Whatcom Community College offers a variety of degrees, including a Bachelor of Applied Science and assorted Associate Degrees and Certificates.
APPLIED BACHELOR DEGREES
BACHELOR OF APPLIED SCIENCE (BAS) IT-NETWORKING
Building on its nationally acclaimed Computer Information Systems Associate in Science degree program, Whatcom Community College will offer a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in IT Networking starting fall 2017. The degree is designed for students who have earned an associate’s degree in an information technology related field from a regionally accredited institution within the past five years or any prior degree plus relevant industry experience.
ASSOCIATE DEGREES & CERTIFICATES - TRANSFER
ASSOCIATE IN ARTS AND SCIENCES - DIRECT TRANSFER AGREEMENT (AAS-DTA)
The Associate in Arts and Sciences-Direct Transfer Agreement (AAS-DTA), is designed primarily for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university with junior status.
The AAS-DTA degree requires completion of 90 credits within specified distribution areas and is accepted as fulfillment of the general university requirements by Washington state four-year institutions. Students should discuss transfer plans with an advisor to plan appropriately for variations in requirements at different universities.
General Education. Whatcom Community College’s AAS-DTA degree ensures that our students receive the liberal arts and sciences education that employers, baccalaureate institutions, and accrediting associations believe are necessary for success in our rapidly changing world. Earning an AAS-DTA at Whatcom means that a student has successfully completed courses in writing and oral communications, a course in symbolic or quantitative reasoning, courses across three distribution areas (humanities, social sciences, and sciences), and courses that foster a greater understanding and awareness of global, diversity, and sustainability issues. The content, goals, and learning outcomes of the transfer degree reflect Whatcom’s core learning and educational values.
DIRECT TRANSFER AGREEMENT / MAJOR RELATED PROGRAM (DTA/MRP) ASSOCIATE DEGREES
Major related programs follow the requirements of the AAS-DTA, and also include specifically defined coursework to prepare students for upper-division classes in the major area after transferring to a 4-year college or university. WCC currently offers the following DTA/MRP degrees:
- Associate in Business DTA/MRP
- Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP (This degree includes two years of professional-technical coursework in nursing.)
ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE - TRANSFER (AS-T) DEGREE
The Associate in Science-Transfer (AS-T) degree is based upon an agreement between Whatcom Community College and many colleges/universities in Washington state. This degree is an efficient, pre-designed educational path for students who wish to complete a baccalaureate program in science or engineering fields. The AS-T degree will not substitute for all general university requirements (GURs), but will allow WCC students to enter a participating four-year college/ university with 90 credits, junior standing, and the majority of major prerequisites completed. Students pursuing this degree must be prepared to complete any remaining GURs along with remaining major program and graduation requirements during their junior and senior years of academic study.
The AS-T majors designed to transfer within this option include:
- Atmospheric Sciences
- Earth Sciences
- Environmental Science
ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE-TRANSFER / MAJOR RELATED PROGRAM (AS-T/MRP) DEGREES
These major related engineering programs follow the requirements of the AS-T, and also include extensive preparation to prepare students for completion of the bachelor’s degree in engineering within two years of transferring. WCC currently offers the following AS-T/MRP degrees:
- Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering
- Computer and Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical, Civil, Aeronautical, Environmental, and Material Sciences Engineering
ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE - TRANSFER (AAS-T) DEGREE
The Associate in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree requires completion of a minimum of 90 college-level credits with emphasis in certain professional-technical fields and including a minimum of 20 general education credits. The AAS-T degree is designed to prepare a student for direct entry into the workforce or to transfer to a participating four-year institution.
WCC currently offers Associate in Applied Science – Transfer degrees in the following fields:
- Early Childhood Education
LIBERAL STUDIES DEGREE
ASSOCIATE IN LIBERAL STUDIES (ALS) DEGREE
The Associate in Liberal Studies degree is designed primarily for students who do not plan to pursue a specific technical or academic emphasis or transfer to a four-year institution but who wish to receive recognition for completion of 90 credits of general Arts and Sciences college-level learning.
Coursework must be completed within specific distribution areas.
WCC professional-technical degrees prepare students for immediate employment in the field of study. Some professional-technical degrees also transfer to 4-year colleges and universities. WCC offers three types of professional-technical degrees: (1) Associate in Science (AS); (2) Associate in Arts (AA); and Associate in Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T). All degrees require the completion of at least 90 credits with specific coursework in the field of study. WCC offers professional-technical associate degrees in the following areas:
- Accounting (AS)
- Business Administration (AS)
- Computer Information Systems (AS)
- Criminal Justice (AS)
- Cybersecurity (AAS-T)
- Early Childhood Education (AA and AAS-T)
- Finance (AS)
- Hospitality & Tourism Business Management (AS)
- Massage Therapist (AS)
- Medical Assisting (AS)
- Nursing (DTA/MRP)
- Paralegal Studies (AS)
- Physical Therapist Assistant (AS)
- Visual Communications (AA)
A certificate is an organized, narrowly focused program that provides training in a specific occupational field. Certificate programs typically require completion of a minimum of 45 credits containing related instruction components. Certificate programs of 45 credits or greater currently offered by the College are:
- CIS Network Administration
- CIS Technical Support
- Criminal Justice
- Hospitality & Tourism Business Management
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Assisting
- Office Administration
- Office Administration - Logistics
- Paralegal Studies
- Retail Management
- State Early Childhood Education Certificate
For more information on certificates below 45 credits that offer additional specialization opportunities, visit whatcom.edu under Degrees and Programs, professional-technical degrees.
The GED is a series of four tests endorsed by Washington state as an alternative credential for adults without a high school diploma. Students must demonstrate high school level competencies in math, science, social studies and reasoning through language arts to earn a GED credential. A GED can lead to opportunities for better jobs and to potential access to financial aid resources for more advanced education and training.
Students may enroll in Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses to prepare for the GED tests. Prospective students should contact the transitional learning programs office for more information.
Arrangements for taking the GED tests are made online at GED.com. Students may request accommodations for taking the GED tests online at GED.com. There is a charge for taking each test.
HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
Whatcom Community College awards high school diplomas to eligible students as outlined by RCW 288.50.535. To be eligible, students must meet one of the following criteria:
- Students 21 year or older who satisfactorily complete an associate’s degree may submit a written request to be awarded a state high school diploma from the College.
- Students 21 years or older who successfully complete all of the requirements for the adult high school completion program through the office for transitional learning programs.
- Students enrolled through Running Start who satisfactorily complete an associate’s degree may submit a written request to be awarded a state high school diploma.
- Students who are younger than 21 years old, who have enrolled in Running Start at any time, may request a high school diploma from the College upon associate’s degree completion.
Eligible students must submit a written request by completing the high school diploma section of the application for degree or certificate and submitting the form to the registration office.