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Grayson College Degrees/Certificates and Majors

MAJOR: A major is defined as a subject area of specialization consisting of selected courses within one of the degree or certificate pathways.

Associate of Arts (AA)

Degrees Hours Required
Fine Arts 60
Liberal Arts/General Studies 60
Music 60
Theatre 60

Associate of Science (AS)

Degrees Hours Required
Agricultural Sciences 60
Athletic Training 60
Biological and Physical Sciences 60
Business Administration 60
Computer Science/Computer Information Systems 60
Engineering 60
General Studies 60
Kinesiology 60
Mathematics 60
Nursing University Transfer 60

Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT)

Degrees Hours Required
8-12 Certification; EC-12 Other than Special Education 60
4-8 Certification; EC-12 Special Education Certification 60
EC-6 Certification 60

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Certificates of Completion

Degrees Hours Required
Accounting Associate Degree 60
Accounting Certificate 30
Accounting Office Support Certificate 36
Accounting Occupational Skills Award 9
Advanced Manufacturing Technology Associate Degree 60
Advanced Manufacturing Level 1 24
Advanced Manufacturing Technician Certificate 42
Basic Manufacturing Technician Certificate 19
Mechatronics Technician Certificate 15
Business and Management Associate Degree 60
Business and Management - Marketing Occupational Skills Award 9
Business Foundation Certificate 15
Business - General Management Certificate 45
General Banking Level I Certificate 21
Bank Operations Level II Certificate 39
Bookkeeping Certificate 15
Child Development Associate Degree 60
Child Development Certificate 30
Child Development Child Care Administrator Certificate 27
Child Development Occupational Skills Award 9
Child Development Associate Training Occupational Skills Award 9
Collision Repair Technology Associate Degree 60
Basic Collision Helper Certificate 16
Basic Apprentice Certificate 33-39
Computer Aided Drafting and Design Technology (CADD) Associate Degree 60
Computer Aided Drafting Technician Certificate 24
Drafting Assistant Certificate 17
Computer Maintenance and Networking Technology Associate Degree 60
Computer Network Administrator Certificate 30
Computer Support Technician Certificate 18
Information Technology Core Curriculum Certificate 18
Criminal Justice Technology Associate Degree 60
Police Academy Certificate 24
Law Enforcement Certificate 37
Culinary Arts Associate Degree 60
Basic Culinary Arts Chef Training Certificate 25
Culinary Arts Certificate 39
Cyber Security Administration Associate Degree 60
Cyber Security Technician Certificate 36
Dental Assisting Associate Degree 60
Dental Assisting Certificate 41
Distillation Sciences Associate Degree 60
Distillation Science Certificate 18
Cider and Brandy Production Occupational Skills Award 9
Electrical Technology Associate Degree 60
Commercial Electrical Technology Certificate 42
Residential Electrical Technology Certificate 25
Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Associate Degree 60
Paramedic Certificate 38
Emergency Medical Technician Basic Occupational Skills Award 12
Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Associate Degree 60
Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician Apprenticeship 19
Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician Certificate 35
Hospitality Management Associate Degree 60
Hospitality Management Certificate 37
Medical Laboratory Technician Associate Degree 60
Nursing Associate Degree 60
Licensed Vocational Nursing to Registered Nursing Entry Associate Degree 60
Vocational Nursing Certificate 42
Office and Computer Technology Associate Degree 60
Administrative Assistant Certificate 42
Applications Software Specialist Certificate 30
Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate 42
Medical Coding and Billing Certificate 21
Office and Computer Technology Occupational Skills Award 9
Radiologic Technology Associate Degree 64
Viticulture and Enology 60
Enology Certificate 17
Viticulture Certificate 17
Welding Technology 60
Structural Welder Certificate 16
Combination Welder Certificate 36
Combination Welder Small Business Management Certificate 51


Degrees Hours Required
Cosmetology Certificate 41
Cosmetology Instructor 25
Cosmetology Nail Technician 16
Cosmetology Skin Care Specialist - Aesthetician/Esthetician 22
Cosmetology to Barber Certificate (Pending SACSCOC Approval) 16
Small Business Audio Engineering 30
Audio Engineering Occupational Skills Award 14

Bachelor of Science

Degrees Hours Required
Nursing (RN to BSN Program) 120

Fields of Study

Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Political Science and Government

Preparatory Programs for College

Preparing for college is a process that should begin by the eighth grade. Although Grayson College does not require specific high school courses for admission into the college, many colleges and universities do include preparatory programs as a condition of admission. Since many of Grayson College’s students transfer to such colleges and universities, completion of the following college preparatory coursework is encouraged.

College Preparatory Programs
Core Curriculum Credits College Preparation Courses
English Language Arts 4 English I-IV
Mathematics 2 Algebra I, Geometry
Science 2 Courses to be selected from state board of education-approved courses, excluding applied and introductory courses. Appropriate courses include: Physical Science, Biology I and II, Chemistry I and II, Physics I and II
Social Studies 4 United States History (1), United States Government (1/2), World History Studies (1), Economics (1/2)
Foreign Language 3 Levels I-III proficiency of the same language
Health 1/2 1/2 credit minimum
Fine Arts 1/2 1/2 credit minimum
Physical Education  1 1/2 1 1/2 credits
Computer Science 0-1 Demonstrated proficiency at Level I

In addition to the above general requirements, students are encouraged to select a specific course of study. The following chart indicates suggested additional courses to fulfill the requirements for general academic and career technical education at Grayson College. These courses are endorsed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Additionally, Grayson College partners with local ISDs to provide courses in College preparatory Mathematics and English Language Arts. This opportunity provides an opportunity to create seamless pathways for students to enter into college-level coursework in Mathematics and English Language without further remediation. A list of partnering ISDs is available in the Vice President of Instruction’s Office.

Suggested Courses
Curriculum College Preparation Track College Tech-Prep Track
English Language Arts College Board Advanced Placement English Literature and Literature and Composition could be substituted for English IV. Substitutions for English IV as required for a specific Tech-Prep program (e.g. Research/Technical Writing, Business Communications, Introduction to Speech Communications, Public Speaking).
Mathematics Two (2) additional credits, including Algebra II and Pre-calculus (or Trigonometry and either Elementary Analysis or Analytic Geometry). A minimum of one additional credit as required by a specific Tech-Prep program, or Algebra II, Pre-calculus, Trigonometry, Elementary Analysis, Analytic Geometry, or Advanced Mathematics for business. An additional (4th) math credit may be required.
Science One additional credit from Physical Science, Biology I and II, Chemistry I and II or Physics I and II. A minimum of one additional credit may be required for a specific Tech-Prep program.
Fine Arts 1/2 credit minimum As appropriate.
Speciality N/A A specified coherent sequence of technology courses required for a specific Tech-Prep program. 
Electives 2 1/2 As appropriate.

Online Learning Opportunities

Grayson College acknowledges the changing environments in which students learn and strives to provide enriched educational experiences and opportunities. Internet-based courses, both fully-online and hybrid, offer students an alternative to the traditional classroom by providing convenient ways to earn college credit. Distance Learning students use their personal computers and/or on-campus computer labs for course content, discussions, exams, and communication with instructors and classmates. Students enrolled fully-online may visit the campus for orientation, conferences with the instructor, and some exams. Instructors are available for telephone and personal conferences and may also be contacted via email.

Fully Distance Education Courses online  - A course which may have mandatory face to face sessions totaling no more than 15% of the instructional time. Examples of face-to-face sessions include orientation, laboratory, exam review, or an in-person test.

Hybrid/Blended Course - A course in which a majority (more than 50 percent but less than 85 percent) of the planned instruction occurs when the students and instructors are not in the same place.

Both fully-online and hybrid courses offer the same quality and learning experiences and require the same time commitment as traditional, face-to-face courses but with added flexibility. Full college credit is awarded upon successful completion of internet-based courses and credit hours are equivalent to those offered on campus.

Visit the college website for the latest schedule of fully-online and hybrid courses.  Fully-online courses will include INT or similar designation in the section number. Hybrid courses will contain HYB or similar designation in the section number.

Please note that some fully-online courses require on-campus or proctored testing. Consult the course syllabus for complete details.

Getting Started

To take a fully-online or hybrid course, students will need a computer with Internet access. If applicable, additional hardware and/or software requirements will be listed in the syllabus. 

Students will be able to access their online courses the same day classes begin on campus. Instructors are available for telephone and personal conferences and may also be contacted via email.

College Support for Online Learners

Academic Advising

For help with individual learning plans, course selection, prerequisites, transfer credits, and more, call 903-463-8695. More information on advising can be found on the Advising Website. (


Purchase your materials at the College Bookstore. (


Assistance is available in the areas of career guidance, time management, test anxiety, study skills, or personal problems interfering with your academic progress. For an appointment, call 903-463-8695.

Financial Aid and Veteran Services

Grants, student loans, and/or exemptions, vouchers, VA benefits, and scholarships are available to assist eligible students with college expenses. Call 903-463-8794 or visit the Financial Aid Webpage. (


Grayson College provides technical assistance related to Canvas, My Viking, username and password issues. To request assistance, submit a ticket at or call 903-415-2591.


The Grayson College Library ( provides online access to a variety of databases that can be accessed off-campus.


The Grayson College Library hosts several Canvas orientation sessions at the beginning of each semester for students who can come to the campus. For technical assistance, submit a ticket at or call 903-415-2591.


Tutors help students prepare for tests, learn new concepts, improve study techniques, and answer questions about assignments. Tutoring services are available online and on campus. For more information, call 903-463-8751.

Grayson College Graduate Guarantee

Transfer Guarantee

Grayson College guarantees that courses taken at the College, selected from an official academic degree plan, will transfer to any selected public-supported college or university in Texas. If a student takes courses accordingly, and he/she is not accepted at the public-supported college or university, Grayson College will offer to the student, from curriculum as shown in the appropriate edition of the College Catalog, alternate courses that are acceptable, without the cost of tuition/fees to the student.

The College will make this guarantee for all new college students who file an official academic degree plan with the Advising Office.

The College will make this guarantee for all presently enrolled students after an authorized advisor or division dean reviews an up-to-date transcript and develops an official degree plan.

In the event of a dispute over the transferability of a Grayson College course at a state-supported college or university, the student must notify Grayson College. If the College cannot resolve the dispute with the college or university, then Grayson College will provide the student, within one year from the time of the dispute, alternate and appropriate courses without the cost of tuition/fees.

Employment Guarantee

If an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) graduate or graduate of a certificate program is judged by his/her employer to be lacking in technical job skills identified as exit competencies for his/her specific degree or certificate programs, the graduate will be provided up to 9 tuition/fee-free credit hours of additional skill training by Grayson College under the conditions of the guarantee policy. Special conditions which apply to the guarantee include the following:

  1. The student must earn his/her degree/certificate in an occupational program listed in the Grayson College catalog of 1993 spring semester or later.
  2. The graduate must have completed the A.A.S. degree or certificate at GC (with a majority of credits being earned at GC) and must have completed the degree/certificate within a four-year time span.
  3. The student must be employed full-time within 6 months after graduation in an occupation directly related to the specific program completed at Grayson College.
  4. The employer must certify in writing that the student lacks the entry-level job skills identified as such by Grayson College for the program in which he/she is enrolled. The employer must specify the areas of deficiency within 90 days of initial employment.
  5. The employer, graduate, division dean, and appropriate faculty member will develop a written educational plan for retraining.
  6. Retraining will be limited to 9 credit hours related to the identified skill deficiency and to those classes regularly scheduled during the period covered by the retraining plan.
  7. All retraining must be completed within a calendar year from the time the educational plan is agreed upon. 

Wireless Access

Grayson College has implemented wireless hotspot access at many locations including the residence halls. Individuals may access the wireless network by using a wireless device supporting either the 802.11B, G, N, or AC Standards.

Articulated Credit

Articulated Technical Credit is an initiative by the college to encourage cooperative efforts between secondary and post-secondary institutions to provide articulated career pathways to employment for students existing from these institutions. An articulated technical career pathway is a six-year plan of courses, beginning with grade nine in the secondary school and continuing through the two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program in the community college. Articulated Credits are designed to prepare a high quality workforce that meets current and future regional labor market demands by ensuring that students exit high school and/or community college with marketable skills and the credentials to pursue higher education.

Grayson College is actively involved in developing and providing Articulated Credits Associate of Applied Science degree programs in cooperation with area independent school districts. Articulated Credits currently implemented include Accounting, Business & Management, Child Development, Culinary Arts, Computer Maintenance, Advanced Manufacturing, Computer Software & Systems Technology, Criminal Justice, Office & Computer Technology, and Welding Technology.

The steps a student should follow to participate in Articulated Credit are: 

  1. Pick a career path from one of the high school endorsements while in high school.
  2. Enroll and succeed in high school courses that are articulated for Grayson College credit.  

Criteria for the award of articulated credit through a high school Articulated Credit program: 

  • Students must meet criteria specified in the articulation agreement. 
  • College credit for articulated courses(s) will be posted with a grade of “P” to the student’s college transcript after completion of the first semester at Grayson College. 

Articulated Credit must be finalized no later than two years after high school graduation. Contact the Admissions Office with any questions or to learn more about earning articulated credit.

Academic Instruction Division

Academic Instruction is made up of the following four departments:  Arts and Humanities, Biological and Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology. Each Associate’s degree offered in this division contains a 42-hour core in general education. Objectives of the division include developing in students an appreciation of the creative process, the ability to think critically, the ability to communicate effectively, a desire for lifelong learning, and a humanitarian passion for truth and reason.

Courses offered in the division are designed primarily for transfer. Many courses such as art, music, language, philosophy, humanities, theatre, and a variety of workshops serve a dual purpose. They are available for students planning to transfer to a university and are also available to members of the community who wish to broaden their educational experience.

A goal of the College is to assure the transferability of its courses; however, because of the diversity of the population served by the College, a community-based institution, students planning to transfer courses to a university or four-year college should take the responsibility of discussing their plans with a counselor from their university-of-choice and a Success Coach on campus.

Workforce Instruction Division

The Workforce Instruction Division consists of three departments: Public Services, Industrial Technologies, and Business and Entrepreneurship. These departments will provide basic instruction and adequate comprehensive pre-employment training for students preparing for positions in the industry that require high degrees of skill and technical knowledge.

Curricula in these departments meet the needs of four groups of students:

  1. Students who plan to transfer to senior colleges or universities at the end of two years to receive a baccalaureate degree.
  2. Students in Industrial Technologies who will seek employment after 2 years of study.
  3.  Students in certificate programs who will seek employment at the end of one semester or 1-year of study.
  4. Students already employed who are seeking possible promotional opportunities to comply with their employer’s training requirements.

Health Science Division

The philosophy and purpose of the Health Science Division reflect not only those of the College, but also focus on the specific areas of knowledge required for Associate Degree Nursing, Vocational Nursing, Dental Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technology, Emergency Medical Services, and Radiologic Technology. Through specifically designed curricula, students may be able to write the applicable examinations for registry, licensure or certification required by each health-related occupation. After successful completion of all requirements, graduates are readily employable or eligible to continue on a pathway to an advanced certificate or degree.

The RN to BSN program is aligned with the mission and philosophy of Grayson College. Student success is the focus of the college and the program. The program is designed for the Registered Nurse who already has an Associate Degree and wishes to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  The curriculum is designed for the working nurse to allow the nursing courses to be completed in a hybrid format. The degree plan consists of general education courses along with upper-division nursing courses for a total of 120 credit hours.

Center for Workplace Learning

The Center for Workplace Learning (CWL) ( represents all continuing education activities at Grayson College. The purpose is to deliver customer-centered, community-connected and quality-driven workplace learning solutions to provide the Texoma region with a globally competitive workforce. The CWL strives to promote partnerships between education, industry, and government to deliver world-class education and training opportunities throughout the Texoma region. Customized training classes for business and industry as well as scheduled continuing education courses are offered year-round through the CWL. Visit the CWL Webpage for more information about the courses and program offered through the Center for Workplace Learning.

Adult Education and Literacy

Grayson College is the fiscal agent for an adult education program provided through a partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission. Funded by federal and state grants, these free classes are offered in a variety of locations in the following four counties –Grayson, Fannin, Cooke, and Collin. Both day and evening classes are available for students age eighteen and older. The classes meet throughout the calendar year, including the summer months.

Highly qualified and caring teachers assist students in achieving their educational and/or employment goals. By utilizing a student-centered approach to learning, classes are tailored to each student’s learning style. Students progress at their own rate and can attend more than one class. Flexible scheduling around work hours or other commitments is available at some locations, as well as distance education assistance.

The components of this adult program include the following:

  • Refresher classes to prepare for college, skills training, or employment advancement
  • High School Equivalency preparatory classes (GED)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for all levels of adult learners
  • Basic to advanced instruction in reading, math, and language
  • Transition programs to college or work, including Math TSI class
  • Basic computer skills, including accessing the internet
  • Counseling referrals for college enrollment and tuition assistance
  • Workplace focused instruction for area businesses
  • Distance education by internet or DVD to supplement classroom hours

Call 903-463-8784 for class information.

Last updated: 04/20/2022