The College Transfer program offers courses in a wide range of academic fields common to
undergraduate study in colleges and universities. These courses meet requirements for
associates’ degrees and will transfer to four-year institutions within guidelines
established by those schools. The courses and programs offered are designed to enable
the student to make a successful transition to a baccalaureate institution.
Students who plan to transfer to a specific college or university should work with
a transfer advisor, and also request information from the four-year institution(s) they
want to attend. These procedures are even more important for students who wish to
transfer but don’t intend to earn the A.A. degree. Most four-year schools have special
requirements for transfer of courses without the A.A. degree.
(Note: The A.A. Degree Requirements
are listed in detail below on this page.)
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a
specific field of study should work closely with their advisor to plan their Associate of Arts
In addition to the Associate of Arts degree, special courses of study
have been designed for the following areas of emphasis at the Seattle Community Colleges:
Asian Studies -
for transfer to a four-year institution offering a baccalaureate degree in Asian Studies.
Students may choose from two regional areas of focus: Eastern Asia and Southeastern Asia.
Students should contact the South Seattle Community College Advising Office for details.
designed for students transferring to four-year universities to pursue a professional teaching degree.
This degree also provides coursework for enrollment in any Washington-state approved B.A. in Elementary Education
teacher preparation program. Contact the Seattle Central Advising Office for more information.
The Associate of Arts in Business Degree is designed to satisfy lower division
general education and business requirements at Washington’s public four-year colleges and universities.
The Associate of Science (A.S.) is also intended to be a
transfer degree. However, there are certain major areas of study in which the student may not be able
to take all the courses necessary to transfer with junior standing.
Please contact an advisor for more information on this degree program. For specific courses leading to a pre-major
in a number of science fields, refer to the College Transfer section for each college.
Degree requirements include satisfactory completion of at least 90 approved credits with a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
At least 15 credits in college-level courses (100 or above) must be earned at the Seattle Community College
granting the degree.
The Associate of Science Transfer degree is intended for students who wish to
transfer as juniors to four-year institutions in the state of Washington.
Degree requirements include satisfactory completion of at least 90 approved credits with a 2.0
cumulative GPA. At least 15 credits in college-level courses (100 or above)
must be earned at the Seattle Community College granting the degree.
Two differing focus of study options are offered:
biological sciences,environmental/resources sciences, chemistry, geology and earth sciences,
engineering, computer science, physics and atmospheric science.
Students should contact an advisor for specific program requirements.
Transfer services and information are available at all three Seattle Community Colleges through the campus
During their first few quarters of study at Seattle Community Colleges, students are encouraged to explore
the various options for majors at the four-year institutions and to become knowledgeable
about admissions and graduation requirements for any majors they are considering.
Representatives from local four-year institutions meet with Seattle Community Colleges
students on an individual basis at all three campuses to provide information regarding admissions
deadlines and transfer requirements. Group information sessions are also scheduled on each
campus, providing students an opportunity to meet with faculty and college admissions
representatives from different majors.
Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to become knowledgeable about the admissions and graduation requirements
of the four-year institution that he or she plans to attend.
Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college
or university are advised to give careful consideration
to the following information:
Students transferring to a four-year institution may apply a maximum of 90 (quarter) transferable
community college credits to a baccalaureate degree.
It is possible to transfer with fewer than 90 credits, but special requirements may be imposed.
Students who plan to graduate with the A.A. or A.S. degree should make sure they have also met the admission
requirements for transfer students. Possession of the A.A. degree alone may not necessarily fulfill admission
requirements at some four-year institutions.
Transferable courses are numbered 100 and above, but not all courses so numbered are transferable.
Receiving institutions determine which credits transfer into the college. Students planning to transfer should
plan as early as possible, contacting those institutions to which they plan to transfer.
Unless a transfer agreement with the Seattle Community Colleges is in effect, the four-year school may impose
additional general education requirements.
Graduation requirements for the bachelor's degree are established by the four-year institution. Students at the
community college should choose courses according to graduation requirements of their chosen college or university.
Students planning to transfer should plan as early as possible in their college programs using the following guide:
Consult a current catalog of the chosen school to determine entrance requirements and suggested freshman
and sophomore programs in the major field of interest.
Confer with a college advisor about fulfilling these requirements.
Confer with an admissions officer at the four-year institution regarding further curriculum and transfer regulations.
Check carefully a quarter or two before transfer to be sure all requirements will be met to the satisfaction
of the four-year institution.
College Transfer A.A. Degree Requirements
(* If using MATH &107 to meet both the IA proficiency requirement and the QSR requirement,
students must earn a minimum 2.0 grade in the course.)
(** MATH 120 Does not meet the QSR requirement at University of Washington)
The Seattle Community Colleges A.A. degree is designed to fulfill a set
of desired learning outcomes for the general education of a college undergraduate in the
United States in the 21st century. Students completing the Associate of Arts degree should:
Have college-level knowledge and skills in critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and written composition.
Have college-level mastery of information literacy and technology literacy.
Have effective skills for in-person and media-based interactions with individuals and within groups.
Understand methods and modes of inquiry specific to traditional and contemporary areas of knowledge
in the humanities and arts, natural and physical sciences, mathematics, and the social sciences.
Understand the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge.
Understand the United States as a multicultural society.
Understand the global society and processes of globalization from mostly, but not exclusively,
non-Western and indigenous perspectives.
Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle Community Colleges
– Central, North and South. All three colleges are active members of the Seattle Climate Partnership and North was an
early signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. A district-wide Chancellor’s
Sustainability Initiative provides energy, focus and a forum for emerging training and initiatives.
Sustainability is infused into programs ranging from urban agriculture at Central to environmental science,
real estate and building management across the district. Students have funded a sustainability coordinator.
Campus activities include reducing the carbon footprint and promoting recycling and energy conservation, which earned
a “Recycler of the Year” award for South. Last year, the college culinary operations diverted 31 tons of
materials to a regional composting facility – which returned the compost to “green” the college landscape.
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Helping displaced workers to
‘Start Next Quarter’
During the economic downturn, thousands of displaced workers turned to the Seattle Community Colleges at the same
time regional employers reported a need for skilled workers to fill jobs in the new economy. To help both potential
workers and employers, the Seattle Community Colleges developed Start Next Quarter (SNQ), a two-part initiative
designed to improve the success of dislocated workers who enroll in technical education programs. SNQ invites
prospective students to assess their eligibility for workforce funding online and connects them to a comprehensive
two-day college success workshop held at each campus. The workshops are based on a model developed at one of the
district campuses. Students who complete the workshop are more likely to complete their training programs and to
obtain jobs using their new skills. The project was developed in part through a grant from the League for Innovation,
funded by the Walmart Foundation Bright Futures project to serve displaced workers.
A Model for the Region
The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education at North Seattle Community College is a regional resource and
the first integrated service center of its kind in Washington state. Since the OCE&E opened its doors in spring 2011,
more than 40,000 people have come for one-stop help in finding a new job, career retraining or to sign up for public
assistance benefits. Founding partners were the state Departments of Social and Health Services and Employment
Security, the college, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The campus and the new LEED
Gold Certified 45,000-square foot facility are in the heart of Seattle’s north end and close to a major transit hub.
House Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (sponsor of the legislation and a former Seattle District trustee)
championed the OCE&E in the state legislature. The center aims to provide streamlined services in a positive environment,
helping clients succeed in the next stage of their lives.