Associate in Business

Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (AB-DTA/MRP)

The mission of the Associate in Business (DTA/MRP) program is to prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions for their final two years of undergraduate study in a business-related field.

The courses listed below are required for students planning to transfer to most four-year colleges and universities in the State of Washington. The “Statewide Business DTA Major Related Program (MRP) Agreement”, revised July 1, 2012, specifies the requirements for the AB-DTA/MRP degree. The agreement’s URL is: http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/college/studentsvcs/business_dta_mrp-july2012.pdf

Early in the program, students should check with their intended transfer university/college advisor for specific admissions and business program requirements for course choices where options are listed for Humanities, Natural Science, Social Science, and electives.

A cumulative college GPA of 2.0 is required. Some transfer institutions require a higher overall GPA , a higher GPA in a subset of courses, or a specific minimum grade in one or more courses such as math or English. Check with your planned transfer institution for these requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:
  1. Define the basic concepts of business and economics, summarize the types of companies that comprise the world of business, and explain business interdependence and competition.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of business trends including globalization and e-commerce.
  3. Explain the role of business and economics in promoting social responsibility and ethical behavior in all levels of business.
  4. Use business and economic concepts to solve business and economic problems.
  5. Define the importance and application of law in American and global business operations.
  6. Demonstrate effective two-way communication skills in the solution of business and economic problems.
  7. Use critical thinking skills in the solution of business and economic problems.
  8. Describe the effects of government regulation and taxation on business and economic activities.
Advisor Office Phone
McNamara, Kim Technical 204 360.475.7374
Snapp, Richard Technical 204 360.475.7386
Ward, Alan Business 107 360.475.7378

Required Courses Credits
Communication Skills Requirement: 10 credits (see Note 1)  
Must include ten credits of English composition.  
ENGL& 101 English Composition I* 5
ENGL& 102 Composition II* 5

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills Requirement: 10 credits
Must include 5 credits of Business Calculus, Calculus I, or a higher level math that includes calculus as a prerequisite.  

Choose one of the following three courses:
MATH 147 Business Algebra* 5  
MATH& 141 Precalculus I: Algebra* 5  
MATH& 142 Precalculus II: Trig* 5 5

Choose one of the following two courses:
MATH& 148 Business Calculus* 5  
MATH& 151 Calculus I* 5 5

Within distribution requirements, linked sequences of courses are encouraged. No more than 10 credits per discipline area.  

Humanities Requirement: 15 credits from at least 2 disciplines. (see Notes 2 & 3)
Maximum of 5 credits in skills performance courses  
Maximum of 5 credits in foreign language courses  
Humanities Course 1 (CMST& 220 Public Speaking recommended) 5
Humanities Course 2 5
Humanities Course 3 5

Social Science Requirement: 15 credits from at least 2 disciplines, including ECON& 201 and ECON& 202
ECON& 201 Micro Economics* 5
ECON& 202 Macro Economics* 5
    Additional Social Science course 5

Natural Science Requirement: 15 credits from at least 2 disciplines. (see Note 4)
Statistics and 10 credits of physical, biological, and/or earth science, including at least one lab course  
BUS 215 Business Statistics* (preferred) OR 5  
MATH& 146 Intro to Statistics* 5 5
    Lab Science course 5
    Natural Science course 5

Business Transfer Requirement: 20 credits (see Note 5)
ACCT& 201 Prin of Accounting I 5
ACCT& 202 Prin of Accounting II* 5
ACCT& 203 Prin of Accounting  III* 5
BUS& 201 Business Law 5

Elective Requirement: 5 credits of non-business electives (see Note 6)
Elective (College-level courses) 5
Total Credits Required 90

Note 1 – English Composition: To meet the current EWU requirements, the second English Composition course must be equivalent to EWU’s English 201- College Composition: Analysis, Research, and Documentation. OC’s ENGL& 102 Composition II satisfies this requirement.

Note 2 - Humanities: Students intending the international business major should consult their potential transfer institutions regarding the level of world language required for admission to the major. 5 credits in world languages may apply to the Humanities requirement.

Note 3 - Humanities: Students are encouraged to include a speech or oral communication course (not small group communication).

Note 4 – Natural Sciences: Students intending the manufacturing management major at WWU should consult WWU regarding the selection of natural science courses required for admission to the major.

Note 5- Business Courses: 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.

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.

Note 6 – General Electives: 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 (OC: CIS 101 and CIS 110)
  • Gonzaga: Management Information Systems BMIS 235 (OC: No transfer course on record)
  • PLU: computer applications CSCE 120, either an equivalent course or skills test (OC: No transfer course on record)
  • WWU: Introduction to Business Computer Systems MIS220 (OC: No transfer course on record)

*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2014-2015 Olympic College Catalog