Core Curriculum

The central and essential mission of the Prairie View A&M University Core Curriculum is to develop in each undergraduate student the capability to perform effectively in academic and professional settings. The program stresses communication and critical thinking skills necessary for outstanding performance in a multi-faceted, modern, and changing society.

All degree programs include 42 semester hours of course work from approved areas of study recognized as the required general education program. Listed in the right column are the equivalent courses that may be transferred from Texas community and junior colleges as approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

To assist students who transfer to Prairie View A&M University from other public colleges and universities in Texas, the University carefully evaluates course credits presented for acceptance toward fulfillment of degree requirements.

010 Communication6
Freshman Composition I (ENGL 1301)
Freshman Composition II (ENGL 1302)
Technical Writing (ENGL 2311)
020 Mathematics3
Contemporary College Algebra (MATH 1332)
College Algebra (MATH 1314)
College Algebra and Trigonometry
Trigonometry (MATH 1316)
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (MATH 2413)
Finite Mathematics (MATH 1324)
Elementary Statistics (MATH 1342)
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (MATH 2414)
Differential Equations (MATH 2320)
Discrete Mathematics (MATH 2305)
Calculus-Business, Life and Social Sciences (MATH 1325)
Fundamental of Statistics (PSYC 2317)
030 Life and Physical Sciences6
College Biology I (BIOL 1308)
College Biology II (BIOL 1309)
Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 2401)
Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 2402)
General Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 1311)
Introduction to General Chemistry (CHEM 1305)
Survey of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (CHEM 1307)
Physical Science I (PHYS 1315)
Physical Science II (PHYS 1317)
General Physics I (PHYS 1301)
General Physics II (PHYS 1302)
University Physics I (PHYS 2325)
University Physics II (PHYS 2326)
040 Language, Philosophy and Culture3
History of Architecture I (ARCH 1301)
History of Architecture II (ARCH 1302)
History of Art I (ARTS 1303)
History of Art II (ARTS 1304)
DRAM 2123
(DRAM 2362)
Introduction to Literature (ENGL 2341)
Survey of World Literature (ENGL 2331)
Studies in Literature (ENGL 2342)
Introduction to Humanities (HUMA 1301)
Survey of Mexican-American Culture (HUMA 1305)
Ethics (PHIL 2306)
Critical Thinking (PHIL 2303)
Intermediate Spanish II (SPAN 2312)
050 Creative Arts3
DRAM 2213
African American Theatre II
Architecture Design (ARCH 1303)
Introduction to Visual Arts (ARTS 1301)
African American Art
Media Literacy (COMM 2300)
Introduction to Theatre (DRAM 1310)
Honors Colloquium II
Music in Contemporary Life (MUSI 1306)
Fundamentals of Music (MUSI 1304)
Afro-American Music
Survey of World Music
060 American History6
U.S. to 1876 (HIST 1301)
U.S. 1876 to Present (HIST 1302)
History of Texas (HIST 2301)
070 Government/Political Science6
American Government (GOVT 2305)
Texas Government (GOVT 2306)
080 Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Land Grant System & Food Secur
Eco Anal Technical Application
Crime in America (CRIJ 1307)
Principles of Criminal Justice (CRIJ 1301)
Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 2302)
Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 2301)
Introduction to Geography (GEOG 1300)
Cultural Geography (GEOG 1302)
Childhood Disorders
The Contemporary Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective (SOCI 2301)
Human Development: Life Span (PSYC 2314)
Blacks and the American Political System
Global Issues
General Psychology (PSYC 2301)
Developmental Psyc (PSYC 2312)
Personality (PSYC 2316)
General Sociology (SOCI 1301)
Sociology of Minorities (SOCI 2319)
Social Problems (SOCI 1306)
090 Professional Development (Select one course under each area)6
Area One
Computer Science I (COSC 1300)
Computer Applications in Engineering Technology I (COSC 1300)
Computer Applications in Engineering (COSC 1320)
Personal Financial Management and Planning (BUSI 1307)
Fundamentals of Economics (ECON 1301)
Area Two
Multimedia Digital Applications (ARCH 1315)
Fundamentals of Speech Communication (SPCH 1315, SPCH 1311)
Interpersonal Communication (SPCH 1318)
Digital Communication (COSC 1301)
Principles of Effective Learning (EDUC 1300)
Personal Health and Wellness (PHED 1304)
Info & Communication in the Digital Age (BCIS 1301)
Total Hours42

The core curriculum is designed to ensure that graduates of Texas’ institutions of higher education are well-educated persons who are intellectually flexible and articulate, and who have the capacity to become creative citizens for the state and nation.

Critical Thinking Skills

To include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.

Communication Skills

To include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication.


To include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills

To include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.

Personal Responsibility

To include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making

Social Responsibility

To include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communications.

The Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) aids students in the transfer of academic coursework between Texas colleges and universities. The numbering system ensures that courses taken at a transfer institution will be accepted for transfer credit at the receiving institutions. The list below identifies courses at Prairie View A&M University and their TCCNS equivalents.

The site below allows the user three different ways of traversing through the common course matrix. Searching by institution allows users to view a single institution's compatible courses. Comparing institutions allows users to select two institutions at a time to check against the common course matrix. Course statistic's breaks down course offerings by institution type.

Review the TCCNS link below to determine the transfer of your academic coursework.

Texas Common Course Numbering System Website