Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree (AAOT)

The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree is for students who are interested in earning a four-year degree at an Oregon public university. The AAOT allows you to complete some of your degree requirements at TBCC. If you graduate with an AAOT you will have met the lower division
general education requirements of Bachelor’s degree programs at any Oregon public university.

Students transferring with an AAOT will transfer to any 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.

For the best transfer experience, work with a career education advisor to select your courses. It is important to take courses at TBCC that align with your planned major and program of study and requirements of the Oregon public university where you want to attend.

Comprehensive Requirements

  1. You need a minimum of 90 credits to graduate. All courses must have a number of “100” or above.
  2. Residency Requirement: Residency means that you must earn 30 hours of satisfactory coursework at TBCC.
  3. A 2.0 grade point average (C average) is required to graduate. All courses require a grade of “C” or better.
  4. Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirement limits are:
  • TBCC courses approved to be repeated for credit can only be used once to count toward the degree. However, you can repeat Cooperative Education for a maximum of 12 credits.
  • If a general education course is split into multiple courses, i.e., a 101 course becomes 101A, 101B, and 101C, only one can be used to meet the General Education requirement.
  • Max 12 credits of Cooperative Education can count toward degree.
  • Max nine credits of 199 or 299, experimental courses, count toward degree.
  • Max 24 credits of “P” (Pass) grades can count toward degree.

AAOT degree requirements are composed of:

  • Foundational Requirements
  • General Education/Discipline Studies, 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

Details for each category in the above chart are listed below.

Foundational Requirements:

  • Each course must be a minimum of three credits (except for Health/Wellness/Fitness which may be any number of credits).
  • Complete with a grade of “C“ or better:
  1. Writing*: WR 121 and either 122 or 227 (eight credits required)
  2. Oral Communication: COMM 111 or 112 or 113
  3. Math*: MTH 105 or higher for which Intermediate Algebra is a prerequisite.
  4. Health/Wellness/Fitness: 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 and Information Literacy
requirements are satisfied by successfully completing the above courses.


You must take 11 Discipline Studies courses from the General Education/Discipline Studies List found on pages 68. Each course must have at least three credits.

Courses count toward EITHER Foundation Requirements OR Discipline Studies but not both, with the exception of one math course.

Arts & Letters Area
Complete at least three courses from at least two disciplines.

Social Science Area
Complete at least four courses from at least two disciplines in the Social
Science area.

Math/Science/Computer Science Area
Complete at least four courses, selected from at least two disciplines in
the Science/Math/ Computer Science area. At least three must be lab
courses in biology and/or physical sciences.

Cultural Literacy
Select one course that is designated as meeting the cultural literacy
requirement. This course can be one of the 11 required Discipline
Studies Courses.

Elective Credit Requirements
You must select elective courses to reach a total of 90 credits from
career technical or transfer courses. There is a maximum of three PE


  • 12 credits maximum of career and technical education courses may be applied to this degree.
  • One credit MSD workshops may not be used.
  • Three credits max of physical education (PE) courses may be used.

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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