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Business Transfer Degree

You can transfer as a business major to all Washington state schools by finishing the requirements for an associate of arts and sciences degree and taking specified business, economics and math courses. It is essential that you work with a business transfer adviser to ensure proper course sequencing.

Business administration, economics and accounting graduates can pursue careers in accounting, advertising, finance, management, marketing, retailing and other fields. Opportunities are available in the private sector or in government agencies. A bachelor's degree in this area is also good preparation for graduate school or for those wishing to become certified public accountants.

Business schools in Washington state vary in their entry requirements. There are two ways that a WVC student can transfer to a four-year school and major in business:

1. Receive an associate of arts and sciences (AAS-DTA) and include the required prerequisite business courses at your intended school of transfer. You need to work closely with your faculty adviser to ensure proper course sequencing.

AAS (emphasizing business)

Generally accepted and/or required at all Washington state business schools:
  • ACCT& 201 Principles of Accounting I (WVC elective)
  • ACCT& 202 Principles of Accounting II (WVC elective)
  • ACCT& 203 Principles of Accounting III (WVC elective)
  • BUS& 201 Business Law (WVC elective)
  • ECON& 201 Micro Economics
  • ECON& 202 Macro Economics (may use one economics class as WVC social science and one as WVC elective)
  • MATH 140 Precalculus for Business and Social Sciences* or
    MATH& 141 Precalculus I (WVC qualitative skills)
  • MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics (WVC natural science)
Recommended and/or required at selected Washington state schools of business (see adviser):
MATH& 148 Business Calculus (UW, WSU, WWU)
MATH 200 Finite Math (WSU, EWU, CWU)
*Students who don't meet course requirements should take a prerequisite class or classes based on placement scores.


2. Receive a direct transfer degree in business (Business DTA). You need to work closely with your faculty adviser to ensure proper course sequencing.

Associate in Business - DTA Wenatchee Valley College

Communication Skills
Required: ENGL& 101
Select five credits from either ENGL 201 or 202 or 203 or 235
A grade of 2.0 or higher ("C" grade) in ENGL 201, 202, 203 or 235 is required for graduation.
10 credits
Quantitative Skills
MATH& 148* AND MATH 200
 *Prerequisites for MATH 148: MATH 140 or MATH& 141 with a "C" or better or appropriate placement score.
10 credits

Required: No more than 10 credits per subject area. Maximum of 15 credits allowed from performance classes.

  • WSU requires CMST& 220

The general rule for all universities is as follows, but each institution has its own requirements so students must check with their university of choice to verify the requirement:

  • Two years of high school foreign language is required or
  • Two quarters of college foreign language required.
15 credits
Natural Sciences
Required: MATH& 146 is required, plus 10 credits in physical, biological and/or earth science. One course must include a lab.
15 credits

Social Sciences
Required: ECON& 201 and 202 required and 5 credits in an additional social science course.

  • WSU requires POLS& 202
15 credits
Business Courses
Required: Business 201 (formerly Business 204) and Accounting 201, 202, 203.
20 credits

An additional 5 credits can be selected from college-level courses. A maximum of three P.E. activity credits will be allowed toward this degree.

  • WSU requires BCT 105.
5 credits
NOTE: Students interested in either business degree option need to contact their potential transfer institutions early regarding specific course choices in humanities, social sciences, business law or introduction to law, and in certain electives. Students should be aware of their potential transfer institution’s requirements for overall minimum GPA, a higher GPA in selected subsets of courses, or a specific minimum grade in one or more courses, such as in math or English.