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Science, Associate in Science, Transfer Track #1 (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Geology), AS-T

Program Overview

This 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 selected science, mathematics, and engineering majors completed. This degree partially fulfills the general education requirements as explained in the Associate of Arts, Direct Transfer Agreement, AA-DTA  degree. This degree does not guarantee admission into the major.

Students completing this Associate of Science Transfer degree will receive the same priority consideration for admission to the baccalaureate institution as they would for completing the direct transfer associate’s degree and will be given junior status by the receiving institution. Each concentration within this degree has additional requirements. Early advising is important to ensure degree completion, for example:

  • Additional general educational requirements, cultural diversity requirements, and foreign language requirements, as required by the transfer institution, must be met prior to the completion of a baccalaureate degree.
  • Some baccalaureate institutions require physics with calculus to meet the physics sequence of 15 credits.
  • Biology majors should select organic chemistry or physics for the additional 10-15 credits.
  • Engineering students may have additional lower-division requirements to meet prior to department admission.
  • Precalculus cannot be used to satisfy the mathematics requirement.
  • Science sequences should not be broken up between institutions (ex: the typical three-quarter physics sequence should be taken entirely at Skagit Valley College).

Students are responsible for checking specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions in the year prior to transferring. Selecting and planning courses with a science or engineering advisor is strongly recommended to ensure a seamless transition to a science major program at a specific university or four-year college.


The Associate of Science Transfer (AS-T) Degree Track #1 is a 90 credit degree that prepares students for upper divsion study in areas of biological sciences, environmental/resource science, chemistry, geology, and earth science. Completing the AS-T degree does not guarantee student admission to the major.

Washington Colleges & Universities Accepting the AS-T Degree from Skagit Valley College:

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 90 credits in transferable courses numbered 100 or above which include General Education courses plus a specific science or engineering major option with a minimum 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 Requirements (GERs) must be completed at the four-year school where the student transfers.

Requirements for Specific Concentration: (45 - 50 cr.)

Each concentration within this degree has additional requirements. Please see your advisor for assistance with course selections.

Associate In Science Transfer (AS-T) Track 1 Concentrations:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry 
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science 
  • Geology 

Major program requirements:

  • Chemistry (for science majors) sequence of 15 credits.
  • Third quarter calculus or approved statistics course of 5 credits.
  • Biology (for science majors) or physics (calculus-based or non-calculus-based) sequence of 15 credits.
  • Additional requirements: 10-15 credits in physics, geology, organic chemistry, biology, or mathematics, consisting of courses normally taken for science majors (not for general education), preferably in a 3 quarter sequence.

1. First Quarter Experience (2 cr.)

2. Communications Skills (5 cr.)

Requires a minimum of 5 credits in college-level composition.

3. Quantitative Skills (10 cr.)

Requires completion of 10 credits in introductory calculus or above.

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, 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.

5. 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.

6. Distribution Requirements (15 cr.)

Select credits from two distribution areas: Social Science and Humanities. Eligible courses for each distribution area are listed in the AA-DTA distribution list . These courses may also satisfy the Integrative Learning Experiences or Diversity requirement. WWU Huxley College requires one Political Science. 

  • 5 credits in Social Sciences
  • 5 credits in Humanities
  • 5 credits in either Social Sciences or Humanities

7. Electives (10-15 cr.)

Sufficient additional college-level credits so that total credits earned are at least 90 quarter credits. These remaining credits may include prerequisites for major courses (ex: Precalculus), additional major coursework, or specific general education or other university requirements, as approved by the advisor. See your SVC advisor for specific courses recommended for your major; check with your 4-year university for world-language requirements. A maximum of five non-transferable Gray Area Elective  credits may be applied toward the 90-credit minimum for the degree.