Dec 05, 2021  
2017-2019 Catalog Addendum 
2017-2019 Catalog Addendum [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate in Science Transfer Track 1-Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Geology, Earth Science, AST-1

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Minimum of 90 Credits

Associate in Science Transfer degree Option 1 in Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Geology, and Earth Science encompasses some general education courses required of first- and second-year students and is intended to prepare students planning to transfer to a university in the science-related fields. It will give students the broad background needed before beginning more specialized, upper-division courses. The curriculum is not intended to fulfill General Education/University (GER/GUR) requirements, but to prepare prospective transfer science students to enter the state universities with junior standing, not only in credits but also with major/program preparation.

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 College.

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

1. Basic Skills (20 credits)

Any course used to satisfy Basic Skills distribution may not be used to satisfy any other portion of the Associate in Science-Transfer Track 1 degree requirements.

A. Communication Skills (5 credits)

Courses in this area support the written communication learning outcome.

After consultation with a Science advisor

five additional credits are recommended from the following:

B. Quantitative Skills/Symbolic Reasoning (15 credits)

Courses in this area support the quantitative and symbolic reasoning learning outcome.

Humanities and Social Science (15 credits)

Select 15 credits from the Humanities/Fine Arts/English and Social Science with at least five (5) credits taken from each and from three separate areas.

Humanities/Fine Arts/English

A minimum of 5 credits from the following. No more than 5 credits in foreign language at the 100-level. No more than 5 credits in performance or skills courses may be applied to the Humanities/Fine Arts/English distribution.

Performance/Skills Courses

No more than 5 credits in performance/skills courses may be applied to the Humanities distribution.

Social Science

A minimum 5 credits from the following:

3. Specific Requirements (50 credits)

Class selection depends on the student’s area of study. It is strongly suggested that students beginning their science sequence complete it at the originating college. After consultation with a Science advisor, a total of 50 credits are required from the following:

A. Chemistry (18 credits)

(CHEM& 261 , CHEM& 262 , and CHEM& 263  may be substituted with prior consultation with a Science/Engineering advisor.)

C. Natural Science

Select 14-17 credits from the following after consultation with a Science advisor.

4. Lifetime Fitness/Wellness (2-3 credits)

Select one course from the following:


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

5. Electives (2-3 credits)

All courses numbered 100 or higher, with the exception of Basic Skills and Physical Education may be taken as electives.

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.

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