Dual Credit Courses

Dual Credit is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Students demonstrating college readiness through a college placement exam can earn college and high school credits in the same course by attending classes at their high school, on the Lamar State College Port Arthur campus, and/or online.

LSCPA partners with school districts, charter schools, private schools, and home school parents to offer academic and technical courses.

Texas Education Code, §§29.182, 29.184, 61.027, 61.076(J), 130.001(b)(3) - (4), 130.008, 130.090, and 135.06(d) provide the Board with the authority to regulate dual credit partnerships between public two-year associate degree-granting institution and public universities with secondary schools.


If you have questions about dual credit courses, contact the Director of Dual Credit Programs, Hilda Billups, at 409-984-6102 or billupshm@lamarpa.edu

Benefits of Dual Credit Courses

  1. Earn high school and college credit simultaneously.
  2. Transfer many dual credit courses to Texas public colleges and universities, private institutions, and some out-of-state colleges and universities.
  3. Accelerate time to degree completion by getting a head start in college. Dual credit students can earn up to a year or more of college credit.
  4. Build confidence by easing the transition to college.
  5. Students obtain marketable skills for employment beyond high school.
  6. Access the Lamar State College Port Arthur student support services including library, career services, computer labs, and tutoring.

Dual Credit Curriculum

Dual credit courses include courses in the core curriculum, foreign languages, and workforce education courses. The courses are divided into two groups: academic courses and workforce courses.

Academic courses are designed to satisfy course requirements for Certificate and Associate of Arts (AA) degrees. Core curriculum and foreign language courses are academic courses. Academic courses are part of the Texas Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM) and are transferable to four year colleges or universities.

Technical courses are designed to satisfy course requirements for Certificate and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Technical courses are part of the Texas Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM).

All courses taught at Lamar State College Port Arthur may be taught as a dual credit course. For information about courses available for public, private, charter, or home school dual credit, contact us.

Below is a list of dual credit courses offered by LSCPA at local school districts.
Subject Course
Course Title PAISD NISD BHHS TA Academic or
ARCE 1452 Structural Drafting       Technical
ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation       Academic
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I       Academic
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II       Academic
CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I       Academic
DFTG 1409 Basic Computer-Aided Drafting       Technical
DFTG 1417 Architectural Drafting—Residential       Technical
DFTG 2419 Intermediate Computer-Aided Drafting       Technical
DFTG 2423 Pipe Drafting       Technical
ECON 2301 Macroeconomics       Academic
ECON 2302 Microeconomics     Academic
ENGL 1301 Composition I Academic
ENGL 1302 Composition II   Academic
ENGL 2321 British Literature       Academic
ENGL 2326 American Literature       Academic
GOVT 2305 Federal Government     Academic
HIST 1301 U. S. History I   Academic
HIST 1302 U. S. History II   Academic
MATH 1314 College Algebra     Academic
PHYS 1405 Elementary Physics I     Academic
PSYC 2301 General Psychology     Academic
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking       Academic
WLDG 1421 Welding Fundamentals       Technical
WLDG 1428 Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding       Technical
WLDG 1430 Introduction to Gas Metal Arc Welding       Technical
WLDG 1434 Introduction Gas Tungsten Arc Welding       Technical
WLDG 1435 Introduction to Pipe Welding       Technical
CMSE   Cosmetology Operator (1,000 clock hours)       Technical

Current Dual Enrollment Agreements

  1. Bob Hope Charter School (BHHS)
  2. Nederland Independent School District (NISD)
  3. Port Neches Groves Independent School District (PNGISD)
  4. Port Arthur Independent School District (PAISD)
  5. Tekoa Academy of Accelerated Studies STEM School (TA)


  1. Who will teach the course? Dual Credit courses will be taught by LSCPA faculty or SACSCOC qualified faculty within the school district.
  2. When will courses be taught? Credit and non-credit courses may be offered during the day or in the evening on the LSCPA campus or at the local high school.
  3. Who is eligible to complete dual enrollment courses? High school students that are in good standing and enrolled in the school district may register for dual enrollment courses. Freshmen and sophomore students may enroll upon the recommendation of the parent and high school principal.