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2024-2025 Catalog

Associate in Business, AB-DTA/MRP

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Minimum of 90 credits

The Associate in Business Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (AB-DTA/MRP) is generally pursued by students who plan to transfer to a four-year university as a business or accounting major after completing their first two years at Green River. It is designed to meet the distribution requirements at universities in Washington State by fulfilling the general requirements taken by freshman and sophomores.

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

The degree also indicates that a student has completed a two-year business program, which may be of value in career or lifetime goals.

To earn this degree, students must complete a minimum of 90 quarter credits in courses numbered 100 or higher (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 GPA of 2.0 and earn a minimum of 24 credits at Green River College. Business programs are competitive and may require a higher GPA overall, a higher GPA in a selected subset of courses or a specific minimum grade in one or more courses.

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.

This degree can lead to a large number of career possibilities, some of which may include what you find at the right. The majority of these jobs require a bachelor’s degree and this degree can assist you with earning that bachelor’s degree.

Use the Career and Program Explorer  page to explore more details about the occupations.


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 Business degree requirements.

A. Communication Skills (10 credits)

Courses in this area support the written communication learning outcome.

B. Quantitative Skills/Symbolic Reasoning (10 credits)

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


Students may take both MATH& 148  and MATH& 151  to meet the 10 credits required for the Quantitative Skills/Reasoning requirement.

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 (20 credits)

No more than 10 credits from any one discipline.

A. Economics (10 credits)

B. Business Management (5 credits)


* Political Science& 200 is a prerequisite to BUS& 201.

C. Choose 5 credits from the following:

4. Natural Sciences (15 credits)

Selected from at least two areas.

A. Mathematics (5 credits)

B. Natural Science (10 credits)

5 credits from the lab sciences, courses designated with  symbol, must be included.

6. Electives (5 credits)

All courses numbered 100 or higher, with the exception of Basic Skills and no more than 3 credits Physical Education may be taken as electives.


Students choose electives in consultation with their Green River advisor and transfer university admissions representative.

Advising Notes:

Students intending the International Business major should consult their potential transfer institution regarding the level of world language required for admission to the major. Five (5) credits in World Languages may apply to the humanities requirements. Also, students are encouraged to include speech or oral communication course (not small group

  • Eastern Washington University - The second English composition course must be equivalent to EWU’s English 201‐College Composition: Analysis, Research and Documentation.
  • Gonzaga University - Additional admission to the major requires Management Information Systems (BMIS 235).
  • Pacific Lutheran University - Additional admission to the major requires Computer Applications (CSCE 120), either an equivalent course or skills test.
  • Seattle Pacific University - Additional admission to the major requires Spreadsheets (BUS 1700), either an equivalent course or skills test.
  • Washington State University (all campuses) - Additional admission to the major requires Management Information Systems (MIS 250).
  • Western Washington University - Students intending the Manufacturing Management major at WWU should consult WWU regarding the selection of natural science courses required for admission to the major. Additional admission to the major requires Introduction to Business Computer Systems (MIS 220)

International students who completed a business law course specific to their home country must take a business law course at a U.S. institution in order to demonstrate proficiency in U.S. business law.

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 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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