Section B: Degree & Certificate Requirements
Degrees & Certificates
Clark College awards six (6) degrees: the Associate in Arts degree, for completion
of a program of study for transfer to a senior institution; the Associate in Science
degree, for completion of a program of study in the sciences in preparation for transfer
to a senior institution; the Associate in Fine Arts degree, for completion of a program
in fine arts in preparation for transfer to a senior institution; the Associate in
Applied Science degree, for completion of a program of study in an occupational program;
the Associate in Applied Technology degree, for completion of a program of study in
an occupational program; and the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Dental Hygiene
(DH) or Applied Management degrees. BAS degrees require a minimum of one hundred eighty
(180) credits and each associate degree requires a minimum of ninety (90) credits
and a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.00. Certificates of Proficiency are awarded
upon completion of a minimum of forty-five (45) credits of specialized occupational
training, including general education requirements, and require a minimum GPA of 2.00.
Certificates of Achievement are granted upon completion of a program of specialized
occupational training of less than forty-five (45) credits and require a minimum GPA
of 2.00. Individual departments offer certificates of completion with varying credit
The grades assigned in transferable courses by the sending institution shall not be altered by the receiving institution. 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 receive equitable treatment.
A student may earn more than one career-technical degree and/or certificate at Clark College, and a student may earn a combination of academic and career-technical degrees and/or certificates. A student can also earn a Direct Transfer Agreement degree and an additional MRP degree (for instance, a student can earn a degree in both Business Administration – MRP and an Associate in Arts –Transfer).
Academic Residency Requirements
In an effort to accommodate our mobile student population, Clark College has adopted
a residency policy that recognizes the value of coursework completed from other institutions
of higher learning.
To obtain a degree or certificate from Clark College, students are required to earn a minimum number of credits in residence at our institution. Clark College does allow students to transfer credits toward meeting degree or certificate program requirements. There is no restriction on the number of transfer credits allowed; however, students must meet the minimum in-residence credit at Clark College for their specific program.
Refer to the following information for specific requirements and restrictions for each type of program:
A minimum of thirty (30) credits, pre-college or college level, must be completed at Clark College at any time to meet Academic Residency.
Certificate of Proficiency
A minimum of fifteen (15) credits, pre-college or college level, must be completed at Clark College at any time to meet Academic Residency.
Certificate of Achievement
A minimum of ten (10) credits, pre-college or college level, must be completed at
Clark College at any time to meet Academic Residency.
Non-traditional credit, course waivers and credit earned through prior learning assessment may not be included within the minimum number of credits required.
Academic Residency Requirements for Veterans
Clark College, in compliance with the Department of Defense (DOD) Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Executive Order 13607 of April 27, 2012, limits academic residency requirements for active-duty service members to no more than 25 percent of the degree program (22.5 credits); recognizes all credit course work offered by the institution as applicable in satisfying academic residency requirements; and allows servicemembers to satisfy academic residency requirements with courses taken from Clark College at any time during their program of study.
To be eligible for academic honors, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.40. Honors for the Associate in Arts degree and the Associate in Science – Transfer degree are based on the cumulative college-level GPA, while the Bachelor of Science, Associate in Applied Science, Associate of Applied Technology and Certificate of Proficiency are based on the cumulative GPA. Students in the Bachelor of Science and associate degree programs will earn the designation of “with honors” for a GPA of 3.40 to 3.89, and the designation of “with highest honors” for a GPA of 3.90 or higher. Certificates of Proficiency will be granted the designation of “with merit” for a GPA of 3.40 or higher (Certificates of Achievement are not eligible for honors designations). Those students participating in June ceremonies will receive recognition at the celebration based on their appropriate GPA on record at the end of winter term. If honor status changes once final grades are processed, adjustments will be made to the student record.
The following codes may be included in some course descriptions and indicate the applicability
of the course toward the general education requirements of Clark College degrees and
certificates. Be sure to verify which courses have been approved to meet general education
requirements for your particular degree or certificate program as Distribution Coding
is not universally applied.
|HA||Humanities Academic (A list)|
|HB||Humanities Performance (B list)|
|HPE||Health & Physical Education
|PE||Physical Education Activity|
- Lecture/discussion, 1:1 - One (1) hour of lecture or classroom discussion per week
and a minimum of two (2) additional hours of out-of-class assignments per classroom
contact hours earns one (1) credit hour.
- Laboratory/applied learning, 2:1 - Two (2) hours of laboratory work per week and
a minimum of one additional hour for out-of-class assignments earns one (1) credit
- Work site educational experience, 3:1 - Three (3) hours of work per week including
a required one-hour-per-week seminar or discussion group under the intermittent supervision
of the instructor - and also includes working with professional practitioners - earns
one credit hour.
- Online classes, 1:1 - One (1) hour per week of reviewing recorded lectures, viewing
Power Point presentations, reading resources providing by the instructor in the course
shell, participating in discussion forums and/or completing online assignments and
assessments. In addition, a minimum of two (2) additional hours of out-of-class assignments
(off or online) earns one (1) credit hour.
- Hybrid classes, 1:1 - One (1) hour per week classroom time will be divided between the virtual LMS classroom and time spent in an actual physical classroom. There is an expectation of two (2) additional hours a week to complete out-of-class assignments.
Exceptions are noted in the quarterly schedule (some classes are not scheduled in the usual College class periods.)
Title IV Student Complaint Process
The Higher Education Act (HEA) prohibits an institution of higher education from engaging in a “substantial misrepresentation of the nature of its educational program, its financial charges, or the employability of its graduates.” 20 U.S.C. §1094(c)(3)(A). Further, each State must have “a process to review and appropriately act on complaints concerning the institution including enforcing applicable State laws.” 34 C.F.R. § 600.9. The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) maintains a process to investigate complaints of this nature brought by community and technical college students in the State of Washington. For more information, contact the SBCTC Student Services Office at 360-704-4315.