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Associate in Science Degree


The Associate in Science degree represents attainments generally required by four-year colleges and universities for pre-professional programs in scientific disciplines. The need for early concentration on coursework in the chosen scientific major diminishes the general educational experience demonstrated by the Associate in Arts degree. By working with an advisor in the completion of one of the two Associate in Science tracks, you can transfer to one of the Washington state baccalaureate institutions with reasonable assurance that you have completed all or most of the prerequisite courses for the targeted science major.

Degree Requirements

1. A minimum of 90 credits is required for the degree.

2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 ("C" average) is required for the degree.

3. Students completing this Associate in Science will receive the same priority consideration for admission to most Washington state baccalaureate institutions as they would for completing the direct transfer associate in arts degree and will be given junior status by the receiving institution.

4. Additional general education requirements, cultural diversity requirements, and foreign language requirements, as required by the transfer institution, must be met prior to the completion of a baccalaureate degree.

5. Students are responsible for checking specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions in the year prior to transferring.

Courses for programs of study fall into two tracks that are listed in the program section of this catalog. These programs are designed to match specific major requirements and also to meet the general distribution requirements listed below:

Basic Skills   15 credits
Communication Skills   5 credits
  ENGL& 101  
Quantitative Skills*   10 credits
  MATH& 151  
  MATH& 152  


Humanities and Social Sciences   15 credits

Select from at least three disciplines listed on the distribution list with at least 5 credits from humanities (H) and 5 credits from social sciences (SS). The remaining 5 credits can be from either category.

Health and Fitness   3 credits


Diversity   3-5 credits

A 3-5 credit course listed as a Diversity (D) course. Diversity courses carrying another distribution designation can be counted toward both distribution requirements.

Track I - Biological Science, Environmental/Resource Sciences, Chemistry and Chemistry Education, Geology, Earth Science, Biology and General Science Education.

Core Requirements: 46-54 credits

a. CHEM& 161, 162, 163

b. MATH& 163 or MATH& 146

c. BIOL& 221, 222, 223 or PHYS& 221, 222, 223

d. Additional requirements: 10-18 science credits from courses normally taken by science majors, preferably in a 2 or 3 quarter sequence (biology majors should select physics or organic chemistry).

Remaining credits: 3-11 credits

Track II - Atmospheric Science, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics and Physics Education

Core Requirements: 30 credits

a. PHYS& 221, 222, 223

b. CHEM& 161

c. Computer programming (4 credits minimum)

d. MATH& 163 or MATH& 146

Remaining Credits: 27 credits

Electives up to a maximum of 2 credits from courses numbered 100 or above that are not included on the ICRC approved electives list should be planned with the help of an advisor, based on the requirements of the specific discipline at the baccalaureate institution you wish to attend and using the programs listed in the catalog.

Reviewed 2018