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Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer

The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree clearly defines a program of study designed for students who intend to transfer to an Oregon university. By completing degree requirements (and major prerequisites if applicable) students will qualify for junior standing for registration purposes upon admission to any university in the state system.

The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree can be earned by meeting the following requirements:

  • Be admitted to the program.
  • Complete a minimum of 90 term credits of college-level courses (a maximum of 12 career and technical credits are allowed) with a minimum grade of “C.”
  • Complete any required prerequisites with a minimum grade of "C."
  • Complete a minimum of 24 credits toward the degree at RCC.

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) has approved general education outcomes for foundational and discipline courses selected to fulfill AAOT requirements. All courses listed meet those identified outcomes. Upon successful completion of the AAOT degree, students having taken these courses will be able to do the following:

ARTS & LETTERS:

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.

CULTURAL LITERACY:

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

INFORMATIONAL LITERACY:

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.

MATHEMATICS:

Use appropriate mathematics to solve problems; and

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.

SCIENCE/COMPUTER SCIENCE:

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.

Contact the Counseling/Advising Department for more specific information on programs and coursework.

SOCIAL SCIENCE

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

Engage in ethical communication processes that accomplish goals;

Respond to the needs of diverse audiences and contexts; and

Build and manage relationships.

WRITING

Read actively, think critically, and write purposefully and capably 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.

 

The Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business

The Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree defines a program of study to fulfill lower division general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree at Oregon public universities. It is designed for students transferring to baccalaureate degree programs in a variety of business majors. Those completing the ASOT-Business degree are assured junior level standing and will have met the lower division general education requirements of any public institution in Oregon.

Students should contact the specific business school or program they will transfer to early in the first year of their ASOT-Business program to be advised about additional requirements and procedures for admission to that school or program.

The Associate of Science Oregon Transfer Business degree can be earned by meeting the following requirements: • Be admitted to the program. • Complete a minimum of 90 term credits of college-level courses (a maximum of 12 career and technical credits are allowed) with a minimum grade of “C.” • Complete any required prerequisites with a minimum grade of “C.” • Complete a minimum of 24 credits toward the degree at RCC.

NOTE: If students plan to complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree at a four-year school, they must have a proficiency in a foreign language regardless of when they graduated from high school or equivalency program.

Students should check with the institution to which they intend to transfer, as certain majors may require additional coursework toward graduation.

Associate of Science Oregon Transfer — Computer Science

The Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Computer Science degree defines a program of study to fulfill lower division general education requirements for a bachelor's degree at Oregon public institutions. It is designed for students transferring to baccalaureate degree programs in computer science or software engineering. Those completing the ASOT Computer Science degree are assured junior level standing and will have met the lower division general education requirements of any public Oregon university.

Students should use the ASOT-Computer Science university-specific degree requirements guide for specific transfer requirements for individual schools. See an advisor for more information.

The Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Computer Science degree can be earned by meeting the following requirements: • Be admitted to the program • Complete a minimum of 90 term credits of college-level courses (a maximum of 12 career and technical credits are allowed) with a minimum grade of “C.” • Complete any required prerequisites. • Complete a minimum of 24 credits toward the degree at RCC.

Students who have graduated from high school or completed a high school equivalency program in 1997 or after must have one of the following requirements for admission to an Oregon university: • Two years of the same high school-level language. • Two terms of college-level language with a grade of “C” or better (may be first-year language which can be used as elective credits).

Note: If students plan to complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree at a four-year school, they must have a proficiency in a foreign language regardless of when they graduated from high school or equivalency program.

Some schools require physics. It is recommended that students contact the specific school early in the first year of the program or use the ASOT-CS university-specific degree requirements guide to determine any additional science requirements and procedures for admission to a specific school or program.

Associate of Science

The Associate of Science (AS) degree is designed for students transferring to baccalaureate degree programs in applied areas. The AS degree allows students to focus their studies in a particular discipline based upon signed articulation agreements with the universities that have agreed to accept RCC students. Students must work closely with advisers in their areas of interest to ensure electives are appropriate.

RCC currently has signed articulation agreements with Southern Oregon University for the following programs: Business, Computer Science, Criminology, Early Childhood Development, Elementary Education, Emerging Media and Digital Arts, Health/Physical Education, Human Services, Outdoor Adventure Leadership; and with Oregon Tech for Business Management-Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management, Computer and Embedded Systems Engineering Technology, Manufacturing/Engineering Technology, Information Technology/Health Informatics, Information Technology, and Software Engineering Technology.

The Associate of Science degree can be earned by meeting the following requirements: • Be admitted to the program. • Complete a minimum of 90 term credits of college transfer and career and technical courses with a minimum grade of "C" or "pass." • Complete any required prerequisites with a minimum grade of "C." • Complete a minimum of 24 credits toward the degree at RCC.

Students should be aware that if they transfer before completing this degree or transfer in a major not covered by prior agreements, their courses will be evaluated individually toward the transfer requirements of the college of their choice.

Students who have graduated from high school or completed a high school equivalency program in 1997 or after must have one of the following requirements for admission to an Oregon university: • Two years of the same high school-level foreign language. • Two terms of college-level foreign language with a grade of "C" or better (may be first-year language, which can be used to partially meet the humanities elective required in the Associate of Science degree).

NOTE: If students plan to complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree at a four-year school, they must have a proficiency in a foreign language regardless of when they graduated from high school or equivalency program.

Associate of Applied Science

Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in a two-year career and technical program by satisfying the following requirements: • Be admitted to the program. • Complete all required courses with a minimum grade of "C" or "pass." A complete list of requirements can be found in this catalog under the name of the specific program. • Complete any required prerequisites with a minimum grade of "C." • Complete a minimum of 24 credits toward the degree at RCC. • Satisfactorily complete general education requirements required in all AAS degrees.

Associate of Applied Science degrees are offered in these areas:
Automotive Technology Family Support Services
Business Technology Fire Science
Business Technology: Accounting Option Graphic Design
Business Technology: Management and Marketing Option Human Services
Computer Support Technician Industrial Welding Technology
Computer Support Technician: Health Care Informatics Option Manufacturing/Engineering Technology
Criminal Justice Mechatronics
Diesel Technology Nursing
Early Childhood Education Paramedicine
Electronics Technology  

Associate of General Studies

The Associate of General Studies degree is designed to provide students the opportunity to acquire a broad education rather than pursuing a specific college major or career and technical program. The AGS degree includes, in addition to the general education courses listed below, 74-75 credits of lower division college transfer and career and technical education courses. Because of the flexibility of this degree, it may not fulfill requirements for transfer to a four-year institution at the junior level.

Candidates for the Associate of General Studies degree must earn a minimum of 90 credits and satisfy the following requirements: • Be admitted to the program. • Complete any required prerequisites with a minimum grade of "C." • Satisfactorily complete required general education courses. • Complete a minimum of 24 credits toward the degree at RCC.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year university may select courses within the requirements of the AGS degree that will apply to the following majors at OUS schools: Architecture, Art, Engineering, Pre-dental Hygiene, Pre-medical Imaging, Pre-professional Medicine (Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Veterinary)

Institutional Learning Outcomes

RCC faculty have identified five Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) that students should see referenced on course syllabi. These outcomes are essentially skills that have been determined to make students successful at RCC and in whatever lies beyond their RCC experience. Students may be assessed directly for achievement of these outcomes as part of regular course assessments. They include: • Application of Knowledge. Students will synthesize and use knowledge in familiar and unfamiliar situations to effectively solve problems and complete tasks. • Approach to Learning. Students will engage in and take responsibility for intentional learning, seek new knowledge and skills to guide their continuous and independent development, and adapt to new situations. • Communication. Students will engage in quality communication using active listening and reading skills and expressing ideas appropriately in oral, written, and visual work. • Critical Thinking. Students will think critically and creatively about problems and issues in classroom or school, home, work, and community settings to create positive, sustainable solutions. • Personal Growth. Students will balance life and civic responsibilities, believe in themselves, accept and commit to change, self-reflect, and be tolerant and respectful of themselves and others.

Courses that meet General Education Requirements:

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comparison chart of general education requirements based on program

Certificate programs

Career Pathways, less than one-year, and one year (three to four terms) certificate of completion programs prepare students to enter a variety of occupational fields. To qualify for one-and two-year certificates students must meet these requirements: • Be admitted to the program. • Complete all required courses with a minimum grade of “C" or "pass.” (A complete list of requirements can be found in this catalog under the name of the specific program.) • Complete any required prerequisites with a minimum grade of "C." • Complete a minimum of 12 credits toward the certificate at RCC. • Satisfactorily complete general education requirements required in all certificate programs.

The following certificates are awarded:
Alcohol and Drug Counselor Graphic Design
Automotive Specialist Health Care Informatics Assistant
Basic Health Care High Technology Studies
Business Assistant Industrial Welding Technology
Commercial Truck Driving Massage Therapy
Manufacturing/Engineering Technology: Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician Mechatronics
Dental Assistant Medical Administrative Assistant
Diesel Specialist Medical Assistant
Early Childhood Education Medical Coding Specialist
Electronics Technician Microcontroller Systems Technician
Emergency Medical Services Pharmacy Technician
Exercise Specialist Practical Nursing
Family Support Services Renewable Energy Technician
Fire Officer Sterile Processing Technician
Fire Prevention/Investigation  

Apprenticeships

RCC offers Apprenticeship programs in various areas including Electrician, and Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance. For more information, contact the Apprenticeship department at 541-245-7912.

Career Pathways

To qualify for less than one-year certificates or Career Pathways certificates, students must meet the same requirements as outlined above with these exceptions: • General education requirements may vary from those listed above. • Complete at least 25 percent of the total credits at RCC.

The following less than one-year or Career Pathways certificates are awarded:
Business and Information Specialist High Technology Studies: Plant Systems Technician
Computer Support Technician: Computer Software Specialist Industrial Welding: Welder’s Helper
Customer Service Massage Therapy: Entry-Level Therapist
Early Childhood Education (Basic) Manufacturing/Engineering Technology: Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician
Early Childhood Education (Intermediate) Mechatronics: Maintenance Technician 
Emergency Medical Services: Emergency Medical Technician Medical Assistant: Phlebotomy
Family Support Services Retail Sales and Service
Fire Science: Firefighter Small Business Management
Graphic Design: Adobe® Applications Technician  

Career Pathways certificates of completion differ from traditional academic programs in that they are milestones on the path to degrees or certificates and are not eligible for commencement exercises. These completions will be noted on students' transcripts.

Career Pathways
Redwood Campus, 541-956-7192
Riverside Campus, 541-245-7552 
Table Rock Campus, 541-245-7863

Career Pathways focus on attaining certificates and degrees that lead to high-demand occupations and higher wages. A key component of Oregon’s overall education, workforce development, and economic development strategies, Pathways support transitions for students coming to community college to reach their goals:

  • High school to post-secondary education
  • Pre-college (ABE/GED/ELA/AS) preparation
  • Industry experience, workforce skills, and degree upgrades
  • Career seekers and changers
  • Transferring from community college to university

Career Pathways roadmaps are a useful visual tool for exploring how continuing education leads to better jobs and wages. Visit the website listed above, and see the roadmap. Career Pathways provide opportunities to earn short-term certificates (12-44 credits) that prepare students for specific career opportunities. Career Pathways certificates can lead to completion of one-year certificates, two-year associates degrees, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and employment. Students determine what path to take and work at their own pace to reach their career goals.

Specific Career Pathways certificates are available at RCC. See a counselor for details or visit the Career Pathways website listed above.

Focus awards

Focus awards recognize student achievement in certain lower division collegiate interest areas and provide a way for students to deepen their knowledge of a particular subject. RCC focus awards consist of at least 18 credits, contain required core courses that must be completed at RCC, and are designed to complement the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, Associate of Science degrees, and/or the Oregon Transfer Module. Credits earned may transfer to a variety of programs at four-year colleges or universities as elective credits, program requirements, and/or graduation requirements for the receiving institution. Focus awards are developed and maintained by faculty within academic departments. They do not have official sanction or approval of the state and do not appear on student transcripts. RCC currently has one approved focus award in Sustainable Community Development (see Programs of Study section).

Cooperative Work Experience (CWE)

Allows students to earn hands-on experience in their major area of study with local businesses while earning college credit. Cooperative Work Experience may be financial-aid eligible if it is part of an aid-eligible program. A maximum of 24 Cooperative Work Experience credits can be applied toward a degree and a maximum of 12 credits toward a certificate unless otherwise noted. Cooperative Work Experience credits must be taken within an approved program of study. Check with program advisers for additional information.

Practicum/employment considerations

Students in such programs as Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Human Services, or Nursing who have criminal records or certain physical limitations may be excluded from or limited by employers in some practicum or clinical experiences. Students should be aware that a criminal history may be a barrier to future employment. In addition, some employers may not be able to accommodate certain physical limitations in filling positions. Students with concerns about these issues should speak directly to the department chair or program coordinator.