Dec 10, 2018  
2018-2019 Catalog SVC 
    
2018-2019 Catalog SVC

Biology Direct Transfer Agreement, DTA/MRP


Transfers to: CWU, EWU, UW, WSU, WWU, Western Governor’s University, and WA private colleges

Purpose


The Associate in Biology Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program degree is intended to prepare students to transfer to Washington’s public four-year colleges and universities and many private colleges with junior standing and the majority of the prerequisites for a Biology major completed.

Selecting and planning courses with a science advisor is strongly recommended to ensure a seamless transition to a Biology major program at a specific university or four-year college. Students are encouraged to check with the transfer institution early in their decision process to confirm degree requirements of baccalaureate college of choice.

Notes on Application to a University or College

  1. Admission application deadlines vary; students must meet the deadline for the university or universities to which they plan to apply for transfer admission.
  2. Certain schools may have additional ―university-specific requirements that are not prerequisites to admission to the Biology major, but will need to be completed prior to graduation. Contact with advisors from individual schools for institutional requirements is highly recommended since this DTA may not meet every institution-specific graduation requirement.
  3. Certain schools may have additional ―university-specific requirements for admission to the institution that are not prerequisites specifically identified in the DTA requirements.

Degree Map


The suggested schedule below includes required DTA courses. Student schedule may vary based on entry point, credit load, and prerequisites. Consult with department chair or SVC counselor for scheduling options.

The two-year suggested schedule below is provided as only a guide for a traditional full-time student whose goal is the Biology DTA/MRP degree. Frequent course offerings allow for individualized schedules that will ensure all student degree objectives are met. Students are encouraged to check with the transfer institution early in their decision process to confirm degree requirements of baccalaureate college of choice.

Note: An ampersand (&) designates Common Course Numbering.

First Year


Total Hours: 17

Total Hours: 15

3rd Quarter


Total Hours: 17

Second Year


Total Hours: 15

5th Quarter


Total Hours: 17

6th Quarter


Total Hours: 16

Degree Requirements


Students must complete a minimum of 90 credits in transferable courses numbered 100 or above which include General Education courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. At least 25 college-level credits must be earned at SVC with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Additional General Education Requirement (GERs) must be completed at the four-year school where the student transfers.

  1. An ampersand (&) designates Common Course Numbering.
  2. Courses with an asterisk (*) indicate labs.

1. First Quarter Experience (2 cr.)


2. Communications Skills (10 cr.)


Note: An English Learning Community combined with a science or other required course is recommended.

3. Quantitative Skills (5 cr.)


  • MATH& 151 - Calculus I  
    MATH& 146  may substitute for Calculus I at some institutions.

    Note: Students are encouraged to check with the transfer institution early in their decision process to confirm requirements.

4. Integrative Learning Experiences


  • Two Integrative Learning Experiences (ILE) are required. One ILE must be a Learning Community. The second ILE may be another Learning Community or an Integrative Experience.
  • A Learning Community (LC) is the integrated combination of two or more courses from different areas of inquiry (e.g. sociology and literature, or physics and math, or speech and economics, or composition and philosophy). Learning Communities are indicated in the course schedule.
  • Integrative Experiences (IEs) are curricular or co-curricular experiences designed by faculty in which students demonstrate their ability to integrate information, concepts, analytical frameworks, and skills from two or more areas of inquiry in a purposeful project or experience. Integrative Experiences that are classes are indicated in the course schedule; co-curricular IEs are indicated in promotion and advising for the experience or project. Students may design a Learning into Action IE under the guidance of the supervising faculty member.

Note: Learning Communities specifically designed for this degree may be offered; consult your advisor for information.

5. Diversity Requirement


At least one Diversity Intensive course is required. Students should use the SVC online quarterly class schedule search or consult their faculty advisor or counselor to identify courses that fulfill this requirement.

6. Distribution Requirements (60 cr.)


Select credits from three areas of study: Natural Science, Social Science and Humanities. These courses may also satisfy Integrative Learning Experience requirements. A specific course may be credited toward no more than one distribution requirement.

Go to Distribution Lists - AA-DTA   for a full selection of eligible courses.

Social Sciences (15 cr.)


Students are encouraged to consult with their faculty advisor or counselor regarding the SVC courses that best support or may be required as prerequisites to their Biology curriculum at their intended transfer college.

Select courses from the Associate in Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement degree Social Science distribution list from at least two disciplines, with no more than 10 credits from one discipline. These courses may also satisfy Integrative Learning Experience requirements.

Humanities (15 cr.)


Students are encouraged to consult with their faculty advisor or counselor regarding the SVC courses that best support or may be required as prerequisites to their Biology curriculum at their intended transfer college.

Select courses from the Associate in Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement degree Humanities distribution list from at least two disciplines, with no more than 10 credits from one discipline. These courses may also satisfy Interdisciplinary course requirements.

No more than 5 credits may be applied in world languages at the 100 level. No more than 5 cr. may be applied in performance/skill studio courses. 

7. Electives (15 -18 cr.)


Electives allow students to include additional courses to prepare for the biology major based college selection. Examples include a full year sequence of organic chemistry for majors; a full year sequence of physics for science majors; or further math at the pre-calculus level or above or statistics. Students should check with the transfer institution prior to taking any further biology courses beyond the one-year sequence. Some colleges require all continuing biology courses be taken at the 300 level. A maximum of five non-transferable “gray area” credits my be applied toward the 90-credit minimum for the degree.