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Associate Degrees

Below you can find the associate and university transfer degrees offered at Pierce College. You can find more indepth information in the catalog.

The Associate of Arts (AA-DTA) is for liberal arts transfer students. It is also sometimes known as the DTA Associate degree. These degrees can be tailored to your university of choice.

The Associate of Science (AS-T) is for science transfer students and is offered on two tracks, depending on the field of study.

  • Track One is for science students who wish to focus on biological and environmental/resource sciences, geology and earth science, or chemistry.
  • Track Two is for students who wish to focus on engineering, computer science, physics, or atmospheric science.

Career Pathways

Learn more about roadmaps to your desired career by visiting our Career Pathways page, where you can view flow charts, roadmaps, and employment outlooks for a variety of degrees and careers.

Worksheets and Roadmaps

Worksheets and Career Pathway Information
Associate of Arts (AA-DTA)  Worksheet Career Roadmap
Associate of Science (AS-T) Track 1  Worksheet Career Roadmap
Associate of Science (AS-T) Track 2  Worksheet Career Roadmap

Educational Planning Form

Use the Educational Planning Form to map out the required courses you plan to take each quarter.

University Transfer

A university transfer degree from Pierce College satisfies the first two years of coursework required at four-year colleges and universities, at a fraction of the cost.

Completion of most of the two-year degrees listed below allow for transfer to many public and private four-year colleges in Washington.

A list of schools that accept each DTA, along with other valuable transfer information is on the State Board’s website.

Direct Transfer Degrees

Direct transfer agreements (DTA) are available in the following specific fields. These degrees satisfy the lower division general education (core) requirements and lower division degree-related requirements of four-year institutions.

Worksheets & Career Pathway Information
Associate in Biology (DTA/MRP) Worksheet Career Roadmap
Associate in Business (DTA/MRP) Worksheet Career Roadmap
Associate in Construction Management (DTA/MRP) Worksheet Career Roadmap
Associate in Math Education (DTA) Worksheet Career Roadmap
Associate in Pre-Nursing (DTA/MRP) Worksheet Career Roadmap

Understanding Transfer Requirements

Pierce College has partnerships with many four-year institutions. For more information about these partnerships, please visit our Transfer Guide page

Transfer requirements vary by university, so it’s helpful to choose your transfer destination early. Review the requirements for your intended four-year school, as well as the requirements specific to your planned major. Then, meet regularly with your Pierce College Advisor to ensure you’re on track with those requirements.

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) defines policy for courses accepted for transfer at Washington's public colleges and universities. Guides for admissions deadlines and requirements for in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities are available for download here:

Requirements for All Transfer Degrees

While Pierce College allows students to earn more than 90 credits, some four-year institutions may allow no more than 90 credits to apply to your chosen field of study. Be sure to check with the four-year institution to determine their specific policy. It is your responsibility to ensure your courses are acceptable for transfer to your desired school.

College preparatory courses, as well as those numbered below 100, are not acceptable for transfer.

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