Associate in Science - Direct Transfer

The Associate in Science - Transfer (AS-T) 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 in Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement. 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.

Associate in Science - Track 1

The Associate in Science - Track 1 degree prepares you for upper division study in the areas of:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences / Resource Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Earth Science

Associate in Science - Track 2

The Associate in Science - Track 2 degree prepares you for upper division study in the areas of:

  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Atmospheric Sciences

The Associate in Science - Transfer degree does NOT satisfy all general education requirements at baccalaureate institutions. Students who transfer with AS – T degrees will typically be required to complete some general education requirements during their junior and senior years, for example cultural diversity requirements or world language requirements. Students who begin their science studies at baccalaureate institutions must meet similar requirements.

Early advising is important to ensure degree completion, for example:

  • 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.
  • Pre-calculus 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 Grays Harbor 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.

Associate in Science - Transfer General Degree Requirements

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