Associate in Science-Transfer (Track 1)

Overview

Program Description

The Associate in Science-Transfer is designed for persons interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to study science or engineering.  Students who successfully complete degree requirements and elective courses recommended for their specific area of study will transfer to many four-year degree programs with junior standing. Compared to the Associate of Arts Degree, this degree delays some general education distribution credits until the junior or senior year in order to make room in the transfer degree for required freshman and sophomore-level science sequences.  AS-T Track 1 focuses on chemistry, biology, environmental and natural resource sciences and geology and earth sciences.

Program Outcomes

General education introduces students to the content and methodology of the major areas of knowledge – communication, the humanities and fine arts, the natural sciences, mathematics and the social sciences – and helps them develop the intellectual skills that will make them more effective life-long learners.  The College’s general education program is intended to meet the transfer requirements of four-year colleges and universities as outlined in the Intercollegiate Relations Commission Handbook.  South Puget Sound Community College prepares recipients of the Associate in Science-Transfer Degree to:

  • 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 responsibilities and consequences

Program Requirement

In planning this degree, students need to work closely with their advisor and the transfer institution so that the science credits within the degree create a seamless passage to the transfer institution. Although the Associate in Science-Transfer Degree transfers to four-year colleges and universities in Washington State, it may not meet specific department requirements.  

A minimum of 90 credits is required, meeting the distribution in the table below. All courses taken must be at college level (numbered 100 or above), with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.  Of the 90 credits required for the degree, 85 must be from the General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts & Science – Direct Transfer Agreement.  A class can only count once toward General Education requirements.  For example, IIS 125 will satisfy either HUMANITIES or SOCIAL SCIENCE course requirements, but not both. A maximum of 5 credits in performance/skills courses may be applied to the humanities distribution requirement.  

Additional Program Information

 

Educational Plan

Associate in Science - Transfer / Track 1

90 credits
Core Requirement
Communication

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

Quantitative
MATH&151 Calculus I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Differential calculus of single-variable functions. This course was formerly known as MATH 123. Prerequisite: MATH& 142 (formerly MATH 122) with a "C" or better.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
MATH&152 Calculus II 5 Credits Search Schedule
Integral calculus of single-variable functions. Continuation of MATH& 151. This course was formerly known as MATH 124. Prerequisite: MATH& 151 (formerly MATH 123) with a "C" or better.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
MATH&153 Calculus III 5 Credits Search Schedule
Advanced calculus topics including infinite series, Taylor polynomials, Taylor series representation of functions and calculus in polar coordinates and in parametric equations. Continuation of MATH& 152. This course was formerly known as MATH 125. Prerequisite: MATH& 152 (formerly MATH 124) with a "C" or better.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
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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

Humanities 
5 Credits in HUMANITIES

Social Science 
5 Credits in SOCIAL SCIENCE

Humanities or Social Science 5 credits
Must be in different discipline than those above.  Should fulfill diversity requirement.
5 Credits in HUMANITIES
5 Credits in SOCIAL SCIENCE

Natural Science
CHEM&161 General Chemistry w/Lab I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Focuses on general chemistry for engineering, biological science, physical science, pre-med, pre-dental, and math majors. This the first course in a three course sequence. CHEM& 139 is recommended for those needing to fulfill the prerequisite. Pererquisite: Concurrent enrollment in or completion of MATH& 141 with a grade of "C" or better, and completion of CHEM& 139 or CHEM& 121 with a grade of "C" or better, or a year of high school chemistry.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
CHEM&162 General Chemistry w/Lab II 5 Credits Search Schedule
Second quarter of a general chemistry sequence for engineering, biological science, physical science, pre-med, pre-dental, and math majors. Includes covalent bonds, molecular shapes, solutions and solids, colligative properties, rates of reaction and equilibrium. Introduction to organic chemistry. Stresses problem solving and critical thinking. 4 hours lecture/3 hours lab per week. This course was formerly known as CHEM 150 General Chemistry II. Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in CHEM& 161 or CHEM 140 and MATH& 141 or MATH 121.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
CHEM&163 General Chemistry w/Lab III 5 Credits Search Schedule
Third quarter of a general chemistry sequence for engineering, biological science, physical science, pre-med, pre-dental, and math majors. Includes acids and bases, solubility and complex ion equilibria, thermodynamics - entropy, reduction-oxidation reactions and electrochemistry and nuclear reactions and issues. Stresses problem solving and critical thinking. 4 hours lecture/3 hours lab per week. This course was formerly known as CHEM 160 General Chemistry III. Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in CHEM& 162 (formerly CHEM 150), MATH& 141 (formerly MATH 121).
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE

AND

BIOL&211 Majors Cellular 5 Credits Search Schedule
The study of cell biology and genetics for biology majors and students in pre-professional programs. Includes biochemistry, cell structure, metabolism, molecular and Mendelian genetics. This course was formerly known as BIOL& 221, Majors Cell Biology. Recommended CHEM& 121 or CHEM& 161. May be concurrent. Prerequisite: None.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
BIOL&212 Majors Animal 5 Credits Search Schedule
A comparative study of the major animal groups including anatomy, physiology, development, and behavior within an evolutionary and ecological framework. For biology majors and students in pre-professional programs. This course was formerly known as BIOL& 222, Majors Organismal Physiology. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211 (formerly BIOL& 221).
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
BIOL&213 Majors Plant 5 Credits Search Schedule
A study of plant biology; including plant and fungi diversity, structure, ecology and evolution. For biology majors and students in pre-professional programs. This course was formerly known as BIOL& 223, Majors Ecology & Evolution. Prerequisite: BIOL& 212 (formerly BIOL& 222).
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
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CHEM&241 Organic Chemistry I 4 Credits Search Schedule
First of a three-quarter sequence of organic chemistry courses. Emphasis on structure, naming, properties, and transformations of the main classes of carbon compounds. This course was formerly known as CHEM 237. Prerequisite: CHEM& 163 (formerly CHEM 160) and ENGL& 101 (formerly WRIT 101) with grades of "C" or better; or instructor's permission.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
CHEM&251 Organic Chemistry Lab I 3 Credits Search Schedule
First laboratory course of a three-quarter sequence of organic chemistry courses. Emphasis on reactions, synthesis, purification and analysis of the main classes of carbon compounds. Intended to be taken concurrently with CHEM& 241 (formerly CHEM 237). This course was formerly known as CHEM 241. Prerequisite: CHEM& 163 (formerly CHEM 160) and ENGL& 101 (formerly WRIT 101) with grades of "C" or better; CHEM& 241 (formerly CHEM 237) with a grade of "C" or better (or concurrent enrollment); or instructor's permission.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
CHEM&242 Organic Chemistry II 4 Credits Search Schedule
Second of a three-quarter sequence of organic chemistry courses. Further study of structure, naming, properties and transformations of the main classes of carbon compounds, especially aromatic and carbonyl compounds. Intended to be taken concurrently with CHEM& 252 (formerly CHEM 242). This course was formerly known as CHEM 238. Prerequisite: CHEM& 241 (formerly CHEM 237) with a grade of "C" or better; or instructor's permission.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
CHEM&243 Organic Chemistry III 4 Credits Search Schedule
Third of a three-quarter sequence of organic chemistry courses. Emphasis on structure, naming, properties and transformations of amine and polyfunctional carbon compounds; and biochemical compounds (such as lipids, amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates and nucleic acids). This course was formerly known as CHEM 239. Prerequisite: CHEM& 242 (formerly CHEM 238) with a grade of "C" or better; or instructor's permission.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
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PHYS&114 General Physics I w/Lab 5 Credits Search Schedule
Fundamental principles and applications of physics: mechanics, including kinematics, Newton's Laws, works and energy, gravity, and rotational mechanics. This course was formerly known as PHYS 114 and PHYS& 121, General Physics I. Prerequisite: MATH 099 and knowledge of basic trigonometry.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
PHYS&115 General Physics II w/Lab 5 Credits Search Schedule
Fundamental principles and applications of physics: Solids and fluids, heat and thermo dynamics, electricity. This course was formerly known as PHYS& 122 and PHYS 115, General Physics II. Prerequisite: PHYS& 114 (formerly PHYS 114 and PHYS& 121), or instructor's permission.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
PHYS&116 General Physics III w/Lab 5 Credits Search Schedule
Fundamental principles and applications of physics: Electricity and magnetism, waves, sound, light, and optics. This course was formerly known as PHYS 116 and PHYS& 123, General Physics III. Prerequisite: PHYS& 115 (formerly PHYS 115 and PHYS& 122) or instructor's permission.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
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PHYS&221 Engineering Physics I w/Lab 5 Credits Search Schedule
For science and engineering majors. Fundamental principles of physics: mechanics, including kinematics, Newton's laws, work and energy, and rotational mechanics. This course was formerly known as PHYS 201, Engineering Physics I. Prerequisite: MATH& 151 (formerly MATH 123) or concurrent.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
PHYS&222 Engineering Physics II w/Lab 5 Credits Search Schedule
For science and engineering majors. Fundamental principles and applications of physics: solids, fluids, and gasses, heat and thermodynamics, electricity. This course was formerly known as PHYS 202, Engineering Physics II. Prerequisite: PHYS& 221 (formerly PHYS 201), MATH& 152 (formerly MATH 124) or may be taken concurrently.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
PHYS&223 Engineering Physics III w/Lab 5 Credits Search Schedule
For science and engineering majors. Fundamental principles of physics: Electricity and magnetism, oscillation, waves, sound, light, optics. This course was formerly known as PHYS 203, Engineering Physics III. Prerequisite: PHYS& 222 (formerly PHYS 202).
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE

Additional Science
Must be pre-approved by advisor. 10 credits in physics, geology, organic chemistry, biology, botany or math normally taken for science majors. Including science-related internships (COOP 190/290) or individual study.  For students taking the organic chemistry sequence, CHEM& 252 is strongly recommended and may be included here. 
Electives
15 credits from the General Education (AA) No more than 3 PE activity credits are accepted as transfer

**MATH& 141 and MATH& 142 may be waived based on appropriate placement testing.  If waived, an additional 10 credits of general education electives will be required to meet the 90 credit minimum.

MATH&141 Precalculus I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Covers functions and analytic geometry. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or a "C" or better in MATH 099 or equivalent.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
MATH&142 Precalculus II 5 Credits Search Schedule
Covers trigonometric functions and their applications. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or a "C" or better in MATH& 141 or equivalent.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE

Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised October 8, 2014