Summer 2014

Degrees and Certificates

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Program Description

A candidate for the Associate of Arts (DTA) degree must complete 90 credits in academic courses numbered 100 and above with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. Courses must be chosen from the following specified distribution areas: communication - 10 credits, quantitative/symbolic reasoning - 5 credits, humanities - 15 credits, social sciences - 15 credits, mathematics/science - 15 credits, health-related and physical education/recreational and leisure activities - 5 credits, and 25 credits in approved general electives. At least 5 credits must be W-designated (writing-intensive). At least 5 credits must be D-designated (global/diversity). At least 30 credits must be earned from Spokane Community College or Spokane Falls Community College with at least 15 credits earned in residence at the college awarding the degree or certificate. It is highly recommended that students meet with a counselor or academic adviser at Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College or the Institute for Extended Learning on a regular basis to be sure that requirements specified in this degree are met. Students should also seek academic advising at the four-year institution to which they plan to transfer early in their educational planning to learn about additional requirements and procedures for admission. Degree requirements may change; for current requirements students should consult a counselor or academic adviser. Prior college-level credits and grade points are transferred for calculating total credits and GPA.

Refer to the requirements worksheet for a list of courses that satisfy AA-DTA degree requirements.

Credits for a specific course may be used in only one distribution area requirement.

NOTICE: For transferring students, 75 of the 90 credit total must be fully transferable as defined by the Intercollege Relations Commission (ICRC) guidelines for the Direct Transfer Agreement to be honored by most four-year institutions in Washington. A maximum of 15 elective credits may be career and technical courses numbered 100 or above. Due to the specialized nature of many of the listed courses, students should consult with their counselor or academic adviser and the catalog of the four-year institution to which they plan to transfer for specific degree requirements.



Offered at Locations:  Spokane Community College, SCC - Colville Center, SCC - Inchelium Center, SCC - Ione Center, SCC - Newport Center, SFCC - Pullman Center, SCC - Republic Center
Many of the AA/DTA courses can be taken online.  To enroll in the online AA/DTA degree program please contact CCS elearning for more information.  509-533-7070; CCSonline@ccs.spokane.edu
Communication 110
Electives 225
Health-Related/PE/Recreational/Leisure Groups A& B 35
Humanities Groups A, B, and C 415
Intermediate Algebra Proficiency 50
Mathematics/Science Groups A, B, and C 615
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning 75
Social Sciences Groups A and B 815
90 credits are required for the AA-DTA
1Two courses from this area satisfy the Communication composition requirement but not the writing-intensive requirement. ENGL& 101 required. (See requirements worksheet for list of approved courses.)
2A minimum of 25 additional credits of college-level courses numbered 100 or above. At least 10 of the 25 elective credits must be considered generally transferable by the Intercollege Relations Commission (ICRC) guidelines. Courses may be chosen from distribution areas or from the generally transferable course list identified on the requirements worksheet or any Art, Music or Drama course. (See requirements worksheet for list of approved courses.)
3Select a minimum of 5cr and two courses from Hlth-Rel/PE/Rec/Leisure Groups A and B. One course must be from Group A and one course from Group B. (See requirements worksheet for list of approved courses.)
4A total of 15cr required in three subject areas. Courses must be selected from Humanities Groups A, B, or C with no more than two from any one group. No more than 5cr in a foreign language or ASL or HUM/HUM&. (See requirements worksheet for list of approved courses.)
5Intermediate Algebra proficiency may be demonstrated: 1) by obtaining appropriate scores on the intermediate algebra placement exam; or 2) by completing and passing an intermediate algebra course in college (MATH 097, 098 or 099) with a grade of 2.0 or better. Intermediate Algebra proficiency does not count toward credits required for this degree.
6A total of 15 credits required. A minimum of 10cr must come from Mathematics/Science Group B or C, to include a minimum of one laboratory science course. In any group no more than one course per subject area. If mathematics credits are used to meet Mathematics/Science requirements, they are in addition to the Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning requirements. (See requirements worksheet for list of approved courses.)
7Select 5 credits from courses listed under Quantitative Reasoning or Symbolic Reasoning. (See requirements worksheet for list of approved courses.)
8A total of 15cr required in the Social Sciences distribution. Courses must be selected from three subject areas - one from Group A, one from Group B, and a third from either A or B in a different subject area from the previous two - e.g., Psychology, Economics, History. (See requirements worksheet for list of approved courses.)

Disclaimer: The college cannot guarantee courses will be offered in the quarters indicated. During the period this guide is in circulation, there may be curriculum revisions and program changes. Students are responsible for consulting the appropriate academic unit or adviser for more current and specific information. the information in this guide is subject to change and does not constitute an agreement between the college and the student.