
PSY 1300General PsychologyPSYC 2301
PSY 2300Thinking: Theory and Applications
PSY 2301Child PsychologyPSYC 2308
PSY 3300Vocational Psychology
PSY 4300Psychology of Human Sexual Behavior
PSY 4325Drugs, Alcohol, and Behavior
PSY 4330Psychology of Life Span Development and Aging
RLS 1301Introduction to Recreation and LeisurePHED 1336
SOC 1301Introduction to SociologySOCI 1301
SOC 1320Current Social ProblemsSOCI 1306
SOC 2331The Sociology of MarriageSOCI 2301
SOCAll sociology advanced courses except SOC 3391 and 4391
S W 2301Introduction to the Social Welfare Institution SOCW 2361
S W 3311Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
W S 1305Human Sexuality (HLTH 1305)*
W S 2331Sociology of Marriage (SOC 2331)*
W S 3306Women in Culture and Society (ANTH 3306)*
W S 3312Gender and Communication (COMS 3334)*
W S 3321Human Sexuality Through Family Life Cycle ( HDFS 3321)*
W S 3325Women in the Modern World (SOC 3325)*
W S 3326Women in Politics (POLS 3326)*
W S 3331Sociology of the Family (SOC 3331)*
W S 3337Inequality in America (SOC 3337)*
W S 4302Psychology of Human Sexual Behavior (PSY 4300)*
W S 4399Women's Studies Seminar

*Cross-listed courses: cannot receive credit for both courses.

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