The Associate of Arts/Oregon Transfer (AA/OT) degree is a program of study that community college students can follow to fulfill all their lower division general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree at Oregon Public Universities. Completion of the AA/OT degree can lead to junior standing, for registration purposes, for any student admitted to a public university in Oregon (University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Western Oregon University, Southern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology and Eastern Oregon University).

The AA/OT does not necessarily meet specific institutional, departmental, or major requirements with regard to courses or grade point average. Students may transfer between 90 and 124 community college credits to four-year Oregon public institutions. Students should plan carefully with the four-year institution to which they plan to transfer in order to meet individual institutional requirements. Students considering transfer to private and out-of-state institutions will find the AA/OT to be excellent preparation for upper division study. Please contact the University Center for specific transfer requirements.

Upon enrolling at Southwestern, students need to be ready for college-level mathematics, writing and science in order to complete the AA/OT in two years. If students lack the necessary skills, Southwestern offers excellent developmental courses and tutorial assistance to help them get on track quickly.

The AA/OT degree is designed for students planning to transfer into a bachelor's degree program at an Oregon public university. These universities accept the AA/OT as a “block transfer,” enabling a student to enter with junior standing having all of the transfer school’s lower division general education requirements met. The AA/OT offers students the flexibility to choose courses that interest them while fulfilling requirements at their transfer schools.

Several Oregon private institutions and a limited number of out-of-state institutions also accept the AA/OT. These include Concordia University, Pacific University, Warner Pacific College, George Fox University and Marylhurst University in the Portland area, as well as Western Baptist College, BYU - Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University, Boise State University, Seattle Pacific University, and Washington State University.

It is important to note that the AA/OT may not be the best degree option for all majors. Students should consult advisors in their major areas for educational planning related to required courses in their majors.

Graduation Requirements

Complete a minimum of 90 credit hours, distributed across general education categories listed below. All courses must be passed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the time the AA/OT is awarded. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AA/OT degree is awarded.

Successfully complete the following courses (except for elective credits) from the list of approved general education courses for the AA/OT degree.

Students may take any college-level course that would bring total credits to 90 quarter hours, including up to 12 credits of college-designated career nd technical education (CTE) courses. Note: Some courses are considered career technical courses and have limitations within this degree, they are designated with "CTE" next to the course number in the Course Descriptions area of this catalog. A maximum of nine (9) credits of PE185 sport/activity courses may be applied to the AA/OT degree.

Courses that are developmental in nature (designed to prepare students for college transfer courses) are not applicable to this degree.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Foundational Requirements

All courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.

Writing

Three (3) courses from:

WR121English Composition3
or WR121H English Composition w/Honors
WR122English Composition3
or WR122H English Composition w/Honors
WR123English Composition3
WR227Report Writing3

Mathematics

One (1) course from:

MTH105Math in Society (with a prerequisite of MTH98)4
MTH111College Algebra (or higher with a prerequisite of MTH95, excluding MTH211)4
or MTH111H College Algebra w/Honors

Communication

One (1) course from:

SP100Basic Speech Communications3
SP111Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
SP218Interpersonal Communication3
SP219Small Group Discussion3

Health, Wellness and Fitness

Three (3) credits of PE185 sport/activity courses or HE250 Personal Health or PE231 Wellness for Life.

Discipline Studies Requirements

All courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.

Arts and Letters

Three (3) courses chosen from two (2) or more disciplines:

ART115Basic Design I, Intro to Elements4
ART116Basic Design II, Color Theory4
ART117Basic Design III, Intro to 3D Desgn4
ART131Introduction to Drawing I3
ART132Introduction to Drawing II3
ART133Introduction to Drawing III3
ART191Beginning Sculpture3
ART192Beginning Sculpture3
ART204History of Western Art:3
ART205History of Western Art:3
ART206History of Western Art:3
ART225Computer Art I3
ART244Bronze Casting3
ART253Ceramics I3
ART256Ceramics II3
ART281Painting I Beginning3
ART282Painting II Beginning3
ART283Painting III Beginning3
ART284Painting I Intermediate3
ART285Painting II Intermediate3
ART286Painting III Intermediate3
ASL2012nd Yr American Sign Language I4
ASL2022nd Yr American Sign Language II4
ASL2032nd Yr American Sign Language III4
ENG104Introduction to Literature Fiction3
ENG105Introduction to Literature Drama3
ENG106Introduction to Literature Poetry3
ENG107World Literature3
or ENG107H World Literature w/Honors
ENG108World Literature3
ENG109World Literature3
ENG201Shakespeare3
ENG204Survey of English Literature3
or ENG204H Survey of English Lit w/Honors
ENG205Survey of English Literature3
ENG206Survey of English Literature3
HUM204World Mythlgy & Religion3
HUM205World Mythlgy & Religion3
HUM206World Mythlgy & Religion3
J203Writing for Media I3
J205Writing for Media II3
J215Publishing Lab3
MUS101Music Fundamentals3
MUS111Music Theory I3
MUS112Music Theory II3
MUS113Music Theory III3
MUS201Intro to Music and its Literature3
MUS202Intro to Music and its Literature3
MUS203Intro to Music and its Literature3
MUS205Intro to Jazz History3
MUS206Intro to History of Rock and Roll3
MUS211Advanced Music Theory I3
MUS212Advanced Music Theory II3
MUS213Advanced Music Theory III3
PHL101Introduction to Philosophy3
PHL102Ethics3
PHL103Intro to Logic and Critical Thnkg3
SP100Basic Speech Communications3
SP111Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
SP218Interpersonal Communication3
SP219Small Group Discussion3
SP220Gender and Communication3
SPAN201Second Year Spanish4
SPAN202Second Year Spanish4
SPAN203Second Year Spanish4
WR241Imaginative Creative Writing3
WR242Imaginative Writing Poetry Writing3
WR243Imaginative Writing Explorations3

Social Sciences

Four (4) courses chosen from two (2) or more disciplines:

ANTH101Physical Anthropology and Evolution3
ANTH102Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH221Intro to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH222Intro to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH223Intro to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH224Intro to Medical Anthropology3
ANTH230Native North Americans: Oregon3
ANTH231Native North Americans: PNW3
ANTH232Native North Americans3
CJ101Intro to Criminology4
ECON201Microeconomics4
ECON202Macroeconomics4
ED169Overview of Student Special Needs3
ED258Multicultural Education3
ENV110Introduction Environmental Science3
GEOG105Cultural Geography3
HDFS140Contemporary American Families3
HDFS222Family Relations3
HDFS229Development in Middle Childhood3
HDFS247Preschool Child Development3
HST101History of Western Civilization3
HST102History of Western Civilization3
HST103History of Western Civilization3
HST104History of the Middle East3
HST201History of the United States3
HST202History of the United States3
HST203History of the United States3
HST240Hist of Oregon and the South Coast3
PS201American Government Political3
PS202American Government Policy Issues3
PS203Local Politics and Government3
PSY100Introduction to Psychology4
PSY201General Psychology3
or PSY201H General Psychology w/Honors
PSY202General Psychology3
or PSY202H General Psychology w/Honors
PSY203General Psychology3
or PSY203H General Psychology w/Honors
PSY216Social Psychology3
PSY228Introduction to Social Science3
PSY231Human Sexuality3
PSY237Life Span Development3
PSY239Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
PSY243Drugs and Behavior3
SOC105Introduction to Criminology4
SOC204Introduction to Sociology3
SOC205Social Institutions and Change3
SOC206Social Problems and Issues3
SOC208Sociology of Sport3
SOC210Marriage and Family3
SOC213Racial and Ethnic Relations3
WS101Introduction to Women's Studies3

Science/Mathematics/Computer Science

Four (4) courses from two (2) or more disciplines including at least three (3) laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science.

Laboratory Courses

BI101General Biology4
BI102General Biology4
BI103General Biology4
BI142Habitats: Marine Biology4
BI201Introductory Biology4
BI202Introductory Biology4
BI203Introductory Biology4
BI231Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BI232Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BI233Human Anatomy and Physiology III4
BI234Microbiology4
CHEM221General Chemistry I5
CHEM222General Chemistry II5
CHEM223General Chemistry III5
CHEM245Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM246Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM247Organic Chemistry III4
ENV235Introduction to Soil Science4
G201Physical Geology I4
G202Physical Geology II4
G203Historical Geology4
GS104Physical Science4
GS105Physical Science4
GS106Introduction to Earth Science4
GS107Astronomy4
GS108Oceanography4
PH201Gen Physics I: Mechanics5
PH202Gen Physics II: Heat, Waves, Rel5
PH203Gen Physics III: Elect & Magnetism5
PH211Gen Physics w/Calculus I5
PH212Gen Physics w/Calculus II5
PH213Gen Physics w/Calculus III5

Other Approved Courses

BI140Practical Ecology3
BI149Introduction to Human Genetics3
CHEM110Found of Gen, Organic & Biochem4
or CHEM110H Fnds of Gen, Org & Biochem w/Honors
CS160Computer Science Orientation4
CS161Introduction to Computer Science I4
CS162Introduction to Computer Science II4
CS261Data Structures4
ENV110Introduction Environmental Science3
G146Geology of Southwestern Oregon3
G207Geology of the Pacific Northwest3
G221General Geology3
G246Geological Hazards3
MTH105Math in Society4
MTH111College Algebra4
or MTH111H College Algebra w/Honors
MTH112Trigonometry4
or MTH112H Trigonometry w/Honors
MTH212Fundamentals of Elementary4
MTH213Fundamentals of Elementary4
MTH231Elements of Discrete Mathematics I4
MTH232Elements of Discrete Mathematics II4
MTH241Calculus for Bus and Soc Science I4
MTH242Calculus for Bus and Soc Science II4
MTH243Intro to Probability and Statistics4
MTH251Calculus I Differential Calculus4
or MTH251H Calculus I w/Honors
MTH252Calculus II Integral Calculus4
or MTH252H Calculus II w/Honors
MTH253Calculus III4
or MTH253H Calculus III w/Honors
MTH254Vector Calculus I4
MTH255Vector Calculus II4
MTH256Differential Equations4
MTH260Matrix Methods and Linear Algebra4

Cultural Literacy

Students must select one course from any of the discipline studies that is designated as meeting the statewide criteria for cultural literacy. Courses below meet the Cultural Literacy requirement.

ANTH221Intro to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH222Intro to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH223Intro to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH224Intro to Medical Anthropology3
ANTH230Native North Americans: Oregon3
ANTH231Native North Americans: PNW3
ANTH232Native North Americans3
ED258Multicultural Education3
ENG107World Literature3
or ENG107H World Literature w/Honors
ENG108World Literature3
ENG109World Literature3
GEOG105Cultural Geography3
HDFS140Contemporary American Families3
HUM204World Mythlgy & Religion3
HUM205World Mythlgy & Religion3
HUM206World Mythlgy & Religion3
HST104History of the Middle East3
MUS205Intro to Jazz History3
MUS206Intro to History of Rock and Roll3
PSY216Social Psychology3
PSY231Human Sexuality3
SOC208Sociology of Sport3
SOC210Marriage and Family3
SOC213Racial and Ethnic Relations3
SP220Gender and Communication3
WS101Introduction to Women's Studies3

Electives

  • All courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.
  • Students may take any college-level course that would bring total credits to 90 quarter hours including up to 12 credits of college designated Career and Technical Education courses.
  • A maximum of nine (9) credits of any PE185 sport/activity courses may be applied to the AA/OT degree.
  • Three (3) credit hours of PE185 may be granted toward the AA/OT degree for completion of military basic training. A copy of the military transcript or DD-214 is required.
  • Courses numbered 199/299 will qualify as elective credit only.

Supportive Courses

Note: The College has determined that the following supportive courses may be necessary to assist students to successfully complete their program; they count as electives only.

CIS125WWord Processing Applications3
HD0529Math Success1
HD100College Success and Survival3
HD111Math Success2
HD112Study Skills3
HD113Stop Test Anxiety Now1
HD140Career/Education Exploration1
HD147Decision Making1
HD152Stress Management1
HD154Self-Esteem1
HD204Living Consciously3
HD215Transfer Success1
HD208Career/Life Plan3
LIB127Navigating the 24/7 Library1
OA121Beginning Keyboarding3
RD101College Reading I1-3
RD102College Reading II1-3
RD103College Reading III1-3

A maximum of 45 credits is allowed for basic, developmental, or supportive courses under federal financial aid guidelines.

Program Notes

  1. Community colleges may not add requirements at the local level. The total credits should not exceed the number required to meet these course requirements within the College’s credit structure.
  2. Writing courses must meet the specific course outcomes as identified by Oregon Writing and English Advisory Council (OWEAC). In addition, the group of courses that is sufficient for meeting this requirement must, together, provide all of the content recommended by the OWEAC, including a research component.
  3. Although they are important in terms of preparation, courses that are developmental in nature are designed to prepare students for college-level work and are not counted in the 90-quarter hours required for the AA/OT.
  4. The "Foundational Requirements" above represent minimal skill competencies. As such, they may be open to demonstration of competency. Each community college is encouraged to establish how students may demonstrate competency in lieu of completing the course(s).
  5. Computer Science courses used in the Science/Math/Computer Science area must meet Oregon Council of Computer Chairs criteria for a science course. Math courses listed in the Science/Math/Computer Science area must meet the outcomes and criteria for Mathematics.
  6. All Foundational Requirement courses and Discipline Studies courses must meet the statewide outcomes and criteria for the specific area.
  7. Only second year foreign language courses may be included among courses that count toward the Arts and Letters requirement. American Sign Language (ASL) is considered a foreign language.
  8. WR115 may be included in the AA/OT degree as an elective.
  9. The principal advantage of the AA/OT is that it fulfills the lower division (freshman/sophomore) general education requirements for bachelor's degrees at all Oregon public universities. It does not necessarily meet all of the degree requirements that Oregon public universities might have beyond the requirements for majors. The AA/OT guarantees that all general education credits that a student earned will be accepted as the general education requirements at the receiving institution.
  10. In some cases, students may also be able to use AA/OT general education courses to meet certain lower division requirements in their intended majors. However, caution is required since the AA/OT degree was not intended for this purpose. Students who have a major in mind and also want to maximize the amount of AA/OT coursework that will count toward it, should work closely with an academic advisor and/or the University Center when designing their AA/OT degrees.
  11. Because the amount of coursework required for an AA/OT degree corresponds to two academic years, degree recipients are considered juniors for purposes of registration at an Oregon public universities. Students should keep in mind, however, that the AA/OT does not guarantee that two additional years will suffice to earn a bachelor's degree, that is because the AA/OT does not give students junior-standing in their majors. Neither does it guarantee entrance into a competitive major. Students may need to take additional introductory work to prepare for certain majors and should check with an advisor regarding availability at their local community colleges. In addition, it’s common for students to change their majors and find that they must go back and take introductory work in the new area.
  12. Students and academic advisors should recognize that although the AA/OT provides an excellent structure for many students—particularly those who are unsure of their primary academic focus—it is not ideal for everyone. In particular, it does not articulate well with certain majors such as engineering, biological and physical sciences, and the fine and performing arts. Students contemplating these majors cannot easily accommodate their highly-specific prerequisite coursework into the AA/OT framework. In general, an AA/OT recipient who is pursuing any course of study that is credit-heavy at the major lower division level may have to take additional lower division coursework, specific to the major, after transfer. Students contemplating such majors should consult closely with an advisor and/or the University Center.
  13. When transferring courses to a university that include CLEP, Challenge, Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), or other non-traditionally earned credits, the student should talk with the university about transferability.