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Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree

The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree is an opportunity for students who wish to earn a four-year degree at an Oregon public university to complete lower division requirements of the degree at TBCC. Any student having the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree recognized on an official TBCC college transcript will have met the lower division general education requirements of baccalaureate degree programs of any Oregon public university.

Students transferring under this agreement will transfer in to the Oregon public university with junior status for registration purposes. Course, class standing or GPA requirements for specific majors, departments or schools are not necessarily satisfied by an AAOT degree.  All TBCC courses the student takes should be aligned with the student’s intended program of study and the degree requirements of the Oregon Public University to which the student plans to transfer. For the best transfer experience, a student is encouraged to work with a career education advisor in the selection of their courses.

The Associate of Art: Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree requirements are composed of Foundational Requirements, General Education/Discipline Studies Requirements, and Degree Electives, for a total of 90 minimum credits earned by the student. The chart below summarizes the number of credits required within each category:

Degree Information
Category Credit Total
Foundational Requirements 19
General Education/Discipline Studies 44
Degree Electives At least 27
Total Credits for Degree (Minimum) 90

Foundational Requirements:

Courses must carry a minimum of 3 credits each (except for Health/Wellness/Fitness which may be any number of credits). Students must complete the following with a grade of “C“ or better:


*Writing: WR 121 and either 122 or 227

Oral Communication

COMM 111 or 112 or 113


*MTH 105 or higher for which Intermediate Algebra is a prerequisite.


One or more courses totaling at least three credits from HE 242, 250, 254, HE 295 & PE 295, or PE (not including PE 10, 199, or 299).

*Basic Writing and Math competency will be met by successfully completing these courses. The Information Literacy requirement is satisfied by successful completion of the Writing courses.


Students must complete at least 11 Discipline Studies courses from the General Education Distribution/Discipline Studies. All courses in Discipline Studies must carry a minimum of 3 credits. A single course may be applied toward Foundational Requirements or Discipline Studies Requirements but not both.

Arts and Letters Area (3 courses minimum)

Students should complete at least 3 courses, chosen from at least two disciplines in the Arts and Letters area.

Social Science Area (4 courses minimum)

Students should complete at least 4 courses, chosen from at least two disciplines in the Social Science area.

Math/Science/Computer Science Area (4 courses minimum)

Students should complete at least 4 courses, selected from at least two disciplines in the Science/Math/ Computer Science area. At least 3 laboratory science courses in biology and/or physical sciences must be selected.

Cultural Literacy

Students should select one course from any of the discipline studies that is designated as meeting the statewide criteria for cultural literacy. This course can be one of the 11 required Discipline Studies courses.

Elective Credit Requirements:

All candidates must complete at least 27 credits of degree electives to meet the overall 90 credit requirement for this degree.  Individual elective courses may carry any number of credits, and may include any lower division collegiate courses.

Comprehensive Requirements

  1. 1.    All candidates must earn a minimum of 90 credits which count toward an Associate degree. Credit courses numbered below 100 do not fulfill the 90 credit minimum requirement for any degree.
  1. 2.    Residency Requirement:
  • All candidates for a degree at TBCC must accumulate at least 30 quarter hours of satisfactory work at TBCC to establish residency. Non-traditional credit, credit transferred from another institution or challenge credit  do not qualify toward establishing the 30 quarter hour residency requirement.
  • Twenty-four of the credits earned at TBCC must apply to the specific Associate degree requirements the student is pursuing.

3. All candidates for a degree must have a 2.0 grade point average (C average).  All courses for the AAOT must be passed with a “C“ or better.

For Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirement limits, see the latest version of the TBCC Catalog.

Links: Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree Worksheet

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