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College Catalog 2020-2021 
College Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate in Computer Science DTA/MRP

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DTA Associate: 90 Credits 

Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter, or Spring Quarter (Summer start is available, but will take longer to complete.)

The Associate in Computer Science DTA/MRP is a special statewide degree that prepares you for a four-year bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, information technology, media design, or software development. It is accepted by all major public and private universities in Washington.

The degree includes important courses in mathematics, computer programming, and lab science, as well as general education classes in humanities and social sciences.

  • You must follow all course prerequisites. Several classes require mathematics proficiency.
  • The two engineering physics classes are not offered at RTC currently. You must take PHYS&221 and PHYS&222 at another college and transfer the credits back to RTC to complete your degree.
  • Talk to an advisor or instructor to determine a course sequence option that works best for you, including pathways for part-time enrollment.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required to earn this degree. You must pass each individual class with a 1.0 or higher. A GPA of 2.0 or higher in each class is strongly recommended to maximize the transfer of all credits.

Admission to a university computer science program is extremely competitive. You will need very high grades in your calculus, physics, and programming classes. Some universities also may have specific admission requirements, such as world language proficiency, standardized tests, recommendations, or interviews, in addition to the transfer degree.

Students should contact their potential transfer institutions early regarding the following: 

  • Specific course choices in each area of the agreement where options are listed.
  • The requirement for overall GPA, a higher GPA in a selected subset of courses or a specific minimum grade in one or more courses, such as math or English. 

Students must apply to graduate.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Communication Literacy: Students will speak and write effectively, both as individuals and as members of teams.
  • Critical Thinking: Students will evaluate, analyze, synthesize, and apply information with clear logic.
  • Cultural Literacy: Students will explore diverse world cultures through the social sciences and the humanities.
  • Information Literacy: Students will access, evaluate, and use appropriate information sources according to ethical and legal guidelines.
  • Quantitative Literacy: Students will solve problems by interpreting, representing, calculating, and applying mathematical methods.
  • Scientific Literacy: Students will identify scientific principles and apply this knowledge to observations of the natural world.

Program Requirements


2 required (10 credits)

Quantitative / Symbolic Reasoning

1 required (5 credits)

Natural Sciences

3 required (15 credits)

Major Requirements

4 required (20 credits)

University Specific Requirements

1 required (5 credits)


1 required (5 credits)

Choose 1 course not already taken from any category above, or one of the following:

Sample Course Sequence

Below is the course sequence for students who enter in Winter Quarter. The course sequence for other entry points may vary. 

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

  • 5 Credits
  • Choose an approved humanities option. MUSC& 105  recommended.
  • Choose any 5-credit approved general education elective.*
  • *Students can take any class not already completed in any area (humanities, social science, science) or one of the additional approved general education electives.

Quarter 4

Quarter 5

Quarter 6

  • PHYS& 222 - Engineering Physics II or equivalent
  • Choose an approved humanities option. CMST& 101  recommended.
  • Choose an approved social science option. ECON& 201  recommended.

Approved General Education

Approved Natural Sciences Options

GPA Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum grade for each course: 1.0 (2.0 or higher is strongly recommended)

*Note: Clinical & Field-Based Experience courses require a Satisfactory (S) grade.

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