Reading Your Degree Plan

*Please note the following specific degree plan information is for example purposes only.

Click here to see a listing of TCC's current degree plans.

I’m having trouble reading my degree plan in the catalog.

1. Typically the first thing you will see is the name of the degree. Even this can be confusing. For example, our general business transfer degree’s name is actually “Business Related Fields of Concentration." Consult an adviser if you cannot find your degree.

Accounting, Business Administration, Business, Education and Economics 

2. After the name of the degree, comes a one- or two-paragraph program description, which explains what areas the program will cover, and sometimes, includes the fields that use this degree.

Program Description:
This degree program is designed for students planning to transfer to baccalaureate colleges and universities. Transfer credit varies among colleges. Students should consult both the catalog of the specific college/university to which they plan to transfer and the signed transfer agreement or the current transfer planning guide posted at to select courses that will meet requirements for both the associate and baccalaureate degree programs.

3. Next will be the bold heading “Degree Awarded” and will tell whether this is an Associate in Arts, Science, Applied Science or a Certificate of Achievement. Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees are intended more for people who want to continue on to bachelor's-level work, while Associate in Applied Science degrees and Certificates of Achievement are more for people who want to complete a program and start working and are not necessarily planning to continue on to a bachelor's program.

Degree Awarded: Associate in Science

4. Next, there will sometimes be contact information where you can get more information about a specific program, or there will be general college contact information.

For More Information Contact:
Business and Information Technology Divisions:
Metro: (918) 595-7039
Northeast: (918) 595-7439
Southeast: (918) 595-7639
West: (918) 595-8033

5. This is usually the point at which the degree’s actual course requirements will start to be listed. The requirements are usually broken down into two categories: general education requirements and specialized core requirements. 

For A.A. and A.S. degrees, and some A.A.S. degrees, the degree plan will start with the bold heading “General Education Requirements Credit Hours” with a number next to it. The number of general education credit hours will vary by degree, but not exceed 37 hours. The degree will often NOT list the courses, but instead refer you to "See the General Education Requirements for complete list." This link will take you to that list: That page will show the full 37 credit hours of TCC’s general education requirements. Some degrees will only require 21 of those 37, or 31 or 34, so be sure and pay attention to any general education requirements that may be used as part of the core requirements (this is most commonly math and science gen-ed classes). 

General education courses can include a wide range of courses that are intended to contribute to making you a “well-rounded” student. They almost always include ENGL-1113 Freshman Composition I; HIST-1483 or 1493 U.S. History, and POLS-1113 American Government, but can also include science courses with and without labs; humanities courses that cover things like art, music, history, religion, philosophy, literature, etc.; college-level math courses; a required elective, which is any course that is a fine arts, foreign language or social science; and general electives.

General Education Requirements Credit Hours: 37

6. After listing the general education courses or referring to the General Education list, the degree plan will lay out the “Specialized Course Requirements Credit Hours” and have a number out to the side of it. Like gen-ed requirements, the number of specialized credit hours will vary by degree. And, the higher the number of gen-ed hours, the lower the number of specialized hours and vice versa.

Specialized Course Requirements Credit Hours: 30-33

Core Courses 18 hours
Accounting 6 hours
*ACCT 2213 Financial Accounting
*ACCT 2223 Managerial Accounting

Economics 6 hours
ECON 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics
*ECON 2023 Principles of Microeconomics

Mathematics 3 hours
*MATH 1513 College Algebra

Computer Information Systems 3 hours
CSCI 1203 Computer Concepts and Applications

*Specialized Course Requirements are always listed out. Pay attention to little bold headings in this section where it might tell you to "choose one class from the following list," or "take six credit hours from the following list". 

7. Prerequisite classes:  Anytime a course has an asterisk in front of the subject designation, such as *ACCT 2223 Managerial Accounting in the above example, this means that the course cannot be taken until another course has been completed. In this case, the prerequisite course is ACCT 2213 Financial Accounting. To find out what prerequisites a course may have, find that course in the Course Descriptions 2014 - 2015 listing. You will find a brief description of the course, at the end of which, will be a list of the prerequisites for that course.

ACCT 2223 - Managerial Accounting
An introduction to managerial accounting. Analysis of cost behavior with an emphasis on the accumulation of product costs and budgeting for planning and performance evaluation. Coverage includes job order costing, process costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, capital budgeting, standard costs and departmentalization. Prerequisites: ACCT 2213 with grade of “C” or better.

8. The final bold heading will read “Total Credit Hours” and show a number to the right, which for an A.A., A.S. or A.A.S. will be 60 or more hours. This number represents the total number of credit hours that are listed as requirements in the degree. It does NOT include any program prerequisites that might not be listed as a degree requirement, and it does not include any zero-level developmental courses that may be required of the student before starting college-level course work.

Under the total credit hours is a key to symbols used in the degree plan.

Total Credit Hours: 61-64
*Course has prerequisite (See course description section of catalog).
To receive an A.A. or A.S. degree, students must demonstrate computer proficiencyPhysical Education activity classes do not count toward the associate degree requirements in this curriculum at TCC.