Associate in Biology - Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)/Major Related Program (MRP)

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Program Description

The Associate in Biology Degree 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 is intended to meet the transfer requirements of four-year colleges and universities as outlined in the Intercollegiate Relations Commission Handbook.  South Puget Sound Community College prepares recipients of the Associate in Biology 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 and the transfer institution so that the science credits within the degree create a seamless passage to the transfer institution. Although the Associate Degree transfers to four-year colleges and universities in Washington State, it may not meet specific department requirements.  

A minimum of 90 credits is required, meeting the distribution in the table below. All courses taken must be at college level (numbered 100 or above).    A class can only count once toward General Education requirements.  For example, IIS 125 will satisfy either HUMANITIES or SOCIAL SCIENCE course requirements, but not both. A maximum of 5 credits in performance/skills courses may be applied to the humanities distribution requirement.  A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above in all college-level courses required. 

Additional Program Information

Educational Plan

Associate in Biology DTA/MRP

Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)/Major Related Program (MRP)
90 credits

Core Requirements


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

No course description for: MATH&151

15 credits 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
15 credits from 2 disciplines.
15 Credits in SOCIAL SCIENCE

No course description for: CHEM&161
No course description for: CHEM&162
No course description for: CHEM&163


No course description for: BIOL&211
No course description for: BIOL&212
No course description for: BIOL&213

These may include prerequisites for major courses (e.g. pre-calculus or statistics), additional major coursework, e.g. organic chemistry or physics or botany

**MATH& 141 and MATH& 142 may be waived based on appropriate placement testing.  If waived, an additional 10 credits of general education electives will be required to meet the 90 credit minimum.

No course description for: MATH&141
No course description for: MATH&142

DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT: South Puget Sound Community College requires all new students as of summer 2005 seeking an Associate Degree to complete a “diversity” course which meets the college criteria for listing as a diversity course and has been approved for such listing by the college Instructional Council prior to the student enrolling in the class.

Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised May 28, 2014