Dec 05, 2023  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023 [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.
  • 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. 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 (humanities, social sciences);
  • 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, programming, or physics;
  •  Admissions requirements for the school and your specific major (for example, you might need to apply to the university as well as its College of Engineering or School of Computer Science).

Students must complete the RTC application for graduation.

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)


3 required (15 credits), with no more than 10 credits in the same subject area.

See the General Education: Humanities Distribution  for a full list of class offerings.

Social Sciences

3 required (15 credits), with no more than 10 credits from the same subject area.

See the General Education: Social Science Distribution  for a full list of class offerings.

Major Requirements

4 required (20 credits)

University Specific Requirements

1 required (5 credits)


1 required (5 credits)

Choose one additional General Education class (communication, mathematics, humanities, social science, or natural science) to complete your transfer degree.

Sample Course Sequence

Below is a course sequence for students who enter in fall quarter, ready for calculus. The course sequence for other entry points and math placement levels may vary. 

GPA Requirements

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

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