Dual Credit

About the Core Curriculum

What is the Core Curriculum?

The Core Curriculum is the name given to a set of courses designed to give you the fundamentals of a college education.

Every public institution of higher education in Texas has a Core Curriculum. The Core is designed to provide a solid foundation for your college education and is guaranteed to transfer as a block of credit between and among Texas institutions of higher education.

What are the benefits of the Core Curriculum?

It’s guaranteed to transfer. You can complete your general education requirements for college, and transfer of completed credits to any public college or university in Texas is guaranteed. However, please check with the institution you want to attend to make sure the courses you select will be applicable to the major you want to pursue when you transfer.

What does “guaranteed transfer” mean?

Since 1999, it has been a state law that students who complete the Core Curriculum with at least a 2.0 GPA are guaranteed that their courses will transfer as a block of credit to any Texas public college or university without being required to take any additional Core courses. If transferring to a four-year college or university is in your plans, it’s to your distinct advantage to complete the DCCCD Core Curriculum because it will save you both time and money — and it makes transferring much easier for you!

Will individual Core courses also transfer to other institutions?

Yes, transfer of individual Core courses is also guaranteed.

Which colleges and universities will accept my DCCCD Core Curriculum?

All Texas public colleges and universities must accept a complete DCCCD Core Curriculum block, guaranteed. However, please check with the institution you want to attend to make sure the courses you select will be applicable to the major you want to pursue when you transfer.

Does it matter what grade I get on my Core Curriculum courses?

Yes! Most universities will not accept a grade of D in transfer to fulfill Core requirements. Guaranteed transfer applies to Core courses completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher. Eligibility for continued participation in the Dual Credit program requires satisfactory academic performance at the high school and earned grades of A, B, C in all college level courses.

Will only Texas public colleges and universities accept the DCCCD Core Curriculum as a block? What about out-of-state or private institutions?

All Texas public colleges and universities must accept a complete DCCCD Core Curriculum block, but out-of-state or private institutions are not so required. You will need to check with the out-of-state or private institution you plan to attend regarding how they will accept courses in transfer.

What courses are required to complete the DCCCD Core Curriculum?

View the Core Curriculum for detailed information.

How will the 4-year College or University know that I took Core Curriculum courses in the Dual Credit Program?

You will need to request your official transcript from Richland College. Please visit the Transcript Request page with the instructions to request your official transcript from Richland College.

I don’t see my question here. Whom can I talk to about Core Curriculum?

If you have additional questions about Core Curriculum, please speak with a Dual Credit Advisor in Crockett Hall C192. Please visit the Richland College Transfer Center’s website for course equivalency guides and transfer resources.

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