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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate in Arts Degree, AA-DTA

Minimum of 90 Credits

The Associate in Arts degree is a Direct Transfer Agreement (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.

Degree Outcomes 

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.

See Articulation Agreements for more details  about the colleges who accept this degree.

To earn this degree, students must complete 90-quarter credits in courses numbered 100 or above (from approved distribution list) 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 college-level 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.


**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 Humanities/Fine Arts/English Distribution  in 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 Course List  for a complete list of courses satisfying the diversity course requirements.

3. Social Science (15 credits)

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

4. Natural Science (15 credits)

Minimum of 15 credits from the Natural Science Distribution  at least two separate areas. 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.

5. Additional Credits (15 credits)

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

6. Electives (15 credits)

All courses numbered 100 or higher may be taken as electives, except Basic Skills and no more than 3 credits Physical Education. Courses should include preparation for a major and/or general interest/leisure-time activity.

7. Diversity Requirement (1 course)

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

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 noted on 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.