Associate Degree

Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)


The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree is an opportunity for students to complete lower division degree requirements at OCCC. 

Any student having the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree recognized on an official college transcript will have met the lower division general education requirements of baccalaureate degree programs of any institution in the Oregon University System.

Students transferring under this agreement will have junior status for registration purposes. Course, class standing or GPA, and requirements for specific majors, departments or schools are not necessarily satisfied by an AAOT degree.

All courses should be aligned with the student’s intended program of study and the degree requirements of the baccalaureate institution to which the student plans to transfer. A student is encouraged to work with an advisor in the selection of courses.

Academic Requirements

The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree is awarded to students who meet the following:

   1.  Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements

   2.  Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree Requirements:

    All courses must be passed with a grade of “C" or "P" or better. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the time the AAOT is awarded.

       a.  Foundational Requirements: Courses must be a minimum of three credits (except for Health/Wellness/Fitness courses, which may be any number of credits)

            Writing*: WR 121Z and either WR 122Z or WR 227Z. A student must have at least eight credits of Writing; WR 123 may be used to complete the eight credits.

            Oral Communication: COMM 111Z or COMM 112 or COMM 218Z or SP 113.

            Math*: Complete a minimum of four credits in MTH 105Z or any other MTH course for which MTH 95 and/or MTH 98 is a prerequisite.

            Health/Wellness/Fitness: One or more courses totaling at least three credits from HE 242 or HE 250 or HE 254 or HE 295 & PE 295, or PE (not including PE 10, PE 199 or PE 299).

        b. Discipline Studies:

        Students must complete at least 11 Discipline Studies courses from the General Education/Discipline Studies List. All courses in Discipline Studies must be a minimum of three credits. A course may count toward Foundational Requirements or Discipline Studies but not both.

            Arts and Letters: Complete at least three courses chosen from at least two disciplines in this area

            Social Sciences: Complete at least four courses chosen from at least two disciplines in this area

            Science/Math/Computer Science: Complete at least four courses from at least two disciplines in this area, including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science

            Cultural Literacy: Students must select one course from any of the discipline studies that is designated as meeting the statewide criteria for cultural literacy (as indicated on the General Education/Discipline Studies List). This course can be one of the 11 required Discipline Studies courses.

       c.  Elective Credit Requirements:

All candidates must complete elective credits to meet the overall requirement of 90 credits for this degree. Elective courses may be any number of credits. Elective credits may include any lower division collegiate course. A maximum of 12 credits of Career and Technical Education courses may be applied to this degree. One-credit Management/Supervisory Development (MSD) workshops may not be applied to this degree. A maximum of three credits of Physical Education (PE) may be applied to this degree.

*Basic Competency Requirements for writing and math will be met by successfully completing these courses. The Information Literacy requirement is satisfied by successful completion of the Writing courses.

AAOT  Degree Outcomes

Students who complete this degree should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively by determining the purpose, audience, and context of communication, and respond to feedback to improve clarity, coherence, and effectiveness in workplace, community, and academic pursuits.
  • Apply scientific, cultural, and political perspectives to natural and social systems and use an understanding of social change and social action to address the consequences of local and global human activity.
  • Identify and investigate problems, evaluate information and its sources, and use appropriate methods of reasoning to develop creative and practical solutions to personal, professional, and community issues.
  • Use an understanding of the variations in human culture, perspectives, and forms of expression to constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community.
  • Demonstrate and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program.
  • Assess, examine, and reflect on one’s own academic skill, professional competence and personal beliefs and how these impact others.
  • Transfer into upper division courses for a baccalaureate degree at any institution in the Oregon University System, having met all lower division general education requirements and being granted junior standing for university registration purposes.