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    Lone Star College System
  Dec 14, 2017
2017-2018 Fall Publication [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Degree & Certificate Options

Lone Star College Success

Degree & Certification Options

LSC Success - Learn, Succeed, Complete is the Lone Star College success and completion plan.  Embraced throughout the entire LSC community, it is our commitment to the success of every student. We are here to help students Learn, Succeed & Complete their goals to:

• Earn an Associate Degree,
• Earn a Career & Technical Education (CTE) Credential,
• Transfer to a four-year university with core curriculum completed
• Complete coursework to improve career opportunities.

The LSC Success plan started with the launch of LSC Best Start in 2011. Designed as the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) of our ten-year SACS reaccreditation process, Best Start focused on four key actions to achieve success in college:

• Set a goal
• Make a plan
• Get connected
• Stay involved

Since then, LSC Success has dedicated re­sources to studying and revising the policies, procedures, processes and practices that will accelerate and support these actions. LSC Success is equally focused on removing any barriers that prevent students from making progress towards goal completion. As a re­sult, LSC Success is a well-researched and intentionally designed roadmap to significantly improve student success and credential com­pletion. Many aspects of our completion plan have been in place to varying degrees in the past, but all are now consistently implemented and fully integrated into the day to day oper­ations of every LSC campus location.

Since Best Start was launched, successive components are being phased in over several years. The current LSC Success phase includes:

  • Common mandatory new student orienta­tion
  • Required student success course
  • Required academic plan
  • Declared program of study in first year
  • Required first term and continuous reme­diation
  • Required test preparation prior to place­ment testing

Lone Star College is dedicated to increasing the number of students who complete a degree, earn a career certification or successfully trans­fer core curriculum credits to a four-year un­dergraduate program. LSC Success - Learn, Succeed, Complete is our plan to make sure goals become reality.

Degree & Certificate Options

Choose the path that will help you reach your goals!

A.A. Associate of Arts

Prepares you to transfer to a Texas public university or college as a junior with the intention of declaring a major in the liberal or fine arts (English; History, others).

• Includes general education core courses common to Texas four-year universities also called "the basics" or "core requirements."

A.A.- F.O.S. Associate of Arts-Field of Study

Prepares you to transfer to a Texas public university or college as a junior with transferability of courses chosen for a specific major (Criminal Justice; Speech; Music; Business, and others).

Associate of Arts in Teaching

Prepares you to transfer to a Texas public university as a junior to work towards a degree that leads to initial Texas teacher certification.

Associate of Science

Prepares you to transfer to a Texas public university or college as a junior with the intention of majoring in the sciences (Math, Engineering, Biology Social/ Behavioral Science, and others)

• Includes general education core courses common to Texas four-year universities also

Associate of Applied Science

A degree program for the student seeking technical career skills for work in a specific career.

• Includes about 18 hours of general education core courses.

• General Education courses will transfer. Degree may also transfer if there is an articulation agreement with one or more universities.


Prepares you to enter a specialized career field or upgrade your skills for job advancement. Most certificate awards are structured to allow you to move on to a higher level certificate or associate of applied science degree.

  First & Second Level Prepares you for entry in a career field requiring up to 2 years of training.
Enhanced Skills Certificate Pursued simultaneously with an AAS, prepares you for a career field with more specialized training.
Advanced Technical Certificate Pursued after the completion of a related bachelor's or associates degree, prepares you for a specialized career field.