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Associate in Science-Transfer AS-T

Transfers to: CWU, EWU, UW, WSU, WWU, Western Governor’s University, and WA private colleges


This degree is intended to prepare students to transfer to Washington’s public four-year colleges and universities and many private colleges with junior standing and the majority of the prerequisites for selected science majors completed. This degree partially fulfills the general education requirements as explained in the AA-DTA degree. You will need to take additional credits from Culture and the Arts Distribution Areas at SVC or the four-year transfer institution to satisfy bachelor’s degree requirements.

Selecting and planning courses with a science advisor is strongly recommended to ensure a seamless transition to a science major program at a specific university or fouryear college. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in order to major in a specialized program, such as veterinary medicine or pharmacology, should research the prerequisite requirements at the four-year schools and work very closely with their science advisor to plan the appropriate coursework.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 90 credits in courses numbered 100 or above which include General Education courses plus a specific science major option. At least 25 credits must be earned at SVC with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Additional General Education Requirements (GERs) must be completed at the four-year school where the student transfers.

Note: Common course numbers are in boldface italics.

1. Communications Skills (5 cr.)

English 101 required; an ENGL& 101 Learning Community combined with a science or other required course is recommended.

2. Quantitative Skills (10 cr.)

Mathematics 151, 152

3. Chemistry (15 cr.)

Chemistry 161, 162, 163

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 Learning Communities are required; the third integrative learning experience can be another Learning Community OR an Integrative Experience.

NOTE: Learning Communities specifically designed for this degree may be offered; consult your advisor for information.

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 (15 cr.)

These courses may be used to partially satisfy the General Education Requirements (GERs) of the four-year degree and may also satisfy Interdisciplinary and Skills course designated requirements for the SVC degree.

Areas of Study
A. Social Sciences and Humanities (15 Cr.)

Select 5 credits in Social Sciences, 5 credits in Humanities and an additional 5 credits in either Social Sciences or Humanities for a total of 15 credits.

7. Science Major Options (25-50 cr.)

Select one science discipline from the following choices:

A. Chemistry (35 cr.)
  • Chemistry 241, 242, 243, 251, 252 (15 cr.)
  • Math 153 (5 cr.)
  • Physics 221, 222, 223 (15 cr.)
B. Computer Science (30 cr.)
  • Computer Science 210 and 211 or 143 and 143 (10 cr.)
  • Math 146 or Math 153 (5 cr.)
  • Physics 114, 115, 116 or 221, 222, 223 or 231/241, 232/242, 233/243 (15 cr.)
C. Environmental Science (50 cr.)
  • Biology 211, 212, 213 (15 cr.)
  • Economics 201 (5 cr.)
  • Geology 101 (5 cr.)
  • Math 146 (5 cr.)
  • Political Science 101, 200 or 203, 201, 202 (20 cr.)
D. Geology (25 cr.)
  • Geology 101 (5 cr.)
  • Math 153 (5 cr.)
  • Physics 221, 222, 223 (15 cr.)
E. Physics/Engineering (20 cr.)
  • Math 153 (5 cr.)
  • Physics 114, 115, 115 or 221, 222, 223 or 231/241, 232/242, 233/243 (15 cr.)

8. Electives

Electives should include any collegelevel math prerequisites (Math 141 or 142, if needed), as well as courses which satisfy the Arts and Culture distribution requirements (15 credits each from Social Sciencs and Humanities lists).

9. Recommended Courses

  • Communication Studies 210, 220, 230 (5 cr.)
  • PE 100 (1 cr.)

NOTE: A maximum of five non-transferable “gray area” credits may be applied toward the 90-credit minimum for the degree.