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Associate in Computer Science, DTA/MRP Planning Guide

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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.

Multicultural Studies (5 Credits)

Select one of the following courses: CMST 203 CMST 285 GWS 284 HIST 245 HUM 105 , MCS 105 PSYC 230 SOC 270 .

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Distribution Requirements - 45.5-46 Credits

See Courses which meet Distribution Area 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.

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.

Option 2:

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.

Where can I go for help?

General Academic Advising
FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229

Tif Meier
Office: 5233
Phone: (206) 546-4559

International Advising
9000 Building, Rm. 9302

Computer Science Faculty Advisors
Crystal Hess
Office: 2813
Phone: (206) 546-7626

Alison Armstrong
Office: 2810
Phone: (206) 546-4698

Where can I transfer?

The AA-DTA MRP in Computer Science 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 Computer Science.

List of Public Universities:
Central Washington University
Eastern Washington University
The Evergreen State College
University of Washington Seattle
University of Washington Bothell
University of Washington Tacoma
Washington State University
Western Washington University

List of Private Universities:
Gonzaga University
Heritage University
Pacific Lutheran University
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
Whitworth University

Transfer Notes:

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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