University Transfer & Core Curriculum

Your first two years of study at a four-year college or university are spent completing the core curriculum and pre-major classes that prepare you for an intended major field of study. 

If completed in its entirety, the 42-credit core curriculum ACC can replace the core curriculum in your bachelor's degree when you transfer.

You can even earn a degree along the way. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the associate degree at ACC before transfer. See the value of the associate degree.

Associate degrees for transfer

You can transfer ACC’s core curriculum to any Texas public university or apply it to these ACC degrees:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Arts in Teaching
  • Associate of Science

Career & technical programs

Instead of the core, general education requirements apply to Associate of Applied Science degrees and certificates.

Core completers

If you complete ACC’s core curriculum, the block of courses will replace your future institution's core curriculum.

As a “core completer,” you will receive credit for each class transferred. You will not be required to take additional core curriculum courses at your future public institution unless the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved an expanded core curriculum at that institution.

Incomplete core

If you do not complete the core curriculum, you can still transfer any credits earned. You then will be required to complete your future institution’s core curriculum.