Sep 24, 2023
The Associate in Computer Science Direct Transfer Agreement Major Related Program (ACS-DTA/MRP) is designed to provide a pathway for students preparing for computer science and related majors at universities and colleges in the state of Washington. Computer science programs are competitive and this pathway intends to provide students with the needed information and skills to optimize their coursework to meet the Direct Transfer Agreement and prepare for computer science and related majors at a participating baccalaureate institutions. 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.
See Articulation Agreements for more details about the colleges who accept this degree.
To earn this degree, students must complete 90-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 pass/no-credit basis. Students should be aware that courses with “Pass” grades may not satisfy the requirements in their major field. Student must attain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, and earn a minimum of 24 credits at Green River College. Computer science programs are competitive and may require a higher GPA overall or a higher GPA in specific courses.
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.
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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 Computer Science degree requirements.
A. Communication Skills (10 credits)
Courses in this area support the written communication learning outcome.
B. Quantitative Skills/Symbolic Reasoning (5 credits)
Courses in this area support the quantitative and symbolic reasoning learning outcome.
2. Humanities/Fine Arts/English (15 Credits)
Minimum 15 credits of Humanities/Fine Arts/English Distribution courses 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.
3. Social Science (15 credits)
Minimum 15 credits of Social Science Distribution courses from three separate areas or minimum 15 credits from two separate areas with a 200-level course required within the two course emphasis.
4. Natural Science (20 credits)
5. Specific Requirements (15 credits)
Choose one of the following groups:
6. Electives (10 credits)
All courses numbered 100 or higher, with the exception of Basic Skills and Physical Education may be taken as electives. Courses should include preparation for a major and/or general interest/leisure-time activity. The following classes are highly recommended.
- Central Washington University - Recommends two Java courses.
- Eastern Washington University - Recommends English Composition 2 (ENGL& 102), Introductory Ethics (PHIL 240 ), Linear Algebra (MATH 240 ) and Digital Circuits (EENG 160).
- Gonzaga - Recommends Humanities to include PHIL& 101 , CMST& 220 , and Ethics PHIL 112 . Engineering Physics 3 with lab (PHYS& 223 ) and Discrete Math (MATH 210 ). MATH& 254 - Calculus IV , PHIL& 120 - Symbolic Logic , MATH 238 - Differential Equations , and ENGL Literature classes to fulfill graduation requirements.
- Heritage - Recommends two Java courses and Engineering Physics 3 with lab (PHYS& 223 ). MATH 210 - Discrete Mathematics and MATH& 146 - Introduction to Statistics or MATH 256 - Statistics for Business and Social Science will be evaluated for comparability to Heritage’s SPSC 231 and MATH 221 courses*
- Pacific Lutheran - CS or ENGR 120 - Introduction to Programming , CS 120 - Introduction to Programming , CS 120 - Introduction to Programming , MATH& 146 - Introduction to Statistics or MATH 256 - Statistics for Business and Social Science ; and MATH 210 - Discrete Mathematics will be evaluated for comparability to PLU’s CSCE 144, 231, 270, and MATH 242, 245 courses*
- Seattle Pacific - Prefers CS& 131 - Computer Science I C++ but accepts CS& 141 - Computer Science I Java with SPU bridge course. MATH& 153 - Calculus III will be evaluated for comparability to SPU’s MATH 1236*
- Seattle University - The (CS &131/132) or (CS &141/145) sequence taken will be evaluated for comparability to CPSC 1420 and 1430 courses.
- UW Bothell - Recommends Two courses in one language: C Sharp, C++ or Java and Statistics (MATH& 146 ) instead of Calculus 3 (MATH& 153 ).
- UW Seattle - Recommends two Java courses.
- UW Tacoma - Recommends Calculus II (MATH& 152 ) and Object Oriented Programming (Java), does not require Calculus 3 (MATH& 153 ), but is recommended.
- Western Washington University - Recommends Engineering Physics 3 with lab (PHYS& 223 ).
- WSU Pullman - Recommends ECON& 201 - Micro Economics or ECON& 202 - Macro Economics to meet five credits of the social science requirement. Recommends Symbolic Logic (PHIL& 120 ).
- WSU Tri-Cities - Recommends ECON& 201 - Micro Economics or ECON& 202 - Macro Economics to meet five credits of the social science requirement. Recommends two C++ courses, Symbolic Logic (PHIL& 120 ).
- WSU (all campuses) - Recommends MATH 210 - Discrete Mathematics . Discrete Mathematics is a certification course for computer science and as such is required for admittance to the computer science program.
- Whitworth - Recommends elective include one Fine Art and one course fulfilling “American Diversity”. 5 credits of Oral Communication - CMST& 210 , 220 , 230 all qualify and Engineering Physics 3 with lab (PHYS& 223 ).
* Other lower level courses taken by Computer Science majors, which may need to be taken prior to graduation. Similar courses take at other institutions will be evaluated at time of transfer and credit may be applied towards major, general education or electives as appropriate.
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.