Sep 18, 2021  
2017-2019 Catalog Addendum 
    
2017-2019 Catalog Addendum [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate in Arts Degree, AA-DTA


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Minimum of 90 Credits

The Associate in Arts degree is a direct transfer degree (DTA) designed for students who plan to transfer to a university after completing the first two years of study at Green River. The degree is recommended for students who have not yet decided the field they will enter or the university they will attend. It gives students the broad background they need before beginning more specialized, upper-division courses and indicates that a student has completed a two-year liberal arts program.

Students who have a particular major in mind can focus their distribution choices and elective credits toward meeting their transfer institution plan. An advisor can assist with this process. Students should include some 200 level coursework in their program of study.

This degree meets the Intercollege Relations Commission (ICRC) guidelines for direct transfer degrees, an inter-institutional agreement adopted to facilitate student transfer between Washington state community colleges and baccalaureate institutions.

Once admitted to an institution subscribing to these guidelines, the degree holder will be granted junior status and will have fulfilled most of the lower division general education requirements of baccalaureate degree programs offered by many public and independent colleges and universities in Washington State. The following colleges subscribe to these guidelines:

Washington State   Other States
Bastyr University University of Washington* Argosy University
Central Washington University University of Washington Bothell Capella University California
City University University of Washington Tacoma Oregon State University
Cornish College of the Arts Washington State University University of North Dakota
Eastern Washington University Washington State University Tri-Cities University of Phoenix
Gonzaga University Washington State University Vancouver  
Heritage University Western Washington University  
Northwest University Whitworth University  
Pacific Lutheran University    
Saint Martin’s University *Some restrictions apply  
Seattle Pacific University    
The Evergreen State College    
Trinity Lutheran University    


Academic courses will usually be accepted by other institutions offering the same (or similar) courses. However, each institution has its own transfer policies and each student is responsible for knowing the transfer and admission requirements of the receiving institution. Students are urged to consult with their advisor and a representative from the college they plan to attend after Green River.

To earn this degree, students must complete 90-quarter credits in courses numbered 100 or above (from approved distribution list below) and meet specific distribution requirements. No more than 25 percent of credit requirements may be taken on a pass/no credit basis. Students should be aware that courses with “Pass” grades may not satisfy the requirements in their major field. Students must attain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, and earn a minimum of 24 credits at Green River.

Students are responsible for knowing transfer requirements and policies, as well as specific course choices and GPA requirements, are urged to consult the catalog of the institution for which they plan to transfer.

1. Basic Skills (15 credits)


Any course used to satisfy Basic Skills distribution may not be used to satisfy any other portion of the Associate in Arts degree requirements.

A. Communication Skills (10 credits)


Courses in this area support the written communication learning outcome.

Notes


**Students who have taken PHIL& 120  before Fall 2013, must also take MATH 097  (or higher) and pass with a grade of 2.0 or higher; or have appropriate Math placement of MATH& 107  or higher)

* MATH& 171 , MATH& 172 , and MATH& 173  does not satisfy this requirement at the University of Washington.

2. Humanities/Fine Arts/English (15 Credits)


Minimum 15 credits from three separate areas. No more than 5 credits in foreign language at the 100 level. No more than 5 credits in performance/skills courses. Courses that fulfill the diversity requirement may also be used to fulfill a distribution requirement. See Diversity Section for a complete list of courses satisfying the diversity course requirements.

Performance/Skills Courses


No more than 5 credits in Performance/Skills can be applied to Humanities/Fine Arts/English distribution.

3. Social Science (15 credits)


Minimum 15 credits from three separate areas or minimum 15 credits from two separate areas with a 200-level course required within the two course emphasis. See Diversity Section for a list of courses satisfying the diversity course requirements.

4. Natural Science (15 credits)


Minimum of 15 credits from at least two separate areas (except for completion of IDS 101 , IDS 102 , and IDS 103  sequence which will satisfy the full natural science and lab science requirement). Ten credits must be chosen from List A, including a minimum of 5 credits from lab sciences (courses designated with Ⓛ symbol). The additional 5 credits may be taken from either List A or List B.

List A


List B


5. Additional Credits (15 credits)


A minimum of 15 credits from courses listed in one or both of the following categories:

A. Distribution Courses


Courses in Humanities/Fine Arts/English, Social Science, or Natural Science categories listed above. There is no restriction on the number of required disciplines.

6. Lifetime Fitness/Wellness (3 Credits)


A minimum of 3 credits from courses from List A and/or List B:

List B


If a 2-credit course has been taken from List A, students must select one credit from List B:

Notes


No more than 3 credits total of physical education coursework (including your elective credits) may be applied to the AA degree.

Degree exceptions for fitness/wellness courses must include medical documentation submitted to Disability Support Services (DSS) and documentation to the Degree Exception Committee.

7. Activity (1-6)


An activity is a fully instructed course of study that primarily involves the student in an activity that develops a technique or skill.

8. Diversity Requirement (1 course)


A minimum of one course from the following list must be taken to satisfy the diversity course requirement. In most cases, a course from the list below also satisfies other distribution areas.

9. Electives (6-11)


All courses numbered 100 or higher may be taken as electives, except Basic Skills and Physical Education. Courses should include preparation for a major and/or general interest/leisure-time activity.

Transferability of Credits


Green River College is fully accredited. Academic courses will usually be accepted by other institutions offering the same (or similar) courses. However, each institution has its own transfer policies and each student is responsible for knowing the transfer and admission requirements of the receiving institution. Students are urged to consult with their advisor and a representative from the college they plan to attend after Green River.

Optional Concentrations of Study


Students may choose to complete one or more concentrations of study below and have it posted to their transcript ONLY when the student successfully complete the Associate in Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree. Otherwise courses taken will transfer to four year universities on a course-by-course basis only.

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