Transfer Degree Overview

Associate in Arts (AA)

Associate in Arts – Major Related Program (MRP)

Associate in Fine Arts (AFA)

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

General Transfer Degree Requirements:

In addition to completing all of the major or distribution area requirements, students must also:

General Transfer Degree Credit Restrictions:

General Information on the 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 grade point average (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).  A grade of "D-" may not apply toward a completion of a transfer degree or Bachelor of Applied Science at Clark College.  Nontraditional grading practices require special handling, depending on the nature and circumstances of the program from which and to which a students is transferring, but receiving institutions shall take steps to assure all students equitable treatment.

Associate in Arts (AA)-Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)

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 General Education Requirements

Communication Skills [C, OC, WC] –10 credits

To fulfill the Communications Skills requirement for the AA-DTA transfer degree, students must complete ENGL& 101 for five (5) credits and another five (5) credit English composition course or take another three (3) credit English composition course and take a qualifying five (5) credit Oral Communication (OC) studies course.

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

To fulfill the quantitative skills requirement for the AA general transfer degree, students must complete five (5) credits of college level mathematics (Q) or symbolic reasoning (Q) coursework.

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

To fulfill the Health and Physical Education requirements for the AA general transfer degree, students must complete two (two) qualifying credits for Health [HE] and one (1) credit of any college-level Physical Education [PE] activity course, or HPE 258 or 266.

Humanities [HA, HB] –15 credits

To fulfill the Humanities requirement for the AA general transfer degree students must complete 15 credits of humanities coursework from at least two (2) subject areas.  Students may include no more than ten (10) credits from any one subject area.  A maximum of five (5) credits of the "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

To fulfill the Social Science requirements for the AA general transfer degree students must complete fifteen (15) credits of social science coursework from at least three (3) subject areas.  Students may include no more than ten (10) credits from any one subject area.

Natural Sciences [NS] - 15 credits

To fulfill the natural Sciences requirement for the AA general transfer degree students must complete fifteen (15) credits of natural science coursework from at least two subject areas.  Students may include no more than ten (10) credits from one subject area.  Students must include at least one (1) lab science.

Specified Elective Requirements [SE] - 12 credits

To fulfill the Specified Elective requirements fo the AA general transfer degree students must complete twelve (12) credits of Specified Electives.  A maximum of two (2) credits in Physical Education (PE) activity can apply.

General Electives [GE] - 15 credits

Additional credits may be taken at college level to reach the minimum ninety (90) credit total for the AA general transfer degree.  Note:  Coursework in CAP, ESL, or FLPC cannot apply to the AA transfer degree.

Oral Communication [OC]

Clark students must complete either CMST&210, 220, or 230 to fulfill the Oral Communication requirement.  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 or General Elective.

College Preparation (COLL)

Clark students must complete College 101 (COLL 101).  Students may apply this course in General Electives for the AA general transfer degree.

AA-DTA General Education Credit Restrictions

Associate in Arts – Major Related Programs (AA - DTA/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/MRP¹ in:

¹For specific program requirements please see the programs section of the catalog.

AA- DTA/MRP General Education Requirements:

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, DTA/MRP degrees differ from the Associate in Arts degree in the following ways:

Clark students are encouraged to take Health and Physical Education [HPE], College 101 [COLL] and Oral Communication [OC] courses, where appropriate, in case their degree choice changes.

Associate in Fine Arts (AFA)

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, so students need to be aware of requirements of the receiving senior institution. Currently, Clark College offers two (2) Associate in Fine Arts degrees: Graphic Design and Studio Art. Please contact the Art Department for advising information.

AFA General Education Requirements

Communication Skills [C] – 5 credits

To fulfill the communication skills requirement for the AFA degree students must complete ENGL& 101 for five (5) credits. Students who complete ENGL& 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 [C] or Oral Communications [OC] as defined within the Associate of Arts distribution requirements.

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

To fulfill the quantitative skills requirement for the AFA degree, students must complete five (5) credits of college level mathematics.

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

To fulfill the Health and Physical Education requirement for the AFA degree, students must complete two (2) qualifying credits of Health and one (1) credit of any college-level Physical Education [PE] activity course, or HPE 258 or 266.

Humanities [HA] – 5 credits

To fulfill the Humanities requirement for the AFA degree students must complete five (5) credits of coursework from the Humanities [HA] Associate of Arts distribution list. Courses must be List A courses. The course completed cannot be part of the AFA major requirements.

Social Sciences [SS] – 5 credits

To fulfill the Social Science requirement for the AFA degree students must complete five (5) credits of coursework from the Social Sciences [SS] Associate of Arts distribution list. The course completed cannot be part of the AFA major requirements.

Natural Sciences [NS] – 5 credits

To fulfill the Natural Science requirement for the AFA degree students must complete five (5) credits of coursework from the Natural Sciences Associate of Arts distribution list. The course completed must include a lab. The course completed cannot be part of the AFA major requirements.

Major Area 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 (AST)

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.

Associate in Science – Track 1 (AST1)

The AST1 degree track is for students intending to transfer into programs in:

AST1 General Education Requirements:

Communication Skills [C] – 5 credits

To fulfill the communication skills requirement for the AST1 degree students must complete ENGL& 101 for five (5) credits. Students who complete ENGL& 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 [C] or Oral Communications [OC] as defined within the Associate of Arts distribution requirements.

Quantitative Skills/Symbolic Reasoning Skills – 10 credits

To fulfill the Quantitative Skills requirement for the AST1 degree students must complete MATH&151 and 152, or Math courses that have MATH&152 as a prerequisite. 

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

To fulfill the Health and Physical Education requirement for the AST1 degree, students must complete two (2) qualifying credits of Health [HE] and one (1) credit of any college-level Physical Education [PE] activity course, or HPE 258 or 266. 

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

To fulfill the Quantitative Skills requirement for the AST1 degree students must complete five (5) credits of coursework from Humanities [HA,HB], five (5) credits of coursework from Social Sciences [SS], 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 the “B” list coursework may be applied.

Pre-Major Sequence – 45 to 50 credits

All students planning to earn the AST1 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.

Chemistry sequence – 15 credits

To fulfill the chemistry sequence requirement students may take either:

Or

Biology or Physics sequence – 15 credits

To fulfill the biology or physics sequence requirement students may take either:

Or

Additional mathematics courses– 5 or 6 credits

To fulfill the additional mathematics requirement students may take either:

Students should consult with intended transfer school to select correct path.

Science Electives – 10 to 15 credits

Complete an additional ten (10) to fifteen (15) credits (preferably in a two or three-term sequence) in physics, geology, organic chemistry, biology or mathematics consisting of courses normally taken for science majors to better prepare for major.

Electives

Students should complete sufficient additional college-level credits so that total credits earned is at least 90 term 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:

AST2 - Concentration Options:

AST2 – MRP

General Education Requirements

Communication Skills [C] – 5 credits

To fulfill the communication skills requirement for the AST1 degree students must complete ENGL& 101 for five (5) credits. Students who complete ENGL& 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 [WC] or Oral Communications [OC] as defined within the Associate of Arts distribution requirements.

Quantitative Skills/Symbolic Reasoning Skills – 10 credits

To fulfill the Quantitative Skills requirement for the AST2 degree students must complete MATH&151 and 152, or Math courses that have MATH&152 as a prerequisite. 

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

To fulfill the Health and Physical Education requirement for the AST2 degree, students must complete two (2) qualifying credits of Health [HE] and one (1) credit of any college-level PE [PE] activity course, or HPE 258 or 266. 

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

To fulfill the Quantitative Skills requirement for the AST2 degree students must complete five (5) credits of coursework from Humanities [HA,HB], five (5) credits of coursework from Social Sciences [SS], 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 – 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. Physics sequence – 15 credits

Or

*Calculus based required for engineering majors

Chemistry with Lab – 5 credits

CHEM& 141, 151 (required for engineering majors); other majors should select 5 credits of science based on specific faculty or program advising.

Additional mathematics coursework - 5 credits

MATH& 146 or MATH& 153

Elective Requirements – 35 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 Majors should choose from the courses listed below, in consultation with an advisor, based on the requirements of the specific discipline at the baccalaureate institution the student selects to attend.:

Non-engineering Majors should choose from the courses listed below, in consultation with an advisor, based on the requirements of the specific discipline at the baccalaureate institution the student selects to attend: 

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 term 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 (not all offered at Clark College):