Transfer degrees include:
- Associate in Arts—Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)
- Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP)
- Associate in Science Transfer (AS-T) Tracks 1 and 2
- Associate in Science-Transfer Track 2—Engineering MRP Pathways (AS-T/MRP)
Associate in Arts–Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)
The Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA), sometimes called the Associate in Arts or Associate in Arts and Sciences, is the community college degree designed to transfer to most Bachelor of Arts degrees at Washington's four-year colleges. For the agreement to be valid for transfer, it is essential that the degree be completed. Otherwise, each course taken may be evaluated by the receiving college separately, and some courses may not be accepted for transfer that would have been with a completed degree. Students are strongly advised to complete the degree prior to transfer.
Transfer guides are available from counselors and at the SCC and SFCC Transfer Centers. Students planning to transfer should consult these guides as well as information provided by the four-year colleges. Completion of recommended courses in a pre-major for transfer does not assure a student admission to a four-year college or a specific program. Some colleges use screening procedures (cumulative GPA, test scores, major GPA, etc.) for acceptance into certain majors and programs.
Many four-year colleges have an admissions requirement of two years of a single foreign language in high school or two to three quarters of a single foreign language in college. Additional foreign language courses may be required for graduation. Students should check this requirement carefully for the college to which they plan to transfer.
Lower-division major requirements vary among four-year schools. Students should consult the college to which they plan to transfer for specific program requirements. Careful planning is important in order to meet specific requirements.
For most majors in the arts, humanities and social sciences, the Direct Transfer Agreement provides the best pathway. Degrees based on the DTA — degrees structured under the DTA umbrella — provide:
- Priority consideration in the admissions for most humanities and social science majors in most four-year colleges ahead of non-degreed transfers.
- Completion of lower division general education requirements.
- Credit for all courses completed within the DTA up to and in some cases beyond 90 quarter credits.
- Opportunity to explore several fields of study through the category of up to 25 quarter credits of elective courses.
- Opportunity to complete prerequisites for a future major.
For more information, see the transfer program outlines section of this catalog. For a description of courses, see the course descriptions section of this catalog.
Direct Transfer Agreements/Major Related Programs (DTA/MRP)
To help transfer students better prepare for the junior year, two-year and four-year institutions work together to create transfer associate pathways outlining the appropriate courses in order for students to be well prepared to enter the major upon transfer. Major Related Program (MRP) pathways follow one of the two statewide transfer agreements - the DTA format or the Associate in Science (AS-T) format.
Several MRP degrees follow the DTA guidelines and thus share the same benefits as described above, but provide specific preparation for the specific majors identified:
Students interested in learning more about any of the MRP requirements in any specific area should seek advising from experts in those disciplines, counselors or the SCC and SFCC Transfer Centers. Students completing one of these MRPs will have that specific degree posted on their transcript; the more general DTA will not be posted. For more information, see the transfer program outlines section of this catalog.
Associate in Science-Transfer (AS-T)
The Associate in Science-Transfer (AS-T) degree is intended for students majoring in engineering and science who wish to transfer as juniors to a four-year college in Washington.
Students who earn this degree will transfer with about half of the lower division general education courses required by four-year colleges. Remaining general education courses may be taken after transferring. This degree allows students to concentrate on fulfilling pre-major coursework in their intended field of study. Several different options are offered with two basic tracks.
The Associate in Science Transfer Track 1 (AS-T 1) degree is designed to prepare students for upper division study in the areas of biological sciences, environmental/resource sciences, chemistry, geology, and earth science. Completing the AS-T degree will prepare students for upper division study; it does not guarantee students admission to the major.
The Track 1 degree offered at SCC and/or SFCC supports:
The Associate in Science Transfer Track 2 (AS-T 2) degree is designed to prepare students for upper division study in the areas of engineering, computer science, physics, and atmospheric science. Completing the AS-T degree will prepare students for upper division study; it does not guarantee students admission to the major.
The Track 2 degree offered at SCC and/or SFCC supports:
Associate in Science-Transfer Track 2
Engineering MRP Pathways (AS-T 2/MRP)
AS-T based Major Related Programs help prepare students for their junior year as they pursue a bachelor's degree. MRPs outline the courses students need to be well-prepared for upper-division courses upon transfer.
The Engineering MRPs offered at SCC and/or SFCC include:
For more information, see the transfer program outlines section of this catalog. Students should meet regularly with an instructor in the discipline, a counselor or academic advisor to be sure that requirements specified in these degrees are met.