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Associate in Arts AA-DTA

Complete the first two years of your four-year degree at SVC and graduate with a nationally recognized interdisciplinary degree. This entire AA-DTA degree can be completed online.

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Degree Requirements

You must complete a minimum of 90 quarter credits in transferable courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in order to graduate from SVC with an Associate in Arts degree. Credits must satisfy requirements listed below. A minimum of 60 quarter hours of general education courses are required. At least 25 college-level credits must be earned at SVC with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students should check specific admission and program requirements and application deadlines to assist in successful transfer to a four-year institution. College counselors and academic faculty can advise you of special lower division requirements.

Note:Courses with an ampersand (&) are Common Course Numbering courses.

1. Communication Skills (15 cr.)

  • English &101 (5 cr.)
  • English &102, 103, or &235 (5 cr.)
  • Communication Studies &210, &220, or &230 (5 cr.)

2. Quantitative Skills (5 cr.)

Select one course from the following:

  • Mathematics &107, &141, &142, &146, &148, &151, &152, &153

Note: In response to changes at the state level in transfer degree math requirements, SVC has re-organized our pre-college math curriculum and sequence. Effective summer 2014, MATH 98 is the pre-requisite for MATH &107 or MATH &146. MATH 99 remains the prerequisite for pre-calculus, MATH&141 and above. Students who complete MATH&107 or MATH&146 will need to either place into MATH&141 or take MATH 99 before enrolling in MATH&141 (or above). Courses selected to meet the Quantitative Skills requirement will also not be counted in the Natural Sciences distribution requirement.

3. Physical Education (3 cr.)

  • Physical Education 100 (1 cr.) and 2 PE activity courses (2 cr.), or
  • Physical Education 190 (2 cr.) and 1 PE activity course (1 cr.)
  • Activities Courses—exclude PE 200, 204 and 205 (2 cr.)

Note: PE 100 and 190 are not repeatable for credit. A maximum of 3 PE Activities credits can be used for the DTA: 2 credits for PE requirement and 1 additional credit toward restricted or “gray area” electives.

4. Integrative Learning Experiences

  • Two Integrative Learning Experiences (ILE) are required. One ILE must be a Learning Community. The second ILE may be another Learning Community or an Integrative Experience.
  • A Learning Community (LC) is the integrated combination of two or more courses from different areas of inquiry (e.g. sociology and literature, or physics and math, or speech and economics, or composition and philosophy). Learning Communities are indicated in the course schedule.
  • Integrative Experiences (IEs) are curricular or co-curricular experiences designed by faculty in which students demonstrate their ability to integrate information, concepts, analytical frameworks, and skills from two or more areas of inquiry in a purposeful project or experience. Integrative Experiences that are classes are indicated in the course schedule; co-curricular IEs are indicated in promotion and advising for the experience or project. Students may design a Learning into Action IE under the guidance of the supervising faculty member.

5. Diversity Requirement

At least one Diversity Intensive course is required. Students should use the SVC online quarterly class schedule search or consult with their faculty advisor or counselor to identify courses that fulfill this requirement.

6. Distribution Requirements (45 cr.)

Select credits from three areas of study: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities. Eligible courses are listed below. A specific course may be credited toward no more than one distribution requirement.

Distribution Areas
A. Natural Sciences (15 cr.)

Select courses from at least two of the following disciplines, with no more than 10 credits from one discipline and no more than 5 credits in Math or Natural Science. One lab science (*indicates lab course) must also be included in selected courses:

  • Astronomy &100, &101*
  • Biological Science &100, or &160, orr &211*, 105*, 111*, 127, 133*, &160*, &170, 190, 205*, &221*, &222*, &223*, 224, &241*, &242*, &260*
  • Chemistry &100, &105, &110*, &121*, &131*, &161*, &162*, &163*, &241, &241, &251, &242, &252, &243
  • Earth Science 102*, 110, 120, 111*
  • Environmental Conservation 165*, 202, 245*
  • Environmental Science &101*
  • Geology &100, &101*, &110*, &208*
  • Mathematics &107, &141, &142, &146, &148 or &151, &152, &153
  • Natural Science 100*
  • Nutrition &101
  • Oceanography &101*
  • Physics &100, 111*, &124*/&134, &125*/&135, &126*/&136, &231*/&241, &232*/&242, &233*/&243
B. Social Sciences (15 cr.)

Select courses from at least two of the following disciplines, with no more than 10 credits from one discipline:

  • Anthropology &200, &204, &205, &206, &234
  • Business Administration &101, 200, &201, 241
  • Computer Science 101
  • Criminal Justice &101, 111
  • Economics 101, 104, 150, &201, &202
  • Early Childhood Education &105
  • Education &115, &122, &202
  • Ethnic Studies 100, 111, 112, 120, 130, 201
  • Geography &100, &200, 202
  • History &116, &117, &118, 121, &126, &127, &128, &146, &147, &148, &214, &215, &219, 220, 242, 270
  • International Studies 200, 201, 202
  • Political Science &101, 200, 201, &202, &203, 204
  • Psychology &100, 115, &180, &200, 202, 205, &220
  • Social Science 100, 101, 107, 110, 190
  • Sociology &101, 112, 114, &201, 204, 206
C. Humanities (15 cr.)

Select courses from at least two of the following disciplines, with no more than 10 credits from one discipline. No more than 5 credits may be applied in world languages at the 100 level. No more than 5 credits may be applied in performance/skill studio courses (*indicates studio courses):

  • Art 101*, 111*, 141, 142, 143, 144, 150, 180*, 181*, 184*, 201*, 241*
  • Communication Studies &102, 105, 141, 201, &220, 205
  • Drama &101, 133*, 134*, 136, 236, 237, 238
  • English &112, &113, &114, 115, 202, &220, 233, 234, &236, 239, 247, 250, &254, 283
  • Ethnic Studies 210
  • Humanities &101, &116, &117, &118
  • Music 100, &105, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 137*, 138*, &141, &142, 164*
  • Philosophy &101, &106, 115, 140, 215
  • World Languages, including:
    • American Sign Language – &121, &122, &123
    • Chinese – &121, &122, &123, &221, &222, &223
    • French – &121, &122, &123, &221, &222, &223
    • Greek – 121, 122, 123
    • Japanese – &121, &122, &123, &221, &222, &223
    • Lushootseed/Salish – 121, 122, 123, 221, 222, 223
    • Spanish – &121, &122, &123, &221, &222, &223

7. Electives (22–25 cr.)

In order to accumulate 90 college-level (100 or higher) credits for the degree, you will need additional elective credits. You may select electives from the distribution list (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities), other academic courses, or a maximum of 15 credits from “gray areas” below. A maximum of nine Family Life credits may be counted as gray area electives. HMATH and WMATH 100 cannot be included in elective credits for the degree.

Gray Area Courses

Gray area courses include, but are not limited to, the following (exceptions count as academic electives):

  • Agriculture
  • Allied Health Education (including Pharmacy Technician)
  • Automotive Technology
  • Business: BUS 112, 212
  • Business Management
  • College Success Skills
  • Composites Technology
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Communication Studies 125
  • Criminal Justice: except CJ& 101, &105, &110, CJ 111, CJ 130
  • Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management
  • Dental Assistant
  • Diesel Power Technology
  • Early Childhood Education: except EDUC& 105
  • Education Paraprofessional: except EDUC& 115, &122, &202, &203, 223, 246
  • Engineering Technician
  • English 170
  • Environmental Conservation: except ENVC 165*, 202, 245
  • Family Life
  • Firefighter Protection Technology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Human Services: except HSERV 141
  • Journalism: no more than 2 credits applied news writing
  • Library
  • Manufacturing
  • Marine Maintenance Technology
  • Media Communications: except 101
  • Mechatronics
  • AHE (Medical Assistant)
  • Multimedia and Interactive Technology
  • Office Administration & Accounting Technologies
  • Operations Management
  • Paralegal
  • Physical Education (one additional credit in addition to 3-credit PE degree requirement)
  • Political Science 131, 132
  • Psychology 104, 105, 107
  • Reading
  • Social Science 113, 125, 131, 132
  • Technical Design
  • Technical Education
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Welding Technology
  • Any class taken as CLEP or DANTES or for military credit
  • Independent study, workshop classes, SVC co-op 199 or Learning into Action (LIA) 299 classes.