Transfer Overview Draft

Associate in Arts (AA)
Associate in Arts – Major Related Program (MRP)
Associate in Fine Arts (AFA)
Associate in Science - Track 1 (AST1)
Associate in Science - Track 2 (AST2)
Associate in Applied Science - Transfer Degree (AAS-T)
"Washington 45" - List of One Year Transfer Courses

General Transfer Degree Requirements

In addition to completing all of the major or distribution area requirements, students must also:

  • Complete a minimum of ninety (90) college-level credits.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative college-level grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher.
  • Thirty (30) credits minimum must be completed at Clark College to meet Academic Residency.
  • Student must complete at least sixty (60) General Education unit/credits.

General Transfer Degree Credit Restrictions

  • Cooperative Work Experience:  No more than fifteen (15) credits may be applied to an associate degree.
  • Course Challenge: Students may use credits earned from successful course challenges toward their degree or certificate, but the credits will not meet the academic residency requirements.
  • Standardized Tests: Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and/or Cambridge International (CI):  A maximum of forty-five (45) credits from Academic Credit for Prior Learning can be applied to a degree.
  • Pass/Fail Grading Option: Forty-Five (45) credits maximum in courses with Pass/Fail grading option can apply toward the degree.
  • Tech Prep/Direct Credit:  Tech Prep/Direct Credit courses that are part of a professional program and fall into the restricted area in the DTA degree are limited to 15 credits. If Tech Prep/Direct Credit courses apply to a professional technical degree or certificate there is no limit to the number of credits that can be applied.
  • Special Projects: No more than fifteen (15) credits in Special Projects will be allowed to apply towards degree or certificate requirements unless specifically outlined by a program.
  • A student may not be more than one (1) unit/credit short within an individual distribution area so long as at least sixty (60) distribution area unit/credits is satisfied. 
  • Credit by Department: Ten (10) credits maximum from any single department can be used to fulfill Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences distribution requirements.
  • World Language: Five (5) credits maximum in 100-level world language can be used to fulfill Humanities distribution requirements. Additional 100-level world language coursework can be used to meet Specified or General Elective requirements.
  • Physical Education Activity: Three (3) credits maximum in PE activity can apply toward the degree.

General Information on the Transfer of Grades

The grades assigned in transferable courses by the sending institution shall not be altered by the receiving institution.  They also are not used in calculating students' Clark grade point average (GPA).  Courses completed with a grade of "D" or above shall normally be accepted in transfer (except at the Evergreen State College, where a minimum of 2.0 or "C" is required for transfer).  A grade of "D-" may not apply toward a completion of a transfer degree or Bachelor of Applied Science at Clark College.  Nontraditional grading practices require special handling, depending on the nature and circumstances of the program from which and to which a students is transferring, but receiving institutions shall take steps to assure all students equitable treatment.

Associate in Arts (AA)-Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)

The Associate in Arts (AA) degree is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree program. The degree, in most cases, meets the first two (2) years of general education requirements at the senior institution. There are exceptions; please check with the transfer institution for additional information. Most students transferring with the AA degree will be granted junior standing upon entry to the senior institution.

The standard Associate in Arts degree is also known as a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) Associate degree. The AA-DTA is a statewide agreement between the Washington State community and technical colleges and Washington State public universities, as well as some private colleges and universities. The agreement outlines transferability of coursework and standing; in most cases students who have completed an AA-DTA will also have satisfied general education requirements at the baccalaureate institution and will have junior standing. Students should review their baccalaureate institution to see if they are part of the DTA in Washington State.

AA-DTA General Education Credit Restrictions

  • Physical Education Activity:  Three (3) credits maximum in PE activity can apply toward the degree.
  • A course can apply toward the only one (1) distribution requirement (i.e. Communication Skills, Quantitative Skills/Symbolic Reasoning Skills, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences).  The exception is for the Oral communication, College 101 and Power, Privilege and Inequity requirements, which are local degree requirements.  When meeting these requirements, the same course can be applied to the degree requirement and to the distribution area.
  • Excess credits earned in distribution areas (i.e. Communication Skills, Quantitative Skills/Symbolic Reasoning Skills, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences) can be used to fulfill Specified or General Elective Requirements.

Associate in Arts - Major Related Programs (AA - DTA/MRP)

To help transfer students better prepare for their junior year, two-year and four-year institutions are working together to create transfer associate degrees outlining the appropriate courses in order for students to be well prepared to enter their chosen major upon transfer. The MRP degrees follow the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) format of the Associate in Arts degree. The DTA/MRP pathway is applicable to students planning to prepare for the following majors at various universities in Washington. Clark College offers the following Associate in Arts – DTA/MRP¹ in:

  • Biology
  • Business
  • Math Education
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Pre-Nursing

AA- DTA/MRP General Education Requirements

The MRP degrees listed above have slightly different graduation requirements than other Clark transfer degrees because the curriculum was created via an articulation agreement between Washington two-year and four-year schools. Most notably, DTA/MRP degrees differ from the Associate in Arts degree in the following ways:

  • Health and Physical Education [HE,PE,HPE] is not required;
  • College Preparation (COLL 101) is not required;
  • Oral Communication [OC] is not required;
  • Power, Privilege and Inequity (PPI) is not required;
  • Social Sciences [SS] may be completed with two (2) subject areas;
  • Specific coursework is identified and required for program completion.

Clark students are encouraged to take Health and Physical Education [HPE], College 101 [COLL], Power, Privilege and Inequity [PPI] ,and Oral Communication [OC] courses, where appropriate, in case their degree choice changes.

Associate in Fine Arts (AFA)

This transfer preparation degree is designed for students planning to transfer to a senior institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree program (BA or BFA) in Fine Arts. The degree programs focus on coursework specific to the intended major area of study at the senior institution. While coursework in general education, social sciences, and natural sciences is included, additional coursework in these areas will be required at the senior institution. It is important for students to meet with program-specific advisors to determine an appropriate educational plan. The AFA does NOT adhere to the direct-transfer agreement, so students need to be aware of requirements of the receiving senior institution. Currently, Clark College offers two (2) Associate in Fine Arts degrees: Graphic Design and Studio Art. Please contact the Art Department for advising information.

AFA General Education Requirements

Written Communication Skills [WC]

5 credits

To fulfill the communication skills requirement for the AFA degree students must complete ENGL& 101 for five (5) credits. Students who complete ENGL& 101 or its equivalent at less than five (5) credits may complete the communications requirement by completing any of the courses (or their appropriate transfer equivalents) in Written Communications [WC] or Oral Communications [OC] as defined within the Associate of Arts distribution requirements.

Quantitative Skills/Symbolic Reasoning Skills [Q]

5 credits

To fulfill the quantitative skills requirement for the AFA degree, students must complete five (5) credits of college level mathematics.

Health & Physical Education [HE, HPE, PE]

3 credits

To fulfill the Health and Physical Education requirement for the AFA degree, students must complete two (2) qualifying credits of Health and one (1) credit of any college-level Physical Education [PE] activity course, or HPE 220,  HPE 258 or HPE 266.

Humanities [HA]

5 credits

To fulfill the Humanities requirement for the AFA degree students must complete five (5) credits of coursework from the Humanities [HA] Associate of Arts distribution list. Courses must be List A courses and in a subject area other than Art. The course completed cannot be part of the AFA major requirements.

Social Sciences [SS]

5 credits

To fulfill the Social Science requirement for the AFA degree students must complete five (5) credits of coursework from the Social Sciences [SS] Associate of Arts distribution list. The course completed cannot be part of the AFA major requirements.

Natural Sciences [NS]

5 credits

To fulfill the Natural Science requirement for the AFA degree students must complete five (5) credits of coursework from the Natural Sciences Associate of Arts distribution list. The course completed must include a lab. The course completed cannot be part of the AFA major requirements.

Major Area Requirements

The balance of the program shall be defined by the major department and should be a minimum of 90 credits.

Associate in Science – Transfer (AST)

The transfer preparation degrees are designed for students planning to transfer to a senior institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree program in science and/or engineering. The degree programs focus on coursework specific to the intended major area of study at the senior institution. While coursework in general education, humanities, and Social Sciences is included, additional coursework in these areas will be required at the senior institution. It is important for students to meet with program-specific advisors to determine an appropriate educational plan.

Associate in Science – Track 1 (AST1)

The AST1 degree track is for students intending to transfer into programs in:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental/Resources Sciences
  • Geology

Associate in Science – Track 2 (AST2)

Associate in Science – Track 2 is for students intending to transfer into programs in:

AST2 - Concentration Options

  • Clean/Renewable Energy
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Physics

AST2 – MRP

  • Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering
  • Computer and Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical/Civil/Aeronautical/Industrial/Materials Science Engineering

“Washington 45” – List of One Year Transfer Courses

The list of courses in Washington 45 does not replace the Direct Transfer Agreement, Associate of Science Tracks I and II or any Major Related Program agreement, nor will it guarantee admission to a four-year institution. A student who completes courses selected from within the general education categories listed below at a public community, technical, four-year college or university in Washington State will be able to transfer and apply a maximum of 45 term credits toward general education requirement(s) at any other public and most private higher education institutions in the state.¹ For transfer purposes, a student must have a minimum grade of C or better (2.0 or above) in each course completed from this list. Students who transfer Washington 45 courses must still meet a receiving institution’s admission requirements and eventually satisfy all their general education requirements and their degree requirements in major, minor, and professional programs. “First Year Transfer List” of general education courses (not all offered at Clark College):