Arts and Sciences


The Arts and Sciences Division primarily offers degree plans culminating the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. Students who complete the prescribed course of study in these programs may transfer to a four-year college or university to complete the junior and senior-level requirements for the baccalaureate degree. These degree programs are designed to be completed in two years of full-time study, however, students have the option of transferring credits at any time.  It is highly recommended that students minimally complete the 42-hour Texas transfer Core Curriculum before moving to another institution (see below). The Arts and Sciences Division is comprised of 7 academic departments and 25 suggested programs of study. Programs and courses are offered primarily at the OC Campus in Odessa, but are also offered at satellite centers in Andrews, Monahans, and Pecos, online through web instruction, and through the Weekend College.

A transfer core curriculum program has been established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to facilitate the transfer of college-level credit among colleges and universities in Texas. Each institution is required to establish a core curriculum of at least 42 semester credit hours. However, the purpose of the core curriculum is larger than satisfying the credit-hour requirements.

The purpose of the core curriculum at Odessa College is to ensure competence in the skills and knowledge expected of students who receive the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees from the college or who transfer to complete baccalaureate degrees. These skills include, but are not necessarily limited to, the ability to:

  • Think critically to solve real-world problems;
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of ways;
  • Apply basic mathematical and qualitative tools to facts and data;
  • Work together effectively and consider differing points of view;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and competence in intercultural interactions and engaging in their community; and
  • Connect personal choice, action, and consequences to their own decision-making.

When students know their major and transfer institution and course options are given in the core, students should choose courses that satisfy their specific degree plan.  For additional information regarding the core curriculum, degree planning, or course selection, please contact your Student Success Coach.

For more information about the Division of Arts and Sciences, please contact:

Gabby Villa
Administrative Assistant to Dean of Arts & Sciences
Office: Spur Building 235
Phone: 432.335.6412

Dr. Eric Yeager
Dean of Arts & Sciences
Office: Spur Building 241
Phone: 432.335.6477

Dr. Arthur Rankin
Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences
Office: Spur Building 239
Phone: 432.335.6473