Feb 04, 2023  
2020-2021 Addendum Catalog 
2020-2021 Addendum Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business, Direct Transfer Agreement/MRP, Planning Guide

Program Overview

The Associate in Business Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (BUS DTA/MRP) degree is designed for students who are majoring in Business and transferring within Washington State. Completion of this degree fulfills lower division general education requirements for completion of a bachelor’s degree and prerequisites for the Business major.


If you are considering a major in Business and transferring to:

Central Washington University

Eastern Washington University

Evergreen State College

University of Washington

Washington State University

Western Washington University

our Transfer Program Planning Guide is designed to provide you with recommended courses to complete your Business Direct Transfer Agreement, Major Related Program degree. The Business Major Related Program (MRP) helps prepare you to transfer by requiring specific courses in the first two years that can reduce the time it takes to complete the bachelor’s degree in Business. Of course, educational plans may vary, based on which quarter you begin, how many credits are taken, placement into Math and English, and your preferred transfer institution. To keep you on the best pathway, we encourage you to consult with an Academic Advisor for scheduling options.

Program Map

Program Maps are an integral part of our Planning Guide. Each Program Map includes a suggested quarterly sequence of courses so you could earn your degree within two years of full-time study. Your Program Map is also designed to help you create an individualized, customized Educational Plan, which is required of all SVC students. To start creating your Educational Plan, please consult with an Academic Advisor.

Program Map-Business DTA/MRP  

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 90 quarter credits in transferable courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in order to graduate from SVC with an Associate in Business Degree. At least 25 college-level credits of the 90 credits must be earned at SVC. Credits must satisfy course requirements listed below. Students should contact potential transfer institutions regarding specific requirements where options are listed.

1. First Quarter Experience (5 cr.)

2. Communication Skills (10 cr.)

3. Quantitative Skills (5 cr.)

  • (5)
  • Note: An additional five credits may include finite math or pre-calculus prerequisites for calculus or other course to prepare for business calculus. See Natural Sciences, below, for preferred math course.

4. Physical Education (3 cr.)

5. Integrative Learning Experiences (2 Required)

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, physics and math, etc.) Learning Communities are indicated in the course schedule.

Integrative Experiences (IEs) are typically seminar courses in which students use an interdisciplinary approach for a specific topic or current issue (e.g. Ethics in Science). Integrative Experience seminars are indicated in the course schedule.
Note: Integrative Learning Experiences specifically designed for this degree may be offered; consult your advisor for information.


6. Diversity Requirement

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

7. Distribution Requirements (45 cr.)

Select credits from three areas of study: Natural Science, Social Science and Humanities. Eligible courses for each distribution area are listed in the Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement Distribution Lists . These courses may also satisfy the Integrative Learning Experiences or Diversity requirement.

A. Natural Sciences (15 cr.)

Select from at least two disciplines. No more than 10 credits allowed from any one discipline. Five credits in statistics (business statistics preferred). At least 10 credits in in physical, biological and/or Earth science, including at least one lab course. See Natural Sciences  in the Associate in Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement degree distribution list.

  • (5)
  • Note: Students intending the manufacturing management major at WWU should consult WWU regarding the selection of natural science courses required for admission to the major.

B. Social Sciences (15 cr.)

C. Humanities (15 cr.)

Select from at least two disciplines. No more than 10 credits allowed from any one discipline. No more than 5 credits in foreign language at the 100 level. No more than 5 credits in the performance/skills courses allowed.

  • (5)
  • And 10 credits of Humanities. See Humanities  in the AA-DTA degree distribution list.

    Note: Students intending the international business major should consult their potential transfer institutions regarding the level of world language required for admission to the major. Students are encouraged to include a speech or oral communication course (not small group communication).

D. Required Business Core Courses (15 cr.)

Required business courses for all transfer institutions:

E. Electives (7-10 cr.)


Students should contact their potential transfer institutions for advice on which general elective course to take. Gonzaga, PLU, WSU, and WWU have requirements for admission to the major that go beyond those specified above. Students can meet these requirements by careful selection of electives that are equivalent to the following:

  • Gonzaga: Management Information Systems, BMIS 124.
  • PLU: Computerized Information Systems, CSCE 120, or an equivalent course or skills test.
  • WSU (all campuses): Management Information Systems, MIS 250.
  • WWU: Introduction to Business Computer Systems, MIS 220.