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Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree

The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree (AAOT) is an opportunity for students to complete lower division (freshman and sophomore) degree requirements at PCC.

Students who complete this degree and are accepted at Oregon public universities will be admitted as having completed all lower division comprehensive and general education requirements for a baccalaureate degree. Many private colleges/universities also accept the AAOT.

Students should see advisors at PCC and the institution to which they will transfer about the requirements of their major.

Both Foundational Requirements and Discipline Studies courses must be a minimum of three (3) credits. A course may count towards Foundational Requirements or Discipline Studies, but not both.


Writing: 8 credits minimum. At least two courses of lower division collegiate writing. PCC's WR 121 & WR 122 or 227

Oral Communication: One course in the fundamentals of speech or communication. PCC's COMM 111 or 112 or 113

Mathematics: One course in college-level mathematics, for which Intermediate
Algebra is a prerequisite. PCC's MTH 105 or higher

Health/Wellness/Fitness: One or more courses totaling at least three credits. PCC's HE 242, 250, 254, HE 295 + PE 295, or 3 PE courses not including PE 10



Please refer to the PCC catalog for courses from the following disciplines that apply towards the degree.

Arts & Letters

At least three courses chosen from at least two disciplines including Art, American Sign Language (200-level), Chicano/Latino Studies, Communication, English, Humanities, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Theatre Arts, Writing, Womens Studies, Foreign Language (200-level)

Social Science

At least four courses chosen from at least two disciplines including Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Womens Studies. A few courses apply to the Social Science area from Business, College Success and Career Guidance, and Consumer and Family Studies.

Science/Math/Computer Studies

At least four courses from at least two disciplines including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science. Disciplines include Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geology, General Science, Math, Physics.



Any college-level course that would bring total credits to 90 quarter hours including up to 12 credits of college designated Career and Technical Education courses.


Additional Requirements

Must be completed with a C or better.

  • Students must complete a Cultural Literacy course. This course may apply as an Arts & Letters or Social Science course in the above Discipline Studies requirements.

General Requirements

  • All candidates must earn at least 90 total credits.
  • All candidates for a degree must attend Portland Community College at least two terms and accumulate at least 30 quarter hours of satisfactory work at PCC to establish residency.
  • Non-traditional credit, credit transferred from another institution or challenge credit cannot be used to establish the 30 quarter hour residency requirement and the student petition process may not be used to waive the residency requirement.
  • All candidates for a degree must have a 2.0 grade point average (C average) or higher for courses applied to the degree. Transfer credit is allowed for grades ‘C' or better.
  • No more than 24 credits taken on a pass/no pass basis may be applied to the distribution requirements.
  • No more than 24 credits of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses may be applied to the degree.
  • No more than nine credits of 199 or 299 Special Topics courses may be applied to the degree.
  • No more than 12 credits of lower division collegiate cooperative education may be applied to the degree.
  • A maximum of three credits of physical education courses may be used as electives.
  • One-credit workshops may not be applied to this degree.


Page updated March 2014