2024-25 HCC Catalog & Student Handbook 
    
    May 20, 2024  
2024-25 HCC Catalog & Student Handbook

Publication Updates



 

Publication updates: [06/08/2023]

Residency Requirement for Bachelor’s Degree

  • 25% or 30 upper-level course hours of the 120-hour bachelor’s degree must be completed at HCC. 
  • Students must successfully complete 36 upper-level course hours to graduate with an HCC bachelor’s degree.

Publication updates: [08/18/2023]

Center of Excellence 

  • Electronics Engineering Technology Program & associated awards moved from Global Energy, COE to Digital & Information Technology, COE
  • Instrumentation & Controls Engineering Technology Program & associated awards moved from Global Energy, COE to Material Science & Smart Manufacturing, COE
  • Petroleum Engineering Technology Program & associated awards moved from Global Energy, COE to Material Science & Smart Manufacturing, COE
  • Process Technology Program & associated awards moved from Global Energy, COE to Material Science & Smart Manufacturing, COE

Publication updates: [12/15/2023]

Center of Excellence Changes

  • Electronics Engineering Technology Program & associated awards moved from Digital & Information Technology, COE, back to  Global Energy, COE
  • Instrumentation & Controls Engineering Technology Program & associated awards moved from Material Science & Smart Manufacturing, COE back to Global Energy, COE
  • Petroleum Engineering Technology Program & associated awards moved from Material Science & Smart Manufacturing, COE back to Global Energy, COE 
  • Process Technology Program & associated awards moved from Material Science & Smart Manufacturing, COE back to Global Energy, COE

Graduation

  • ​To be considered as a candidate for a BAT, BAS, AA, AS, AAT, AAS degree or Certificate of Completion, students must meet with their advisor and get approval and then complete the application online in the MyEagle student center at myeagle.hccs.edu. This should be done at the time of registration for the student’s final semester.  

Graduation Honors 

Graduation honors will be awarded to students pursuing an associate degree with superior cumulative GPAs. The following classifications of honors will be recognized on the student’s transcript and diploma: 

  • Highest Honors - GPA 3.80 or above 
  • High Honors - GPA 3.60 to 3.79 
  • Honors - GPA 3.35 to 3.59 

HCC will use the following guidelines to compute honors eligibility: 

  • The student must complete at least 25 percent of the degree at HCC; and 
  • The student must complete requirements for a BAS, BAT, AA, AS, AAT, or AAS degree (certificate graduates do not receive honors). 

Degree and Certificate Requirements for Graduation 

Houston Community College (HCC) offers various degrees and courses to serve the needs of its individual students. Students interested in academic transfer degrees (AA, AS, and AAT) may study courses and earn degrees that will transfer to four-year universities, while students interested in pursuing work or advancing in their workplace skills may earn AAS degrees or Certificates that improve employability. Students may also pursue an applied bachelor’s degree (BAS/BAT) in a high-demand field. In addition, HCC also offers continuing education (CE) courses to enhance lifelong learning. 

Students should work with an advisor at the beginning to help identify their program of study, take courses in the prescribed sequence or pathway, and choose their elective credits based on any transfer plans of their intended four-year university. Before the final semester, the student should again work with their advisor to ensure that all requirements are met in order to file for graduation. In general, working closely with an advisor will create a seamless path to completion. Advisors are assigned upon initial enrollment and displayed in the student portal. 

Bachelor of Applied Science - BAS Degree 

This degree is designed for students who have completed an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in a Health Science field and would benefit from a bachelor’s degree for career or personal advancement. The degree includes 42 Semester Credit Hours of the core curriculum and 78 Semester Credit Hours of program courses totaling 120 Semester Credit Hours (SCH). 

Bachelor of Applied Technology - BAT Degree 

This degree prepares students designed for students who want to begin a bachelor’s degree or have completed an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and would benefit from a bachelor’s degree for career or personal advancement. The degree includes 42 Semester Credit Hours of the core curriculum and 78 Semester Credit Hours of program courses totaling 120 Semester Credit Hours (SCH). 

General Bachelor’s Degree Requirements (for BAS and BAT) 

To be eligible for a Bachelor of Applied Science or Bachelor of Applied Technology degree, a student must successfully: 

Complete at least 120 Semester Credit Hours, including 42 Semester Credit Hours of core curriculum courses and 78 Semester Credit Hours of program-related courses. 

Developmental or other non-credit coursework does not apply toward graduation requirement. 

Complete 36 Semester Credit Hours of upper-level (3000 or higher) program-related courses of which 30 Semester Credit Hours must be completed in residence at HCC. 

Achieve an overall 2.0 HCC grade point average for the baccalaureate program requirements. 

Resolve all financial obligations and return all college materials, including library books, to HCC prior to graduation. 

Residency Requirement for Bachelor’s Degree 

To graduate, students must complete 36 Semester Credit Hours of upper-level (3000 or higher) program-related courses of which at least 30 Semester Credit Hours must be completed in residence at HCC. 

General Admissions Criteria 

A comprehensive community college system, HCC offers many programs designed to meet the needs of students according to their interests. As an open-admission, undergraduate institution, HCC has an “open door” admissions policy; individuals who have at least one of the following qualifications are welcome to enroll… 

Publication updates: [01/26/2024]

Accreditation 

Houston Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Degree-granting institutions Houston Community College also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Houston Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org). 

Publication updates: [01/30/2024]

2023-2025 Academic Calendar 

2024-2025

DL 1 ( Dual Credit  15 weeks) Fall 2024 Aug. 26, 2024- December 15, 2024 (15 weeks)

DL 2 ( Dual Credit  14 weeks) Fall 2024 Sept 3, 2024- December 15, 2024 (14 weeks)

 

Spring 2024

F4C (Third 4 weeks) March 18, 2024-April 14, 2024

F8A(First 8 weeks) Jan 16, 2024- March 10, 2024

 

Publication updates: [02/06/2024]

Mission Statement

The College District is an open-admission public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development, and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society.