Requirements for All Programs

General Information

South Puget Sound Community College has established the following college-wide abilities that are embedded into each program:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Think logically and critically
  • Evaluate and process quantitative and symbolic data
  • Understand themselves in relation to others in a multicultural world
  • Understand ethical┬áresponsibilities and consequences

Based on placement testing, students may need to complete basic skills and/or pre-college English and math. Often, pre-college courses are prerequisites for college-level courses that are necessary for graduation. Students will complete college-level English and math prior to earning their first 45 college-level credits.

These requirements may be met by taking courses at South Puget Sound Community College, or may be waived based on previous college course work or testing.

All students required to complete pre-college Math or English courses must complete HDEV 101: Enhancing Student Success (3 credits) within their first two quarters of attendance.

Diversity Requirement

South Puget Sound Community College requires all new students 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.

The requirement is in effect for the following student populations: all new students as of Summer 2005 and those students who do not maintain consecutive enrollment under the pre-existing catalog. This course requirement does not apply to the students applying for a program certificate.

Program Outcomes

South Puget Sound Community College believes that all students need to develop a broad range of abilities that will not only make them more effective in their professional pursuits but will enhance their capacity to relate well to others in their daily lives.


See Admissions or visit the One Stop Desk, Building 22-Center for Student Success, for admission and financial aid information.


Tuition is subject to change by the State Legislature. See Tuition and Fees or the quarterly class schedule for detailed information. Tuition and Fees do not include the cost of textbooks and supplies.

Cooperative Work Experience/Internships

Cooperative Work Experience is the internship program at South Puget Sound Community College and offers students an opportunity to receive college credit for paid or unpaid work experience related to their educational goals. This program gives students an opportunity to apply their skill while still in college.

For more information or an appointment, contact the Cooperative Work Experience/Internship office at 360-596-5359 or Career Services.

Office of Civil Rights Compliance Statement

South Puget Sound Community College's equal opportunity policy prohibits discrimination in our services and in employment against any person on the basis of race or ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, Vietnam-era or disabled veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, physical or mental disability except in the case of a bona fide occupation qualification. South Puget Sound Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).