Students who will be earning their first baccalaureate degree from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center must satisfy the coursework requirements of the TTUHSC Core Curriculum.

This base of general knowledge provides students with a foundation in the natural and applied sciences, social sciences, mathematics, humanities, visual and performing arts, and the tools of language and thought. The TTUHSC Core Curriculum complies with 1997 Texas legislation that requires each state-supported institution to establish a core curriculum that encompasses, “basic intellectual competencies in . . . reading, writing, speaking, listening, critical thinking, and computer literacy.”

These courses or their equivalents may be taken at any regionally accredited college or university. Students should choose only Core Curriculum courses that satisfy the requirements of their particular TTUHSC degree program, as different core courses may be required by different programs.

TTUHSC Core Curriculum

Communication - 6 credit hours
Course Credit Hours
 English 1301 Composition I 3 hours
 English 1302 Composition II 3 hours
Mathematics - 3 credit hours
Course Credit Hours
Courses with prefix MATH that meet minimum core curriculum requirements
(Courses from these sections must meet Texas Common Core requirements at the institution you take them from.)
3 hours
Natural Sciences - 6 credit hours
Course Credit Hours
Courses with prefixes BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, PHYS, or other natural sciences
(Courses from these sections must meet Texas Common Core requirements at the institution you take them from.)
6 hours
Creative Arts - 3 credit hours
Course Credit Hours
Any art, music, drama, or theatre arts course
(Courses from these sections must meet Texas Common Core requirements at the institution you take them from.)
3 hours
Language, Philosophy, and Culture - 3 credit hours
Course Credit Hours
Any literature, philosophy, modern or classical language/literature, or cultural studies course
(Courses from these sections must meet Texas Common Core requirements at the institution you take them from.)
3 hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences - 3 credit hours
Course Credit Hours
Any psychology, sociology, or anthropology course
(Courses from these sections must meet Texas Common Core requirements at the institution you take them from.)
3 hours
American History - 6 credit hours
Course Credit Hours
 HIST 1301 United States History I 3 hours
 HIST 1302 United States History II 3 hours

Note: Students may substitute 3 credit hours of Texas History for 3 credits of United States History

Government/Political Science - 6 credit hours
Course Credit Hours
GOVT 2305 American Government 3 hours
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3 hours
Core Curriculum Electives
Course Credit Hours
Chosen from the fields of study listed above 6 hours

Note: Course numbers listed are based on the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS). Check with your academic institution to verify the course number that corresponds with the TCCNS number.

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