Dual credit means that students receive dual (double) credit for single course, one credit at the high school level and one at the college level. However, the numbers are often different.
Example – HIST 1301 & HIST 1302 (US History)
*Students must note that not all colleges/universities accept all credits earned at Houston Community College, especially schools outside of Texas.
The biggest benefits of taking dual-credit courses while in high school are that
In order to enroll in a dual-credit course at any high school in Texas, a student must be qualified to take the course. There are two things to be considered: test scores and class(es) that must be taken beforehand (pre-requisites, pronounced /pre-WRECK-wi-zits/).
Some classes have “prerequisites,” which means that a different course is required (“requisite”) BEFORE (“pre-“) before a course can be taken.
Example – MATH 1314 (College Algebra) is a prerequisite for MATH 1316 (Trigonometry). This should make sense because even in high school, a student should successfully complete (earn credit for) Algebra 2 before taking Trigonometry.
Test Scores (Math)
MATH 1314 is the lowest level math class that is considered for college credit. (HCC Math classes with a number smaller than 1314 are considered remedial to help students develop skills that should have been mastered while in high school.)
Qualifying scores that show a student is ready for MATH 1314 would be the following:
Test Scores (Reading/Writing)
College has a lot of reading. (Yes, the word “a lot” has a space, and college professors think you should know that already.) There is a lot of reading in most college classes, including all types of social sciences (psychology, sociology, political science), natural sciences (geology, astronomy), and humanities (art or music appreciation, history, geography, literature).
Qualifying scores that show a student is ready for any of these types of courses would be the following:
If you believe you have a qualifying score based on these criteria, and you would like to learn the process to enroll in a dual-credit course, please go to the next section.
After you have determined if you qualify for a course (ask your academic counselor if you have questions), then you would look to see if any courses are being offered that interest you. See ‘resources’ section to the right for forms and more information.
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