Academic Associate Degree

The Academic Associate Degree serves as the foundation for the Bachelor’s degree in institutions of higher education in Texas. Students are able to complete an Associate Degree and transfer to a Texas institution of higher education to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Associate Degrees

The Associate degrees offered at LIT are restricted to sixty (60) semester credit hours. Of the sixty (60) semester credit hours, forty two (42) semester credit hours must be completed to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements and an additional eighteen (18) semester credit hours are required to meet the maximum sixty (60) semester credit hours for the Associate degree.

The Institute awards Associate Degrees in the following areas:

Department of Allied Health and Sciences

  • Associate of Science in Biological Sciences

Department of Business Technologies

  • Associate of Arts in Business
  • Associate of Sciences in Computer Information Systems

Department of General Education and Developmental Studies

  • Associate of Arts in General Studies
  • Associate of Science in Mathematics

Department of Public Service and Safety

  • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

Core Curriculum

Students that make the decision to complete an Academic Associate Degree must complete the Texas Core Curriculum. Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning.

Any student who first enrolls in an institution of higher education following high school graduation in Fall 2014 or later is subject to the current Texas Core Curriculum requirements. Any student who is admitted under the terms of the Academic Fresh Start program and who first enrolls under that admission in Fall 2014 or later shall be subject to the current Texas Core Curriculum requirements.

The Texas Core Curriculum includes forty two semester credit hours (42 SCH) from nine (9) categories of courses. Students must complete the SCH requirement listed for each category. Once the courses are completed, a student is identified as 'core complete'. If a student successfully completes the forty two semester credit hour (42 SCH) core curriculum at a Texas public institution of higher education, that block of courses may be transferred to any other Texas public institution of higher education and must be substituted for the receiving institution's core curriculum. A student shall receive academic credit for each of the courses transferred and may not be required to take additional core curriculum courses at the receiving institution. Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 4, Subchapter B, Rule §4.28.

The Texas Core Curriculum requirements by category are:

  1. Communication (6 SCH)
  2. Mathematics (3 SCH)
  3. Life and Physical Sciences (6 SCH)
  4. Language, Philosophy, and Culture (3 SCH)
  5. Creative Arts (3 SCH)
  6. History (6 SCH)
  7. Government (6 SCH)
  8. Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 SCH)
  9. Component Area Option (6 SCH)