Associate in Technology Degree

Associate of Arts & Science DegreeDirect Transfer Agreement/Major Related Pathway (DTA/MRP)

The Associate in Technology degree is for students preparing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology, Mechanical Technology, Technology Education, or other Applied Technology fields (such as manufacturing, electronics, design and construction) at Central Washington University (CWU), Eastern Washington University (EWU), or Western Washington University (WWU).

The Associate in Technology degree meets all the requirements of Washington’s Direct Transfer Agreement between the baccalaureate institutions offering a bachelor’s of science in technology and the community and technical colleges system. Baccalaureate institutions that are party to this agreement are: CWU, EWU, WWU. Students completing the DTA, if admitted to a participating university, will be admitted as juniors with all or most prerequisites for the specific technology major completed.

CPTC does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student’s responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

Students in this program are encouraged to check with their potential transfer institution early in their studies regarding specific course choices for electives. To receive the DTA degree, students must have earned a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative college-level GPA and have completed at least 90 quarter hours of transferable credit that includes a minimum of 60 quarter hours of general education courses as shown below. Students are required to be proficient in intermediate algebra, which is a pre-requisite to the math courses listed below.

Admission Dates: Fall, Winter, Spring quarters.

Program Requirements

Communication (10 Cr.)

Catalog # Course Name Credits
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
ENGL& 235 Technical Writing 5

Quantitative Reasoning (Choose 10 Credits)

Catalog # Course Name Credits
MATH& 141 Pre-calculus I 5
MATH& 142 Pre-calculus II 5
MATH& 151 Calculus I 5
MATH& 152 Calculus II 5

Humanities (15 Cr.)1

Catalog # Course Name Credits
CMST& 220 Public Speaking 5
  Elective Humanities Course 5
  Elective Humanities Course 5

Social Sciences (15 Cr.)2

Catalog # Course Name Credits
PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology 5
SOC& 101DIV Introduction to Sociology 5
  Elective Social Science Course 5

Natural Sciences (20 Cr.)

Catalog # Course Name Credits
PHYS& 114 General Phys I w/Lab 5
CHEM& 161 General Chemistry with Lab I 5
CIT 142 JAVA Object-oriented Programming I 5
CIT 143 JAVA Object-oriented Programming II 5

Technology Course Work (10 Cr.)

Catalog # Course Name Credits
ENGR& 114 Engineering Graphics 5

Electives (10 Cr.)3

Course Name Credits
Major-related Electives 10

Computer Literacy Course

Complete an approved computer literacy course or successfully pass the computer literacy exam (3 credits).

Total Program Credits: 98


  1. At least one humanities class must be in a field other than speech, and no more than 5 credits may be in a world language or ASL, and no more than 5 credits in a performance/skills class.
  2. Social Science courses should be from at least 2 disciplines with no more than 10 credits in a single discipline
  3. Elective courses should be appropriate for the student's intended major and intended bachelor's institution. It is recommended that students pursuing this degree talk with an advisor at the 4-year institution you'll be attending prior to selectinv technical electives.

Humanities Electives Available Through CPTC

Catalog # Course Name Credits
ART& 100 Art Appreciation 5
ASL& 121 or 122 American Sign Language I or II 5
MUSC& 105 Music Appreciation 5

Note: Only one 100 level language course may be used to meet the humanities requirement.

Electives (10 Cr.)

Catalog # Course Name Credits
ECON& 201 Microeconomics 5
ECON& 202 Macroeconomics 5
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology 5
PSYC& 220 Abnormal Psychology 5