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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:


General Studies

Associate of Applied Science

Business Administration
Care and Development of Young Children
Communication Media (Mass Communication concentration)
Communication Media (Sound and Music Recording concentration)
Communication Media (Graphic Design/Computer Animation concentration)
Communication Media (Photography concentration)
Communication Media (Multimedia concentration)
Computer Information Systems
Construction Technology and Management
Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice (Medicolegal Death Investigation concentration)
Cyber Technology (Network Security concentration)
Cyber Technology (Programmer Analyst concentration)
Industrial Technology (Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics)
Industrial Technology (Automation and Controls concentration)
Industrial Technology (Engineering Graphics concentration)
Medical Assistant
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Oil and Gas Production Technology
Pharmacy Technician
Physical Therapist Assistant
Respiratory Therapy
Systems Administration (DevOps concentration)
Systems Administration (Enterprise Information Technology and Development concentration)

Associate of Arts

Performing Arts (Music concentration)
Performing Arts (Church Music concentration)
Performing Arts (Theatre concentration)
Performing Arts (Musical Theatre concentration)

Associate of Arts Louisiana Transfer

Business concentration
Fine Arts concentration
Humanities concentration
Mass Communication concentration
Social Sciences concentration

Associate of Science

General Science (Allied Health option)
General Science (Natural Sciences option)
Health Care Management
Teaching (Grades 1-5)

Associate of Science Louisiana Transfer

Biological Sciences concentration
Physical Sciences concentration


General Studies

Certificate of Technical Studies

Accounting Technology: Account Clerk
Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics
Advanced Welding Technology
Business Entrepreneurship
Communication Media
Construction Technology
Criminal Justice Investigation
Culinary Arts
Energy Services
Engineering Graphics
Health Information Technology
Industrial Control Systems
Information Systems Security Professionals
Legal Assistant
Pharmacy Technician
Police/Community Relations
Police Procedures
Programming for Digital Gaming
Retail Management
Senior Systems Managers

Technical Competency Area

Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics
Advanced Welding
Basic Management
Business Communications
Business of Music
Certified Production Technician
Cisco Certified Network Associate
Computer Animation
Computer Repair
Costume Design
ECG/Telemetry Technician
Emergency Medical Technician
Graphic Design
Information Technology
Laboratory Assistant
Lighting Design
Media for the Ministry
Medical Unit Coordinator
Scene Design
Software Applications
Sound Recording Technology
TV Production
Theatre Technician
Web Design

Technical Diploma

Criminal Justice
Medical Assistant
Medical Office Specialist (Coding concentration)
Medical Office Specialist (Billing and Reimbursement concentration)
Surgical Technology

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.

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 minimum General Education core courses established by the governing body of the Board of Regents and the accrediting body of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), BPCC has established general education competencies which span the entire curriculum and are not limited to any one course. The general education competencies for Associate Degree graduates are reading comprehension, written and oral communication, mathematical computation, critical thinking, research skills, and computer literacy. All Associate Degree recipients from BPCC will have taken general education core courses required by the Board of Regents and SACSCOC in addition to degree-specific course requirements, providing the breadth and depth necessary to develop the following college-level general education competencies:

Reading Comprehension competency is measured by

  • Locating and identifying main ideas and important concepts
  • Identifying relevant and irrelevant facts
  • Paraphrasing and summarizing
  • Identifying program-specific terminology
  • Answering questions using information gained through reading assignments

Written Communication competency is measured by

  • Using appropriate syntax
  • Writing clearly using correct grammar and punctuation
  • Producing effective, organized materials using recognized patterns of development

Oral Communication competency is measured by

  • Clearly conveying ideas verbally and non-verbally
  • Adapting the message to specific recipients and occasions to achieve a desired purpose
  • Exhibiting effective listening skills by responding appropriately to others
  • Employing effective communication techniques and methods without reading from prepared materials
  • Researching and creating organized messages to achieve a stated purpose

Mathematical Computation competency is measured by

  • Manipulating symbolic expressions
  • Solving problems using mathematical strategies
  • Illustrating relationships between variables using a formula, equation, graph, table or diagram

Critical Thinking competency is measured by

  • Comparing and contrasting evidence-based opposing arguments
  • Organizing, sequencing, and evaluating facts and ideas
  • Identifying patterns and making logical predictions
  • Forming opinions, judgments or decisions using reasoning skills

Research Skills competency is measured by

  • Identifying appropriate, reliable, and diverse sources
  • Applying the principles of intellectual property
  • Citing resources using the discipline specific format
  • Locating and reviewing relevant professional literature on a topic
  • Translating research data into actionable items

Computer Literacy competency is measured by

  • Practicing digital security and ethics
  • Sending and receiving digital correspondence
  • Navigating digital file systems, the internet and software applications
  • Preparing and formatting documents with word processing, presentation and/or spreadsheet software

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 comprehension, written communication, mathematical computation, and skills in chosen occupational fields. Specifically, Academic Certificate graduates must be able to do the following:

  • Reading comprehension competency is measured by comprehending, evaluating, and synthesizing information gained by reading college-level material.
  • Written communication competency is measured by using basic grammar, mechanics, and composition skills in a variety of rhetorical modes to explain, describe, inform, and analyze.
  • Mathematical computation competency is measured by performing arithmetic computations as these are related to certification area.
  • Skill competency is measured by demonstrating specific, required ability for current entry-level employment in chosen fields.

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

Reading Comprehension (Competency # 1)

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

Written Communication (Competency # 2)

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

Mathematical Computation (Competency # 3)

  • A minimum ACT score of 17 in mathematics;
  • Placement test results showing placement in MATH 099 or higher; or
  • 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. 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 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

ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I
ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric II
ENGL 103 Foundations of Professional Writing #

#For transfer to a four-year institution, students are strongly advised to take ENGL 102 instead of ENGL103. Students must seek the assistance of their advisor to determine the appropriate English courses

Fine Arts – 3 Hours

ART 201 Art History I
ART 202 Art History II
ART 206 Introduction to Visual Arts
MUSC 120 Music Appreciation
MUSC 121 Jazz Appreciation
COMM 240 American Cinema
THTR 101 Introduction to Theatre
THTR 131 Elements of Theatre

Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning

MATH 101 Applied Algebra for College Students ##
MATH 102 College Algebra
MATH 111 Precalculus
MATH 112 Trigonometry
MATH 114 Finite Math
MATH 124 Mathematical Concepts
MATH 131 Elementary Applied Calculus
MATH 210 Basic Statistics
MATH 250 Calculus I
MATH 251 Calculus II
MATH 252 Calculus III
MATH 253 Calculus IV
MATH 254 Differential Equations

##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.

Social Sciences

ANTH 201 Physical Anthropology
ANTH 202 Cultural Anthropology
BADM 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
BADM 202 Principles of Microeconomics
CJUS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
GPHY 101 Physical Geography
GPHY 102 Cultural Geography
GRHY 105 Regional Geography
POSC 201 National Government in the United States
POSC 202 State and Local Government ###
PSYC 201 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 202 Practical Psychology for Health Professionals ###
PSYC 205 Child Psychology
PSYC 206 Adolescent Psychology
PSYC 220 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 225 Loss and Death ###
PSYC 290 Social Psychology
SLGY 201 Introduction to Sociology
SLGY 202 Social Problems
SLGY 203 Marriage and Family Living
SLGY 204 Sociology of Deviance
SLGY 207 Race, Class and Ethnicity

### not currently on the Board of Regents Matrix


ENGL 201 Major British Writers
ENGL 202 Major American Writers
ENGL 250 Introduction to Women’s Literature
ENGL 251 Introduction to World Literature
ENGL 252 Introduction to Folklore and Mythology
ENGL 255 Introduction to Fiction
ENGL 256 Introduction to Poetry and Drama
ENGL 257 Introduction to African American Literature

History Sequences
HIST 101 and 102 Western Civilization I and II
HIST 103 and 104 World Civilization I and II
HIST 201 and 202 American History I and II

Foreign Language Sequences
FREN 101 and 102 Elementary French I and II
SPAN 101 and 102 Elementary Spanish I and 11

HMAN 201 Prehistoric – Medieval Culture
HMAN 202 Renaissance – Modern Culture
HMAN 203 Film and Culture ###

### not currently on the Board of Regents Matrix

All Courses Considered as Humanities Electives
ENGL 201 Major British Writers
ENGL 202 Major American Writers
ENGL 250 Introduction to Women’s Literature
ENGL 251 Introduction to World Literature
ENGL 252 Introduction to Folklore and Mythology
ENGL 255 Introduction to Fiction
ENGL 256 Introduction to Poetry and Drama
ENGL 257 Introduction to African American Literature
FREN 101 Elementary French I
FREN 102 Elementary French II
FREN 201 Intermediate French
HIST 101 Western Civilization I
HIST 102 Western Civilization II
HIST 103 World Civilization I
HIST 104 World Civilization II
HIST 201 American History I
HIST 202 American History II
HIST 203 Louisiana History
HMAN 201 Prehistoric – Medieval Culture
HMAN 202 Renaissance – Modern Culture
HMAN 203 Film and Culture ###
RLGN 201 New Testament Survey I: Interbiblical Period, Four Gospels
RLGN 202 New Testament Survey II: Acts to Revelations
RLGN 203 World Religions
SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish
SPCH 110 Principles of Speech*
SPCH 115 Interpersonal Communication*

### not currently on the Board of Regents Matrix
*May not be sole humanities course

Natural Sciences

Biological Sequences
BLGY 101 and 102 General Biology I and II
BLGY 105 and 106 Elements of Biology I and II **
BLGY 230 and BLGY 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II

Physical Sequences
CHEM 101 and 102 General Chemistry I and II
PHSC 105 and 106 Elemental Physics and Elemental Chemistry**
PHYS 201 and 202 General Physics I and II
PHYS 211 and 212 Physics for Science and Engineering I and II
SCI 101 and SCI 102 Foundation in Science I and II**

BLGY 101 General Biology I
BLGY 102 General Biology II
BLGY 105 Elements of Biology I**
BLGY 106 Elements of Biology II**
BLGY 107 Environmental Science**
BLGY 120 Introductory Human Anatomy and Physiology
BLGY 202 Microbiology for Nursing and Allied Health
BLGY 203 Basic Nutrition
BLGY 206 Principles of Microbiology
BLGY 230 Anatomy and Physiology I
BLGY 231 Anatomy and Physiology II
BLGY 244 Introduction to Human Genetics

CHEM 101 General Chemistry I
CHEM 102 General Chemistry II
CHEM 107 Introductory Chemistry
CHEM 250 Organic Chemistry I
PHSC 105 Elemental Physics**
PHSC 106 Elemental Chemistry**
PHSC 107 Environmental Science**
PHSC 110 Astronomy**
PHSC 111 Physical Geology**
PHYS 201 General Physics I
PHYS 202 General Physics II
PHYS 211 Physics for Science and Engineering I
PHYS 212 Physics for Science and Engineering II
SCI 101 Foundation in Science I**
SCI 102 Foundations of Science II**

**recommended for non-science majors