College Transfer

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 associate 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 (four-year) institution.

Students who plan to transfer to a specific college or university should work with a transfer advisor, and also request information from the baccalaureate institution(s) they want to attend.

Transfer Degrees Offered at Seattle Colleges

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree DTA (Direct Transfer Agreement) is a 90-credit transfer degree that fulfills the general education requirements for most four-year degrees in arts and sciences. To earn the A.A. degree, students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in courses numbered 100 and above, complete at least 15 credits at the Seattle College awarding the degree, and meet the requirements outlined below.

Students should contact college advising offices for listings of courses that satisfy degree requirements. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should be aware that they must complete all admission requirements for their destination institution. In addition, students are encouraged to give early consideration to possible majors and obtain information about requirements for these majors at their destination college or university.

The Associate of Science (A.S.) is a transfer degree for students who wish to transfer as juniors to baccalaureate institutions in the state of Washington.

Degree requirements include satisfactory completion of at least 90 approved credits with a 2.0 cumulative GPA; however, certain transfer institutions may require a GPA higher than 2.0. At least 15 credits in college-level courses (100 or above) must be earned at the Seattle Colleges campus granting the degree.

Two different study options are offered:

  1. biological sciences, environmental/resources sciences, chemistry, geology, and earth sciences
  2. engineering, computer science, physics, and atmospheric science

Students should contact an advisor for specific program requirements.

The Associate of Science (A.S. – DTA) is 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 in his/her major. Contact an advisor for more information on this degree program. For specific courses leading to a premajor 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; however, certain transfer institutions may require a GPA higher than 2.0. At least 15 credits in college-level courses (100 or above) must be earned at the Seattle Colleges campus granting the degree.

The A.B. degree at all three colleges satisfies lower division general education and business requirements at Washington’s public four-year colleges and universities.

North Seattle College (NSC) offers an Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree in art. This degree requires at least two years of study and includes many of the A.A. - DTA degree requirements as well as specific requirements in art studio and art history. Students seeking to transfer for a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Fine Arts should consult the college or university in which they intend to enroll about admission equivalency requirements. 

NSC's art program provides a solid foundation in classical art, coupled with an emphasis on a range of crafts not generally taught in community colleges. The wide array of affordable courses includes ceramics, drawing, computer art, 2-D and 3-D design, metal design, printmaking, painting, digital photography, jewelry-making, and sculpture—as well as art history. Enrollment in North’s art program requires no prior portfolio. All classes are transferable and fulfill general education requirements for an Associate of Arts degree or the specialized Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree. Art instructors are successful working artists, serving as both educators and mentors. NSC art studios are well-equipped and updated.

A 90+ credit degree that includes general education and/or related instruction as an essential part of the program. Many professional/technical programs offer the A.A.S. degree.

For students who initially enroll in a professional/technical program and then seek to transfer to a four-year institution for a bachelor’s degree, the A.A.S.-T prepares students for specific bachelor’s degree programs at specific institutions. Consult an advisor.

College Transfer A.A. Degree Requirements

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