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2022-23 Catalog 
2022-23 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Degrees, Programs, and Certificates


The Grays Harbor College Board of Trustees has authorized the following degrees. These brief descriptions of the degrees are listed for students’ use in selecting a program and degree which meets their educational goal. More detailed information for each degree is shown on the following pages of this catalog. 

The College President is authorized to certify the eligibility of students to receive the associate and bachelor degrees. The President may issue certificates of Completion and Certificates of Achievement for specific programs of training which are of two years or less in duration. 

Associate Degrees 

Grays Harbor College’s general education requirements for the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) Associate degrees conform to the guidelines of the Washington Intercollege Relations Commission (ICRC) for direct transfer of Associate degree credits. Washington colleges and universities accept these guidelines or have separate agreements with Grays Harbor College to grant junior status and waive their own general education requirements for students entering with an Associate of Arts degree. Major related programs based on the direct transfer agreement (DTA) follow the statewide agreement and share the same benefits. 

To meet the requirements for a DTA Associate degree at Grays Harbor College, you must complete a minimum of 90 academic credits in courses numbered 100 or higher, with a specified number of credits distributed in the areas of communications, quantitative skills, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. These distribution requirements are designed to help you develop skills needed to be an effective learner in your chosen fields of study, at work and in your personal and civic life. A specific course may not be credited toward more than one distribution area. 

Associate in Applied Science and Associate in Technology Degrees (AAS, AAS-T, AT) 

Grays Harbor College’s Career and Technical Education programs include the Associate in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T), Associate in Applied Science (AAS), and Associate in Technology (AT) degrees as well as Certificate of Completion (CC), and Certificate of Achievement (CA). The AAS, AT, CC, and CA are designed for students whose primary goal is to enter the job market after completion. 

Bachelor in Applied Science Degrees 

Grays Harbor College’s Bachelor in Applied Science Degrees are practical, market-driven fields where job requirements have advanced beyond the associate degree. Washington community colleges now offer 300 and 400 level courses allowing students who have completed an Associate in Applied Science or Associate in Arts degree to complete a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree.   

To meet the requirements for a Bachelor of Applied Science degree at Grays Harbor College, you must complete a minimum of 90 academic credits in courses numbered 300 or higher and meet the specific requirements of each program.  

Arts and Sciences Degrees (AA or AS)

Associate in Arts (General Education, Transfer) 
Associate in Arts-Bridge to Native Pathways
Associate in Biology
Associate in Business
Associate in Construction Management
Associate in Music
Associate in Nursing
Associate in Pre-Nursing
Associate in Science-Track 1 (includes)

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

Associate in Science-Track 2 (includes)

  • Engineering
  • Computer Sciences
  • Physics
  • Atmospheric Sciences

Associate in Applied Science and Associate in Technology Degrees (AAS, AAS-T, AT) 

Automotive Technology
Business Management
Business Technology
Carpentry Technology
Criminal Justice
Diesel Technology
Early Childhood Education
Human Services (General, Substance Use Disorder)
Medical Assistant
Natural Resources-Forestry Technician
Occupational Entrepreneurship
Welding Technology (Construction Welding, Pipe Welding, Structural Welding)

Certificates (CA, CC)

Automotive Technology
Business Management
Business Technology
Carpentry Technology
Certified Nursing Assistant
Commercial Transportation & Maintenance (CDL)
Criminal Justice
Diesel Technology (Advanced & Fundamentals)
Early Childhood Education-State Certificate
Forestry Technician
Human Services
Medical Office Administrative Support
Practical Nursing
Small Business Management
Substance Use Disorder
Welding Technology

Bachelor’s Degrees (BAS) 

Bachelor of Applied Science in Forest Resources Management 
Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Management 
Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education 

Outline of Programs 

The Areas of Study (A-Z)  outline the degree and certificate programs, the specific courses required in each program, and the number of credits required. Prerequisite requirements must be fulfilled prior to enrollment in most required program courses. Prerequisite requirements are listed together with titles and descriptions of required program courses beginning on Course Descriptions 

All degrees and certificates are organized by the Area of Study including Arts, Humanities, and Communications; Health and Human Services, Business, Social and Behavioral Studies, Civic Engagement and Social Justice, Science, Engineering, Math, Industry and Technical Trades, Education, Transitions, Adult Education, GED, Community Education and Industry Certification.  

Summary of Requirements 

Fulfill the specific course requirements of the published degree or certificate program curricula.

Complete required general education course requirements.

Complete the required credits, depending on program selected.

Maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 in core courses and overall. 

Fulfill all obligations to the college, financial or otherwise.

Meet the graduation requirements in effect during the year in which the student started a program leading to a certificate of completion (these requirements must be met within a seven-year period) or meet the requirements in effect at the time of completion.

Fulfill general requirements for all degrees beginning on Areas of Study (A-Z) 

Student Outcomes 

The college has clearly identified expected student learning outcomes for all of its Career and Technical Education and Bachelor of Applied Science Programs. You can find them on program specific pages on the website. Upon completion of their studies, all GHC students should be able to demonstrate advanced skills in written communication and quantitative literacy, critical thinking, social and personal responsibility, and information literacy.