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Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

The following learning outcomes were developed through faculty conversations regarding what TCC wants students to be able to know and do after they complete our programs. Outcomes gained through programs that support TCC's transfer degrees will be used by students at the baccalaureate institutions to which they transfer.

Written and Oral Communication

Upon successful completion of ENGL& 101 and/or CMST 220, students will:

  • Craft, develop, and support a specific, debatable thesis.
  • Draft and refine a well-organized essay, speech, or other form of communication appropriate to context and audience.
  • Read critically and research effectively to support thesis.
  • Use appropriate writing and/or communication strategies, standard grammar, and academic documentation conventions.
  • Demonstrate ethical standards in all phases of the writing and/or communication process to include using collaboration within academically appropriate guidelines.

Quantitative Skills

Students will demonstrate increasing levels of mastery of the Program Learning Outcomes. Upon successful completion of the Quantitative Skills requirement for the Associates degree, students will:

  • Interpret, analyze, and create graphs and charts that communicate quantitative or relational information.
  • Determine, create, and use appropriate and reasonable mathematical constructs to model, understand, and explain phenomena encountered in the world.
  • Determine and carry out appropriate algorithms to solve problems that are amenable to mathematical solutions.
  • Communicate mathematical information formally, using appropriate math notation and terminology, and informally by using everyday language to express ideas.
  • Use technology to analyze and solve mathematical problems and effectively communicate solutions to problems, particularly those that cannot be solved efficiently by other means.

Natural Sciences

Upon successful completion of the Natural Sciences distribution requirements for the AAS Option A or B, the Associate of Sciences degrees, or the Associate of Biology degree, students will:

  • Evaluate information scientifically in the context of their own lives.
  • Explain the importance of observation and hypothesis testing in the scientific process, and distinguish between the scientific process and other human endeavors.
  • Communicate the primary principles and processes underlying at least one natural system (for example: atoms and molecules, cells and organisms, the oceans and atmosphere, the solid earth, or the cosmos).
  • Perform and effectively communicate the results of scientific investigations, and explain how research is done in science.
  • Demonstrate the safe and proper use of scientific instrumentation, measuring devices, chemical reagents, media, and/or tools of science in a laboratory or field setting relevant to specific disciplines of science.

Social Sciences

Upon successful completion of the Social Sciences distribution requirements for the Associates Degree, students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of some major empirical findings of the social sciences.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of some of the concepts, theories, and methods used within the social sciences to understand human behavior/events.
  • Objectively identify some social variables that have shaped one’s own point of view.
  • Engage with or accurately represent a point of view that is different from one’s own.
  • Apply concepts and tools from the social sciences to explain or analyze a social phenomenon, process, event, conflict, or issue.
  • Evaluate the quality/credibility of information from various kinds of sources (academic, journalistic, popular media).
  • Present social science information according to appropriate academic standards.


Upon successful completion of the Humanities distribution requirements for the Associates Degree, students will:

  • Distinguish the many forms of human expression.
  • Exercise skills in interpretation and analysis.
  • Explain the importance of the creative process.
  • Express and produce work that demonstrates heightened awareness to both cultural and historical diversity.
  • Confidently and competently practice performance skills.

Physical Education

Upon successful completion of the Physical Education distribution requirements (three credits) for the Associates Degree, students will:

  • Critically evaluate and communicate health and/or fitness information.
  • Engage regularly in physical fitness and/or sports activities using skills developed in the physical education program.
  • Practice and evaluate a personal wellness/fitness plan based upon a periodic evaluation of personal fitness status.
  • Exhibit personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activities.