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Associate in Arts (AA) - General Transfer
The Associate in Arts (AA) degree is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree program. The degree, in most cases, meets the first two (2) years of general education requirements at the senior institution. There are exceptions; please check with the transfer institution for additional information. Most students transferring with the AA degree will be granted junior standing upon entry to the senior institution.


The standard Associate in Arts degree is also known as a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) Associate degree. The AA-DTA is a statewide agreement between the Washington State community and technical colleges and Washington State public universities as well as some private colleges and universities. The agreement outlines transferability of coursework and standing; in most cases students who have completed an AA-DTA will also have satisfied general education requirements at the baccalaureate institution and will have junior standing. Students should review their baccalaureate institution to see if they are part of the DTA in Washington State.

AA – DTA Degree Options:

Students are advised to carefully examine the differences in the degree requirements where there is more than one choice within a major field and be sure that their transfer intent is in line with the degree chosen.

Transfer of Grades

The grades assigned in transferable courses by the sending institution shall not be altered by the receiving institution. They also are not used in calculating students’ Clark GPA. Courses completed with a grade of ‘D’ or above shall normally be accepted in transfer (except at The Evergreen State College, where a minimum of 2.0 or ‘C’ is required for transfer). Nontraditional grading practices require special handling, depending on the nature and circumstances of the program from which and to which a student is transferring, but receiving institutions shall take steps to assure all students equitable treatment.

General Requirements for All Associate in Arts Degrees
•Complete a minimum of ninety (90) college-level credits.
•Maintain a minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 2.00 or higher.
•Thirty (30) credits minimum must be completed at Clark College to meet Academic Residency.
•Submit a graduation application by the appropriate deadline.

General Credit Restrictions

Credit by Department: Ten (10) credits maximum from any single department can be used to fulfill Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences distribution requirements.

World Language: Five (5) credits maximum in 100-level world language can be used to fulfill Humanities distribution requirements. Additional 100-level world language coursework can be used to meet Specified or General Elective requirements.

Physical Education Activity: Three (3) credits maximum in PE activity can apply toward the degree.

Other Applicable Credit Options:
•Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB): A maximum of sixty (60) credits from AP, IB or a combination of both, can be applied to a degree.
•College Level Examination Program (CLEP): Students may request up to fifteen (15) CLEP credits to be applied to a degree. Credits will be used to fulfill general elective requirements only.
•Course Challenge: Students may use credits earned from successful course challenges toward 25% of the degree or certificate. Credit by course challenge will meet academic residency requirements.
•Tech Prep/Direct Credit: Tech Prep/Direct Credit courses that are part of a professional program and fall into the restricted area in the DTA degree are limited to 15 credits. If Tech Prep/Direct Credit courses apply to a professional technical degree or certificate, there is no limit to the number of credits that can be applied.
•Cooperative Work Experience: No more than fifteen (15) credits may be applied to the associate degree.
•Special Projects: No more than fifteen (15) credits in Special Projects will be allowed toward the Associate in Arts degree.
•Military Experience: Credits may earned by previous military experience. Please contact the Veterans Affairs Office at Clark College for further information. Credit awarded for military experience may be granted for up to 25% of the degree and/or certificate.

Pass/Fail Grading Option: Sixty (60) credits maximum in courses with Pass/Fail grading option can apply toward the degree, with the exception of the AA Nursing degree which exceeds this limit because of clinical requirements.

General Restrictions

1. A course can apply toward only one (1) distribution requirement (i.e., Communication Skills, Quantitative Skills/Symbolic Reasoning Skills, Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences). The exception is for Oral Communications, which is a local degree requirement. When meeting the Oral Communications requirement, the same course can be applied to the degree requirement and to the distribution area.

2. Excess credits earned in distribution areas (i.e., Communication Skills, Quantitative Skills/Symbolic Reasoning Skills, Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences) can be used to fulfill the Elective requirements.

3. Credit by Challenge coursework will meet academic residency requirements.

UPDATED 6/24/16
Associate in Arts - General Transfer (AA)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (10 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
and
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
5 cr.
or ENGL&235
TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
or ENGL 109
WRITING ABOUT THE SCIENCES
5 cr.
or ENGL 110
COMPOSITION FOR LITERATURE
5 cr.
or
 
ENGL 103
ADVANCED ENGLISH COMPOSITION
3 cr.
ENGL 108
WRITING ABOUT FILM
3 cr.
or ENGL 109
WRITING ABOUT THE SCIENCES
5 cr.
or ENGL 110
COMPOSITION FOR LITERATURE
5 cr.
or BUS 211
BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS
3 cr.
and CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&220
PUBLIC SPEAKING
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Quantitative Skills/Symbolic Reasoning Skills (5 credits required)*
 
Choose from the courses below to complete the minimum of five (5) credits:
MATH 103
COLLEGE TRIGONOMETRY
5 cr.
MATH 105
FINITE MATHEMATICS
5 cr.
MATH 111
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
5 cr.
MATH 122
MATH FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
5 cr.
MATH 123
MATH FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
5 cr.
MATH 124
MATH FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
5 cr.
MATH 140
CALCULUS FOR LIFE SCIENCES
6 cr.
MATH 203
DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS
3 cr.
MATH 204
INFERENTIAL STATISTICS
3 cr.
MATH 205
DISCRETE MATHEMATICS
5 cr.
MATH 215
LINEAR ALGEBRA
5 cr.
MATH 221
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
5 cr.
MATH&107
MATH IN SOCIETY
5 cr.
MATH&148
BUSINESS CALCULUS
5 cr.
MATH&151
CALCULUS I
5 cr.
MATH&152
CALCULUS II
5 cr.
MATH&153
CALCULUS III
5 cr.
MATH&254
CALCULUS IV
5 cr.
PHIL&117
TRADITIONAL LOGIC
5 cr.
PHIL&120
SYMBOLIC LOGIC
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
3 cr.
Option One
HLTH 100
FOOD AND YOUR HEALTH
2 cr.
or HLTH 101
HEALTH FOR ADULT LIVING
3 cr.
or HLTH 103
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
2 cr.
or HLTH 104
WEIGHT AND YOUR HEALTH
2 cr.
or HLTH 206
HUMAN SEXUALITY
2 cr.
or HLTH 207
WOMEN'S HEALTH
2 cr.
or HLTH 208
MEN'S HEALTH
2 cr.
or HLTH 210
MULTICULTURAL HEALTH
2 cr.
HLTH 212
CANNABIS AND YOUR HEALTH
2 cr.
and PE activity
 
Option Two
HPE 258
FITNESS-WELLNESS
3 cr.
or HPE 266
MIND BODY HEALTH
3 cr.
Oral Communication (5 credits required)
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
or CMST&220
PUBLIC SPEAKING
5 cr.
or CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Additional Requirements
 
COLL 101
COLLEGE ESSENTIALS: INTRODUCTION TO CLARK
2 cr.
Distribution Requirements
Humanities (15 credits required)
 
Select courses from at least two (2) subject areas for a minimum of fifteen (15) credits. You may include no more than 10 credits from any one subject area. A maximum of five (5) credits of “B” list coursework may be applied. A maximum of five (5) credits of 100-level world language can be applied.
Social Sciences (15 credits required)
 
Select courses from at least three (3) subject areas for a minimum of fifteen (15) credits. You may include no more than ten (10) credits from any one subject area.
Natural Sciences (15 credits required)
 
Select courses from at least two (2) subject areas for a minimum of fifteen (15) credits. You may include no more than ten (10) credits from one subject area. You must include at least one lab science.
Elective Requirements
Complete a total of twenty-seven (27) credits from courses numbered 100 and above. The two areas of Electives are listed below. No more than 15 credits can be taken from the General Elective area.
Specified Electives (12 credits required)
 
Approved courses that apply: C, Q, HA, HB, SS, NS, SE, HE, HPE, PE, OC
A maximum of two (2) credits in PE activity can apply toward this area. Courses coded as HPE count as one (1) credit of PE activity.
General Electives (15 credits required)
 
These courses may be vocational in nature from Career and Technical education courses. The transferability of the Career-Technical courses and any ENL 100-level courses is determined by the receiving baccalaureate institution.
Note: Coursework in ESL or FLPC cannot apply to the AA degree program.
Total Required Credits: 90
*For admission to the institution, the University of Washington requires completion of the course designated Algebra II (integrated Math III: Math 098) at either the high school or community college. However, UW recognizes the new QSR as fulfilling the DTA QSR requirement.
*To qualify for QSR, college level math and logic courses must require intermediate algebra course work (high school or college) with a grade of 2.0 or higher as a prerequisite.
*The University of Washington accepts Mathematics for Elementary Education for elective credit, but not as meeting its QSR requirement, since UW offers no degree pathway for which it is appropriate.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
  • Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods. (GE)
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative information presented verbally, graphically, numerically, and/or symbolically. (GE)
  • Demonstrate an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts. (GE)
  • Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems. (GE)
  • Evaluate claims about the natural world using scientific methodology. (GE)
  • Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)