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Texas Common Course Numbering System

Undergraduate Admissions  > Texas Common Course Numbering System

The Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) is a cooperative effort among Texas community colleges and universities to facilitate transfer of freshman - and sophomore - level general academic courses included in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM).

The TCCNS provides a shared, uniform set of course designations for students and their advisors to use in determining both course equivalency and degree applicability of transfer credit on a statewide basis. When students transfer between two participating TCCNS institutions, a course taken at the sending institution transfers as the course carrying, or cross-referenced with the same TCCNS designation at the receiving institution.

For additional information about the TCCNS, consult the TCCNS Matrix Online, www.tccns.org/. This Web site contains a list of participating TCCNS institutions, the TCCNS taxonomy, the TCCNS history, and the TCCNS board members. The site also contains the central list of the common courses offered in Texas. The site is organized by institution and by TCCNS designation.

In Fall 2021, to ease student transfer of credits, several University of Houston course names and numbers changed to align with the TCCNS. These changes went into effect starting in Fall 2021 and are listed here: TCCNS Course Updates Fall 2021. A full list of all UH courses aligned with TCCNS is provided on UH Admissions web page for Transferring Credit.

Related Resources:

University Core Curriculum Requirements   

Admissions - Transferring Credit

TCCNS Course Updates Fall 2021

Texas Common Course Numbering (TCCNS) Courses at UH

See also: NOTES


  • Some degrees require specific core courses. See the appropriate department section of the catalog for complete information on degree requirements.
  • Students who currently attend UH should refer to their departmental advisor BEFORE taking courses at another college.
  • Student pathway of admission may, in part, be determinded by the number of transferable credit hours earned after completion of high school. See Freshman Admission Requirements  and Transfer Admission Requirements  for more information.
  • Texas law states that a core course at any Texas state funded college or university will transfer as “core” to any other Texas state funded college or university.
  • Core Complete Status will be granted to students with an official transcript from a Texas state funded college or university stating that the core was completed at that school.
  • To complete a Bachelor’s degree at UH, students are required to complete their last 30 hours of course work at UH; see the university policy  for permitted exceptions.