Associate in Science-Transfer (Track 1)

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Program Description

The Associate in Science-Transfer is designed for persons interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to study science or engineering.  Students who successfully complete degree requirements and elective courses recommended for their specific area of study will transfer to many four-year degree programs with junior standing. Compared to the Associate of Arts Degree, this degree delays some general education distribution credits until the junior or senior year in order to make room in the transfer degree for required freshman and sophomore-level science sequences.  AS-T Track 1 focuses on chemistry, biology, environmental and natural resource sciences and geology and earth sciences.

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 Science-Transfer 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 in Science-Transfer 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), with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.  Of the 90 credits required for the degree, 85 must be from the General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts & Science – Direct Transfer Agreement.  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.  

Additional Program Information


Educational Plan

Associate in Science - Transfer / Track 1

90 credits
Core Requirement

No course description for: ENGL&101

No course description for: MATH&151
No course description for: MATH&152
No course description for: MATH&153
No course description for: MATH&146

5 Credits in HUMANITIES

Social Science 

Humanities or Social Science 5 credits
Must be in different discipline than those above.  Should fulfill diversity requirement.
5 Credits in HUMANITIES

Natural 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
No course description for: CHEM&241
No course description for: CHEM&251
No course description for: CHEM&242
No course description for: CHEM&243
No course description for: PHYS&114
No course description for: PHYS&115
No course description for: PHYS&116
No course description for: PHYS&221
No course description for: PHYS&222
No course description for: PHYS&223

Additional Science
Must be pre-approved by advisor. 10 credits in physics, geology, organic chemistry, biology, botany or math normally taken for science majors. Including science-related internships (COOP 190/290) or individual study.  For students taking the organic chemistry sequence, CHEM& 252 is strongly recommended and may be included here. 
15 credits from the General Education (AA) No more than 3 PE activity credits are accepted as transfer

**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

Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised October 8, 2014