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2017-2018 Catalog SVC [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science DTA/MRP

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Transfers to CWU, EWU, The Evergreen State College, UW Seattle, UW Bothell, University of Tacoma, WSU, WWU


This pathway is applicable to students planning to prepare for computer science and related majors at universities and colleges in Washington. This pathway meets all of the requirements of the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA). Computer science programs are competitive and this pathway intends to provide students with the needed information to optimize their coursework to meet the DTA and prepare for computer science and related majors at universities and colleges in Washington.

Although this degree will be granted to SVC students completing with a cumulative 2.0 GPA, entry into a baccalaureate program at a four-year school will require a higher GPA for admission. Admission is highly competitive and not guaranteed; it is important to perform your best in all SVC college classes. Seeking out an advisor/counselor early in your studies is highly recommended, as is checking with your potential transfer institution about specific GPA requirements and course choices.

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 Computer Science. 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 degree institutions regarding specific requirements where options are listed.

Courses with an ampersand (&) are Common Course Numbering courses.

2. Quantitative Skills (5 cr.)

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Humanities Requirement (15 cr.)

Selected 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 allowed in performance/skills courses.

6. Social Sciences Requirement (15 cr.)

Selected from at least two disciplines. No more than 10 credits allowed from any one discipline.
•  WSU Vancouver ECON& 201 - Micro Economics  or ECON& 202 - Macro Economics  (5)

7. Natural Sciences (15 cr.)

9. University Specific Requirements (10-15 cr.)

  • EWU:  MATH 204  (5)
  • Gonzaga, Heritage, Whitworth, WWU:  PHYS& 243  and PHYS& 233  (6)
  • WSU, Pacific Lutheran, Seattle Pacific, Seattle University:  Physical, Biological, and/or Earth Science with lab (5)

10. Electives (0-20)

No more than 15 credits may be from restricted subject areas. Should be planned with the help of an advisor based on the student’s interests, the intended major, and the preferences of the most likely baccalaureate institution.

Advising Notes

  • Gonzaga: Recommends Calculus 4, Critical Thinking (Symbolic Logic), Differential Equations, and Intro to Literature to fulfill graduation requirements
  • Heritage: Discrete Math and Statistics will be evaluated for comparability to Heritage’s SPSC 231 and Math 221 courses*
  • Pacific Lutheran: Intro to CS, Digital Systems, Data Structures, Statistics, and Discrete Structures will be evaluated for comparability to PLU’s, CSCE 144, 231 270, and Math 242, 245 courses*
  • Seattle Pacific: Prefers C++ but accepts Java with SPU bridge course. Math& 153 will be evaluated for comparability to SPU’s Math 1236*
  • Seattle University: Programming and Problem Solving 1 and 2 will be evaluated for comparability to CPSC 1420 and 1430 courses*
  • WSU Pullman & WSU Tri-Cities: ​Recommends macro or micro economics to meet five credits of the social science requirement
  • WSU (all campuses): ​Recommends discrete structures. Discrete Structures is a certification course for computer science and as such is required for admittance to the computer science program.
  • Whitworth: ​Recommends electives include one Fine Art and one course fulfilling “American Diversity”

*Other lower level courses taken by Computer Science majors, which may need to be taken prior to graduation. Similar courses taken at other institutions will be evaluated at time of transfer and credit may be applied towards major, general education or electives as appropriate.

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