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General Degree Requirements

Bossier Parish Community College fulfills its stated purpose by meeting challenges from business establishments, industrial companies, and medical institutions to provide technical training for their employees. Successful completion of the training qualifies students to receive, in each appropriate case, technical competency area certification, a certificate, an associate degree, and/or credit to transfer to other institutions where the studies can be completed. The College's occupational/technical programs include degree programs, clock-hour programs, seminars, and training sessions.

BPCC offers the following Associate Degrees, Academic Certificates, and Technical Competency Areas:


Associate of Applied Science

Associate of Arts

Associate of Arts Louisiana Transfer

Associate of Science

Associate of Science Louisiana Transfer


Certificate of Technical Studies

Technical Competency Area

Technical Diploma

General Education Core Curriculum

Associate Degree

The accrediting (SACS-COC) and governing (Board of Regents) bodies of Bossier Parish Community College have established a set of core courses for students receiving an associate degree at the College. This core curriculum is included in the Associate Degree curriculum that students follow. Graduates of all BPCC associate degrees are required, at a minimum, to take the following courses:

Minimum required Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Associate of Arts (AA) Associate of Science (AS) Associate (A)
General Education 15 credit hours 27 credit hours 27 credit hours 27 credit hours
English Composition 3 credit hours 6 credit hours 6 credit hours 6 credit hours
Mathematics 3 credit hours 3 credit hours 6 credit hours 3 credit hours
Natural Science 3 credit hours 6 credit hours 6 credit hours 6 credit hours
Humanities 3 credit hours 3 credit hours 3 credit hours 3 credit hours
Fine Arts 0 credit hours 3 credit hours 3 credit hours 3 credit hours
Behavioral/Social Sciences 3 credit hours 6 credit hours 3 credit hours 6 credit hours

Academic Certificates

Bossier Parish Community College awards the following: the Certificate, the Technical Diploma, and the Certificate of Technical Studies. These contain the required coursework as approved by the Board of Regents. The Technical Diploma and the Certificate of Technical Studies do not possess a general education core requirement.

Technical Competency Area

A Technical Competency Area is a series of applied courses that provides students with mastery in a specific technical/vocational area. The TCA does not possess a general education core requirement.

General Education Competencies

Associate Degree

In addition to the above minimum core courses, BPCC has established general education competencies, which are related to the entire curriculum, and not limited to any one course. The general education competencies for Associate Degree graduates are reading, written and oral communication, mathematical computation, critical thinking, library skills, and computer literacy. Establishing competencies is accomplished across the curriculum for each Associate Degree program and includes courses from the Core Curriculum required by the Louisiana Board of Regents and the General Education core required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Specifically, Associate Degree graduates must be able to do the following:

  1. READING - Comprehend, evaluate, and synthesize information gained by reading college-level material across the curriculum.
  2. WRITTEN COMMUNICATION - Communicate effectively in written English across the curriculum by thinking critically to develop ideas and organize argument and supporting information in a variety of rhetorical modes.
  3. ORAL COMMUNICATION - Develop effective informative and persuasive oral-communication skills demonstrated through oral presentation across the curriculum.
  4. MATHEMATICAL COMPUTATION - Comprehend and accurately perform course-specific mathematical operations to demonstrate problem-solving skills.
  5. CRITICAL THINKING - Develop critical thinking skills to generate and interpret information and beliefs successfully from knowledge, skills and abilities gained across the curriculum.
  6. LIBRARY SKILLS - Use library resources to research topics across the curriculum.
  7. COMPUTER LITERACY - Utilize current computer technology and applications across the curriculum to develop research skills and computer literacy for academic settings, workforce development, and lifelong learning.

To ensure BPCC Associate Degree graduates have established general education competencies in these areas, a graduate must have no grade lower than a "C" in courses used to assess general education competencies.

Academic Certificates

Additionally, BPCC has established the following general education competencies for Academic Certificates. The general education competencies for the Academic Certificate graduates are reading, written communication, arithmetic computation, and skills in their chosen occupational fields. Specifically, Academic Certificate graduates must be able to do the following:

  1. READING - Comprehend, evaluate, and synthesize information gained by reading college-level material.
  2. WRITTEN COMMUNICATION - Use basic grammar, mechanics, and composition skills in a variety of rhetorical modes to explain, describe, inform, and analyze.
  3. MATHEMATICAL COMPUTATION - Perform arithmetic computations as these are related to certification area.
  4. SKILLS - Demonstrate skills required for current entry-level employment in their chosen fields.

Students receiving Academic Certificates from BPCC must show competency in general education. The following measurements have been established to indicate competency:

READING (Competency # 1)

  1. A minimum ACT score of 16 in reading;
  2. Placement test results showing Reading 099 is NOT needed; or
  3. Completion of Reading 099 with a grade of "C" or higher.


  1. A minimum ACT score of 18 in English;
  2. Placement test results showing placement in English 101; or
  3. Completion of English 099 with a grade of "C" or higher.


  1. A minimum ACT score of 15 in mathematics;
  2. Placement test results showing placement in Math 099 or higher; or
  3. Completion of Math 098 with a grade of "C" or higher.

SKILLS (Competency # 4)

  • Skills for entry-level employment are determined by achievement of learning outcomes in Academic Certificate course requirements.

Technical Competency Areas

The TCA does not possess a general education competency requirement.

Degree Requirements

  1. Associate Degree and Academic Certificates: (General Requirements) - The BPCC academic catalog prescribes the requirements for each associate degree and certificate program as well as services offered by the College. The catalog is published annually and becomes effective with the beginning of the summer semester each year. Former and continuing students must adhere to all changes in policies, rules, regulations, and academic requirements each year that changes are made. The educational programs and academic courses described herein may be altered by BPCC to carry out its stated mission. Students pursuing BPCC Associate Degrees and Academic Certificates are permitted to pursue only one associate degree at a time.
  2. Requirements for a Second Associate Degree: In order to qualify for a second Associate Degree, regardless of whether the first was granted by BPCC or another college or university, the candidate must present to the appropriate dean a minimum of 20 additional semester hours earned at BPCC since the completion of the previous degree requirements. These 20 additional hours will not include any semester hours counted in fulfilling any previous degree requirements or those hours earned prior to the date of certification of the last degree. The candidate must also fulfill all academic major requirements and College requirements for the second degree. The 20 hours of an approved curriculum for a second Associate Degree must be taken in residence at BPCC within five years of the time of graduation. Note: Students are not allowed to pursue more than one BPCC Associate Degree simultaneously.
  3. Official Certification of Degree/Certificate Completion: The official documentation of degree/certificate completion of BPCC programs is indicated on the BPCC transcript. Diplomas/certificates are unofficial and do not indicate official graduation from Bossier Parish Community College. The determination for satisfying all degree and certificate requirements is made by the Registrar after considering recommendations, where appropriate, from the appropriate deans and the Associate Vice Chancellor of Planning and Instruction, and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
  4. Graduation requirements: A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in all courses applicable to graduation. Student must successfully establish competency in all general education areas. For degree completion, at least 25 percent of semester credit hours must be earned at Bossier Parish Community College
  5. General Education Courses:
    Elective courses should be chosen from the list of general education courses.
English Composition   Social Sciences
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I At least 3 hours at sophomore level
ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric II ANTH 201 Physical Anthropology
Fine Arts – 3 hours ANTH 202 Cultural Anthropology
ART 201 Art History I BADM 201 Economic Principles I
ART 202 Art History II BADM 202 Economic Principles II
ART 206 Introduction to Visual Arts CJUS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
COMM 240 American Cinema GPHY 101 Physical Geography
MUSC 120 Music Appreciation GPHY 102 Cultural Geography
THTR 101 Humanities of Theatre POSC 201 National Government in the United States
THTR 131 Elements of Theatre POSC 202 State and Local Government
Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology
MATH 101 Applied Algebra for College Students # (see note) PSYC 202 Practical Psychology for Health Professionals
MATH 102 College Algebra PSYC 205 Child Psychology
MATH 111 Precalculus PSYC 206 Adolescent Psychology
MATH 112 Trigonometry PSYC 210 Educational Psychology
MATH 114 Finite Math PSYC 215 Psychology of Religion
MATH 124 Mathematical Concepts PSYC 220 Developmental Psychology
MATH 131 Elementary Applied Calculus PSYC 225 Loss and Death
MATH 210 Basic Statistics PSYC 230 Military Stress and Health # (see note)
MATH 250 Calculus I SLGY 201 Introduction to Sociology
MATH 251 Calculus II SLGY 202 Social Problems
MATH 252 Calculus III SLGY 203 Marriage and Family Living
MATH 253 Calculus IV SLGY 207 Race, Class and Ethnicity
Literature   Other
ENGL 201 Major British Writers ENGL 201 Major British Writers
ENGL 202 Major American Writers ENGL 202 Major American Writers
ENGL 255 Introduction to Fiction ENGL 255 Introduction to Fiction
ENGL 256 Introduction to Poetry and Drama ENGL 256 Introduction to Poetry and Drama
ENGL 257 Introduction to African American Literature # (see note) FREN 101 Elementary French I
History Sequences FREN 102 Elementary French II
HIST 101 and 102 Western Civilization I and II FREN 201 Intermediate French
HIST 103 and 104 World Civilization I and II HIST 101 Western Civilization I
HIST 201 and 202 American History I and II HIST 102 Western Civilization II
Foreign Language Sequences HIST 103 World Civilization I
FREN 101 and 102 Elementary French I and II HIST 104 World Civilization II
SPAN 101 and 102 Elementary Spanish I and 11 HIST 201 American History I
Humanities HIST 202 American History II
HMAN 201 Humanities I *** (see note) HIST 203 Louisiana History
HMAN 202 Humanities II *** (see note) RLGN 201 New Testament Survey I: Interbiblical Period, Four Gospels
HMAN 203 Film and Culture *** (see note) RLGN 202 New Testament Survey II: Acts to Revelations
  SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I
    SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II
    SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish
    SPCH 110 Principles of Speech ** (see note)
    SPCH 115 Interpersonal Communication ** (see note)
Natural Sciences      
Biological Sequences    
BLGY 101 and 102 General Biology I and II    
BLGY 105 and 106 Elements of Biology I * (see note) and II * (see note)    
BLGY 224 and 225 Human Anatomy and Human Physiology    
BLGY 230 and 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I # (see note) and II # (see note)    
Physical Sequences    
CHEM 101 and 102 General Chemistry I and II    
CHEM 107 and 108 Introductory Chemistry and Introductory Organic and Biochemistry    
PHSC 105 and 106 Elemental Physics * (see note) and Elemental Chemistry * (see note)    
PHYS 201 and 202 General Physics I and II    
BLGY 101 General Biology I    
BLGY 105 Elements of Biology I * (see note)    
BLGY 106 Elements of Biology II * (see note)    
BLGY 107 Environmental Science * (see note)    
BLGY 120 Introductory Human Anatomy and Physiology    
BLGY 201 General Botany    
BLGY 224 Human Anatomy    
BLGY 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I    
BLGY 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology II    
MICR 201 Microbiology for Nursing and Allied Health # (see note)    
MICR 206 Principles of Microbiology    
SCI 101 Foundation in Science * (see note)    
ZLGY 201 General Zoology    
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I    
CHEM 107 Introductory Chemistry    
PHSC 105 Elemental Physics * (see note)    
PHSC 106 Elemental Chemistry * (see note)    
PHSC 107 Environmental Science * (see note)    
PHSC 110 Astronomy * (see note)    
PHSC 111 Physical Geology * (see note)    
PHYS 201 General Physics I    
SCI 101 Foundation in Science * (see note)    
*recommended for non-science majors

**may not be sole humanities course
***may only be used for AAS degrees
# new course for fall 2012 (For transfer to a four-year institution, students are strongly advised to take MATH 102 instead of MATH 101. Students must seek the assistance of their advisor to determine the appropriate mathematics courses.)