AS Degree Transfer Requirements


Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree should:

  1. Have college–level knowledge and skills in critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and written composition.
  2. Have college–level mastery of information literacy and be technologically literate.
  3. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication, teamwork and collaboration in scientific, mathematical and other settings.
  4. Have the ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  5. Understand methods of inquiry specific to traditional and contemporary areas of knowledge in mathematics and the natural and physical sciences.
  6. Understand the interdisciplinary and multicultural nature of knowledge.
  7. Demonstrate academic honesty and ethical behavior.
  8. Be able to appreciate and apply their knowledge of science in the outside world.

AS Degree Requirements

  • Completion of 90 applicable credits with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including grades transferred from other institutions.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 15 credits within the Seattle Community College District. The final quarter must be completed at Seattle Central.
  • Students will need to declare a major with an advisor / counselor prior to beginning the program of study for an A.S. degree.
  • Students receiving financial aid who wish to change majors will be required to complete a program change petition with the Financial Aid Office.
  • A long–range plan of study will need to be completed and signed by the student and an advisor / counselor before the completion of 45 credits.

Associate Of Science Degree (DTA)

The Associate of Science Degree (DTA) is intended for those students who wish to pursue a four–year degree in the Sciences.

  • Basic Requirements: 20 Credits
  • Visual, Literary and Performing Arts: 15 Credits
  • Individuals, Cultures, and Societies: 15 Credits
  • Science and Pre–Major Requirements: 40 Credits
  • No course will fulfill more than one Basic, Distribution, or Elective requirement.
  • Independent / Directed Studies courses will be used to satisfy elective requirements only.
  • Professional / Technical credits and / or GPA may not be transferable to all universities.
  • Transfer–bound students should be aware that the A.S. degree does not guarantee admission nor does it meet all distribution requirements for all majors at all universities.
    Consult your advisor, counselor, or the College Transfer Center for details.

Basic Requirements (20 Credits)

  • ENG 101 and ENG 102 (10 credits)
  • Mathematics (MATH) – five credits: 116,&141, &142, &148, &151, &152, &153,220, 224
  • Computer Science (CSC) – five credits: 110, 111, 142, 143, or ENGR 142
For details about basic requirements for the AS degree, enrolled students can run Degree Audit or download the AS degree planning sheet

Distribution Requirements (30 Credits)

Humanities & Arts | Social Sciences | Science & Math

Course listings often change. Students should confer with their college advising office for the most current information, run Degree Audit, or consult the AS degree planning sheet.

Visual, Literary & Performing Arts (15 credits):

Courses in this area include languages, literature, art, music, drama, and communication. Choices must include a minimum of two different course prefixes, and no more than 5 credits each of a world language at the 100 level and a studio / performance class may be applied to the distribution requirements.

Individuals, Cultures, & Societies (15 Credits)

Courses in this area include social sciences such as anthropology, psychology, and sociology, as well as areas of study like history, philosophy, and ethnic and gender studies. Choices must include a minimum of two different course prefixes.

Natural World and Pre–Major Requirements (40 Credits)

Courses in this area include physical and life sciences and certain mathematics, computer science, and social science courses. Choices must include a minimum of two different prefixes; 9 credits must be in a lab science.

Course selection should be in compliance with major requirements as indicated by the four-year institution to which the student is planning to transfer. See an Advisor or Counselor prior to beginning your program of study.


Associate Of Science Degree (Option One)

The Associate of Science Degree (Option One) has more specific requirements than the general Associate of Science Degree. It is intended for those students who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree in the Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Sciences or Earth Sciences.

For more information about the requirements for this degree, enrolled students can run Degree Audit, or consult the AS degree (Option One) planning sheet.


Associate Of Science Degree (Option Two)

The Associate of Science Degree (Option Two) has more specific requirements than the general Associate of Science Degree. It is intended for those students who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Atmospheric Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering or Physics.

For more information about the requirements for this degree, enrolled students can run Degree Audit, or consult the AS degree (Option Two) planning sheet.


Variable Credits / Electives (Minimum 5 Credits)

Variable credits / electives depend on the major requirements. These should be taken from declared major college level courses not previously taken to fulfill a total of 90 credits.

Total Credits Required For Associate Of Science Degree: 90 Credits

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