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Associate in Arts Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)

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

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Degree Requirements

You must complete a minimum of 90 quarter credits in courses numbered 100 or above with a 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. At least 25 credits must be earned at SVC with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students should check specific admission 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: Common course numbers are in boldface italics.

1. Communication Skills (15 cr.)

  • English 101 (5 cr.)
  • English 103, 104, 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: Competency in Intermediate Algebra (Math 99 or appropriate COMPASS test placement) must be demonstrated prior to enrollment in Quantitative Skills courses. Courses selected to meet this requirement will not be counted in the Natural World distribution requirement.

3. Physical Education (3 cr.)

  • Physical Education 100 (1 cr.)
  • Activities Courses—exclude PE 200, 204 and 205 (2 cr.)
  • NOTE: Three credits of PE count toward distribution. A maximum of six additional credits may be used toward “gray area” elective credit.

4. Integrative Learning Experiences

Integrative learning experiences include Learning Communities and Integrative Experiences.

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.

  • 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.

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 World, Culture and Arts. Eligible courses are listed below. These courses may also satisfy Skills Designated course requirements.

Distribution Areas
A. Natural World 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 211*, 212*, 213*, 105*, 111*, 127, 133*, 190, 205*, 224, 260
  • Chemistry 100, 105, 110*, 121*, 131*, 161*, 162*, 163*, 241 and 251*, 242 and 252*, 243
  • Earth Science 102*, 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*,114*, 115*, 116*, 221*, 222*, 223*
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
  • Early Childhood Education 105
  • Economics 101, 104, 150, 201, 202
  • Education 121, 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 201, 202
  • Political Science 101, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204
  • Psychology 100, 115, 180, 200, 202, 205, 220
  • Social Science 100, 101, 110, 190
  • Sociology 101, 112, 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*, 241*
  • Communication Studies 102, 105, 141, 201, 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, 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 (21-25 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 World, Arts or Culture), other academic courses, or a maximum of 14 credits from “gray areas” below. A maximum of 9 Family Life credits may be counted as gray area electives. WMATH 100 cannot be included in elective credits for the degree.

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

Agriculture; Allied Health Education; Automotive Technology; Business: BUS 112, 212; Business Management; College Success Skills; Composites Technology; Computer Information Systems; Communication Studies 125; Criminal Justice: except CJ& 101 (AJ 100), &105 (AJ 112), &110 (AJ 201), CJ 130, 201; Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management; Dental Assistant; Diesel Power Technology; Early Childhood Education: except ECE 100; Education Paraprofessional: except EDUC& 121 (ECE 220), &122 (ECE 225), &202 (EDUC 200); Electronics Technology; English 170; Environmental Conservation: except ENVC 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); Office Administration & Accounting Technologies; Paralegal; AHE (Pharmacy Technician); Physical Education; Political Science 131, 132; Psychology 104, 105, 107; Reading; Social Science 113, 125, 131, 132; Technical Design; Technical Education; Veterinary Assistant; Welding Technolog y; Any class taken as CLEP or DANTES or for military credit; Independent study, workshop classes, SVC Co-op 199, or LIA 299 classes