Transfer Your Credits

Transfer Equivalency Database

Use this guide to see how your courses match up with WSU equivalencies and find out which courses you should be taking to meet your future WSU requirements.

If your transfer courses were taken on a quarterly system, you’ll need to convert them to semester credits to see how your credit hours match WSU requirements. Simply multiply your quarter credit hours by .67 to determine how many semester credits you’ll receive. Using this equation, 5 quarter credits would convert to 3.35 semester credits.

Washington community colleges offer their courses on the quarter system and WSU Tri-Cities is on the semester system. Transferring your credit from quarter to semester is easy! Simply multiply your credit hours by .66 to determine how many semester credits you’ll receive.

Washington 45 Agreement

The Washington 45 list makes it easier to complete and transfer university common requirements (UCORE) form school to school in the state of Washington. A student must have a minimum grade of a C or better in each course to be given transfer credit for the work and must also meet WSU’s admissions requirements to be admitted. See the Washington Council for High School-College Relations for more information about the agreement.

Here is a list of transferable courses based on common education categories and the number of credit required in that category. The specific course may vary based on your school’s curriculum.

  • Communications (5 credits) — ENGL& 101 or ENGL& 102
  • Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (5 credits) — MATH& 107, MATH& 148, or MATH& 151
  • Humanities (10 credits in two different subject areas or disciplines) — PHIL& 101, MUSC& 105, DRMA& 101, ENGL& 111, or HUM& 101- For colleges where history fulfills humanities requirements: HIST& 116, HIST& 117, HIST& 118, HIST& 146, HIST& 147, or HIST& 148
  • Social Science (10 credits in two different subject areas or disciplines) — PSYC& 100, SOC& 101, POLS& 101, or POLS& 202 For colleges where history fulfills social science requirements: HIST& 116, HIST& 117, HIST& 118, HIST& 146, HIST& 147, or HIST& 148
  • Natural Sciences (10 credits in two different subject areas or disciplines) — BIOL& 100, BIOL& 160 with lab, ASTR& 100, ASTR& 101 with lab, CHEM& 105, CHEM& 110 with lab, CHEM& 121 with lab, CHEM& 161, CHEM& 162, ENVS& 100, ENVS& 101, PHYS& 121, GEOL& 101 with lab
  • 5 additional credits in a different discipline can be taken from any category listed above.

Receive Credit for AP and IB Scores

WSU awards credit for AP and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.

AP Scores

WSU awards credit for scores of 3 or higher on College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams. See a list of AP exam credits awarded by WSU.

IB Scores

WSU awards credit for each International Baccalaureate (IB) higher – level pass with a grade of 4 or better. See a list of IB credits awarded by WSU.

Transferring An Associate’s Degree

Washington Colleges

We partner with two-year colleges to create transfer associate “pathways” that include the prerequisites you’ll need to qualify for your major at WSU. Be sure to check the requirements for your intended major at WSU before you transfer and check the WSU Catalog for any requirements you will need.

There are three types of transfer degrees for Washington:
Direct transfer agreement (DTA) associate degree

If you’ve completed a direct transfer agreement (DTA) associate degree that incorporates general education requirements similar to WSU’s, you’ll get credit for the University’s lower-division University Common Requirements (UCORE) and will generally be given junior standing. Find more information on DTA major-related program pathways at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges website.

If you have an associate of arts (DTA) you will need an Integrative Capstone course, which can only be completed at WSU.

Associate of science transfer (AS-T) degree (Tracks I and II)

If you have an associate of science transfer (AS-T) degree, you’ll generally be given junior standing when you transfer to WSU. However, the AS-T degree may not fulfill all WSU’s University Common Requirements (UCORE). Find more information on AS-T major-related program pathways at the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges.

Be sure to check the requirements for your intended major at WSU during the year before you transfer. Contact the department you’ll be majoring in and check the WSU Catalog for the requirements you’ll need to meet to graduate from WSU.

If you have an associate of science – transfer (AST) you will need a Roots of Contemporary Issues course [ROOT], a second course in [COMM] or [WRTG], a diversity course [DIVR], and a Integrative Capstone [CAPS].

Associate of applied science transfer (AAS-T) degree

If you have an associate of applied science transfer (AAS-T) degree, your credit will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. This degree doesn’t fulfill the WSU University Common Requirements (UCORE) and doesn’t guarantee junior standing. If the equivalents weren’t completed while earning the AAS-T degree, you’ll need to finish those requirements after transferring to WSU.

The Intercollege Relations Commission (ICRC) handbook contains statewide standards for transferable degrees and courses; see page 21 of their PDF for a list of Washington community colleges that offer direct transfer associate degrees.

Other States

Generally speaking, two-year degrees from states other than the six below, will transfer on a course-by-course basis. Be sure to check the requirements for your intended major at WSU during the year before you transfer. Contact the department you’ll be majoring in and check the WSU Catalog for the requirements you’ll need to meet to graduate from WSU.

Arizona

The associate of arts (AA or AA/GR) degree from a public Arizona community college will generally fulfill WSU University Common Requirements (UCORE), but doesn’t guarantee junior standing.

California

The associate in arts (AA) degree, along with the intersegmental general education transfer curriculum (IGETC) verification, from a public California community college will generally fulfill WSU’s lower division University Common Requirements (UCORE), but may not guarantee junior standing.

Hawaii

The associate in arts (AA) degree from a public Hawaii community college will generally fulfill WSU University Common Requirements (UCORE), but doesn’t guarantee junior standing.

Idaho

The associate of arts (AA) degree from North Idaho College, College of Southern Idaho, or College of Western Idaho will generally fulfill WSU University Common Requirements (UCORE), but doesn’t guarantee junior standing.

Oregon

The associate of arts Oregon transfer (AAO-T) degree from a public Oregon community college or the associate of science athletic training emphasis from Southwestern Oregon Community College will generally fulfill WSU University Common Requirements (UCORE), but won’t guarantee junior standing.

New Mexico

If you earned an associate in arts (AA) degree from New Mexico Military Institute in fall 2002 or later, you’ll generally get credit for WSU University Common Requirements (UCORE), but won’t be guaranteed junior standing.