May 18, 2022  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog

Associate in Science - Track 1

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Areas of Study (A-Z)

The Associate in Science - Transfer 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.

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.

Associate in Science - Transfer Track 1 is designed to prepare students for upper division study in the areas of: Biological Sciences, Environmental/Resource Sciences, Chemistry, Geology, or Earth Science.

Associate in Science Transfer (AS-T) Track 1 Concentrations

Earth Science
Environmental Science

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

Communications (5 credits)

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills (10 credits)

Higher level math courses may be substituted with advisor approval.

Humanities and Social Science Distribution Requirements (15 credits)

  • Select five Humanities  credits satisfying a distribution requirement.
  • Select five Social Science  credits satisfying a distribution requirement.
  • Select five additional Humanities  or Social Sciences  credits satisfying a distribution requirement.

Pre-Major Program Requirements (45-50 credits)

  1. Chemistry (for science majors) sequence of 15 credits
  2. Third quarter calculus or approved statistics course of 5 credits
  3. Biology (for science majors) or physics (calculus-based or non calculus-based) sequence of 15 credits
  4. 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 2- or 3- quarter sequence.

Electives (10-15 credits)

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 (e.g., pre-calculus), additional major coursework, or specific general education or other university requirements, as approved by your advisor. See your GHC advisor for specific courses recommended for your major; check with your 4-year university for world-language requirements.

Minimum Credits Required: 90

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Areas of Study (A-Z)