*including degrees and certificates of 24 credits or more
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
**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:
Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by
one of the following agencies:
will have met the general education requirements (basic and distribution areas) for
an applied baccalaureate degree from a Washington State community or technical college.
Students must still complete program-specific general education degree requirements
if not otherwise satisfied.
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.