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Overview of Degrees and Certificates Offered

Community college programs serve two basic student populations: students planning to transfer to a four-year institution, and students looking for short-term job training or retraining.

Most of these courses are also transferable; however, the programs may not meet all the requirements of four-year institutions offering degrees in the same major.

Contact the SCC Transfer Center at (509) 533-8215 regarding the transfer requirements for a specific college or university.

CAREER AND TECHNICAL DEGREE PROGRAMS

A.A. Degree Distribution

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Students planning to earn an A.A. degree must meet minimum standards of preparation. Those whose records and test scores indicate a need for additional preparation may be required to complete preliminary work in the college preparatory program. SCC offers A.A. degree transfer courses for many pre-majors. For assistance contact the SCC Transfer Center at (509) 533-8215.

A candidate for the Associate of Arts (AA-DTA) degree must complete 90 quarter credits in academic courses numbered 100 and above with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and meet specific distribution requirements:

  • Courses must be chosen from the distribution areas below.
  • At least 5 credits must be W-designated (writing-intensive).
  • At least 5 credits must be D-designated (global/diversity).
  • At least 30 credits must be earned in residence from Spokane Community College or Spokane Falls Community College with at least 15 credits earned in the required distribution areas at the college awarding the degree.
Communication 10 Credits
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning 5 Credits
Humanities 15 Credits
Social Sciences 15 Credits
Mathematics/Science 15 Credits
Health-related/PE/Recreational/ Leisure Activities 5 credits
Approved General Electives 25 credits

It is highly recommended that students meet with a counselor or academic adviser at Spokane Community College or Spokane Falls Community College on a regular basis to be sure that requirements specified in this degree are met. Students should also seek academic advising at the four-year institution to which they plan to transfer early in their educational planning to learn about additional requirements and procedures for admission. Degree requirements may change; for current requirements students should consult a counselor or academic adviser. Prior college-level credits and grade points are transferred for calculating total credits and GPA.

For detailed credit distribution information - consult the CCS Catalog or call the Counseling Center at (509) 533-3525.

Diversity Requirement for the A.A. Degree

The intent of the "D" requirement is to expose the student to racial and cultural perspectives beyond the dominant culture of the United States. These courses can be identified in the quarterly class schedule by a ^D following the course title.

While all ^D designated courses fulfill SCC and SFCC graduation requirements and generally transfer to baccalaureate institutions, they may not fulfill your chosen institution's Diversity or International Studies requirements. Check with the institution you plan to attend to see what they will accept.

ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE-TRANSFER (AS-T)

The Associate in Science-Transfer (AS-T) degree is intended for students majoring in engineering and science who wish to transfer as juniors to four-year institutions in Washington.

Students who earn this degree will transfer with about half of the lower division general education courses required by four-year institutions. Remaining general education courses may be taken after transferring. This degree allows students to concentrate on fulfilling pre-major coursework in their intended field of study. A number of different options are offered with two basic tracks.

The Associate in Science Transfer (AS-T) Degree #1 is designed to prepare students for upper division study in the areas of biological sciences, environmental/resource sciences, chemistry, geology, and earth science. Completing the AS-T degree will prepare students for upper division study; it does not guarantee students admission to the major. Track 1 degrees offered at SCC and/or SFCC include:

The Associate in Science Transfer (AS-T) Degree #2 is designed to prepare students for upper division study in the areas of engineering, computer science, physics, and atmospheric science. Completing the AS-T degree will prepare students for upper division study; it does not guarantee students admission to the major. Track 2 degrees offered at SCC and/or SFCC include:

For more specific information on these MRPs, see the transfer program outlines section of this catalog. It is highly recommended that students meet on a regular basis with an instructor in the discipline, a counselor or academic adviser at SCC, SFCC or the off-campus centers, to be sure that requirements specified in these degrees are met.

DIRECT TRANSFER AGREEMENTS/MAJOR RELATED PROGRAMS (DTA/MRP)

To help transfer students better prepare for the junior year, two-year and four-year institutions work together to create transfer associate pathways outlining the appropriate courses in order for students to be well prepared to enter the major upon transfer – Major Related Program (MRP) pathways follow one of the two statewide transfer agreements – the DTA format or the Associate in Science (AS-T) format.

Several MRP degrees follow the DTA guidelines and thus share the same benefits as described above, but provide specific preparation for the specific majors identified:

Students interested in learning more about any of the MRP requirements in any specific area should seek advising from experts in those disciplines, counselors or the SCC and SFCC Transfer Centers. Students completing one of these MRPs will have that specific degree posted on their transcript; the more general DTA will not be posted. For more information, see the transfer program outlines section of this catalog.

ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE-TRANSFER (AAS-T)

Some career and technical programs of study may offer an Associate in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree that is designed to provide transfer opportunities for students desiring to continue on toward achieving a baccalaureate degree at specific universities. An AAS-T degree is a degree awarded in a career and technical discipline that contains a minimum of 20 transferable general education credits in communications, quantitative reasoning, and social science, humanities or science. Not all programs offer the AAS-T. Consult with a program faculty member or an academic adviser/counselor to determine if your program of study offers an AAS-T and into which four-year institutions it transfers. AAS-T degrees do not transfer to all four-year institutions.

For more information, see the program outlines section of this catalog.

ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE (AAS)

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree candidate in a career and technical area must complete a minimum of 90 quarter credits in program requirements with a grade point average of 2.0 or better. Many programs require more than 90 credits. The candidate must earn at least one-third of the credits required for the degree in residence from the college awarding the degree.

A minimum number of credits must be completed in related instruction. Related instruction areas are defined as communications, computation and human relations/leadership. A minimum of three credits must be completed in each area. Safety and hygiene requirements must be completed. SCC and SFCC have different requirements that must be met and are outlined online and in the program outlines section of this catalog.

A student possessing proven competencies in the program requirements and/or related instruction area may be granted advanced standing. The appropriate administrator must approve advanced standing placements.

All credits and grade points received from the time the student enrolls in the program are used for GPA calculation.

See Program Outlines for more details.

CAREER AND TECHNICAL CERTIFICATES

Career and Technical Certificates of at least three quarters in length also include a specified amount of credits in related education. The three areas of related instruction are computation, communications and human relations/leadership. A student possessing proven competencies in these areas may be granted advanced standing. The appropriate instructional dean must approve advanced standing placement. These courses also may be footnoted with the following: "This related education requirement may be substituted with any course, or combination of courses, approved by the instructional dean." A minimum grade point average of 2.0 must be maintained. The candidate must earn at least one-third of the credits required for the certificate in residence from the college awarding the certificate.

GRADING POLICY

Community Colleges of Spokane grading system provides a permanent record of grade evaluations that reflect, in various ways, successful course and program completion. The colleges operate on a quarter system. The quarter hour of credit is the unit of instruction.

GRADE LEGEND

Grades at CCS are reported in numerical fractions to the nearest tenth. Letter grade equivalents are as follows:

Numeric GradeLetter Grade Equivalent
3.8 - 4.0A (superior achievement)
3.5 - 3.7A-
3.2 - 3.4B+
2.9 - 3.1B (above average achievement)
2.6 - 2.8B-
2.3 - 2.5C+
2.0 - 2.2C (average achievement)
1.6 - 1.9C-
1.3 - 1.5D+
1.0 - 1.2D (minimum achievement)
0.0F (failure)

GRADE SYMBOLS

Explanation follows symbol.

FFail
IIncomplete
NAudit
PPass
WOfficial Withdrawal
ZSpecial Withdrawal
* (or blank)Non-graded Section/Missing Grade

Conditions for which they are assigned:

F Fail - Less than 1.0 grade points/0.0 credit calculated in GPA. Courses designated with a pass/fail option must be approved by the College Curriculum Committee prior to the beginning of a course.
I Incomplete - 0.0 grade points; no credit. Incomplete grades “I” may be issued only to those students whose work to date is passing but not completed at the end of the quarter. All "I" grades issued by an instructor must be accompanied by an "Incomplete Contract."

All incompletes must be made up prior to the official end of the next quarter with the following exceptions: (1) "I" grades earned spring quarter must be made up prior to the official end of fall quarter, and (2) "I" grades issued to students in the career and technical division of the college are to be made up according to a special schedule developed by the Department Chair and the Chief Academic Officer, and (3) an incomplete that is not made up will default to the decimal grade listed on the Incomplete Contract.
N Audit - Special registration. 0.0 grade points; no credit.
P Pass - 0.0 grade points; credit not calculated in GPA. A passing grade may be issued in certain pre-designated courses or experience-related evaluations for credit rather than the regular grading system. Courses designated with a pass/fail option must be approved by the College Curriculum Committee prior to the beginning of a course.
W Official Withdrawal - 0.0 grade points; no credit. All official withdrawals "W" prior to the seventh week of the quarter are the sole responsibility and prerogative of the student and must be initiated and completed by the student. The official withdrawal date for summer quarter will be prorated accordingly. To prevent a "W" grade showing on the student transcript, the student must drop the class or withdraw completely by the tenth day of the normal quarter, eighth day for summer quarter. Short courses will be prorated accordingly.

Exceptions to the refund policy will be considered only if, in the judgment of the college, an extreme hardship has been caused by illness, hospitalization, or military transfer. A student must submit an appeal for an exception to the refund policy with a completed official withdrawal form and written documentation (letter from the doctor in the case of illness) to the registrar. For the case of medical withdrawal, in addition to the withdrawal form, the Medical Withdrawal Request/ Appeal Form must also be completed along with a written or typed letter on business letterhead from the student’s health care provider stating date(s) of care, the health condition being treated and the letter must state "Patient is unable to attend classes and must withdraw from school."
Z Special Withdrawal - 0.0 grade points; no credit. All withdrawals of this type must be designated by the instructor on the regular grade sheet at the end of the quarter.
  1. After consultation with the student prior to the end of the quarter, the faculty member may agree to grant a special withdrawal on the last day of the quarter. The decision to grant the special withdrawal is to be based on what is best for the student in light of his or her educational objectives.
  2. In the event that a student enrolls for a class and stops attending, a special withdrawal may be granted only by the instructor on the last day of the quarter.
  3. Students meeting attendance requirements of the instructor but doing failing work may be given a special withdrawal by the instructor. This must be changed by the instructor to a regular academic grade reflecting proper achievement level if requested by the student prior to the official end of the next quarter.
The faculty member is under no obligation to agree to grant a special "Z" withdrawal.

Only faculty may change a "Z" grade to a decimal grade by submitting an online grade change form to the Registrar's office.
* (or blank) Non-graded Section/Missing Grade - The non-graded section of a lecture/lab course OR no grade received from faculty.
 

Other Indicators

Repeat - Most courses are not repeatable for credit. If a student repeats a course, the highest grade earned is used for computing credits attempted, credits earned and grade point average. Repeats are noted as "Grading Basis: Repeated."
Repeat for Credit - Some courses are approved to repeat up to a maximum number of occurrences or credits. Courses repeated for credit may be noted as "Authorized Repeat."

GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)

Grade point averages are calculated by dividing grade points earned by the credit hours attempted. The following is an example of a grade-point average computation:

Credit HoursGrade Points
Attempted   Grade  Earned
 5x3.0=15.0
 3x4.0=12.0
 4x2.0= 8.0
 5x1.0=5.0
1x0.0=0.0
18 40.0

Dividing 40.0 by 18 computes to a grade-point average of 2.22.