2019-2020 Pierce College Catalog 
    Sep 26, 2022  
2019-2020 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business (DTA/MRP)

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The Associate in Business Direct Transfer/Major Related Program is generally pursued by students who plan to transfer to a four-year university as a business major after completing their first two years at Pierce College. This transfer degree ensures that a student who completes this degree will have satisfied the lower division general education (or core) requirements and lower division business requirements at the baccalaureate institutions. 

This articulated degree for the business major is specific to public institutions; however, since the degree follows the statewide articulated DTA and is designated in the title on the transcript, it will be accepted for admission to private institutions in the same manner as any other DTA-based degree.

Degree Outcomes  

General Degree Requirements

  • Minimum of 90 credits earned in courses numbered 100 or above is required to complete the Associate in Business DTA/MRP.
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I (5 credits)     English Composition I - required
  • COLLG 110   College Success required during the first or second quarter of attendance
  • Earn the lesser of (at least) 20 college level credits or 25% of the credits applicable to the degree or certificate at Pierce College
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better
  • Minimum grade for business major-related courses is a 2.0. These courses are denoted on this degree sheet by an asterisk (*)
  • 1.5 grade (C-) or higher is required for all coursework, unless stated otherwise
  • “Pass” (P) grades, independent study and cooperative work experience/work-based learning credits may be used for general elective credits only
  • Once a course has been successfully completed, credits earned may be used in only one category


  • Minimum grade-point average requirements are established by each institution. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Business programs are competitive and may require a higher GPA overall, a higher GPA in a selected subset of courses or a specific grade in one or more courses.
  • Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2012 have a two-year grace period to transfer.
  • Other college-level courses, of which a maximum of 15 credits may be in college-level courses as defined by the community college and the remainder shall be fully transferable as defined by the receiving institution. Where appropriate, preparation courses for the major should be included in this course work.

Core Requirements

Communication Skills (10 Credits)

ENGL& 101 requires a 2.0 grade or higher. Second communications course requires a 1.5 or higher grade. Must include a least five credits of English composition. Remaining credits may be used for an additional composition course or designated writing courses or courses in basic speaking skills (e.g. speech, rhetoric, or debate).

To meet current Eastern Washington University requirements, the second English Composition course must be equivalent to Eastern Washington University’s English 201 - College Composition: Analysis, Research, and Documentation.

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills (10-15 Credits)

The MATH& 147 and MATH& 148 sequence is recommended for most business transfer students.
Statewide Business DTA states: 5 credits of business calculus (e.g. MATH& 148), calculus I (e.g. MATH& 151) or a higher level math that includes calculus as a prerequisite.  The other 5 credits may include finite math or pre-calculus prerequisites for calculus or other courses to prepare for business calculus. 

Humanities (15 Credits)

Courses require a 1.5 grade or higher. Selected from at least two disciplines. No more than 10 credits allowed from any one discipline. No more than five credits in world language at the 100 level, and no more than five credits in performance/skills courses are allowed. 

Students pursuing an international business major should consult their potential transfer institutions regarding the level of world language required for admission to the major.

Students are encouraged to include a speech or oral communication course (not small group communication.)

Humanities Performance/Skills

Social Sciences (15 Credits)

Courses require a 1.5 grade or higher. Select from at least two disciplines. Nor more than ten credits allowed from any one discipline. Minimum grade for required business major-related courses ECON& 201 and ECON& 202 is a 2.0 or higher.

Students should contact their potential transfer institutions for advice on which additional social science course to take.

Natural Sciences (15-18 Credits)

Courses require a 1.5 grade or higher. Select from at least two disciplines. No more than ten credits allowed from any one discipline. Select at least ten credits in physical, biological and/or earth sciences. Must include at least one laboratory course indicated by an Ⓛ. MATH& 146  is required.

Students intending the manufacturing management major at Western Washington University should consult Western Washington University regarding the selection of natural science courses required for admission to the major.

Business/Specific Course/GTE (20 Credits)

Minimum grade for business major-related courses is a grade of 2.0 or higher.

Universities with a lower division Business Law requirement: University of Washington (all campuses), Washington State University (all campuses), Eastern Washington University, Central Washington University, Western Washington University, Gonzaga, Saint Martins University, Seattle Pacific University and Whitworth. The following institutions do not require a lower division elective, but generally not as an equivalent to the course required at the upper division: Heritage, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle University, and Walla Walla University.

International students who completed a business law course specific to their home country must take a business law course at a U.S. institution in order to demonstrate proficiency in U.S. business law.

General Electives (5 Credits)

Maximum of five credits of courses numbered 100 and above may be applied to this requirement. See notes below or check four-year information for appropriate elective course needed — e.g., a world language or computer course requirement. A maximum of three physical activity (PE) credits can be applied to this degree.

Four institutions have requirements for admission to the major that go beyond those specified above. Students can meet these requirements by careful selection of the elective university course equivalent to Washington State University: Management Information Systems - MIS 250, Gonzaga: Management Information Systems - BMIS 235, Pacific Lutheran University: Computer Applications - CSCE 120, either an equivalent course or skills test, Seattle Pacific University: Spreadsheet - BUS 1700 or equivalent course skills test.

Students should contact their potential transfer institutions for advice on which general elective course to take.

Total Credits Required 90-98

Program Code: ASBT

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