Reading a Degree Plan

Please note the following specific degree plan information is for example purposes only. View a listing of TCC's current degree plans.

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 
Health Care Business Operations
Hospitality Management
Management Information Systems Options

University Transfer Degree

2. After the name of the degree, comes a one- or two-paragraph program description.

University Transfer Degree Information:
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 of arts, science, applied science or a certificate of mastery. Associate of Art and Associate of Science degrees are geared more for people who want to continue on to bachelor's-level work, while Associate of Applied Science degrees and Certificates of Mastery are more for people who want to complete a program and start working.

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 list for complete 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 art, foreign language or social science; and general electives.

General Education Requirements Credit Hours: 37
See the General Education Requirements list for complete list.

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 and vice versa.

As part of the specialized course requirements, a degree plan may require that you choose from a degree option or choose a specialization. This means that the degree will have a common body of general education courses and a common core of specialized course requirements, but a portion of the specialized course requirements will be different depending on which option/specialization you choose. The example below shows the specialized course requirements for the Associate of Science in Business Related Fields of Concentration with the Accounting option:

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

Choose from one of the following five (5) degree options:

1) Accounting, Business Administration, Business Education and Economics

2) Health Care Business Operations

3) Hospitality Management

4) Management

5) Management Information Systems

1) Accounting, Business Administration, Business Education, and Economics Options 12 hours

Controlled Electives** 12 hours

*ACCT 2243 Payroll Administration

*ACCT 2393 Accounting Information Systems

BUSN 2313 Business Law I

*CSYS 2073 MS Office

GEOG 1043 Introduction to Cultural Geography

MGMT 2363 Principles of Management

MKTG 2423 Principles of Marketing

*MATH 1613 Plane Trigonometry

*MATH 2193 Elementary Statistics

*MATH 2513 Finite Mathematics

*MATH 2523 Calculus for Business, Life, and Social Sciences

SPCH 1113 Speech Communication I


2) Health Care Business Operations Option 13 hours

Accounting 3 hours

ACCT 2533 Fundamentals of Health Care Accounting


Business 7 hours

BUSN 1173 Introduction to Health Care Business Operations

BUSN 1301 Medical Vocabulary

BUSN 2483 Health Care Law


Management 3 hours

MGMT 2363 Principles of Management


3) Hospitality Management Option 15 hours


Business 9 hours

BUSN 1153 Introduction to Hospitality Operations - Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism

BUSN 2203 Supervision and Leadership - Hospitality Industry

BUSN 2403 Guest Relations and Customer Service


Select 6 hours from the following four (4) areas of emphasis


Casino Gaming Management Emphasis

GMOP 1113 Casino Gaming Operations

*GMOP 1213 Advanced Casino Gaming Operations


Event Management Emphasis

EVNT 1113 Meetings and Conventions Management

*EVNT 2113 Advanced Meetings and Conventions Management


Hotel Management Emphasis

BUSN 2813 Legal Issues in Hospitality Management

*CSYS 2553 Information Technology Services, Hospitality & Gaming Emphasis


Restaurant Management Emphasis

HFSV 1413 Labor and Food Cost Management

HFSV 2021 Quality Control Procedures for Hospitality

HFSV 2312 Off-Premise Service Management


Recommended General Education Electives for Hospitality Management Option

BUSN/PHIL 1143 Introduction to Ethics: Business Issues

BUSN/SPCH 2053 Intercultural Communication


4) Management Option 12 hours

*BUSN 2213 Small Business Management

*MGMT 2323 Organizational Behavior

MGMT 2363 Principles of Management

*MGMT 2453 Human Resources Management


5) Management Information Systems Option 15 hours


Mathematics** 3-6 hours

*MATH 2193 Elementary Statistics

*MATH 2513 Finite Mathematics

*MATH 2523 Calculus for Business, Life and Social Science


Computer Information Systems** 9-12 hours

*CSYS 1203 Introduction to Computer Programming


*CSYS 2033 Scripting

*CSYS 2463 PHP Programming

*CSCI 2133 Introduction to Java

*CSCI 2333 Systems Analysis and Design

*CSCI 2473 C Language

*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 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.

The number of total hours may be displayed as a range such as 61 - 64 in the below example. This range in total number of hours required is affected by which degree option or transfer requirements are pertinent to your academic goals.

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 proficiency. Physical Education activity classes do not count toward the associate degree requirements in this curriculum at TCC.
**Students should select courses that will transfer to the college/university they plan to attend. See the University Transfer Degree Information above.