Students should meet early in their matriculation at Olympic College with an academic faculty advisor to determine the degree suitable for them.
The Associate in Arts (AA-DTA) Degree is appropriate for many intended majors, especially in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Students complete 60 credits of general education and 30 credits of electives which should be tailored to the future major. See Transfer Planning for elective suggestions.
The Associate in General Studies (AGS) Degree grants academic recognition for the completion of 90 applicable college-level credits and provides flexibility for students to select courses which best fit their interests or emphasize a particular area of study. The non-transfer degree does not preclude the selection of transfer classes and subsequent transfer to a four-year college or university. However, students should be aware that their transcripts will be subjected to a course by course analysis by the receiving institution to determine transferability.
Biological Sciences, Environmental/Resource Sciences, Chemistry, Geology and Earth Sciences
This is intended for students with an interest in transferring to a baccalaureate institution in the State of Washington in one of the targeted disciplines. Typically the Associate in Arts degree is best suited for transfer to certain baccalaureate institutions.
Engineering, Physics, Computer Science and Atmospheric Science
This is intended for students with an interest in transferring to a baccalaureate institution in the State of Washington in one of the targeted disciplines. (Engineering students: use this for transferring to an engineering school outside the State of Washington. For engineering transfer within the State of Washington, use the Associate of Science (Track 2) Major Related Program—Pre-Engineering degree appropriate for the desired discipline.) Typically the Associate in Arts degree is best suited for transfer to certain baccalaureate institutions.
Individuals who have journey status in a trade may earn credits toward the ATA degree in the following ways:
- Experience at the journey level in an apprentice trade: 5 credits for the first year, one credit for each additional year to a maximum of 5 additional credits.
- Experience as a supervisor or instructor: 5 credits for the first year, 1 credit for each additional year to a maximum of 5 additional credits.
- Journey-level experience and credits from professional/technical courses from other colleges must be evaluated by the appropriate faculty member and the Dean of Workforce Development.
Source: 2013-2014 Olympic College Catalog