I might have posted this message a bit too prematurely before I did enough research and I didn't post exactly what I knew already. I knew about the UART, default baud rate, and decoding the NMEA string from reading the experience code. I was just confused on which pins I definitely had to wire and didn't have to wire from the tc6000 document to get things working. The document has more than just the vcc, gnd, rx, and tx so that's why I initially added all of the extra wires.
I see now the below are required to get the GPS working.
UART interface operating at 9600 bps, 8N1 and no flow cont