The Associate of Science Transfer Degree (AS)

The Associate of Science (AS) degree is designed for students planning to transfer credits to a baccalaureate degree program at a four-year institution. It allows more freedom in course selection than the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree, but does not necessarily guarantee that students will be accepted as having completed all lower division comprehensive and general education requirements for a baccalaureate degree. When selecting courses for this degree, students should consult PCC advisors and the institution to which they will transfer to make sure that they are taking the correct courses

All candidates must complete the following:

Comprehensive Requirements

All candidates must meet the following Comprehensive Requirements for Associate of Applied Science, Associate of General Studies and Associate of Science.


All candidates must complete 6-8 credit hours from:

  1. WR 121 - English Composition
  2. Lower division collegiate writing courses (minimum 3 credits) for which WR 121 is a prerequisite.

The WR course must have a grade of "C" or better or provide an official transcript with a qualifying prior degree.


Competency in mathematics must be demonstrated by completion of 4 credits MTH 105 or higher with a grade of "C" or better.

Health and P.E.

All candidates must complete either:

  1. HE 250, Personal Health, and one (1) credit (100 level or above) of Physical Education (PE), or
  2. HE 295 + PE 295, Health and Fitness for Life

Distribution Requirements

All candidates must complete a minimum of seven (7) quarter credits of Lower Division Collegiate courses in each of the following three (3) distribution areas, each course must be a minimum of 3 credits:

Arts and Humanities

Art, foreign languages, humanities, literature, music, philosophy, religion, communication, theater arts, women’s studies (WS 101 only) and, writing (excluding WR 115, 185, 121 and 122.)

Social Science

Anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies. Also BA 208, CG 191, and HEC 226 will apply towards the social science area.


Biology, chemistry, computer information systems*, computer science, environmental studies, general science, geology, mathematics, and physics. *only CIS 120, 121, 122

Requirements for Electives

All elective courses must be Lower Division Collegiate courses. See the PCC catalog for a complete list of lower division courses. Maximum of three (3) credits of PE (100 Level or above).

Comprehensive Credit and GPA Requirements

  • All candidates for a degree must earn a minimum of 90 credits which count towards an associate degree. (Many programs require more than 90 credits. See descriptions in specific programs for number of credits required.)
  • All candidates must earn a minimum of 30 credits transcripted by PCC to establish residency. Non-traditional credit, credit transferred from another institution or credit earned through the course challenge process may not be used to establish the 30 credit residency requirement and the student petition process may not be used to waive the residency requirement.
  • Twenty-four (24) of the credits earned at PCC must apply to the degree.
  • All candidates for a degree must earn a 2.0 overall grade point average (C average) or higher for:
    • All courses applied to the degree
    • All PCC courses applied to the degree

The following limitations apply:

  • No more than nine credits of special topics courses (course number 199-199Z and 299-299Z)
  • No more than 24 credits of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Developmental education courses may not be applied to the degree
  • PE 10, Physical Education Activity Program, may not be applied to the degree
  • Course numbers beginning with a zero may not be applied to the degree


Students with A.A., A.A.S., A.G.S., A.S., B.A., B.S., degrees or higher from a U.S. accredited institution will have the basic competency in writing (WR 121) waived. Other writing requirements specified by the program remain in effect. For such students, the basic competency in mathematics can be met by submitting a transcript showing successful completion of a 100-level math course. All other mathematics requirements for the program remain in effect.