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Degree Programs

Which degrees do we offer?

We developed our degree programs to be compatible with most baccalaureate institutions in Washington. Generally, after you earn an associate degree, you will be in a position to transfer as an incoming junior to most baccalaureate institutions in the state.
Centralia College grants seven degrees:

Degree requirements & areas of study

For degree requirements and areas of study, click on headings below:

Transfer Degree Requirements
All transfer degree requirements conform to the transfer agreements established by the Intercollege Relations Commission. The transfer agreements ensure that a student who completes a transfer degree at a community college in the State of Washington will have satisfied the lower division general education requirements at various baccalaureate institutions. Students who have earned a transfer degree will generally have junior level standing, but they must still meet the admission and pre-major requirements of the four-year institution and major program.

The basic requirements for all transfer degrees are:
  • Complete at least 90 applicable college level quarter credits.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all coursework taken at CC.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better in all courses applied to the degree, including credits transferred from other colleges.
  • Transfer credits applied toward a degree must have a grade of "D" (1.0) or above (some degrees may have additional grade requirements).
  • Complete a minimum of 30 of all the credits applicable toward the degree in residence at CC.
It is recommended that students confer with an academic advisor to ensure course transferability.
Associate in Arts (AA)
The AA degree is a pre-approved transfer degree suitable for an array of intended majors, especially in the Humanities or Social Sciences; for science majors, the AS (Associate in Science) degree may be a better choice. The AA degree includes:
  • "Distribution credits" (courses you select from several distribution requirement groups listed in this folder; these courses will meet the general education requirement portion of a bachelors degree), and
  • Thirty credits of "electives" in an emphasis area (courses you take to prepare for the major you plan to pursue)
These courses will transfer as a block or 90 credits (it counts as the lower division half of a bachelors degree), giving you "junior" standing at the four-year school and will give you admissions priority at some schools.

In order to choose pre-major courses to create your emphasis area, see the Educational Planning Guides available for most majors. Plan for your transfer with your academic advisor and consult with admissions or advising staff at the particular 4-year schools you are interested in.

Associate in Arts Degrees (AA):
Associate in Liberal Arts (ALA)
The ALA degree is designed for students interested in a broad background of knowledge rather than a course of study narrowly focused on preparation of a specific field of employment. The Associate in Liberal Arts degree develops reasoning, judgment, and expression—abilities desirable no matter what you do in life. When you have earned the ALA degree, you may transfer to a baccalaureate institution within the state of Washington with assurance that you have satisfied all or most of the general requirements for a bachelor degree. Meeting general undergraduate requirements is important but not sufficient. It is also important that you meet the specific requirements required by your college major. Most college majors require you to take certain courses to prepare for entry as a junior in your major. These requirements vary from major to major and from college to college. Usually these requirements can fit within the Associate in Liberal Arts Degree.

In addition to the ALA degree, Centralia College offers the ALA with the emphasis in Foreign Languages.

Early selection of a college major is very important in planning your transfer program. Also, early planning with your advisor is imperative.
Associate in Science (AS)
The Associate in Science Tracks are designed to prepare students pursuing science, technical, and pre-professional degrees in the sciences by satisfying the mathematics and sciences requirements needed to enter baccalaureate institutions with junior status. Early selection of a college major is paramount in planning your AS transfer program. Also early planning with your advisor is imperative.

Track I: Biological, Environmental/Resources, Chemistry, and Earth Sciences—The Associate in Science (AS) Degree places more emphasis on completion of mathematics and pre-major science classes before transfer to enable students to begin upper-division coursework immediately. Students completing this Associate in Science will receive the same priority consideration for admission to Washington State and most private baccalaureate institutions as they would for completing the direct transfer Associate in Arts degree and will be given junior status by the receiving institution. Most science and technical majors require you to take many courses to prepare for entry as a junior in your major. These requirements vary from major to major and from college to college. Usually these requirements can fit within the Associate in Science Degree. Track II: Engineering, Computer Science, Physics Atmospheric Sciences—This degree places more emphasis on completion of mathematics and pre-major science, computer science, or engineering classes before transfer to enable students to begin upper division coursework immediately. Students completing this Associate in Science will receive the same priority consideration for admission to Washington State and most private baccalaureate institutions as they would for completing the direct transfer Associate in Arts degree and will be given junior status by the receiving institution. Most science and technical majors require you to take many courses to prepare for entry as a junior in your major. These requirements vary from major to major and from college to college. Usually these requirements can fit within the Associate in Science Degree.
Associate in Applied Science (AAS, AAS-T)
Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (MRP)
MRP degrees built on the more generic Direct Transfer by Agreement (DTA) were created by two-year and four-year colleges working collaboratively. Four-year institutions agreed on what they would accept, and the two-year colleges are adding or changing courses as needed. Centralia College is now offering special transfer degrees in several fields to prepare you better than ever to enter your major program after you transfer.
Associate in General Studies (AGS)
Designed for those students who do not wish to transfer to a four-year college or pursue an Associate in Technical Arts degree in a specific occupational area. It is a terminal degree with emphasis on improvement of basic skills, general knowledge in the areas of humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, and some specialty of your choice.
Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)
The BASM program is designed to provide a rigorous educational experience to graduate individuals who are well-grounded in management knowledge and ethical values, who possess the requisite skills in communications, teamwork, and business fundamentals, and who are ready to provide leadership and effective decision-making to both existing and startup organizations.