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Transfer Planning

Planning to transfer to a four-year college or university?

This section provides information for students who plan to transfer to a college or university in the State of Washington to complete a baccalaureate degree. It highlights different transfer degree areas and includes contact information for faculty advisors at Olympic College who can help map out education plans and transfer programs of study. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution where they plan to transfer before finalizing their education plans.


Advising Notes and Recommendations

  • Consult a faculty counselor if you have not decided on a future major.
  • Check with your intended transfer college or university advisor for specific admissions and major requirements. With careful planning, you may be able to fulfill both admissions and major requirements with your degree.
  • Not all courses are offered every quarter. A faculty advisor can help you plan course sequence and schedule.

NOTE: The Associate in Arts/Direct Transfer Agreement (AA/DTA) is a general transfer degree. It is not usually associated with a specific major. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university are responsible for contacting the appropriate advisors at the institution to determine which additional classes they may need to take while attending OC. The educational plan to complete the AA/DTA and any additional classes should be made in consultation with the appropriate OC Faculty Advisor.


Baccalaureate Institutions in Washington that Subscribe to the ICRC Guidelines

Most students who plan to transfer will complete the Associate in Arts/Direct Transfer Agreement (AA/DTA) or Associate of Science (AS). These degrees are designed to meet statewide guidelines endorsed by the InterCollege Relations Commission (ICRC) to ease transfer. The following 22 baccalaureate institutions subscribe to ICRC Guidelines:

  • Bastyr University
  • Central Washington University
  • City University
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Gonzaga University
  • Heritage College
  • Northwest University
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Saint Martin’s University
  • Seattle University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • The Evergreen State College
  • Trinity Lutheran College
  • University of Washington
  • University of Washington Bothell
  • University of Washington Tacoma
  • Washington State University
  • Washington State University Tri-Cities
  • Washington State University Vancouver
  • Western Washington University
  • Whitworth College

Many of these institutions apply provisos such as minimum grades, and foreign language or other course requirements in accepting the transfer Associate degree. Check with the admissions office at the baccalaureate institution for clarification and up-to-date information.


Common Course Numbering

All Washington state community and technical colleges are using a Common Course Numbering (CCN) system. The system identifies courses that are equivalent at community colleges throughout the state to make it easier for students to transfer between two-year colleges. Courses with an ampersand (&) after the prefix code are part of the Common Course Numbering system. Many courses without an “&” also transfer between two-year and four-year colleges.


Agreements by Other Colleges or Institutions to Accept Credits from Olympic College

In addition to the colleges subscribing to ICRC guidelines, Olympic College has entered into formal agreements with the following institutions for transfer:

Brandman University

The Evergreen State College: Direct technical transfer for Chemical Dependency Counseling ATA and Organizational Leadership; and The Upside Down Degree for Accounting Technology, Business Management, Early Childhood Education, Legal Office Professional, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Computer Information Systems, and Leadership and Occupational Studies.

University of Washington – Tacoma: Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Program

University of North Dakota: Engineering

Olympic College is also part of a statewide agreement with Western Governors’ University – Washington.


Reciprocity among Washington Community and Technical Colleges

Washington community and technical colleges (CTCs) offer reciprocity to students transferring within the CTC system who are pursuing an AA or AS degree. Students who have fulfilled entire areas of their degree requirements at one college will be considered to have met those same requirements if they plan to complete the same degree when they transfer to another community or technical college in Washington. These degree requirements include Communication Skills, Quantitative Skills, or one or more Distribution Area requirements. Students must initiate the review process and must be prepared to provide necessary documentation. For complete information, students should contact an evaluator in Registration and Records.


Washington 45

A student who completes courses selected from within the general education categories listed here (Washington 45 list) at a public community, technical, four-year college or university in Washington State will be able to transfer and apply a maximum of 45 quarter credits toward general education requirement(s) at any other public and most private higher education institutions in the state.


Possible Transfer Areas:




Accounting Technology

Associate in Applied Science—Transfer (AAS-T)

The AAS-T in Accounting Technology is intended to provide for workplace readiness with an option to continue on in a bachelor of accounting program. Using both a manual as well as automated approach, the program provides for a comprehensive review of the accounting cycle for all types of business (service, merchandising and corporation), and infuses a breadth of accounting fields, including payroll accounting, fund (or governmental) accounting, and preparing taxes for an individual and a business.

Faculty Office Phone
Salas, Joanne Business 109 360.475.7372

See the Accounting Technology AAS–T Degree for course listings and other details.




Anthropology

Associate in Arts (AA)

Anthropology is the study of humankind. It is a holistic discipline that is divided into four subfields: Archaeology, Cultural, Linguistics, and Biological. Four-year programs typically require Anthropology majors to take course work in each of the subfields.

Potential Careers

  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Cultural Affairs Specialist
  • Education Coordinator
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Historical Society Director
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Museum Curator
  • Peace Corps Worker
  • Radio/TV Newscaster
  • Researcher
  • Social Worker
    Faculty Office Phone
    Hartse, Caroline Humanities & Student Services 334 360.475.7111

    Students who intend to major in Anthropology at a four-year institution should complete the requirements for an Associate in Arts Degree. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Good writing skills are essential and should be developed. Most undergraduate programs require at least one statistics course. Competence in one foreign language is also required for some undergraduate and most graduate programs.

    Courses to consider when completing distribution requirements for an AA:

    ANTH& 100  Survey of Anthropology
    ANTH& 204   Archaeology
    ANTH& 205  Biological Anthropology
    ANTH& 206   Cultural Anthropology
    ANTH& 207   Linguistic Anthropology

    In addition to taking the above recommended courses, students can design a course of study to supplement the subfields of anthropology they are interested in. Contact the anthropology advisor for further information.




    Art

    Associate in Arts (AA)

    Fundamental to the development of fine art is the spirit and process of exploration. The Art curriculum encourages the process of discovery as it applies to perceptual and conceptual issues basic to the creative process. The purpose of the integrated transfer curriculum is to provide a catalyst for students to widen their artistic awareness and versatility.

    Potential Careers

    • Advertising Media Planner
    • Animators
    • Art Gallery Administrator
    • Art Lawyers
    • Cartoonists
    • Docent Coordinator
    • Graphic Analyst
    • Outreach Education
    • Photographer
    • Publicist
    • Public Programming
    • Set Designers
    Faculty Office Phone
    Weichman, Marie Art 143 360.475.7287

    Students who complete the Associate in Arts Degree requirements and include many of the courses listed below will have a firm foundation in the fundamentals of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, which will support the creation of a portfolio. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Courses to consider when completing distribution requirements for an AA:

    ART 102    Art History/Ancient—Byzantine
    ART 103  Art History/Medieval—Renaissance
    ART 104  Art History/Baroque—Modern
    ART 106  Drawing I
    ART 107  Drawing II
    ART 110  Design I
    ART 111  Design II
    ART 125  Ceramics I
    ART 230  Watercolor I
    ART 240  Painting I
    ART 266  Sculpture I



    Astronomy

    Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS-Track 2)

    Astronomers are sometimes called astrophysicists. They use the laws of physics and mathematics to learn about the nature of matter and energy throughout the universe, which includes the sun, moon, planets, stars, and galaxies. In addition, astronomers apply their knowledge to solve problems in navigation, space flight, and satellite communications. They also develop the instruments and techniques needed to observe and collect astronomical data. Many astronomers work in colleges and universities where they do research and teach astronomy. Some work in observatories, planetariums, and museums where they help to explain what is known about the universe to the public. Others are employed by government agencies, such as the U.S. Naval Observatory or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). A few work for companies in the aerospace industry.

    Students wanting to transfer should complete the Associate in Arts or the Associate of Science (Track 2) Degree requirements. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Contact Office Phone
    Science-Engineering-Mathematics Advisor Humanities & Student Services 203A 360.475.7743



    Atmospheric Science/Meteorology

    Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS-Track 2)

    Meteorology is the science of the atmosphere. It offers the opportunity of investigating the forces that shape weather and climate and how human activities can affect climate through the introduction of pollutants into the atmosphere. An interest in the physical sciences and mathematics are the essential elements for a career in meteorology. Courses in earth sciences can also provide a valuable insight into the atmospheric environment. It is very important to become familiar with the use of computers and their application to problem-solving, writing and communication. In the simplest of terms, high school students should take every mathematics, physics and computer course that is available. They should also develop basic skills in written and spoken English to communicate scientific knowledge.

    Students wanting to transfer should complete the Associate in Arts or the Associate of Science (Track 2) Degree requirements. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Contact Office Phone
    Science-Engineering-Mathematics Advisor Humanities & Student Services 203A 360.475.7743



    Biology

    Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS-Track 1)

    Life scientists study living organisms, their structure, evolutionary development, behavior and life processes. Biologists are also interested in the relationship between animals, plants, microorganisms and their environments. The number and variety of plants and animals is vast, and life processes varied and complex; therefore, specialization is required early in upper division work.

    Potential Careers

    • Conservationist
    • Dentist, Dental Hygienist
    • Ecologist
    • Genetic Engineer
    • Medical Technologist
    • Optometrist
    • Physician
    • Trainer
    • Technical Writer
    • Toxicologist
    • Veterinarian
    • Zoologist
    Faculty Office Phone
    Dodge, Matthew OC Poulsbo 217C 360.394.2747
    Elauria, Angela Science & Technology 206 360.475.7734
    Ferguson, Deanna Science & Technology 208 360.475.7274
    Miller, Larry Science & Technology 207 360.475.7703

    Students may choose to complete either the Associate in Arts or Associate of Science (Track 1) Degree requirements.

    As part of your degree, include these courses in your educational plan:

    BIOL 201  Majors Biology I
    BIOL 202  Majors Biology II
    BIOL 203  Majors Biology III

    At some institutions, to satisfy the prerequisite for upper division biology credits, a year of general chemistry must also be completed.




    Biotechnology

    Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS-Track 2)

    Biotechnology is a fascinating field which is at the cutting edge of science using living cells and materials produced by cells to create pharmaceutical, diagnostic, agricultural, environmental, and other products to benefit society. People working in this field make groundbreaking discoveries that fight disease, improve food production, clean up the environment and make manufacturing more efficient and profitable. Because of the various levels of occupations associated with biotechnology, students have several options. Associate degrees are available at a number of community colleges in Washington State that focus on the technical side of biotechnology. Bachelor’s and graduate degrees are also available that prepare students for careers in biotechnology associated with research and development and quality control.

    Because of the different educational pathways open to students, students should complete the Associate in Arts or the Associate of Science (Track 2) Degree requirements if they plan to transfer to a four-year institution or check with a faculty advisor concerning the professional/technical options available at other Washington State Community Colleges. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Faculty Office Phone
    Elauria, Angela Science & Technology 206 360.475.7734



    Business

    Associate in Business (AB-DTA/MRP)

    Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program

    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.

    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.

    Potential Careers

    • Actuary
    • Collection Agent
    • Commodities Analyst/Trader
    • Economist
    • FBI/CIA Agent
    • Financial Analyst, Planner, Researcher
    • Insurance Agent/Broker
    • Investment Banking Analyst
    • Investment Counselor
    • Human Resources Administrator
    • Lawyer
    • Marketing Sales Manager
    • Securities Broker
    • Statistician
    • Underwriter

    Faculty Office Phone
    McNamara, Kim Technical 204 360.475.7374
    Snapp, Richard Technical 204 360.475.7386
    Ward, Alan Business 107 360.475.7378

    See the Associate in Business–Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program Degree for course listings and other details.




    Chemistry

    Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS-Track 1)

    Chemistry is the science that studies matter, its properties and composition, and the laws that govern the formation of matter from the basic elements. The breadth of the subject area is enormous and chemists can be found working on such diverse problems as the development of new plastics and fibers, drug preparation, pollution control, the isolation and identification of plant and insect hormones, medical research, nuclear chemistry, and the analysis of geological materials.

    Potential Careers

    • Analytical Chemist
    • Art Conservator
    • Chemical Engineer
    • Dentist
    • Environmental Compliance Officer
    • Laboratory Manager
    • Market Research Analyst
    • Medical Examiner
    • Patent Lawyer
    • Pharmacist
    • Primary Care Physician
    • Research Scientist
    Faculty Office Phone
    Baldwin, Ted Science & Technology 205 360.475.7733
    Flowers, Billy Science & Technology 209 360.475.7707
    Geyer, Cameon Science & Technology 213 360.475.7728
    Phayre, Allison Science & Technology 210 360.475.7730

    Students should complete the Associate in Arts or the Associate of Science (Track 1) Degree requirements if they plan to transfer to a four-year institution. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    As part of your degree, include these courses in your education plan:

    CHEM& 141/151  General Chemistry & Lab I
    CHEM& 142/152  General Chemistry & Lab II
    CHEM& 143/153  General Chemistry & Lab III
    CHEM& 241/251  Organic Chem & Lab I
    CHEM& 242/252  Organic Chem & Lab II
    CHEM& 243/253  Organic Chem & Lab III
    MATH& 151  Calculus I
    MATH& 152  Calculus II
    MATH& 163  Calculus 3
    PHYS 254  Engineering Physics
    PHYS 255  Engineering Physics
    PHYS 256  Engineering Physics



    Communication Studies

    Associate in Arts (AA)

    The Communication Studies program at Olympic College is the study of various forms of human communication in culturally diverse contexts. The program focuses on the basic skills and critical thought needed to transfer to four-year programs. Studies in communication and culture help us focus on how people negotiate their identities and voices in relationships and society. Courses also expose students to cutting edge theory and technology in preparation for careers in the fast-growing communications fields. The program provides a firm foundation for students seeking a transfer degree to apply toward studies in communication or other social science and humanities fields. The department provides a foundation for understanding how rhetoric, persuasion, and messages shape the world around us. Ultimately, studies in communication help students succeed in an increasingly multicultural, mediated and ever-changing world.

    There are six tracks available for study in the Communication Studies program at Olympic College. These tracks are designed to aid in the direct transfer of A.A. credit from Olympic College to three types of Communications programs in the Washington State four-year University system. Selected Communication Studies students also have the opportunity during their time at Olympic College to earn course and valuable professional experience through internships, both locally and nationally. These tracks are:

    • Journalism
    • Public Relations
    • Rhetoric and Culture
    • Popular Culture and Media Studies
    • Relational and Organizational Communication
    • Public Advocacy

    POTENTIAL CAREERS

    • Account Manager/Executive
    • Arts Administrator
    • Associated Press Reporter
    • Event Planner
    • Federal Government Agent
    • Film Director
    • Fund Raiser
    • Labor Negotiator
    • Legislative Advocate
    • Marketing Manager
    • News Photographer
    • News Reporter/Editor
    • Private Investigator
    • Public Relations Officer
    • Script Writer
    • Small Business Owner
    • Speech Writer
    • Sports Announcer
    • Sports Information Officer
    • Training Manager
    • University Administration
    • Video Coordinator
    • Writer/Producer
    Faculty Office Phone
    Hering, Seville Humanities & Student Services 348 360.475.7403
    Newsom, Victoria Humanities & Student Services 330 360.475.7509
    Prince, Michael Technical 101A 360.475.7243

    Students wanting to transfer should complete the Associate in Arts Degree. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Courses to consider when completing distribution requirements for an AA:

    CMST& 101 Introduction to Comm
    CMST& 102 Intro to Mass Media
    CMST& 210  Interpersonal Communication
    CMST& 220  Public Speaking
    CMST& 230 Small Group Communication



    Computer Information Systems Specialist

    Associate in Applied Science—Transfer (AAS-T)

    Computer Information Systems Specialists work with businesses, governments, and other organizations that use computer hardware and software every day. They provide day-to-day support for users. They make sure all parts of a computer system work to meet the organization's goals. They use their strong communications skills to help and work with a variety of people within an organization.

    Students can transfer to the Evergreen State College Upside Down Degree Program with a Computer Information Systems Specialist AAS–T Degree. Students planning to transfer should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution before finalizing their education plan.

    Advisor Office Phone
    Becker, Richard Technical 202 360.475.7370
    Bilodeau, Pam Technical 205 360.475.7371
    Blackwell, Kevin Technical 215 360.475.7379
    Hanson, Dondi Technical 211 360.475.7376
    Westlund, Mark Technical 203 360.475.7357

    See the Information Systems Specialist AAS-T Degree for course listings and other details.




    Computer Science

    Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS-Track 2)

    Students who obtain a four-year degree in computer science will obtain a foundation that permits them to adapt to new technologies and new ideas in software design, in the solution of computing problems, and in the use of computers to address emerging challenges.

    Potential Careers

    • Applications Programmer
    • CAD/CAM Designer
    • Computer Engineer
    • Operating Systems Programmer
    • Operations Research Specialist
    • Special Effects Specialist
    • Systems Analyst
    • Systems Software Developer
    • Technical Sales Rep
    • Technical Writer
    Contact Office Phone
    Science-Engineering-Mathematics Advisor Humanities & Student Services 203A 360.475.7743

    Olympic College offers courses to prepare students to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at a four-year institution. Careful planning is essential. The courses required to major in computer science vary, depending on the institution and the program chosen. At some institutions, admission into the Computer Science major is highly selective. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Students may choose to complete either the Associate in Arts or the Associate of Science (Track 2) Degree requirements.

    As part of your degree, include these courses in your education plan:

    CS& 141  Computer Science I Java
    CS 143  Computer Science II Java
    CS 210  Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
    MATH& 151  Calculus I
    MATH& 152  Calculus II
    MATH& 163  Calculus 3
    MATH 250  Linear Algebra



    Criminal Justice

    Associate in Arts (AA)

    The field of Criminal Justice is composed of an assortment of institutions and practices in which society seeks to control and respond to criminal behavior. A degree in Criminal Justice can prepare students for entry into a variety of careers including law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, victim services, and criminal justice investigation.

    Potential Careers

    • Border Patrol Agent
    • Correction Officer
    • Court Administrator
    • Court Clerk
    • Court Reporter
    • Deputy Sheriff
    • Federal Protection Officer
    • I.R.S. Agent
    • Lawyer
    • Paralegal
    • Police Dispatcher, Officer, Detective
    • Polygraph Examiner
    • Probation Officer
    • Secret Service Agent
    • Special Agent, FBI
    • Social Worker
    • Warden
    Faculty Office Phone
    Thompson, Jess  Humanities & Student Services 322 360.475.7417

    The Associate in Arts Degree with emphasis in Criminal Justice is for students interested in transferring to a four-year college or university. Students should expect to take a variety of social science courses in order to understand the integral relationship between crime, justice, and society. Additionally, students are encouraged to develop valuable skills that will enhance their ability to work and interact with diverse populations and in a variety of settings. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Courses to consider when completing distribution requirements for an AA:

    CJ& 101  Intro Criminal Justice
    CMST 253 Intercultural Communication
    PSYC& 100  General Psychology
    SOC& 101  Intro to Sociology
    SOC 215 Criminology



    Dramatic Arts

    Associate in Arts (AA)

    The Department of Dramatic Arts educates and prepares students for careers in all of the contemporary vehicles of drama—including live theatre, film, television and video as well as the new emerging media forms. Our goals are to provide students with the practical skills and artistry necessary to develop and refine their creative talents within their chosen disciplines—acting, directing, scriptwriting or production design—and to offer the major introductory courses of the first two years of a Baccalaureate Program in Dramatic Arts.

    The department is committed to serving the authentic needs of the modern dramatic artist of the 21st Century by integrating the study of theatre, film and video under a single institutional umbrella. Our curriculum encourages and inspires the student artist to stretch and expand the fabric of his or her talent through a structured, process-oriented professional program that stresses self-discipline, self-discovery, self-expression and self-actualization. Through the mastery of specific skills and techniques, our students’ talents and creative instincts are nurtured and accelerated until their artistic potential flourishes.

    Potential Careers

    • Agent
    • Broadcast Technician
    • Carpenter
    • Casting Director
    • Communications Specialist
    • Costume Designer
    • Film Editor
    • Lighting Designer
    • Marketing Director
    • Media Relations Rep
    • Playwright
    • Script Writer
    • Set Designer
    • Special Effects Designer
    • Talent Manager
    • Theatrical Press Agent
    Faculty Office Phone
    Hagan, Timothy Music 103 360.475.7315

    Students wanting to transfer should complete the Associate in Arts Degree. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Courses to consider when completing distribution requirements for an AA:

    DRMA& 101  Intro to Theatre
    DRMA 201 Introduction to the Art of Film
    DRMA 240  Acting for the Camera I
    DRMA 241  Acting for the Camera II
    DRMA 245  Screenwriting I
    DRMA 246  Screenwriting II
    DRMA 280  Film Directing I
    DRMA 281  Film Directing II
    DRMA 285 Digital Filmmaking I
    DRMA 286 Digital Filmmaking II



    Early Childhood Education

    Associate in Arts (AA) or

    Associate in Applied Science—Transfer (AAS-T)


    Potential Careers

    • Child Care Director
    • Day Care Center Teacher
    • Daycare Provider
    • Designer of Children’s Products
    • Early Childhood Teacher/Administrator
    • Education Manager
    • Elementary School Teacher
    • Human Services Lobbyist
    • Legislative Analyst/Aide
    • Paraeducator
    • Playground Program Specialist
    • Preschool Administrator
    • Social Worker
    • Teacher’s Assistant
    Faculty Office Phone
    Dilling, Gayle Sophia Bremer Child Development Center 103 360.475.7289

    The Associate in Arts Degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education provides a broad background in general education as well as study in early childhood education. It is designed for students transferring to four-year colleges and universities. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    The Olympic College Early Childhood Education Program is based on the Washington State Core Competencies for Early Childhood and School Age Care Professions. A copy of the Core Competencies can be found at www.del.wa.gov/publications/partnerships/docs/CoreCompetencies.pdf.

    Courses to consider when completing distribution requirements for an AA:

    ANTH& 206 Cultural Anthropology
    ASL& 121 Am Sign Language I
    BIOL& 160 General Biology w/Lab
    CMST& 220 Public Speaking
    CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication
    ECED& 105 Intro Early Child Ed
    EDUC& 115 Child Development
    EDUC& 202 Intro to Education
    EDUC& 203 Exceptional Child
    PSYC& 100 General Psychology
    PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology
    SOC 135 The Family

    Recommended ECED Electives:

    (maximum 15 credits)
    ECED& 120 Practicum-Nurturing Rel
    ECED& 160 Curriculum Development
    ECED 164 Mathematics for Early Childhood Ed
    ECED 173 Art and Creative Activities
    ECED 174 Multicultural Education
    ECED 176 Music and Movement for Young Children
    ECED 177 Science for Young Children
    ECED& 180 Lang/Literacy Develop
    ECED 188 Child Abuse and Neglect
    ECED& 190 Observation/Assessment
    EDUC& 130 Guiding Behavior

    See the Early Childhood Education Associate in Applied Science–Transfer Degree for AAS-T course listings and other details.




    Education

    Associate in Arts (AA)


    Potential Careers

    • Academic Advisor
    • Admissions Counselor
    • Adult Educator
    • Advertising Account Executive
    • Audio-visual Specialist
    • Convention Organizer
    • Curriculum Coordinator
    • Editor
    • ESL Teacher
    • Learning Disabilities Specialist
    • Media Buyer
    • Lobbyist
    • Non-profit Administrator
    • Public Relations Specialist
    • Radio/TV Newscaster
    • School Psychologist
    • Social Worker
    • Technical Writer
    • Tour Guide
    Faculty Office Phone
    Sanford, Mary Humanities & Student Services 339 360.475.7317

    The courses listed below generally meet the pre-teaching requirements of the four-year colleges and universities in the State of Washington; however, it is imperative that the student become familiar with the specific requirements of the institution to which transfer is planned. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Students should complete the Associate in Arts Degree.

    Courses to consider when completing distribution requirements for an AA:

    EDUC 120  Instructional Strategies
    EDUC 123  Classroom Management
    EDUC 199  Practicum (minimum of 2 credits)
    EDUC& 202  Intro to Education



    Electronics

    Associate in Technical Arts (ATA)

    The Electronics ATA Degree is directly transferable to the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology (BSEET) programs in Washington State, including Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University and Old Dominion. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Advisor Office Phone
    Seybold, Craig Technical 115A 360.475.6814



    Elementary Education

    Associate in Elementary Education (Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program)  (AEE-DTA/MRP)

    For students preparing for an elementary education major at one of the following participating institutions: CWU, EWU, WSU, WWU, City University, Gonzaga, Heritage, PLU, SMU, SPU, WWC, or Whitworth.

    Faculty Office Phone
    Dilling, Gayle Sophia Bremer Child Development Center 103  360.475.7289
    Sanford, Mary Humanities & Student Services 339 360.475.7317

    Students should work closely with an advisor at the planned baccalaureate institution to choose courses. See the Associate in Elementary Education (AEE-DTA/MRP) Degree for course listings and other details.




    Engineering


    Potential Areas of Engineering Focus

    • Bioenvironmental
    • Biomedical
    • Chemical
    • Civil
    • Electrical & Computer
    • Industrial
    • Materials Science
    • Mechanical

    The Engineering Transfer Program graduates students who are prepared to excel in any four-year Engineering Program in the country.

    Degrees Available:

    Engineering

    Associate of Science (Track 2) for transferring to an engineering school outside the State of Washington

    For transfer to an engineering school in the State of Washington, students should use the appropriate Associate of Science (Track 2) Major Related Program Pre-Engineering Degree listed below.

    Biological & Chemical Engineering

    Associate of Science (Track 2 Major Related Program 2) for transferring within the State of Washington


    Computer & Electrical Engineering

    Associate of Science (Track 2 Major Related Program 3) for transferring within the State of Washington


    Mechanical, Civil, Aeronautical, Industrial, Materials Science Engineering

    Associate of Science (Track 2 Major Related Program 1) for transferring within the State of Washington


    Students should work closely with an Olympic College engineering faculty advisor (see list below) to determine the specific courses that are required to transfer to the university of their choice within their chosen discipline.

    Faculty Office Phone
    Science-Engineering-Mathematics Advisor Humanities & Student Services 203A 360.475.7743
    Brown, Jeff Science & Technology 113 360.475.7738
    Hess, Linnea Science & Technology 214 360.475.7727
    Tuncol, Goker Science & Technology 121 360.475.7722



    English

    Associate in Arts (AA)

    The English discipline seeks to help students acquire an understanding of, and proficiency in the English language and the elements of style by offering courses in basic composition and creative writing. In addition, the curriculum offers students who plan to transfer with an English major a general survey of American and English literature, as well as in-depth analyses of specific periods, authors, and genres. This curriculum is designed to enable students to examine the richness and variety with which the human imagination expresses itself in the written arts.

    Potential Careers

    • Advertising Account Executive
    • Campaign Manager
    • Communications Specialist
    • Corporate Trainer
    • Editor/Writer
    • Fact Checker
    • Fundraiser
    • Journalist
    • Media Buyer
    • Museum Curator
    • Special Events Coordinator
    • Volunteer Coordinator
    Faculty Office Phone
    DeLay, Jody Humanities & Student Services 318 360.475.7129
    Hoene, Kathryn Humanities & Student Services 323 360.475.7354
    Hong, Nathaniel Humanities & Student Services 342 360.475.7335
    Hoover, Carmen OC Shelton TJL 127 360.432.5409
    Jung, Eunha Humanities & Student Services 341 360.475.7627
    Meyers, Judith Humanities & Student Services 336 360.475.7336
    Plevin, Arlene Humanities & Student Services 321 360.475.7626
    Sherman, Ian Humanities & Student Services 316 360.475.7658
    Wayland, Ted Humanities & Student Services 331 360.475.6827

    Students wanting to transfer should complete the Associate in Arts Degree. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Courses to consider when completing distribution requirements for an AA:

    ENGL& 111  Intro to Literature
    ENGL& 227  British Literature II
    ENGL& 228  British Literature III
    ENGL& 244  American Literature I
    ENGL& 245  American Literature  II
    ENGL 150  Contemporary Literature
    ENGL& 220  Intro to Shakespeare
    ENGL 264  Native American Literature
    ENGL 283  Asian Literature
    ENGL 286  Women Authors



    Geography

    Associate in Arts (AA)

    Geography is the study of place and space. Geographers ask where things are located on the surface of the earth, why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the environment. There are two main branches of geography: human geography and physical geography. Human geography is concerned with the spatial aspects of human existence, including population, culture and economic activities. Physical geographers study patterns of climates, land forms, vegetation, soils, and water. Geographers also study the linkages between humans and natural systems.

    Potential Careers

    • CAD Operator
    • Cartographer
    • Economic Development Specialist
    • Geographer
    • Geographic Information Specialist
    • Geophysicist
    • Historian
    • Landscape Architect
    • Lawyer
    • Natural Resource Manager
    • Petrologist
    • Political Analyst/Scientist
    • Research Scientist
    • Seismologist
    • Soil Conservationist/Scientist
    • Urban Planner
    • Water Quality Specialist
    Faculty Office Phone
    Digby, Susan Science & Technology 215 360.475.7840
    Science, Engineering, Math Advisor Humanities & Student Services 203A 360.475.7743

    Students preparing for a career in Geography should plan to transfer to a four-year college. Students planning to major in physical geography should prepare themselves in a broad range of Natural Sciences. Students preparing to major in human geography should prepare themselves in a broad range of Social Science and Humanities. All students should consider courses in Geographic Information Systems.

    Students wanting to transfer should complete the Associate in Arts Degree requirements. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.



    Geology

    Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS-Track 1)

    Geologists study the structure, composition, and history of the Earth. Their concerns include locating water, fuels, and minerals resources; determining appropriate land usage; and diagnosing natural hazards such as floods, volcanoes, and earthquakes.

    Potential Careers

    • Earth Science Teacher
    • Ecologist
    • Environmental Consultant
    • Geologist
    • Hydrogeologist
    • Naturalist
    • Natural Resource Manager
    • Science Librarian
    • Soil Scientist
    • Surveyor
    • Technical Writer
    • Water Quality Specialist
    Faculty Office Phone
    Macias, Steve Science & Technology 119 360.475.7711

    Students preparing for a professional career in Geology should plan to transfer to a four-year college, and then to attend graduate school for a Master’s Degree. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Students may choose to complete either the Associate in Arts or Associate of Science (Track 1) Degree requirements.

    As part of your degree, include these courses in your education plan:

    CHEM& 141/151  General Chemistry & Lab I
    CHEM& 142/152  General Chemistry & Lab II
    CHEM& 143/153  General Chemistry & Lab III
    GEOL& 101  Intro Physical Geology
    GEOL& 103  Historical Geology
    GEOL& 110  Environmental Geology
    MATH& 151  Calculus I
    MATH& 152  Calculus II
    MATH& 163  Calculus 3
    PHYS 254  Engineering Physics
    PHYS 255  Engineering Physics
    PHYS 256  Engineering Physics



    History

    Associate in Arts (AA)

    History is the study of human development and change, current affairs with the perspective of past events, and the rich cultural, political, and institutional legacy of the past that provides the framework for a better understanding of our world.

    Potential Careers

    • Archivist
    • Historian
    • Historic Preservation Specialist
    • Historic Site Administrator
    • Historic Site Tour Guide
    • Historical Society Staff Member
    • International Relations Specialist
    • International Trade Specialist
    • Journalist
    • Lawyer
    • Lobbyist
    • Museum Curator
    • Teacher
    • Writer/Author
    Faculty Office Phone
    Lamb, Deborah Humanities & Student Services 333 360.475.7415
    Schaeffer, Philip Humanities & Student Services 337 360.475.7416

    Students who intend to major in history at a four-year institution should follow the distribution for an Associate in Arts Degree, preparing themselves to transfer by completing a broad range of Social Sciences and Humanities courses. Good writing skills are essential and should be developed. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Courses to consider when completing distribution requirements for an AA:

    HIST& 116  Western Civilization I
    HIST& 117  Western Civilization II
    HIST& 118  Western Civilization III
    HIST& 136  US History 1
    HIST& 137  US History 2



    Human Services

    Associate in Arts (AA)

    The field of Human Services is broadly defined, uniquely approaching the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations. The Human Services profession is one which promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery.

    Potential Careers

    • Administrator
    • Adult Services Worker
    • Case Manager
    • Child Welfare Worker
    • Corrections Worker
    • Elderly Services Provider
    • Substance Abuse Worker
    Faculty Office Phone
    Cohen, Mirelle Humanities & Student Services 344 360.475.7553

    For more Human Services information, click here.

    The Associate in Arts Degree with emphasis in Human Services is designed for students transferring to four-year colleges and universities. The curricula focus is on developing a strong foundation of theory and skills.

    Recommended Courses
    ENGL& 101  English Composition I
    ENGL& 235  Technical Writing
    MATH& 107  Math in Society (or above)

    Humanities: (Select 15 credits from 3 disciplines)
    ASL& 121  Am Sign Language I
    ASL& 122  Am Sign Language II
    CMST& 102  Intro to Mass Media
    CMST& 210  Interpersonal Communication
    CMST& 220  Public Speaking
    CMST 253 Intercultural Communication
    HUMAN 220  Women in American Culture
    SPAN& 121  Spanish I
    SPAN& 122  Spanish II
     
    Natural Sciences: (Select any natural science courses for a total of 15 credits from 2 or 3 disciplines, including at least 1 lab course.) The following courses are suggested:
    ANTH& 205  Biological Anthropology
    BIOL& 175  Human Biology w/Lab
    GEOG 150  Physical Geography w/Lab
    GEOL 155  Geologic Hazards
    SCI 100  Introduction to Science

    Social Sciences: (Select 15 credits from 3 disciplines)
    ANTH& 100  Survey of Anthropology
    ANTH& 206  Cultural Anthropology
    HSSA& 101  Intro to Addictive Drugs
    HS 107  Intro to Human Services
    PSYC& 100  General Psychology
    PSYC& 200  Lifespan Psychology
    PSYC& 220  Abnormal Psychology
    SOC& 101  Intro to Sociology
    SOC 109  Family Abuse and Neglect
    SOC 125  Sociology of Aging
    SOC 135  The Family
    SOC& 201  Social Problems

    Electives: (Select no more than 15 credits from the list below)
    HS 105  Substance Abuse Prevention
    HS 110  Diversity, Ethics & the Law
    HS 112  Case Management for CDP
    HS 113  CDP Individual Counseling
    HS 114  CDP Group Counseling
    HS 115 Adolescent Addiction and Treatment
    HS 120  Relapse Prevention/Family Counseling
    HS 121 Treating Gambling Addiction
    HS 122 Suicide Risk Assessment & Management
    HS 123 Co-Occuring Disorders
    HS 125  Child Advocacy (CASA Training)
    HS 275  Human Services & CDP Practicum 1
    HS 276  Human Services & CDP Practicum 2



    Marine Science/Oceanography

    Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS-Track 1)

    Oceanography is an interdisciplinary field, and therefore requires training in many of the basic sciences.

    Potential Careers

    • Animal Manager
    • Coastal Zone Manager
    • Environmental Consultant
    • Exhibits Coordinator
    • Fishery Biologist
    • Marine Biologist
    • Marine Ecologist
    • Marine Mammal Trainer
    • Marine Policy Specialist
    • Ocean Engineer
    • Oceanographic Research Technician
    • Park Ranger
    • Research Biologist
    • Science Technician
    • Veterinarian
    • Whale Biologist
    • Zoo Instructor/Supervisor
    Contact Office Phone
    Science-Engineering-Mathematics Advisor Humanities & Student Services 203A 360.475.7743

    Students wanting to transfer should complete the Associate in Arts or the Associate of Science (Track 1) Degree requirements if they plan to transfer to a four-year institution. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.




    Mathematics

    Associate in Arts (AA)

    In response to diverse student needs, the Mathematics Department provides a broad curriculum, varied instructional approaches, and supportive resources to help students learn mathematics. We foster success in learning and the value of achievement in mathematics, as well as the relevance, usefulness, appreciation and enjoyment of mathematics.

    Potential Careers

    • Actuary
    • Appraiser
    • Budget Analyst
    • Claims Adjuster
    • Commodities Trader
    • Cryptologist
    • Estimator
    • Financial Manager/Planner
    • Foreign-Exchange Trader
    • Information Scientist
    • Investment Analyst
    • IRS Investigator
    • Mathematical Technician
    • Mathematician
    • Payroll Manager
    • Purchasing Agent/Broker
    • Statistician
    • Underwriter
    Contact Office Phone
    Science-Engineering-Mathematics Advisor Humanities & Student Services 203A 360.475.7743

    Students wanting to transfer should complete the Associate in Arts Degree. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    As part of your degree, include these courses in your education plan:

    CS& 141  Computer Science I Java
    MATH& 146  Intro to Statistics
    MATH& 151  Calculus I
    MATH& 152  Calculus II
    MATH& 163  Calculus 3
    MATH 210  Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
    MATH 221  Differential Equations I
    MATH 250  Linear Algebra
    MATH& 264  Calculus 4



    Music

    Associate in Arts (AA)

    The core of the Music curriculum for students who want to transfer and major in Music is found in the two-year musicianship theory, music history, and music literature classes. All students are encouraged to gain first-hand knowledge of music literature and to enjoy the experience of being part of a performing group. Individual instruction in music is also an important part of the Music curriculum.

    Potential Careers

    • Advertising Specialist
    • Art Director
    • Composer/Arranger
    • Concert Promoter
    • Copyright Specialist
    • Editor
    • Film Music Director/Editor
    • Instrument Design/Restoration
    • Lawyer-Music Industry
    • Music Critic
    • Music Publisher
    • Music Software Programmer
    • Music Teacher
    • Musician
    • Publicist
    • Recording Technician
    • Studio Musician
    • Tour Manager
    • Writer/Music Journalist
    Faculty Office Phone
    Eliason, Teresa  Music 104 360.475.7117
    White, Rick Music 105 360.475.7118

    Students wanting to transfer should complete the Associate in Arts Degree. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Courses to consider when completing distribution requirements for an AA:

    MUSC& 141  Music Theory I
    MUSC& 142  Music Theory II
    MUSC& 143  Music Theory III
    MUSC& 241  Music Theory IV
    MUSC& 242  Music Theory V
    MUSC& 243  Music Theory VI
    Music Ensembles
    Individual Instruction
    (MUSC 133/134/135 Beginning Class Piano is required only of those who do not meet basic piano proficiency upon entrance.)



    Nursing

    Please refer to the Olympic College Nursing degree section for information on nursing program options at OC. The Pre-Nursing or direct transfer in nursing degree plan can be followed if your goal is to matriculate to another college or university to pursue a generic BSN degree. Completion of the ADN degree (Associate Degree Nursing) will allow you to apply to take the NCLEX exam to become a Registered Nurse. You are encouraged to contact the college or university nursing department where you plan to apply for any additional requirements.

    Advisor Office Phone
    Cook, Sarah College Service Center 326 360.475.7175



    Organizational Leadership & Resource Management


    Organizational Leadership and Resource Management addresses leadership, supervision, and management competencies which allow those in leadership positions to effectively influence strategic planning, organizational performance, and individual performance and behavior. Individuals holding this degree understand how to enter any organization and immediately bring value by impacting people processes and maximizing organizational operations.

    Potential Careers

    • Career Planner
    • Corporate Recruiter/Trainer
    • Human Resource Administrator
    • Independent Trainer
    • Logistics Consultant
    • Media Planner
    • Mediator
    • Operations Manager
    • Research Analyst
    • Software Developer
    • Special Events Consultant
    Advisor Office Phone
    Bolton, Karen Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Bldg 460, Room 242 360.476.5339
    Mathew, Philip  Business 209 360.475.7382


    Leadership & Occupational Studies

    Associate in Applied Science—Transfer (AAS-T)


    Organizational Leadership & Resource Management

    Associate in Applied Science—Transfer (AAS-T)




    Physical Education

    Associate in Arts (AA)


    Potential Careers

    • Consultation
    • Corporate Fitness
    • Ergonomists
    • Fitness and Wellness Trainer
    • Health Promotions
    • High School Coach
    • Personal Trainer
    • Program Director
    • Spa Manager
    • Sports Medicine Clinician
    • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
    • Wellness Director
    • Youth Sports
    Faculty Office Phone
    MacKenzie, Michael Physical Education 105 360.475.7742

    Students planning to major in Physical Education should complete the Associate in Arts Degree and include the following courses in their education plan.

    Option 1: Designed for those students who must complete anatomy/physiology during the sophomore year. This is determined by the school to which one plans to transfer.

    Option 2: Designed for those students who plan to transfer to an institution where they are allowed to complete anatomy/physiology at the upper division level.

    Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Courses to consider when completing distribution requirements for an AA:

    OPTION 1
    BIOL& 241  Human A & P 1
    BIOL& 242  Human A & P 2
    EDUC& 202  Intro to Education
    MUSC& 105  Music Appreciation
    PE-ED 104  Health Science
    PE-ED 105  College First Aid and Community CPR
    Choose one of the following two courses:
       PSYC& 100  General Psychology
       PSYC 102  Psychology of Adjustment
    Choose one of the following two courses:
       SOC& 101  Intro to Sociology
       SOC& 201  Social Problems
    Physical Education–2-3 credits per quarter from PEFSP or PE-RD

    OPTION 2
    CMST& 220  Public Speaking
    EDUC& 202  Intro to Education
    MUSC& 105  Music Appreciation
    PE-ED 104  Health Science
    PE-ED 105  College First Aid and Community CPR
    Choose one of the following two courses:
       PSYC& 100  General Psychology
       PSYC 102  Psychology of Adjustment
    Choose one of the following two courses:
       SOC& 101  Intro to Sociology
       SOC& 201  Social Problems
    Physical Education–2-3 credits per quarter from PEFSP or PE-RD



    Physics

    Associate of Science (AS-Track 2)

    Physicists observe and analyze various forms of energy, the structure of matter and the relationship between matter and energy. Their studies have continued to broaden our understanding of the physical world and have enabled us to make increasing use of natural resources. Physicists have contributed to scientific progress in recent years in areas such as nuclear energy, electronics, communications, and aerospace.

    Potential Careers

    • Acoustical Physicist
    • Astrophysicist
    • Fiber Optic Engineer
    • Geophysicist
    • Materials Scientist
    • Molecular/Nuclear Physicist
    • Optical Physicist
    • Quality Assurance Specialist
    • Research Physicist
    • Teacher/Professor
    • Technical Consultant
    Faculty Office Phone
    Hess, Linnea Science & Technology 214 360.475.7727

    Students wanting to transfer to a baccalaureate institution should complete the Associate of Science (Track 2) Degree requirements and should plan on taking one year of general chemistry, one year of engineering physics, one year of calculus and three quarters of 200 level mathematics. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.




    Political Science

    Associate in Arts (AA)

    The study of the principles, organization, and methods of government.

    Potential Careers

    • Community Action Specialist
    • Community Relations Director
    • Congressional Aide
    • Consumer Advocate
    • Diplomat
    • Economic Development Analyst
    • Editor
    • FBI/CIA Agent
    • Federal Investigator
    • Foreign Service Officer
    • Government Agency Administrator
    • Lawyer
    • Lobbyist
    • Market Research Analyst
    • Political Scientist
    • Politician
    • Public Administrator
    • Public Relations Specialist
    • Public Policy Specialist
    • Teacher
    Faculty Office Phone
    Jokhi, Dinshaw College Service Center 412 360.475.7275
    Toren, David Humanities & Student Services 338 360.475.7339

    Students wanting to transfer should complete the Associate in Arts Degree. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Courses to consider when completing distribution requirements for an AA:

    Communication Studies: choose one of the following three courses:
       CMST& 220  Public Speaking
       CMST 242  Career Communications
       CMST 253 Intercultural Communication

    Economics: choose one of the following two courses:
       ECON& 201  Micro Economics
       ECON& 202  Macro Economics

    History—Select any course in this area
    PHIL& 120  Symbolic Logic
    Philosophy—Select another course in this area
    Political Science—Select any courses in this area
    Psychology—Select any course in this area



    Pre-Law

    Associate in Arts (AA)

    The Pre-Law curriculum is designed to give the student a broad background required for successful completion of the study and practice of law. Recommended courses listed below may be counted as part of the required courses for graduation.

    Potential Careers

    • Legal Clerk
    • Paralegal
    • Lawyer (specializing in a particular field)
    Faculty Office Phone
    Schaeffer, Philip Humanities & Student Services 337 360.475.7416
    Toren, David Humanities & Student Services 338 360.475.7339

    Students wanting to transfer should complete the Associate in Arts Degree. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Courses to consider when completing distribution requirements for an AA:

    Communication Studies: choose one of the following three courses:
       CMST& 220  Public Speaking
       CMST 242  Career Communications
       CMST 253 Intercultural Communication

    Economics: choose one of the following two courses:
       ECON& 201  Micro Economics
       ECON& 202  Macro Economics

    History—Select any courses in this area
    PHIL& 120  Symbolic Logic
    Philosophy—Select another course in this area
    Political Science—Select any courses in this area
    Psychology—Select any course in this area
    Sociology—Select any course in this area



    Pre-Nursing

    Pre-Nursing Major Related Program

    Associate in Pre-Nursing (DTA/MRP)

    The courses generally meet the pre-nursing requirements of the four-year colleges and universities in the State of Washington; however, it is imperative that the student become familiar with the specific requirements of the institution to which transfer is planned.

    Advisor Office Phone
    Cook, Sarah College Service Center 326 360.475.7175

    See the Associate in Pre-Nursing (DTA/MRP) Degree for course listings and other details.




    Pre-Professional Health Occupations

    (Pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinary, etc.)

    Associate in Arts (AA)

    Olympic College offers a full two-year preparatory curriculum for students planning careers in the Health Occupations such as Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, and Medical Technology. Such students should anticipate an additional two years of work to obtain a Baccalaureate Degree and an additional one to four or more years of graduate work.

    Potential Careers

    • Dental Hygienist
    • Dentist
    • Medical Technician
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Optometrist
    • Pharmacist
    • Physical Therapist
    • Physician
    • Veterinarian
    Contact Office Phone
    Science-Engineering-Mathematics Advisor Humanities & Student Services 203A 360.475.7743

    Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan. Students should complete the Associate in Arts Degree requirements.




    Psychology

    Associate in Arts (AA)


    Potential Careers

    • Advertising Manager
    • Career Counselor
    • Child Welfare Worker
    • Gerontologist
    • Hospital Administrator
    • Labor Relations Specialist
    • Marriage Counselor
    • Mental Health Worker
    • Probation/Parole Officer
    • Psychiatrist
    • Psychologist
    • Rehabilitation Counselor
    • Social Worker
    • Speech Pathologist
    • Youth Counselor
    Faculty Office Phone
    Barker, Charles Humanities & Student Services 319 360.475.7286
    Sandler, Jack Humanities & Student Services 340 360.475.6800

    Students who intend to major in Psychology at a four-year institution should follow the distribution requirements for an Associate in Arts Degree.

    Basic writing and mathematics skills are essential to most four-year programs. Since Psychology entails a wide range of philosophies and specialties, the specific courses taken within the AA program should be selected with the help of an advisor. While the specific courses recommended depend on the individual goal of the student, the courses listed below will serve as a useful guideline. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Courses to consider when completing distribution requirements for an AA:

    PSYC& 100  General Psychology
    PSYC& 200  Lifespan Psychology
    PSYC& 220  Abnormal Psychology
    PSYC 221  Social Psychology



    Social Work

    Associate in Arts (AA)

    Social Work is an interdisciplinary field that prepares graduates for work on behalf of individuals, groups and institutions in many cultures. The aim is to empower and improve the life circumstances of everyone touched by services ranging from individual psychotherapy all the way to international healthcare delivery systems planning. People of all ages and social circumstances receive the benefits of social work intervention.

    Faculty Office Phone
    Barker, Charles Humanities & Student Services 319 360.475.7286
    Cohen, Mirelle Humanities & Student Services 344  360.475.7553

    Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan. Students should follow the distribution requirements for an Associate in Arts Degree.

    Courses to consider when completing distribution requirements for an AA:

    ECON& 202  Macro Economics
    MATH& 146  Intro to Statistics
    PSYC& 100  General Psychology
    PSYC& 200  Lifespan Psychology
    PSYC& 220  Abnormal Psychology
    PSYC 240  Biological Psychology
    SOC& 101  Intro to Sociology
    SOC 271  Social Deviance



    Sociology

    Associate in Arts (AA)


    Potential Careers

    • Advertising Manager
    • Career Counselor
    • Guidance Counselor
    • Human Resources Administrator
    • Market Research Specialist
    • Marriage Counselor
    • Mental Health Worker
    • Probation/Parole Officer
    • Psychiatrist
    • Psychologist
    • Sociologist
    • Substance Abuse Counselor
    Faculty Office Phone
    Cohen, Mirelle Humanities & Student Services 344 360.475.7553
    Thompson, Jessica  Humanities & Student Services 322 360.475.7417

    Students who wish to become Sociology majors at a four-year institution should follow the distribution requirements for an Associate in Arts Degree. They should emphasize English to develop good writing skills. Mathematics skills are necessary to prepare the student for higher-level statistics courses for BA, MA, or Ph.D. Degrees. Competence in one foreign language is also required in almost all graduate programs. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Courses to consider when completing distribution requirements for an AA:

    ANTH& 100  Survey of Anthropology
    ENGL& 102  Composition II
    Geology—Select any course from this area
    Languages—Select any courses from this area
    MATH& 146  Intro to Statistics
    PSYC& 100  General Psychology
    SOC& 101  Intro to Sociology
    SOC 135  The Family
    SOC& 201  Social Problems



    Supportive Health Occupations


    Growing opportunities exist for employment in the Supportive Health Occupations such as Dental Hygiene, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Diagnostic Ultrasound, and Physician Assistant. Olympic College offers a preparatory curriculum for those seeking entry into these fields.

    Potential Careers

    • Dental Hygienist
    • Diagnostic Ultrasound Technician
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Physician Assistant
    • Physical Therapist
    Faculty Office Phone
    Baldwin, Ted Science & Technology 205 360.475.7733
    Miller, Larry Science & Technology 207 360.475.7703

    Students may need to complete the Associate in Arts Degree requirements. Students completing the Olympic College curriculum should anticipate at least an additional two years of study, and can continue at a number of the state’s public and private institutions. Practical work experience in these fields also constitutes an important criterion for entry. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.




    Technical Design

    Generally, Technical Design is a graphic communications program. Those students considering enrollment in advanced programs requiring graphic communication skills such as architecture, engineering, or design, can consider this program as a way to develop core skills, graphic communication skills, and portfolios necessary to be accepted into and be successful and competitive in university bachelors and masters programs. Students should refer to the Certificates of Proficiency or Completion for their particular area of interest as a guide to which classes are recommended for specific transfer programs. They should also meet with a Technical Design advisor to discuss their strengths and weaknesses and to tailor a program to their particular needs and goals.

    The Associate in Technical Design Degree is not transferrable to most bachelor programs. Students who intend to major in Technical Design at a four-year institution should follow the distribution requirements for an Associate in Arts Degree. Students considering transferring to other colleges or universities should verify their transfer requirements before finalizing their education plan.


    Advisor Office Phone
    Newman, Grant Engineering 104 360.475.7393
    Raty, Ron Business 211 360.475.7389
    Sanchez, Peter Business 207 360.475.6552



    World Languages

    Associate in Arts (AA)

    The Foreign Language discipline is designed to satisfy the requirements for:

    • Students transferring to a four-year institution, and
    • Students planning to acquire a basic practical knowledge of American Sign Language, French, German, Japanese, Korean, or Spanish.

    Potential Careers

    • Advertising Copywriter
    • CIA/FBI Agent
    • Cultural Affairs Officer
    • Customs/Immigration Officer
    • Editor/Writer
    • Foreign Correspondent
    • Import/Export Specialist
    • International Conference Planner
    • International Consultant
    • Interpreter
    • Peace Corps Worker
    • Translator
    Faculty Office Phone
    Elliott, Maril (ASL) Humanities & Student Services 317 Video Phone: 360.362.7054
    TBA (All others) 

    The courses center around the acquisition of a basic vocabulary to express familiar and daily situations, a functional use of grammatical patterns, and a knowledge of cultural aspects of the countries whose language is being taught.

    The objective of the curriculum is to develop the four basic skills of language training: Listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing, through audio-visual and audio-lingual methods.

    Students wanting to transfer to a baccalaureate institution should complete the Associate in Arts Degree. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.

    Courses to consider when completing distribution requirements for an AA:

    Languages — Three consecutive quarters of any foreign language
    HIST& 117  Western Civilization II
    MUSC 101  Fundamentals of Music



    Other Transfer Opportunities

    Transferring with a Professional-Technical Degree

    In addition to the subjects listed above, there are many other possible educational directions you may pursue after achieving your educational goals at Olympic college. For example, all Associate in Applied Science – Transfer (AAS-T) degrees are designed to transfer to at least one specific institution. Also, some colleges will accept professional-technical degrees in transfer, although usually with some limitations such as a higher GPA or minimum number of fully transferable credits. The Evergreen State College accepts the following Professional-Technical Degrees either as direct technical transfer or upside down degrees:


    Be sure to check with an advisor at your future college before finalizing your educational plan to make sure you do not end up retaking courses. If you plan to continue your education after completing a professional-technical degree (Associate in Technical Arts or Associate in Applied Science), it is generally better to select courses which are generally accepted in transfer whenever possible. For example, choose ENGL& 101, English Composition I, rather than BSTEC 150, Business English; and MATH&107, Math in Society, rather than BMGMT 140, Business and Personal Math. See the Associate in Arts Degree for more information on which courses are fully transferable. Even if a given degree is not considered transferable, courses will be evaluated individually by the receiving program.




    Source: 2014-2015 Olympic College Catalog, 2012-2013 Olympic College Transfer Planning Guide "Blue Book"  (for Potential Careers information)