2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate in Biology - Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA/MRP)

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Program Description The Associate in Biology Direct Transfer Agreement degree consists of a minimum of 90 credits as outlined. This pathway is applicable to students planning to prepare for upper division bachelor’s degree majors in biology and is designed for students wishing to transfer to Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, The Evergreen State College, University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Saint Martin’s University, Seattle University, and Whitworth University.

Advising Note This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic advisor. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds CC certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

General Education Requirements (18 credits)

*See General Education Requirements Notes

Communication Skills (10 credits)

OUTCOME: Communicate and interact effectively through a variety of methods appropriate to audience, context, purpose, and field/discipline.

Human Relations and Professional Development Skills (3 credits)

OUTCOME: Act responsibly in applying professional and academic standards associated with personal wellness; sustainable management of resources; and/or with success in educational, workplace, community, and team settings.

To view course choices, see the Course List - Human Relations and Professional Development Skills Courses (for AA, AA/DTA, AA/DTA/MRP, and AS-T degrees) .

Quantitative Analysis/Symbolic Reasoning Skills (5 credits)

OUTCOME: Reason clearly using academic or professional modes of inquiry; using quantitative or symbolic reasoning; and/or using other discipline/field specific methods to explore and create ideas; identify information needs; process, evaluate, and use information; and recognize, analyze, and solve problems.

Cultural Diversity Skills

OUTCOME: Explore and apply multiple perspectives in order to examine cultural differences and influences; maintain effective professional/working relationships; and/or interact effectively in multicultural settings.

____Cultural Diversity Requirement met

Distribution Requirements (65 credits)

**See Distribution Requirements Notes

Humanities (15 credits)

OUTCOME: Use Humanities-based methods to reason, communicate, make meaning, solve problems, and/or create or perform cultural works for diverse audiences and purposes.

To view course choices, see the Course List - Humanities Distribution Courses .

Natural Sciences and Mathematics (35 credits)

OUTCOME: Use scientific and mathematical methods, modes of inquiry, laboratory and field equipment, and terminology to demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, and application of data, concepts and insights to tackle problems, conduct experiments, and critically evaluate proposals, claims, processes, and theories in biology.

Social Sciences (15 Credits)

OUTCOME: Use social science theories and methods to reason, communicate, apply insights, solve problems, and to develop a critical understanding of the diversity and interdependence of peoples and cultures.

To view course choices, see the Course List - Social Sciences Distribution Courses .

Algebra Requirement

Intermediate Algebra profieciency established for students intending to transfer to the University of Washington.

****See Intermediate Algebra Notes

____Algebra requirement met

Program Notes

The program code for this degree is CLBI. For financial aid, advising, and other reasons, students should work with their advisor to ensure that this code is properly recorded on their academic record.

  • Depending on the type of biology degree and long term academic goals, some students may be best advised to complete the Associate in Science Track 1 degree instead of this Associate in Biology. Consult with a faculty advisor to determine which degree best suites your goals.

*General Education Requirements Notes

  • Human Relations and Professional Development Skills: You may choose any combination of PE courses However, no more than three (3) credits of activity-based coursework can be applied to the DTA degree.
  • Quantitative Analysis/Sybolic Reasoning Skills: Students should check with a faculty advisor and the transfer institution to see which requirement is applicable. Some students will need additional math courses.
  • Cultural Diversity Skills: If a CD designated course is not specified as a requirement for this degree, choose a course from the approved Cultural Diversity course list to meet this requirement. A CD designated course may also meet Distribution or Elective requirements.

**Distribution Requirements Notes

  • Humanities: A maximum of ten (10) credits in any one department may be included. Students must select from at least two (2) departments within this distribution area. A maximum of five (5) credits in Performance/Skills courses may be applied to the Humanities distribution requirement. A maximum of five (5) credits in foreign language at the 100 level may be applied to the Humanities distribution requirements. CMST& 220 is recommended.
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics: The courses in this section are discipline specific requirements for this degree.
  • Social Sciences: A maximum of ten (10) credits in any one department may be included. Students must select from at least two (2) departments within this distribution area. Recommended courses include ANTH& 215 or SOC 150 for students interested in human biology or medicine and ECON& 201 for students interested in pharmacy.

***Program Electives Notes

  • Choose credits sufficient to meet 90 credits overall.
  • Course choice depends on transfer institution. In consultation with an advisor, carefully choose from the Program Electives list provided.
  • Concurrent enrollment in BIOL& 211 and BIOL& 210 is recommended.

****Intermediate Algebra Notes

  • Students intending to transfer to University of Washington must have proof of “Intermediate Algebra proficiency.” This requirement may be satisfied by either completion of two years of high school algebra or by completion of Intermediate Algebra (MATH 097) with a grade of 2.0 or higher. Only the University of Washington retains this Intermediate Algebra requirement. However, all baccalaureate institutions in the state of Washington accepting the DTA (including UW) require successful completion of college level math (100-level or above) or PHIL& 120 (see “Quantitative Analysis/Symbolic Reasoning Skills”). It must be noted that PHIL& 120 and some college level math courses at Edmonds CC have a prerequisite of only Essentials of Intermediate Algebra (MATH 087) with a grade of 2.0 or higher. Thus, one can take a college level math class without satisfying the University of Washington’s Intermediate Algebra proficiency requirement. Consult with an advisor early in your program planning to avoid errors in math course selection.

Associate in Arts General Information

Program of Study Outcomes Edmonds CC’s four General Education Outcomes­ (Communicate, Act Responsibly, Reason, and Explore) are promoted throughout the college’s programs. Instructional programs of 45 credits or more foster learning in all four General Education Outcomes.

Student achievement is assessed in the general and program specific outcomes via the courses and course objectives that align with those outcomes.  More information about program outcomes and course objectives can be found on the Using Program Requirement Sheets  page.

Credit/Grade Requirements A minimum of 30 credits or one-third of the required college-level (100-level or above) credits, whichever is less, must be earned at Edmonds CC. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses.

Students Are Advised To:

  • Plan your schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year;
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning;
  • Communicate with an academic advisor and/or a faculty advisor; and
  • At least three quarters before you plan to graduate, contact any college(s) where you have earned credits and have your official transcript(s) sent to Edmonds CC. Then, submit an Evaluation Request - Transfer Credits Form (available in Enrollment Services) to activate the process of transferring credits to Edmonds CC.  

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted online by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Note: Applications for summer quarter are due by the 8th day of the quarter.

Transferring to Another University or College

  • Admission application deadlines vary, students must meet the deadline for the university or college to which they plan to apply for admission to transfer.
  • Consultation with the appropriate department or an advisor at the intended transfer school is highly recommended.

Common Course Numbering Please refer to www.edcc.edu/ccn for more information.

Cultural Diversity Requirement All students earning a degree or certificate of 45 credits or more must meet a cultural diversity (CD) requirement by taking at least five (5) credits of CD courses. To learn more, go to Academic Information – Cultural Diversity Requirement  in the online academic catalog.

College Resources



Dean’s Signature and Date Advisor’s Signature and Date
Eff: Summer 2017  

Internal Coding

TC - 90
CIP - 260101
Last revised - 2017/05/08

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