Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)

The Associate of Arts/Oregon Transfer (AAOT) 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 AAOT 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 AAOT 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 AAOT to be excellent preparation for upper division study. Please contact your advisor 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 AAOT 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 AAOT degree is designed for students planning to transfer into a bachelor's degree program at an Oregon public university. These universities accept the AAOT 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 AAOT 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 AAOT. These include Pacific University, Warner Pacific College, George Fox 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 the AAOT 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

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

Students must successfully complete the following courses from the list of approved general education courses for the AAOT degree and a number of elective credits.

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 (CTE) courses. Note: Some courses are considered career technical courses and have limitations within this degree, they are designated with "CTE" in the Course Description area of this catalog. A maximum of nine (9) credits of PE185 sport/activity courses may be applied to the AAOT degree. All Honors courses may substitute for their equivalent requirements.

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

Students must 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. All Honors courses may substitute for their equivalent requirements.

Writing

Eight (8) credits of writing are required, so choose two (2) courses from below. Information Literacy will be included in the writing requirement:

WR121English Composition4
WR122English Composition4
or WR227 Report Writing

Mathematics

One (1) course from:

Math course may be MTH105 or higher, excluding MTH211.

MTH105Math in Society (or higher, excluding MTH211)4

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 Elements of Art and Principles of Design4
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: Introduction to Art History3
ART205History of Western Art: Introduction to Art History3
ART206History of Western Art: Introduction to Art History3
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
ENG108World Literature3
ENG109World Literature3
ENG201Shakespeare3
ENG204Survey of English Literature3
ENG205Survey of English Literature3
ENG206Survey of English Literature3
ENG253Survey of American Literature3
ENG254Survey of American Literature3
ENG255Survey of American Literature3
HUM204World Mythology & Religion3
HUM205World Mythology & Religion3
HUM206World Mythology & Religion3
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 Philosophy: Philosophical Problems3
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 Writing Fiction3
WR242Imaginative Writing Poetry3
WR243Imaginative Writing Explorations3
TA141Acting I3
TA142Acting Ii3
TA143Acting Iii3
TA153Rehearsal/Performnc3

Social Sciences

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

ANTH201Physical Anthropology and Evolution3
ANTH202Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH203Language and Culture3
ANTH221Intro to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH222Cultural Anthropology II3
ANTH223Cultural Anthropology III3
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
GEOG105Cultural Geography3
HDFS140Contemporary American Families3
HDFS222Understanding Families: Supporting Diversity Disability and Risk3
HDFS229Child Development PreK - Adolescent3
HDFS247Child Development 0-83
HST101History of Western Civilization3
HST102History of Western Civilization3
HST103History of Western Civilization3
HST104History of the Middle East3
HST195History of the Vietnam War3
HST201History of the United States3
HST202History of the United States3
HST203History of the United States3
HST240Hist of Oregon and the South Coast3
PS201American Government: Political Institutions3
PS202American Government: Policy Issues3
PS203Local Politics and Government3
PS205International Relations: US Foreign Policy in the 20th Century3
PSY100Introduction to Psychology4
PSY201General Psychology3
PSY202General Psychology3
PSY203General Psychology3
PSY216Social Psychology3
PSY228Introduction to Social Science Research3
PSY231Human Sexuality3
PSY237Life Span Development3
PSY239Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
PSY243Drugs and Behavior3
SOC204Introduction to Sociology3
SOC205Social Institutions and Change3
SOC206Social Problems and Issues3
SOC208Sociology of Sport3
SOC210Marriage and Family3
SOC213Racial and Ethnic Relations3
SOC218Sociology of Gender3

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
NR260Watershed Processes4
PH201General Physics I: Mechanics5
PH202General Physics II: Heat, Waves, Relativity5
PH203Gen Physics III: Elect & Magnetism5
PH211General Physics with Calculus I5
PH212General Physics with Calculus II5
PH213General Physics with Calculus III5

Non-Laboratory Courses

BI140Practical Ecology3
BI149Introduction to Human Genetics3
CHEM110Foundations of General, Organic, and Biochemistry4
CS160Computer Science Orientation4
CS161Introduction to Computer Science I4
CS162Introduction to Computer Science II4
CS261Data Structures4
ENV110Introduction Environmental Science3
G221General Geology3
G246Geological Hazards And Natural Catastrophes3
MTH105Math in Society4
MTH111College Algebra4
MTH112Trigonometry4
MTH212Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II4
MTH213Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III4
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
MTH244Probability & Statistics II4
MTH251Calculus I Differential Calculus4
MTH252Calculus II Integral Calculus4
MTH253Calculus III Infinite Sequences And Series4
MTH254Vector Calculus I4
MTH255Vector Calculus II4
MTH256Differential Equations4
MTH260Matrix Methods and Linear Algebra4
MTH264Introduction to Matrix Algebra and Power Series4

Cultural Literacy

Students are required to complete at least one (1) course from any of the above discipline studies that meets the statewide criteria for cultural literacy. SWOCC offers these courses that satisfy the Cultural Literacy requirement.

ANTH201Physical Anthropology and Evolution3
ANTH202Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH203Language and Culture3
ANTH221Intro to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH222Cultural Anthropology II3
ANTH223Cultural Anthropology III3
ANTH224Intro to Medical Anthropology3
ANTH230Native North Americans: Oregon3
ANTH231Native North Americans: PNW3
ANTH232Native North Americans3
ED258Multicultural Education3
ENG107World Literature3
ENG108World Literature3
ENG109World Literature3
ENG260Intr Women Writers3
GEOG105Cultural Geography3
HDFS140Contemporary American Families3
HUM204World Mythology & Religion3
HUM205World Mythology & Religion3
HUM206World Mythology & 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
SOC218Sociology of Gender3
SP220Gender and Communication3

Electives

  • 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.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.
  • A maximum of nine (9) credits of any PE185 sport/activity courses may be applied to the AAOT degree.
  • Three (3) credits of PE185 Sport/Activity may be granted toward the AAOT 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.

CIS120Concepts of Computing4
CIS125WWord Processing Applications Microsoft3
HD100College Success and Survival3
HD102College Nuts and Bolts1
HD111Math Success2
HD112Study Skills3
HD113Stop Test Anxiety Now1
HD152Stress Management2
HD208Career/Life Plan3

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

In addition to Institutional Learning Outcomes, standards have been established for Student Learning Outcomes in General Education Courses in the following categories: Arts and Letters, Cultural Literacy, Mathematics, Science or Computer Science, Social Science, Speech and Oral Communication, Writing, and Information Literacy. Coursework in each of these areas supports student achievement of these outcomes. SWOCC evaluates student achievement of course learning outcomes on a regular basis, and this information is used for continuous improvement in instruction and student services.

Arts & Letters

Outcomes

As a result of taking General Education Arts & Letters* courses, a student should be able to:

  • Interpret and engage in the Arts & Letters, making use of the creative process to enrich the quality of life; and

  • Critically analyze values and ethics within a range of human experience and expression to engage more fully in local and global issues.

  • *“Arts & Letters” refers to works of art, whether written, crafted, designed, or performed and documents of historical or cultural significance.

Cultural Literacy

Cultural Literacy outcomes will be included in courses that meet the outcomes and criteria of an AAOT Discipline Studies requirement.

Outcomes

As a result of taking a designated Cultural Literacy course, a student should be able to:

  • Identify and analyze complex practices, values, and beliefs and the culturally and historically defined meanings of difference.

Mathematics

Outcomes

As a result of taking General Education Mathematics courses, a student should be able to:

  • Use appropriate mathematics to solve problems: Recognize which mathematical concepts are applicable to a scenario, apply appropriate mathematics and technology in its analysis, and then accurately interpret, validate, and communicate the results.

  • Use logical reasoning to make connections between various mathematical concepts and representations.
     

Science or Computer Science

Outcomes

As a result of taking General Education Science or Computer Science courses, a student should be able to:

  • Gather, comprehend, and communicate scientific and technical information in order to explore ideas, models, and solutions and generate further questions;

  • Apply scientific and technical modes of inquiry, individually, and collaboratively, to critically evaluate existing or alternative explanations, solve problems, and make evidence-based decisions in an ethical manner; and

  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of scientific studies and critically examine the influence of scientific and technical knowledge on human society and the environment.

Social Science

Outcomes

As a result of taking General Education Social Science courses, a student should be able to:

  • Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior; and

  • Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live.

Speech/Oral Communication

Outcomes

As a result of taking General Education Speech/Oral Communication courses, a student should be able to:

  • Engage in ethical communication processes that accomplish goals;

  • Respond to the needs of diverse audiences and contexts; and

  • Build and manage relationships.

Writing

Outcomes

As a result of completing the General Education Writing sequence, a student should be able to:

  • Read actively, think critically, and write purposefully and capable for academic and, in some cases, professional audiences;

  • Locate, evaluate, and ethically utilize information to communicate effectively; and

  • Demonstrate appropriate reasoning in response to complex issues.

Information Literacy

Information Literacy outcomes and criteria will be embedded in the Writing Foundational Requirements courses.

Outcomes

As a result of taking General Education Writing courses infused with Information Literacy, a student who successfully completes should be able to:

  • Formulate a problem statement;

  • Determine the nature and extent of the information needed to address the problem;

  • Access relevant information effectively and efficiently;

  • Evaluate information and its source critically; and

  • Understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information