Transfer Degree Overview

Transfer Degrees Overview

Associate in Arts (AA) Associate in Arts – Major Related Program (MRP)  

Associate in Arts (AA) - Option B

Associate in Fine Arts (AFA)

Associate in Science - Transfer

Associate in Science - Track 1 (AST1)

Associate in Science - Track 2 (AST2)

Associate in Applied Science - Transfer Degree (AAS-T)

"Washington 45" - List of One Year Transfer Courses

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:

A student may not earn more than two (2) DTA degrees at Clark College. 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. Please note that all AA – MRP listings above are Direct Transfer Agreements (DTA).

AA – DTA

AA – MRP

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 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.

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.

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.

Other Applicable Credit Options:

Pass/Fail Grading Option: Sixty (60) credits maximum in courses with Pass/Fail grading option can apply toward the degree.

Associate in Arts (AA) – General Transfer

General Education Requirements

Communication Skills [C] –10 credits minimum

To fulfill the communications requirement for the AA general transfer degree, students must:

1. Take ENGL& 101 five (5) credits;

AND EITHER:

2a. Take another five- (5) credit English composition course (ENGL& 102 or 235, or ENGL 109 or 110);

OR

2b. Take another three- (3) credit English composition course (ENGL 108, 109 or 110 (taken when three (3) credits) or BUS 211); AND take a five- (5) credit communication studies course (CMST& 210, 220, or 230).

Quantitative Skills/Symbolic Reasoning Skills [Q] – 5 credits¹

1. Five (5) credits of college level mathematics (a course with a Mathematics prefix numbered 100 or above²) that furnishes the quantitative skills/symbolic reasoning skills required in the commonly recognized educational transfer pathways toward a baccalaureate degree. Accepted courses in these pathways are: Precalculus or higher, Mathematics for Elementary Education³, Business Precalculus/Finite Mathematics, Statistics, and Math in Society; or

2. Five (5) credits of a symbolic logic course that focuses on (a) sentence logic with proofs, and (b) predicate logic with quantifiers and proofs, and/or Aristotelian logic with Venn Diagrams.

¹For 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 level. However, UW recognizes the new QSR as fulfilling the DTA QSR requirement.

²To 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.

³The 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.

Health & Physical Education [HE, HPE, PE] – 3 credits

Complete three (3) credits from either Option One or Option Two:

Option One: Complete two (2) credits of Health from the list below AND one (1) credit of any college-level PE activity course:

Option Two: Complete three (3) credits from one (1) of the courses listed below:

Oral Communication [OC]

Clark students must complete a course in oral communication. Students may apply this course within the Humanities, Social Sciences (CMST& 230 only), or Communication Skills distribution area or count the course as a specified elective. At Clark the options are as follows:

College Preparation

Required for AA-DTA, students may apply this course within the General Electives.

Distribution Requirements

Humanities [HA, HB] – 15 credits

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 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 [SS] – 15 credits

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 [NS] – 15 credits

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 (1) 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 fifteen (15) credits can be taken from the General Elective area.

Specified Electives [SE] – Approved courses that apply: [C, HA, HB, HE, HPE, NS, OC, Q, SE, SS] – 12 credits. A maximum of two (2) credits in PE activity can apply toward this area.

General Electives [GE] – 15 credits. Any additional courses of 100-level or higher may apply. Note: Coursework in ESL or FLPC cannot apply to the AA degree program.

Associate in Arts – Major Related Programs (MRP)

To help transfer students better prepare for their junior year, two-year and four-year institutions are working together to create transfer associate degrees outlining the appropriate courses in order for students to be well prepared to enter their chosen major upon transfer. The MRP degrees follow the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) format of the Associate in Arts degree.

The DTA/MRP pathway is applicable to students planning to prepare for the following majors at various universities in Washington. Clark College offers the following Associate in Arts – DTA/MRP in:

 The MRP degrees listed above have slightly different graduation requirements than other Clark transfer degrees because the curriculum was created via an articulation agreement between Washington two-year and four-year schools. Most notably, AA – MRP degrees do not share Clark’s requirement for HPE or Oral Communication (though some of these degrees do require a CMST class). Clark students are encouraged to take HPE or oral communication courses, where appropriate, in case their degree choice changes.

Associate in Arts – Option B (AAB)

The Option B degree is designed for students who are certain of the specific four-year program to which they will transfer. Students can design a program to fulfill the senior institution’s general admission and program entry requirements. After completion of the program, the student will be awarded an Associate in Arts degree that fulfills the lower-division requirements for the department to which they are applying at the baccalaureate-granting institution. This degree is not a transferable DTA.

General Education Requirements

AA – Option B Distribution Requirements

Courses should be selected in order to fulfill the senior institution’s general education requirements (not Clark’s) as defined in the transfer institution’s catalog. Students need to meet the following requirements while fulfilling their Associate in Arts – Option B degree:

* Students should consult with their senior institution’s representative to confirm requirements. Clark College recommends that those students who did not fulfill world language proficiencies in high school take their world language while at Clark. Students must complete the 1st, 2nd and 3rd course sequence in a world language in order to fulfill world language requirements, where applicable. This means up to fifteen (15) credits of world language may need to be taken at Clark.

Articulation Programs

Certain degree programs are offered at Clark College that have been set up in cooperation with four-year institutions. Program tracks that have been approved by Clark’s Instructional Planning Team are eligible for Clark’s Associate in Arts – Option B degree, even if they do not meet the core requirements. Intensive research, planning, and cooperation on the part of multiple institutions have gone into the development of these programs.

Associate in Fine Arts (AFA)

Degree Intent

This transfer preparation degree is designed for students planning to transfer to a senior institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree program (BA or BFA) in fine arts. The degree programs focus on coursework specific to the intended major area of study at the senior institution. While coursework in general education, social sciences, and natural sciences is included, additional coursework in these areas will be required at the senior institution. It is important for students to meet with program-specific advisors to determine an appropriate educational plan. The AFA does NOT adhere to the direct-transfer agreement degree, so students need to be especially aware of requirements of the receiving senior institution.

Currently, Clark College offers two (2) Associate in Fine Arts degrees: one in Graphic Design and one in Studio Art. Please contact the Art department for advising information.

General Credit Restrictions

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

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

Debate: Twelve (12) credits maximum in CMST 171, 172, 173, 271, 272, and 273 can apply toward the degree.

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

Other Applicable Credit Options:

 Pass/Fail Grading Option: Sixty (60) credits maximum in courses with Pass/Fail grading option.

General Restrictions

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).

General Education Requirements

Communication Skills [C] – 5 credits

Note: Students who have completed English 101 or its equivalent at less than five (5) credits may complete the communications requirement by completing any of the courses (or their appropriate transfer equivalents) in written or oral communications as defined within the Associate of Arts distribution requirements.

Quantitative Skills/Symbolic Reasoning Skills [Q] – 5 credits

Health & Physical Education [HE, HPE, PE,] – 3 credits

Complete three (3) credits from either option one or option two:

Option One: Complete two (2) credits of Health from the list below AND one (1) credit of any college-level
PE activity course:

Option Two: Complete three (3) credits from one (1) of the courses listed below:

Humanities [HA] – 5 credits

Select five (5) credits of coursework from the Humanities AA distribution list. Courses must be List A courses.
The course completed cannot be part of the AFA major requirements.

Social Sciences [SS] – 5 credits

Select five (5) credits of coursework from the Social Sciences AA distribution list. The course completed cannot be part of the AFA major requirements.

Natural Sciences [NS] – 5 credits

Select five (5) credits of coursework from the Natural Sciences AA distribution list. The course completed must include a lab, which are denoted by the letter “L.” The course completed cannot be part of the AFA major requirements.

The balance of the program shall be defined by the major department and should be a minimum of 90 credits.

Associate in Science – Transfer

Degree Intent

The transfer preparation degrees are designed for students planning to transfer to a senior institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree program in science and/or engineering. The degree programs focus on coursework specific to the intended major area of study at the senior institution. While coursework in general education, humanities, and Social Sciences is included, additional coursework in these areas will be required at the senior institution. It is important for students to meet with program-specific advisors to determine an appropriate educational plan.

General Credit Restrictions

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

World Language: Five (5) credits maximum in 100-level world language can be used to fulfill the Humanities distribution requirements.

Debate: Twelve (12) credits maximum in CMST 171, 172, 173, 271, 272, and 273 can apply toward the degree.

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

Other Applicable Credit Options:

Pass/Fail Grading Option: Sixty (60) credits maximum in courses with Pass/Fail grading option.

General Restrictions

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). Credit by Challenge coursework will meet Academic Residency requirements.

Associate in Science – Track 1 (AST1)

Associate in Science – Track 1 is for students intending to transfer into programs in:

AST1 - Concentration Options:

General Education Requirements

Communication Skills [C] – 5 credits

Quantitative Skills/Symbolic Reasoning Skills – 10 credits

 

Note: MATH& 151 (Calculus I) requires the successful completion of both MATH 103 (trigonometry) and MATH

111 (college algebra), or recommending score on an approved placement test prior to registration. These prerequisite

courses can be used to fulfill General Elective requirements within the Associate in Science Track 1 (AST1) degree program.

 

Health & Physical Education [HE, HPE, PE] – 3 credits

Complete three (3) credits from either Option One or Option Two:

 

Option One: Complete two (2) credits of Health from the list below AND one (1) credit of any college-level PE

activity course:

 

Option Two: Complete three (3) credits from one (1) of the courses listed below:

 

Humanities & Social Sciences [HA,HB (5 credit maximum), SS] – 15 credits

Select five (5) credits of coursework from Humanities, five (5) credits of coursework from Social Sciences, and an

additional five (5) credits of coursework from either area for a minimum of fifteen (15) credits. Humanities and Social Sciences courses must be selected from the Associate of Arts Distribution List. A maximum of five (5) credits of “B” list coursework may be applied.

 

Pre-Major Sequence – 46 to 52 credits

All students planning to earn the Associate in Science – Track 1 degree are required to complete the following

course sequences. The sequences taken are dependent on the major of the student. Sequences should be started

and finished at the same institution to ensure proper transfer. Students MUST consult with intended transfer school to select sequences.

 

  1. Chemistry sequence 16 credits

 

  1. Biology or Physics Sequence 15 credits

 

  1. Additional mathematics courses (be sure to consult advisor to identify correct path) 5 or 6 credits
  1. Science Electives (10 to 15 credits)

    Complete an additional ten (10) to fifteen (15) credits (preferably in a two- or three-quarter sequence) in courses from the following list:

Other Electives – 5 to 12 credits

Sufficient additional college-level credits so that total credits earned is at least 90 quarter credits. These remaining courses may include prerequisites for major courses, additional major coursework, or specific general education or other university requirements, as approved by the advisor.

Associate in Science – Track 2 (AST2)

Associate in Science – Track 2 is for students intending to transfer into programs in:

AST - Concentration Options:

AST2 – MRP

General Education Requirements

Communication Skills [C] – 5 credits

Quantitative Skills/Symbolic Reasoning Skills [Q] – 10 credits

Note: MATH& 151 (Calculus I) requires the successful completion of both MATH 103 (trigonometry) and MATH 111 (college algebra), or recommending score on an approved placement test prior to registration. These prerequisite courses can be used to fulfill elective requirements within the Associate in Science Track 2 (AST2) degree program.

Health & Physical Education [HE, HPE, PE,] – 3 credits

Complete three (3) credits from either Option One or Option Two:

Option One: Complete two (2) credits of Health from the list below AND one (1) credit of any college-level PE activity course:

Option Two: Complete three (3) credits from one (1) of the courses listed below:

Humanities & Social Sciences [HA, HB, SS] – 15 credits

Select five (5) credits of coursework from Humanities, five (5) credits of coursework from Social Sciences, and an additional five (5) credits of coursework from either area for a minimum of fifteen (15) credits. Humanities and Social Sciences courses must be selected from the Associate of Arts Distribution List. A maxi­mum of five (5) credits of Humanities “B” list coursework may be applied.

Pre-Major Sequence – 25 credits

All students planning to earn the Associate in Science – Track 2 degree are required to complete the following course sequences. Please note that there are different sequences for Engineering and Non-engineering majors. The sequences taken are dependent on the major of the student. Sequences should be started and finished at the same institution to ensure proper transfer. Students MUST consult with faculty or advising staff to pick the correct sequences.


1. Physics sequence – 15 credits

  1. Chemistry with Lab
  1. Additional mathematics courses (required of all—be sure to consult advisor to identify correct path) —
    5 or 6 credits

Elective Requirements – 32 credits

Students are again advised to consult with an advisor to ensure that the courses selected are the best fit for their major and transfer intent. Sequences should be started and finished at the same institution.

Engineering Major

Choose from the courses listed below:

Non-engineering Major

The remaining credits should be planned with the help of an advisor based on the requirements of the specific discipline at the baccalaureate institution the student selects to attend. Students can choose from the following list:

Associate in Applied Science – Transfer Degree (AAS-T)

The Associate in Applied Science – Transfer degree (AAS-T) is designed to build upon the technical courses required for job preparation but also includes a college-level General-Education component, common in structure for all such degrees. In general, technical degree programs are not designed for transfer to other colleges or universities. However, several four-year colleges and universities have specific bachelor’s degree programs that accept AAS-T degrees. Clark College currently has one AAS-T degree in Early Childhood Education (see the Early Childhood Education program description in this catalog for specific program requirements).

Students seeking to transfer into degree programs other than those specifically designed for the AAS-T are urged to consider the DTA or AS-T in preparation for transfer. Majors outside the specifically designed degrees listed above likely will accept very few of the credits in the AAS-T degree (English composition, college-level math, and other general education courses should transfer).

“Washington 45” – List of One Year Transfer Courses

The list of courses in Washington 45 does not replace the Direct Transfer Agreement, Associate of Science Tracks I and II or any Major Related Program agreement, nor will it guarantee admission to a four-year institution.

A student who completes courses selected from within the general education categories listed below at a public community, technical, four-year college or university in Washington State will be able to transfer and apply a maximum of 45 quarter credits toward general education requirement(s) at any other public and most private higher education institutions in the state.¹

For transfer purposes, a student must have a minimum grade of C or better (2.0 or above) in each course completed from this list.

Students who transfer Washington 45 courses must still meet a receiving institution’s admission requirements and eventually satisfy all their general education requirements and their degree requirements in major, minor, and professional programs.

“First Year Transfer List” of general education courses

NOTE: Although these courses are listed under categories, the actual course may satisfy a different general education category at a receiving institution.

¹Many private non-profit colleges and universities have distinct general education requirements. Students should check with institution(s) they plan to attend regarding application of transfer credits that will meet general education requirements.

²Disciplines are sometimes called “subjects” or “subject matter areas” and designated by a prefix (i.e., PHIL for Phi­losophy and POLS for Political Science).