Washington 45: Recommendations for One Year of Transfer Courses

Adopted: May 2012
Implemented:  Fall 2012

The list of courses in Washington 45 neither replaces the Direct Transfer Agreement, Associate of Science Tracks I and II, or any major-related program agreement, nor will it guarantee admission to a four-year institution.

A student who completes courses selected from within the general education categories listed below at a public community, technical, four-year college or university in Washington State will be able to transfer and apply a maximum of 45 quarter credits toward general education requirement(s) at any other public and most private higher education institutions in the state. 

Many private non-profit colleges and universities have distinct general education requirements. Students should check with institution(s) they plan to attend regarding application of transfer credits that will meet general education requirements.

For transfer purposes, a student must have a minimum grade of C or better (2.0 or above) in each course completed from this list.  

Students who transfer Washington 45 courses must still meet a receiving institution’s admission requirements and eventually satisfy all their general education requirements and their degree requirements in major, minor and professional programs.

“First Year Transfer List” of General Education Courses

  • Communications (5 credits)—ENGL 101, 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 that use history as a Humanities: HIST 116, HIST 117, HIST 118, HIST 146, HIST 147, HIST 148)

    Disciplines are sometimes called subject or subject matter areas and designated by a prefix (i.e. PHIL for Philosophy and POLS for Political Science).

  • Social Science (10 credits in two different subject areas or disciplines)—PSYC 100, SOC 101, POLS 101, POLS 202

    For colleges that use history as a Social Science: HIST 116, HIST 117, HIST 118, HIST 146, HIST 147, HIST 148

  • Natural Sciences (10 credits in two different subject areas or disciplines)—BIOL 100, BIOL 160 w/ 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.
  • Additional 5 credits in a different discipline can be taken from any category listed above.

Note: Although these courses are listed under categories, the actual course may satisfy a different general education category at a receiving institution.