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Where does my path start?
You can choose to complete an AA-DTA Degree Planning Guide (AA-DTA) or the Computer Science AA-DTA Major Related Program (MRP) (information below).
Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can transfer to a four-year school to earn a baccalaureate degree in Computer Science or Computer Science and Software Engineering.
About the AA-DTA MRP in Computer Science
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 Computer Science AA-DTA requires 90.5 - 91.5 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 computer science 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 Computer Science MRP. See below for available courses in each category.
General Education - 20 Credits
Courses used in General Education (Gen Ed) Core may not be used for distribution.
Communication Skills (10 Credits)
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)
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.
Natural Sciences (15.5-16 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.
Social Sciences (15 Credits)
Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Psychology and History) in Social Sciences .
Computer Science - 10-13 Credits
CS& 141 and CS 143 required, CS 151 recommended for students bound for 4-year programs requiring C++.
General Electives - 11.5-16 Credits
Comprised of other college-level courses or unrestricted courses. A maximum of 15 credits allowed for restricted/vocational courses, and a maximum of 3 credits allowed in Physical Education. Please see the lists of Restricted Electives and Elective Courses (Non-restricted) .
Check with your transfer institution for specific requirements for your Computer Science program. Requirements vary widely among 4-year programs.
Typical electives include: CS 121, CS 211, MATH& 163, MATH& 146, MATH 207, MATH 208, MATH 211, MATH& 264, PHYS& 223, BIOL& 211, GEOL& 101, ENVS& 101.
Check with an advisor before making class selection.
University of Washington Seattle: MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , CS& 141 , CS 143 and either PHYS& 221 OR CHEM 171 /CHEM 181 . Students will need a second quarter of science for graduation so they should take it at Shoreline.
University of Washington Bothell: CS& 141 , CS 143 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , and statistics required.
Seattle University: CS& 141 , CS 143 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , (MATH& 163 and MATH 208 highly recommended) PHYS& 221 , PHYS& 222 , PHYS& 223 .
Central Washington University: MATH& 151 , CS& 141 , CS 143 .
Washington State University Pullman: CS& 141 , CS 143 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , MATH 208 , MATH& 264 , PHYS& 221 , PHYS& 222 , PHYS& 223 (requirements vary at other WSU campuses).
Seattle Pacific University: Two bachelor’s degree options are available. Bachelor of Science: CS& 141 , CS 143 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , PHYS& 221 , PHYS& 222 , PHYS& 223 , recommended MATH& 146 or MATH 211 and MATH 208 ; Bachelor of Arts: CS& 141 , CS 143 , MATH& 146 or MATH 211 , MATH& 151 .
Bellevue College: CS& 141 , CS 143 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , one lab science from PHYS& 221 , CHEM 171 /CHEM 181 , or BIOL& 211 .
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