Associate in Science-Transfer (Track 2)

Overview

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 in 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 2 focuses on computer science, engineering, physics and atmospheric 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 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 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 faculty 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.  A class can only count once toward 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 2

90 credits

Core Requirement
Communication

ENGL&101 English Composition I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops writing skills by focusing on strategies and techniques writers use to convey ideas, evaluate information, make a point, and participate in multiple discourse communities. Emphasizes both the process and the product of writing. This course was formerly known as WRIT 101, College Writing I. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement test scores OR appropriate completion of ENGL 095, ENGL 095X, or ENGL 098 OR concurrent enrollment in ENGL 110 with instructor's permission.
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, GER-CIS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION, AAS-COMMUNICATION: Reading/Writing, AAS-READING-WRITING

Quantitative

MATH&151 Calculus I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Differential calculus of single-variable functions. This course was formerly known as MATH 123. Prerequisite: MATH& 142 (formerly MATH 122) with a "C" or better.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
MATH&152 Calculus II 5 Credits Search Schedule
Integral calculus of single-variable functions. Continuation of MATH& 151. This course was formerly known as MATH 124. Prerequisite: MATH& 151 (formerly MATH 123) with a "C" or better.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE

AND Choose one of the following:
MATH&153 Calculus III 5 Credits Search Schedule
Advanced calculus topics including infinite series, Taylor polynomials, Taylor series representation of functions and calculus in polar coordinates and in parametric equations. Continuation of MATH& 152. This course was formerly known as MATH 125. Prerequisite: MATH& 152 (formerly MATH 124) with a "C" or better.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
-OR-
MATH&146 Introduction to Statistics 5 Credits Search Schedule
Covers basic probability, descriptive and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or a "C" or better in MATH 097 or higher.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE

Humanities 5 credits
5 Credits in HUMANITIES

Social Science 5 credits
5 Credits in SOCIAL SCIENCE

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

Chemistry
CHEM&161 General Chemistry w/Lab I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Focuses on general chemistry for engineering, biological science, physical science, pre-med, pre-dental, and math majors. This the first course in a three course sequence. CHEM& 139 is recommended for those needing to fulfill the prerequisite. Pererquisite: Concurrent enrollment in or completion of MATH& 141 with a grade of "C" or better, and completion of CHEM& 139 or CHEM& 121 with a grade of "C" or better, or a year of high school chemistry.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE

Physics
Engineering Physics recommended. General Physics may be substituted, but students should consult with a faculty advisor before choosing that option since it may affect transfer placement.
PHYS&221 Engineering Physics I w/Lab 5 Credits Search Schedule
For science and engineering majors. Fundamental principles of physics: mechanics, including kinematics, Newton's laws, work and energy, and rotational mechanics. This course was formerly known as PHYS 201, Engineering Physics I. Prerequisite: MATH& 151 (formerly MATH 123) or concurrent.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
PHYS&222 Engineering Physics II w/Lab 5 Credits Search Schedule
For science and engineering majors. Fundamental principles and applications of physics: solids, fluids, and gasses, heat and thermodynamics, electricity. This course was formerly known as PHYS 202, Engineering Physics II. Prerequisite: PHYS& 221 (formerly PHYS 201), MATH& 152 (formerly MATH 124) or may be taken concurrently.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
PHYS&223 Engineering Physics III w/Lab 5 Credits Search Schedule
For science and engineering majors. Fundamental principles of physics: Electricity and magnetism, oscillation, waves, sound, light, optics. This course was formerly known as PHYS 203, Engineering Physics III. Prerequisite: PHYS& 222 (formerly PHYS 202).
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE

Remaining Credits
Must be planned with an advisor. 35 credits total. 5 credits max not on General Education.

**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.

MATH&141 Precalculus I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Covers functions and analytic geometry. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or a "C" or better in MATH 099 or equivalent.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
MATH&142 Precalculus II 5 Credits Search Schedule
Covers trigonometric functions and their applications. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or a "C" or better in MATH& 141 or equivalent.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE

Engineering is a broad discipline, so each specialty will have different requirements.  Students should work with a faculty advisor to select courses for the appropriate specialty.  Depending on the degree requirements of a transfer baccalaureate institution, students should plan to take the following:

Bio-medical pre-Engineering:

MATH 205 Linear Algebra, MATH& 254 Calculus IV; BIOL& 211, 212, 213, Biology for Majors; CHEM& 161, 162,163 General Chemistry I, II, and III

Chemical pre-Engineering: CHEM& 161, 162,163 General Chemistry I, II, and III, CHEM& 241; MATH& 153 Calculus III, MATH 205 Linear Algebra, MATH 238 Differential Equations, MATH& 254 Calculus IV

Computer Science: BIOL& 211 Cellular Biology for Majors; MATH& 151, 152, 153, 254 Calculus I-IV; CS 142 and 143 Object Oriented Programming I and II

Computer Engineering: MATH& 151, 152, 153, 254 Calculus I-IV; CS 142 and 143 Object Oriented Programming I and II

Electrical Engineering: MATH& 151, 152, 153, 254 Calculus I-IV; CS 142 and Object Oriented Programming I

Civil & Mechanical Engineering: MATH& 153 Calculus III, MATH 205 Linear Algebra, MATH& 254 Calculus IV; CHEM& 161 and 162 General Chemistry I and II; ENGR& 214 Statics, ENGR& 215 Dynamics; GEOL& 101 Introduction to Physical Geology or BIOL& 211 Cellular Biology for Majors

Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised March 21, 2017