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Associate in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T)

The Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree builds on the technical courses required for job preparation by including a college-level general education component.

The distinguishing characteristic of the AAS-T degree is a minimum of 20 credits of general education drawn from the same list as those taken by students completing the Direct Transfer Agreement associate degree or the Associate of Science-Transfer degree.

Important considerations:

  • AAS-T courses are designed for immediate employment and as preparation for applied bachelor of science degrees and certain bachelor degree programs.
  • The AAS-T is fully transferrable only when the receiving college or university has a special agreement (articulation) in place with the specific community or technical college.
  • The AAS-T degree is not accepted in transfer in preparation for bachelor of arts or bachelor of science programs. The general education component of the AAS-T, however, will be accepted in transfer.

Awarding the AAS-T is the option of the college.

Not all technical degrees are appropriate for the AAS-T designation. Each college determines which degrees are to be so designated. This outline was approved by the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges March 8, 2002.

AAS-T General Education Component

All courses in the AAS-T  general education component must be generally transferable courses. They also must assure that the student have a foundation in communication and quantitative skills as well as an introduction in science, social science and humanities. These courses may also serve the dual purpose of meeting industry requirements for job preparation.

A minimum of 20 credits must include the following:

  • 5 credits in Communication — ENGL 101-English Composition.
  • 5 credits in math — Any generally transferable math course with Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite.
  • 10 credits in Science, Social Science or Humanities — Courses selected from the generally accepted in transfer list. These courses may also met the human relations requirement for technical degrees.

Transcript Designator

Colleges are urged to name the AAS-T degree Associate of Applied Science — T. Four-year institutions must be able to identify which transcripts are for degrees that meet this AAS-T standard and which do not.

SBCTC requires use of Exit T for all AAS-T degrees.

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