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Academic Catalog

Pierce College    
2017-2018 Pierce College Catalog 
  
 
  Sep 20, 2017
 
2017-2018 Pierce College Catalog

Programs of Study



General Information

Common Course Numbering (CCN)

Common Course Numbering (CCN) was adopted as a way to more easily identify the same course at different community and technical colleges in Washington. Courses identified as “common” between community and technical colleges are denoted with an ampersand (&) next to the department and course number. (Example: MATH& 141 )

Students who have taken Pierce classes before Summer Quarter 2008 must check the Pierce CCN Crosswalk to ensure they do not enroll in the same course twice as a result of new course number or title changes. CCN does not affect how courses transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Common course numbers, departments and titles were changed to simplify transferring between community and technical colleges. Student transcripts will contain a statement that alerts others to the Washington state Common Course Numbering change.

Please contact the advising center at either college or a faculty advisor, or go online to https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/sites/default/files/ccn.pdf for additional information.

Quarter System

Pierce College’s academic year is divided into quarters. Fall, winter and spring quarters are ten weeks in length; summer, eight weeks. See Academic Calendar .

Course Number System

001-099 Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), General Education Development (GED) and high school completion
042-099 Developmental or pre-college level courses designed to help students succeed in subsequent college-level courses. These are not transferable credits and will not be used toward fulfilling degree/certificate requirements
100-299 College-level courses applicable to associate degrees and certificates
300-499 Junior and Senior level courses applicable to Bachelor of Applied Science degrees

Completion Time for Degrees and Certificates

Students are allowed up to six years to complete degree or certificate requirements that were in effect at that time. The six-year period begins when a program of study is officially declared. Students who do not fulfill the requirements in that period must meet the requirements currently in effect for their degree/certificates. All prior credit that has been evaluated as equivalent to current requirements will be counted toward their fulfillment. Alternately, a student may choose to meet current degree requirements.

Changes in Program

Official changes in the student’s program of study or change of advisor require approval. Students should meet with their advisor to discuss options. An official program change will establish an “official starting date” for the new program and preserve a full six-year period to complete the program under current requirements.

Discontinued Programs

If a degree or certificate is discontinued, students will be permitted to finish the program, to the extent the college finds possible, provided the student fulfills the requirements within three years of when the program is discountinued. Substitutions for discontinued courses will be permitted when appropriate substitute courses are available and when authorized through the course substitution procedures currently in effect. Requests for course substitutions should be made through the appropriate faculty.

Degree Outcomes

Core Abilities Outcomes

Critical, Creative and Reflective Thinking

Graduates will be able to question, search for answers and meaning, and develop ideas that lead to action.

Responsibility

Graduates will be able to respond by examining the relationship between self, community and environments, evaluating potential impacts and consequences of actions, and making choices and contributions based on that examination and evaluation.

Information Competency

Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.

Effective Communication

Graduates will be able to exchange messages in a variety of contexts using multiple methods.

Multiculturalism

Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of diverse ideas, cultures and experiences and the ability to examine their own attitudes and assumptions in order to engage others with civility and empathy.

Fundamental Areas of Knowledge Outcomes

Communication

Graduates identify, analyze and evaluate rhetorical strategies in their own and other’s writing in order to communicate effectively.

Humanities

Graduates acquire skills to critically interpret, analyze and evaluate forms of human expression, and create and perform as an expression of the human experience.

Social Sciences

Graduates use social science research methods and/or theory in order to analyze and interpret social phenomena.

Natural Sciences

Graduates use the scientific method to analyze natural phenomena and acquire skills to evaluate authenticity of data/information relative to the natural world.

Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning

Graduates utilize mathematical, symbolic, logical, graphical, geometric, or statistical analysis for the interpretation and solution of problems in the natural world and human society.

University Transfer Degrees

University Transfer Degrees ensure that students who complete these degrees have satisfied the lower division general education/core requirements and lower division degree related requirements for the baccalaureate institutions.

All students are required to successfully complete COLLG 110 College Success  during the first or second quarter of attendance. College Success is designed to prepare students to navigate the college system and enhance opportunities for success. The course emphasizes college success strategies, self-assessment, goal-setting, career exploration, effective study habits, campus resources, and efficient use of online tools for learning, educational planning and enrollment.

Associate of Arts (AA-DTA)  

Associate of Arts - Option B  

Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Ready Pathway (DTA/MRP) Degrees  

Associate of Science (AS-T) Degree Track 1  

Associate of Science (AS-T) Degree Track 2  

Professional/Technical Degrees and Certificates

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)  

Associate in Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T)  

Associate in Technology - Specific Program  

Associate in Technology - General  

Professional/Technical Certificates  

Accounting

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Professional/Technical

Anthropology/Archaeology

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University Transfer

Art

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University Transfer

Astronomy

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University Transfer

Atmospheric Science

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University Transfer

Basic Education For Adults (BEdA)

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Other Programs

Biology

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University Transfer

Business

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University Transfer

Professional/Technical

Business Information Technology

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Professional/Technical

Chemistry

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University Transfer

College Success

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Communication/Theatre/Film

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University Transfer

Computer Information Systems

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Professional/Technical

Construction Management

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University Transfer

Professional/Technical

Criminal Justice

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Professional/Technical

Dental Hygiene

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Professional/Technical

Digital Design

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Professional/Technical

Drama

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University Transfer

Economics

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University Transfer

Education

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University Transfer

Professional/Technical

Emergency Medical Services

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Professional/Technical

Engineering

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University Transfer

English

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University Transfer

Other Programs

Environmental Science

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University Transfer

Fire Command and Administration

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Professional/Technical

Geography

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University Transfer

Geology

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University Transfer

Health Professions

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Health/Physical Education

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University Transfer

History

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University Transfer

Homeland Security Emergency Management

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Professional/Technical

Humanities

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University Transfer

Information Studies

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Intensive English Program

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Journalism

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University Transfer

Kinesiology and Health

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Professional/Technical

Mathematics

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University Transfer

Music

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University Transfer

Nursing

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University Transfer

Professional/Technical

Occupational Safety and Health

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Professional/Technical

Oceanography

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University Transfer

Philosophy

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University Transfer

Physical Therapist Assistant

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Professional/Technical

Physics

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University Transfer

Political Science

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University Transfer

Pre-Law

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Project Management

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Professional/Technical

Psychology

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University Transfer

Reading

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Social Service/Mental Health

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Professional/Technical

Sociology

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University Transfer

Veterinary Technology

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Professional/Technical

World Languages

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University Transfer