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Lower Columbia College offers a number of transfer degrees options that allow students to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. The Major Related Program (MRP) degrees build on these to provide specific preparation to enter bachelor programs. Requirements for LCC graduation and acceptance at a four-year college vary by degree type, field, and college. In addition, the following requirement applies to transfer associate degrees:
**No more than 3 PHED activity credits are allowed within the AA-DTA.
The program-specific Associate in Arts and Sciences (AA) transfer degree is for students who are sure of the baccalaureate institution they wish to attend. This may be a good option for students who plan to earn a bachelor’s degree in a professional field. Students must work closely with their program advisor to design a program that will fulfill the transfer institution’s general admission and program entry requirements. Students should expect to have courses evaluated on a course-by-course basis upon transfer to the upper division. The LCC program advisor and the appropriate department chair must approve the intended program, and the student must file an intent to earn this degree when applying for graduation from LCC.
To earn an AA, you need:
The Direct Transfer Agreement associate degree, sometimes called the Associate in Arts or Associate in Arts and Sciences degree, is the community college degree designed to transfer to most bachelor of arts degree programs at Washington’s four-year institutions.
Degrees structured under the DTA umbrella provide:
To earn an AA-DTA, you need:
Major Related Program (MRP) degrees build on the Associate in Arts Direct Transfer Agreement degree for students in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and the Associate in Sciences - Transfer degree for students in engineering and science-based fields. Two- and four-year colleges work together to create these programs so that LCC graduates can transfer smoothly into the bachelor degree program of their choice.
Specific requirements for the different MRP degrees are located in the 'Programs of Study' section of the catalog.
The Associate in Applied Science-Transfer degree is built upon the technical courses required for job preparation but also includes a college-level general education component common in structure for all such degrees. Public and private universities are not required to accept AAS-T degrees. Students must check with their advisor at Lower Columbia College and a representative from the college they plan to attend to determine the specific transfer and admission requirements in their field of study.
The Associate in Science - Transfer degree is designed for community and technical college students seeking to major in engineering and science. Degrees structured under the AS-T umbrella provide:
There are two AS-T degree options:
For either of these options, you must work closely with your advisor and enroll in courses that meet your transfer institution’s requirements.
To earn an AS-T, you need:
The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree is a 180 credit baccalaureate degree, specifically designed to build on professional/technical associate degrees that provide workplace skills, such as Associate in Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T) degrees. BAS degrees include a professional core of courses from the AAS-T degree, general education credits, and upper-division courses. BAS degrees are a pathway to the baccalaureate level with upper-division coursework in an applied field, providing expanded career opportunities for graduates and meeting the needs of employers in the community.
BAS degree general requirements:
Specific requirements for the BAS in Teacher Education (BAS-TE):
Lower Columbia College offers a number of options that prepare students for entry into the workforce. Associate degrees in the Professional/Technical area are not generally considered transfer degrees, although exceptions may be allowed for certain programs upon approval. Representatives from local business and industry help define these programs so our graduates meet the standards defined by people in the workforce. See also "General Requirements for Earning Associate Degrees," above.
To earn an AAS, you need:
This short-term program of occupational training consists of a sequence of courses totaling 1-44 credits. Many students choose to continue earning credits, going on to earn a certificate of proficiency or an associate degree.