HCC pathway to UHD

Maximize your HCC credits at UHD

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences through the University of Houston-Downtown allows the maximum number of transfer credits from Houston Community College's Associate of Applied Science degree. This is a great opportunity to ensure that HCC students receive the most from their credits when transferring to a university.

Get started with your next steps

Step 1: Complete an AAS degree

Complete an Associate of Applied Science at Houston Community College

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences through the University of Houston-Downtown allows the maximum number of transfer credits from the Associate of Applied Science degree completed here at Houston Community College.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

Degrees & Certificates


Step 2: Stay at HCC to obtain an AA Degree

Stay at HCC and obtain an Associate of Arts degree by completing the remainder of the academic core.
Once graduated with an AAS degree from HCC, students have (three options) to complete the remaining core requirements towards the BAAS program at UHD.

Path A: Remain at HCC and finish the remaining HCC core curriculum courses to obtain an Associates of Arts degree and then transfer to UHD to complete the final 42 hours of upper-level coursework towards the BAAS.
Path B: Dual enroll at UHD as an HCC student and finish the remaining HCC core curriculum courses, while also enrolling in upper-level courses towards the BAAS program at UHD.

HCC Core Curriculum


Step 3: Transfer credits from your AAS and AA degree

Transfer credits from your AAS and AA degrees into one of UHD’s four Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) program specializations
HCC students who have completed or will complete an AAS will be able to transfer 85% of their credits from their AAS degree into one of UHD’s four BAAS program specializations.

UHD (BAAS) program specializations:

Applied Administration
Applied Administration with Concentration in Safety Management
Criminal Justice
Safety Management


Myths About AAS Degrees

Q: Workforce programs are not designed to transfer and workforce students do not transfer.

  • A: Workforce students are showing up at universities in great numbers. Each year the THECB Student/Adult Learner Follow-up Report finds that over 22,286 students from community college workforce programs are showing up at universities. They may not be immediately transferring after completing their workforce education. They usually work for some time. However, their jobs and the economy demand that they obtain further training in order to progress. They are going to universities since they wish to advance their careers, rather than merely remaining lateral.


Q: Workforce courses are not college-level and cannot be transferred.

  • A: Workforce courses are college-level, all holding to a statewide common numbering system. Workforce associate degree students all have to demonstrate TASP competency in the same way as academic students do.


Q: The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association does not allow the transfer of community college workforce courses to universities.

  • A: There is nothing in SACS or THECB guidelines which prevent universities from transferring any college-level course, academic or workforce, by articulation agreement. In fact, former Commissioner Don Brown of the THECB sent a letter to all universities encouraging them to transfer courses according to content only, not according to whether the course was workforce or academic. He stated, “We (THECB) strongly encourage universities to review potential transfer courses based on content and not on whether they are classified as academic or technical.”

Associate of Applied Science programs eligible for transfer

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