Degrees and Certificates

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 TBCC advisors and the institution to which they will transfer to make sure that they are taking the correct courses.

The Associate of Science worksheet is located on the right side of this page.

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:
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.

Health and P.E.

All candidates must complete either:
HE 250, Personal Health, and one (1) credit (100 level or above) of Physical Education (PE), or
HPE 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, journalism, literature, music, philosophy, speech, 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.


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 TBCC catalog (pdf) 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 TBCC 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 TBCC must apply to the degree.
      The final 16 credits that apply to the degree must include at least eight credits earned at TBCC.
      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 TBCC courses applied to the degree

The following limitations apply:

      No more than 12 credits of Cooperative Education courses
      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

Basic Competencies

All candidates must meet the following basic competencies:
Degree candidates must demonstrate competency in basic mathematics and writing skills. 
Competency in writing must be demonstrated by either:

1. Completing WR 121 with a grade of C or higher, OR
2. Passing a lower division collegiate writing course for which WR 121 is a prerequisite with a letter      grade of C or better.

Competency in mathematics must be demonstrated by completion of 4 credits MTH 111A, MTH 111B, MTH 111C or higher with a grade of "C" or better.

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 (MTH 111) 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.

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