Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)

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Program Description

The Associate in Arts is designed for persons interested in transferring to a four-year college or university.  Students who successfully complete degree requirements and elective courses recommended for their specific area of study will transfer to most four-year degree programs with junior standing. 

Program Outcomes

General education introduces students to the content and methodology of the major areas of knowledge – communication, the humanities and fine arts, the natural sciences, mathematics and the social sciences – and helps them develop the intellectual skills that will make them more effective life-long learners.  The College’s general education program intended to meet the transfer requirements of the four-year colleges and universities as outlined in the Intercollegiate Relations Commission Handbook.  South Puget Sound Community College prepares recipients of the Associate in Arts degree to:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Think logically and critically
  • Evaluate and process quantitative and symbolic data
  • Understand themselves in relation to others in a multicultural world
  • Understand ethical responsibilities and consequences

Program Requirement

In planning this degree students need to work closely with their advisor or a counselor as although the Associate in Arts Degree transfers to four-year colleges and universities in Washington State, it may not meet specific department requirements.  (For example, business, engineering, education, etc.)

To earn an Associate in Arts degree all courses taken must be at college level (numbered 100 or above).  A minimum of 75 of the 90 credits required for the degree must be from the General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts & Science – Direct Transfer Agreement.  Copies of the list are available on line at  A maximum of 15 credits will be allowed for courses numbered 100 or above that are not on the GE list.  A class can only count once toward General Education requirements.  For example, MATH 205 will satisfy either QUANTITATIVE or NATURAL SCIENCE course requirements, but not both.  A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above in all college-level courses required.

Additional Program Information

Educational Plan

Core Requirements
90 credits


No course description for: ENGL&101
No course description for: ENGL&102
No course description for: ENGL&102C


From 2 disciplines. No more than 5 credits in performance/skill courses. No more than 5 credits of foreign language at the first year level.
15 Credits in HUMANITIES

Social Science
From 2 disciplines
15 Credits in SOCIAL SCIENCE
Natural Science
From 2 disciplines. Must include 1 lab science

15 credits from the General Education Distribution or Specified Electives Lists. No more than 3 PE activity credits are accepted in transfer.

15 credits 100 level and above

Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised June 16, 2015