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Associate of Arts and Sciences Direct Transfer Agreement

With careful planning, students can transfer to most four-year institutions with their general education requirements and premajor course work completed. The associate in arts and sciences direct transfer agreement (AAS-DTA) degree is designed to transfer with junior standing to the participating colleges and universities in Washington state. This option fulfills most, if not all, general education requirements at any institution that recognizes the DTA developed by the Intercollege Relations Commission (ICRC). Whenever possible, students should include courses required for their major as they complete the AAS-DTA degree.

Following are degree requirements for the associate of arts and sciences degree. You must complete at least 90 credit hours in college transfer courses numbered 100 and above with a minimum college grade point average of 2.0.

  • Writing: 10 credits
  • Quantitative/Symbolic: 5 credits
  • Humanities: 15 credits
  • Natural Sciences: 15 credits
  • Social Sciences: 15 credits
  • Electives: 30 credits minimum; no more than 15 credits of "restricted electives." 

WVC Catalog: AAS-DTA Degree Requirements

WVC Degree Requirements

  • The degree must have a minimum of 90 credits.
  • Students must earn a minimum of 30 credits of their degree at WVC.
  • If degree requirements change, students have three years from the time of the change to complete the previous requirements unless state interagency agreements mandate a change be made before three years.
  • Students must earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above for all degrees/ certificates.
  • Students must submit an application for graduation to the admission/registration office. It is recommended that students submit their applications for graduation two quarters prior to completion. Applications for fall quarter graduation are due by December 1; for winter quarter by March 1, for spring quarter by May 1; and for summer quarter by Aug. 1. Forms are available in the admission/registration office and online at Students can turn in completed forms at the admission/registration office, fax it to 509-682-6801 or e-mail the form to

WVC Catalog - Degree Requirements

The following guidelines apply to the AAS-DTA degree:

  • The college reserves the right to add or delete courses or change the quarter in which courses are offered.
  • Courses taken to satisfy one requirement of the AAS-DTA degree may not be used to satisfy another requirement of the degree.
  • Courses accepted by transfer institutions within a completed AAS-DTA degree will not necessarily be accepted without the AAS-DTA degree.
  • If a student requests any waiver of graduation requirements, they must submit a general petition to the WVC Registrar (see Academic Regulations Committee). Petition forms are available from the admission/registration office.
  • Students may complete a maximum of 10 credits on a pass/fail basis at WVC. This does not include academic credit for prior learning (ACPL) options.
  • The WVC Academic Regulations Committee may approve courses not found in this catalog for use in satisfying AAS-DTA degree requirements. Petition forms are available from the WVC Admissions web page
  • New graduation requirement: Starting fall 2018, new students seeking an AAS-DTA degree from WVC will need to take a minimum of 5 credits of diversity courses as part of the 90 credits required to graduate. Visit the Diversity Requirement for Graduation page for more information.
  • 2.0 GPA or higher required to graduate

Earning an associate (transfer) degree is especially important if you plan to attend a four-year institution with a selective admissions policy. Thanks to the state Intercollegiate Relations Committee agreement, a transfer degree from Wenatchee Valley College guarantees transfer with junior standing to 16 colleges and universities in Washington state. Merely completing two years of schooling at WVC without the degree may not give you all of the necessary courses for junior standing.

Virtually all WVC courses will transfer, but not all undergraduate courses will help with your major. The sooner you select your major and the school to which you wish to transfer, the better you can choose the classes that will be most useful. Each four-year school has its own transfer requirements.

WVC Catalog: Considering a Transfer