Transferring Credits

The following pages are listings of the course equivalencies between the Houston Community College System and most Texas Public Universities. An equivalency is part of an articulation agreement between two institutions facilitating accurate and efficient transfer between those institutions. An equivalency is a determination by both the community college and the university that a specific course(s) at one institution is equivalent in content and credit to a specific course(s) at the other institution. By comparing equivalencies, official transcripts can be easily evaluated to grant transfer credit which apply toward degree requirements at HCCS or at the university. HCCS students can expect a “seamless” transfer if following a transfer plan based on equivalencies.

NOTE: An established equivalency guarantees the transfer of courses between institutions. However, the right to determine how a course applies to degree requirements is reserved by specific programs.

Determining Requirements

Texas Common Course Numbering System

Texas Common Course Numbering System: The Texas Common Course Numbering System was developed in part to assist students in identifying which courses at one college will meet specific course requirements at another college. In other words, the common course numbering system promotes the successful transfer of course work among colleges and universities in Texas, making the transfer process easy for students. The TCCNS ensures that if a student takes courses which the receiving institution has designated as common, then the courses will be accepted in transfer, and the credit will be treated as if the courses had actually benn taken on the receiving institution’s campus.

The common course number has a standardized four-letter prefix followed by a four-digit number-example, ENGL 1301. The four-letter prefix identifies the subject area. Each digit in the four-digit sequence gives additional information about the course. The first digit identifies the course as either freshman level (1) or sophomore level (2). The second digit identifies the number of credit hours a student will earn upon completion of the course. Most often this digit will be a 1, 2, 3 or 4. The final two digits serve to establish the sequence in which courses are generally taken.

Most Texas public community colleges utitlize the Texas Common Course Numbering System. That is, a common course will have the same course number at any institution using the TCCNS. For example, English Composition I will be numbered ENGL 1301 at all common numbering schools. Some universities do not directly use the common numbers for their courses directly but do recognize and subscribe to the Texas Common Course Numbering System. In the course description sections of many catalogs, the common course number is shown in brackets-example, [ENGL1301].

NOTE: Common course transfer assumes that the grade achieved in the course meets an institution’s minimum grade requirement for transfer. For example, many institutions will not transfer a D grade, even if the course is designated as a common course.

The following is a list of all the Texas public higher education institutions who have either directly adopted the TCCNS as their numbering system or who subscribe to the TCCNS guaranteeing the transfer of common courses:

For more information about the Texas Common Numbering System including participating TCCNS institutions, TCCNS taxonomy (how courses are numbered), TCCNS Transfer Guides, TCCNS history, and TCCNS board members, see the Texas Common Course Numbering System Home Page.

Credit by Exam: HCC will award up to 24 semester credit hours of credit by exam from nationally acceptable exams such as College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), DANTES (DSST), and International Baccalaureate (IB). Official test score reports must be sent by the test publisher to the Office of Student Records.

University Course Equivalencies: A course-for-course listing by institution of equivalent transferrable courses between HCCS and each university.

Advanced Placement

The following document provides information about Advanced Placement at HCC:

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Credit By Exam

HCC will award up to 24 semester credit hours of credit by exam with passing scores from the following nationally acceptable exams:

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Advanced Placement (AP)
DANTES (DSST)
International Baccalaureate (IB).

Official test score reports must be sent by the test publisher to:

Office of Student Records
Houston Community College
3100 Main St., MC 1136
Houston, TX 77002

Credit by exam will be posted in the student’s academic record after the student has earned 6 college-level hours at HCC.

University Course Equivalencies

The following pages are listings of the course equivalencies between the Houston Community College System and most Texas Public Universities. An equivalency is part of an articulation agreement between two institutions facilitating accurate and efficient transfer between those institutions. An equivalency is a determination by both the community college and the university that a specific course(s) at one institution is equivalent in content and credit to a specific course(s) at the other institution. By comparing equivalencies, official transcripts can be easily evaluated to grant transfer credit which apply toward degree requirements at HCCS or at the university. HCCS students can expect a “seamless” transfer if following a transfer plan based on equivalencies. Note: An established equivalency guarantees the transfer of courses between institutions. However, the right to determine how a course applies to degree requirements is reserved by specific programs.

Transfer Credits by Type