Associate in Business Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)/Major Related Program (MRP)

Overview

Program Description

Based on a state-wide transfer agreement, the Associate in Business Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program, sometimes referred to as the Associate in Arts, is designed for persons interested in preparing for a business major and to enter as a junior at most baccalaureate institutions in the State of Washington.  The courses outlined are considered course equivalents to the similar required lower division courses offered at the receiving baccalaureate institution.

Program Outcomes

Students completing the Associate in Business Direct Transfer Agreement degree will be prepared to:

  • Appreciate the multiple contexts of business--social, political, economic and legal--within a domestic and global environment
  • Define how elements of the legal environment impact business
  • Record transactions and prepare financial statements for a business entity

Additional Information

Business School Admission

Admission to Washington public baccalaureate Schools of Business is not guaranteed to students holding an Associate in Business – DTA Degree.  It is strongly recommended that students contact the baccalaureate-granting Business School early in their Associate in Business – DTA program to be advised about additional requirements (e.g., GPA) and procedures for admission.

Please note that admission for many Business schools is competitive and higher grade-point averages and course grades are often required.  Please check with your destination school and college.  In addition, the minimum grade for business courses is a 2.0.  These courses are denoted by an asterisk (*).  UW Bothell requires a minimum of 2.0 in all prerequisite courses.

Specific University Information
For program planning purposes, students are advised that the lower-division requirements for individual Washington public university business schools may vary.

Notes:

  1. To meet current EWU requirements, the second English Composition course must be equivalent to EWU’s English 201- College Composition: Analysis, Research, and Documentation.
  2. Students intending the international business major should consult their potential transfer institutions regarding the level of world language required for admission to the major. Five (5) credits in world languages may apply to the Humanities requirement.
  3. Students are encouraged to include a speech or oral communication course (not small group communication).
  4. Students intending the manufacturing management major at WWU should consult WWU regarding the selection of natural science courses required for admission to the major.
  5. International students who completed a business law course specific to their home country must take a business law course at a U.S. institution in order to demonstrate proficiency in U.S. business law.
  6. Four institutions have requirements for admission to the major that go beyond those specified above. Students can meet these requirements by careful selection of the elective University Course Equivalent to:

WSU (all campuses): Management Information Systems MIS 250
Gonzaga: Management Information Systems BMIS 235
PLU: computer applications CSCE 120, either an equivalent course or skills test
SPU: Spreadsheets BUS 1700, either an equivalent course or skills test
WWU: Introduction to Business Computer Systems MIS 220 (for transfer students entering fall 2014)

 

Additional Program Information

Educational Plan

Associate in Business Direct Transfer Agreement /Major Related Program

90 credits

Core Requirements

Communication
10 credits (see note1)

ENGL&101 English Composition I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops writing skills by focusing on strategies and techniques writers use to convey ideas, evaluate information, make a point, and participate in multiple discourse communities. Emphasizes both the process and the product of writing. This course was formerly known as WRIT 101, College Writing I. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement test scores OR appropriate completion of ENGL 095, ENGL 095X, or ENGL 098 OR concurrent enrollment in ENGL 110 with instructor's permission.
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, GER-CIS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION, AAS-COMMUNICATION: Reading/Writing, AAS-READING-WRITING
ENGL&102 Composition II 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops reading, writing and critical thinking skills at the advanced level. Teaches how to write academic papers by conducting research; analyzing, evaluating and constructing arguments; documenting sources and using appropriate writing conventions. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL& 101 with a "C" or better.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION

Quantitative
10 credits total must include 5 credits of business calculus, Calculus I or a higher level math that includes calculus as a prerequisite. May include finite math or pre-calculus prerequisites for calculus or other courses to prepare for bus. calculus.

MATH&148 Business Calculus 5 Credits Search Schedule
Covers introductory calculus for students of business and social science. MATH 147 is recommended as a prerequisite. Prerequisite: MATH 147 or MATH& 141 with a "C" or better or appropriate placement.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE

10 Credits in QUANTITATIVE

Humanities
15 credits from 3 disciplines Choose from General Education (AA) (No more than 5 credits in performance/skill courses are allowed. No more than 5 credits of foreign language at the first year level) (see notes 2, 3)

15 Credits in HUMANITIES

Social Science

ECON&201 Micro Economics 5 Credits Search Schedule
Organization and operation of the American economy as it relates to individual/household and business sectors. Includes an analysis of demand and supply, elasticity and utility theory, competition and monopoly and labor. This course was formerly known as ECON 102, Microeconomics. Prerequisite: MATH 097 or placement test.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, SOCIAL SCIENCE, NURSING SOCIAL SCIENCE, AA-AAS-T-SOCIAL SCIENCE
ECON&202 Macro Economics 5 Credits Search Schedule
Organization and operation of the American economy from an aggregate point of view, emphasizing the government and foreign sectors. Includes problems of inflation, unemployment, taxation, analysis of Gross Domestic Product, fiscal and monetary policy, money and banking, and international trade and finance. This course was formerly known as ECON 101, Macroeconomics. Prerequisite: MATH 097 or placement test.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, SOCIAL SCIENCE, NURSING SOCIAL SCIENCE, AA-AAS-T-SOCIAL SCIENCE
 
Choose a social science course from a different discipline (see note 5)

Natural Science
15 credits from 3 disciplines. Must include 1 lab science.(see note 4)

MATH&146 Introduction to Statistics 5 Credits Search Schedule
Covers basic probability, descriptive and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or a "C" or better in MATH 097 or higher.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE

15 Credits in NATURAL SCIENCE

Physical, Biological, and/or Earth Science
Additional Natural Science

Business (see note 5)

ACCT&201 Principles of Accounting I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Examines the basic structure of accounting, including receivables, payables, merchandise inventory, deferrals, accruals, depreciation and internal controls. Prerequisite: "C" or better in MATH 097 or OFTEC 170 (formerly CIS 107).
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA
ACCT&202 Principles of Accounting II 5 Credits Search Schedule
Examines current liabilities, payroll systems, partnerships, corporations, stocks and bonds, preparation of statement of cash flows, and financial statement analysis. Prerequisite: ACCT& 201 with a "C" or better.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA
ACCT&203 Principles of Accounting III 5 Credits Search Schedule
Examines the development of costs for manufacturing concerns, determination of net income, development of managerial information and evaluation of performance. ACCT& 202 with a "C" or better.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA
BUS& 201 Business Law 5 Credits Search Schedule
A study of the American legal system; includes the Constitution, legislative, executive and judiciary branches. Examines system structure, concepts, procedures, terminology, ethical principles with an emphasis on principles and procedures applicable in the context of business contracts. Covers definitions, formation, interpretation and enforcement within the legal field. This course was formerly known as BUS 171, Business Law I. Prerequisite: Eligible to take ENGL& 101.

Universities with a lower division Business Law requirement UW (all campuses), WSU (all campuses) EWU, CWU, WWU, Gonzaga, SMU, SPU, Whitworth.

The following institutions do not require a lower division Business Law course and agree to accept the course taken as part of this degree as a lower division elective, but generally not as an equivalent to the course required at the upper division: Heritage, PLU, SU, and Walla Walla University.

Electives
5 credits of non-business electives except as noted in Note 5.

DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT: South Puget Sound Community College requires all new students as of summer 2005 seeking an Associate Degree to complete a “diversity” course which meets the college criteria for listing as a diversity course and has been approved for such listing by the college Instructional Council prior to the student enrolling in the class.

Effective Catalog Year 2016-2017, Revised May 28, 2014