Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment in NISD
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Students that successfully complete Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment courses will be awarded both college credit and high school graduation credit towards graduation requirements at both institutions. Students in the dual credit program experience the rigor of college level courses and acquire the confidence to succeed academically and socially in the college environment.  Recent data shows that students who complete dual credit experiences are more likely to persist in to their second year of college at both two and four year institutions in Texas compared to their peers who did not participate.  Additionally, over the last 8 years in Texas, dual credit participants had a higher four-year college graduation rate than their non-dual credit peers at almost every public institution in the state. 

  • Advantages to taking Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment:

    • Experience the demand of college earlier with more support

    • Get ahead on your potential college and career pathway

    • Save some additional funds for college

    • Increase the likelihood of earning a high school diploma and a college degree

    • Ease your transition in to higher education

    • Take advantage of the opportunity to access college facilities and resources

    • Enhance your skills required to be successful at the collegiate level such as Time Management, Critical Thinking, Study Skills and Collaboration

    Difference between Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment:


    FAQ about DC/DE Courses and Course Options:

     What DC Courses should I take if I want to take DC for the first time?

    • In NISD we offer a wide variety of course options as well as providers. A great starting point we recommend for students to attempt is ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302- which is English Composition I and English Composition II. You can take these 2 courses for HS English III or HS English IV credit.   Also, you can take these 2 courses from one of our partners – the University of Texas at Austin DC (OnRamps) or North Central Texas College (NCTC). 

    How many DC/DE courses should I take per semester?  Per Year?

    • Starting out in DC/DE for the first time, it is recommended that you participate in 2 DC/DE courses. The ENGL option described above is a great starting point.  You are eligible to take as many DC/DE courses each you as you feel you can manage.  

    Will all of my DC/DE Courses I take transfer?

    • For the most part, yes. In the state of Texas, if a course is taken as a component of the Texas Core Curriculum, then public colleges and universities in Texas will be obligated to take the course. For out-of-state and private institutions it will be up to the ‘receiving’ institution as to what credit and how much that college/university will take as transfer credit.
    • A good rule of thumb would be to check your potential colleges (Colleges that you pinned in Naviance Family Connection) and their transfer policy to see if they accept credit from the University of Texas at Austin (for OnRamps courses) or North Central Texas College (for NCTC courses).  For example, if you took OnRamps PreCal, look at your potential college/university’s transfer policy for UT Austin courses and Precalculus Math.   For ENGL Courses look at your potential college/university’s transfer policy for UT Austin and NCTC courses and find ENGL 1301.
  • Courses that we offer:

English Composition and Literature (Communication)

English 1301 (Comp I)

English 1302 (Comp II)

English 1301/1302 (Comp I& II OnRamps)

English 2322 (World Lit I)

English 2323 (World Lit II)

English 2332 (British Lit I)

English 2333 (British Lit II)



Math 1314 (College Alg.)

Math 1342 (Elm. Statistics)

Math 1342 (Elm. Statistics OnRAMPS)

Math 2412 (PreCalculus)

Math 2412 (PreCalculus OnRAMPS)

Math 2413 (Calculus I)


Life Sciences

Biology 2401 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I)

Biology 2402 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II)

Physics 1401 (College Physics I)

Physics 1402 (College Physics II)

Chemistry 1411 (College Chemistry I)

Chemistry 1412 (College Chemistry II)

Biology 2406 (Environmental Biology)


Creative Arts

Arts 1301 (Art Appreciation)



Government 2305 (Federal Government)

Government 2306 (Texas Government)


Social and Behavioral Sciences

Economics 2301 (Macroeconomics)

Psychology 2301 (General Psychology)

Sociology 1301 (Intro to Sociology)


Component Area Option

Speech 1315 (Public Speaking)

Speech 1321 (Business and Professional Communication)

Education 1300 (Learning Frameworks)


US History 1301/1302 (OnRamps)
US History 1301
US History 1302