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2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate in Business, DTA/MRP Planning Guide

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How to use this Planning Guide:

This planning guide is a tool to help you understand what classes are recommended for this pre-major; review this information with your advisor as you develop an educational plan. 

  • Click on “print degree planner”  for a print-friendly version of this planning guide
  • The Class Schedule will tell you which classes each quarter meet requirements for your pre-major. 
  • The Annual Schedule  can provide information about when classes are typically offered throughout the year.

Where does my path start?

You will complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement  (AA-DTA) Major Related Program (MRP) at Shoreline, which is a pathway for students planning to prepare for various business majors at universities in Washington state.

Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can transfer to a four-year school to earn a baccalaureate degree in Business Administration, Business Management, Accounting, or Management Information Systems.

About the AA-DTA MRP in Business

The AA-DTA, known as the direct transfer degree, is an agreement between Washington state community colleges and baccalaureate institutions. The credits earned in the AA-DTA transfer as a package to most baccalaureate colleges and universities in Washington, satisfying most, if not all, of the lower division general education requirements and granting junior standing; it does not guarantee admission. The AA-DTA requires 90 quarter credits in college-level courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Each individual course must have a minimum grade of 1.0. The AA-DTA Major Related Program (MRP) prepares students for entrance into business majors at particular four-year schools. The MRP requires specific courses, and will be shown on your transcript as a different type of completion than the general AA-DTA.

What do I need to take?

Below is a summary of the categories of required courses for the AA-DTA. Courses listed are required for the Business MRP. See below for available courses in each category.

General Education - 25 Credits

Courses used in General Education (Gen Ed) Core may not be used for distribution.

Multicultural Studies (5 Credits)

Select one of the following courses:

HUM 105 , CMST 203 , CMST 285 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105 PSYC 230 .

Quantitative Reasoning (10 Credits)

Note: Business MRP requires 10 credits in Quant. & Sym. Reasoning. The AA-DTA requires only 5.

For the first five credits, take one of the following classes: MATH 111  (required for WSU), MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 .

For the second five credits, take either MATH& 148  (preferred) or MATH& 151 .


Distribution Requirements - 45 Credits

See Courses That Meet Transfer Degree Requirements  

Humanities (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Art and Drama) in Humanities  . Maximum of 5 credits allowed in Performance/Skills courses. No more than 5 credits in a world language at the 100 level.

Recommended: CMST& 101 , CMST& 220 , World Language if required by four-year program.

Natural Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines in Natural Sciences . At least 10 credits required in Physical, Earth, and/or Biological Sciences, including at least 5 credits of lab science. Maximum 5 credits from “Other Science” courses.

Take either MATH& 146  or MATH 211  (preferred).

Social Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Psychology and History) in Social Sciences .
Recommended: BUS& 101  or one course in Political Science, Sociology or Psychology

Where can I go for help?

General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229

eLearning Advising

Jordan Lee
206-533-6713, Rm 5236

International Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302

Business Faculty Advisors

Brad Fader
206-546-4688 bfader@shoreline.edu Rm 1416
Dan King
206-546-4702 dking@shoreline.edu Rm 1415
Ailsa Kellam
206-546-4657 akellam@shoreline.edu Rm 1410

Where can I transfer?

The AA-DTA MRP in Business makes it possible for students to transfer to a number of public and private colleges and universities with junior standing. Below are Washington state institutions that recognize the AA-DTA MRP in Business.

Public Institutions

Central Washington University
Eastern Washington University
The Evergreen State College
University of Washington - Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma
Washington State University - Pullman, Tri-Cities, Vancouver
Western Washington University

Private Institutions

Gonzaga University
Heritage University
Pacific Lutheran University
Saint Martin’s University
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
Walla Walla University
Whitworth University

Transfer Notes:

  1. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen business bachelor degree program. Program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice. Learn more about where you would like to transfer: visit the website, email the department, or speak with a Shoreline advisor.
  2. Students intending to pursue the manufacturing management major at WWU should consult WWU regarding the selection of natural science courses required for admission to the major.
  3. Students intending to pursue the international business major should consult their potential transfer institutions regarding the level of world language required for admission to the major. Five credits in world language may apply to the Humanities requirement.
  4. Students are encouraged to include a speech or oral communication course (not small group communication).
  5. WSU (all campuses), Gonzaga, PLU, SPU, and Western Washington University have requirements for admission to the major that go beyond those specified in the Associate in Business, DTA/MRP: WSU (all campuses): Management Information Systems (MIS 250); Gonzaga: Management Information Systems (BMIS 235); PLU: Computer Applications (CSCE 120) or equivalent course or skills test; SPU: Spreadsheet (BUS 1700) or equivalent course or skills test; Western Washington University: Introduction to Business Computer Systems MIS 220.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. University of Washington Seattle: The statistics course must have a minimum pre-requisite of Calculus or be equivalent to UW’s Quantitative Methods (QMETH) 201 or Statistics (STAT) 311.
  9. EWU: The second English Composition course must be equivalent to EWU’s English 201 - College Composition: Analysis, Research and Documentation.

Business: What is it?

Business is a dynamic field comprised of organizations that provide goods and services to those who need and want them.

Areas of Concentration in Business: Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Administration, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Operations Management, International Business, Marketing, Personnel and Human Resources.

What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business?

The field of business is very broad, leading to exciting opportunities that match your specific area of interest. From banking and finance, to sales and marketing, accounting, purchasing and management, Business majors compete well in today’s workforce.

Potential employers include: Public accounting firms, government agencies, banks and other financial institutions, non-profit organizations, health care industry, insurance companies, educational institutions, corporations, retail stores, hotels and restaurants, manufacturers, public relations firms, and self-employment. For more, please visit https://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx

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Shoreline, WA 98133-5696



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