MHCC Degree Offerings
MHCC offers five distinct Associate Degrees. All degrees require a minimum of 90 credits for graduation. The following is a brief explanation of each degree. Students should use DARS to evaluate their official progress towards degree completion.
Associate of Arts-Oregon Transfer Degree (AAOT)
The AAOT degree is designed for students planning to complete an associate’s degree before transferring into a bachelor’s degree program at one of the Oregon’s public university-system schools. OUS schools include University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Eastern Oregon University, Western Oregon University, Southern Oregon University, Portland State University and Oregon Institute of Technology. The AA/OT offers students the flexibility to choose courses that interest them while meeting university lower division general education requirements.
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 requirements for specific majors, departments or schools are not necessarily satisfied by an AAOT degree.
Students need to be ready for college-level mathematics, writing and science in order to complete the AAOT degree in two years. Students who lack the necessary skills, MHCC offers excellent preparatory courses and tutorial assistance to help students get on track quickly.
Although the AAOT provides an excellent structure for many students—particularly those who are unsure of their primary academic focus—it is not ideal for everyone. In particular, it does not articulate well with certain majors such as engineering, biological and physical sciences and the fine and performing arts. Students contemplating these majors cannot easily accommodate their highly-specific prerequisite coursework into the AAOT framework. In general, an AAOT recipient who is pursuing any course of study that is credit-heavy at the major lower-division level may have to take additional lower-division coursework, specific to the major, after transfer. Students contemplating such majors should consult closely with an advisor and may instead want to consider the Associate of Science degree.
A limited number of private and out-of-state institutions also accept the AA/OT. These include Concordia University, Pacific University, Warner Pacific College, George Fox University and Marylhurst University in the Portland area, as well as Western Baptist College, BYU - Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University, Boise State University, Seattle Pacific University and Washington State University - Vancouver. Some of these schools have unique general education requirements that must also be met. Advisers can assist students planning for those courses.
Associate of Science - Oregon Transfer - Business (ASOT–Business)
Associate of Science - Oregon Transfer - Computer Science (ASOT-CS)
ASOT degrees are designed for students planning to complete an associate degree before transferring into a bachelor's degree program at one of the Oregon's public university-system schools. The schools include University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Eastern Oregon University, Western Oregon University, Southern Oregon University, Portland State University and Oregon Institute of Technology.
A student that completes an AS/OT degree and transfers to an Oregon public university, will have met the lower-division general education requirements for that institution's baccalaureate degree programs.
GPA requirements for entry into the major are not necessarily satisfied by an AS/OT degree. Once admitted to the university and either the Business or Computer Science program, however, students transferring under this agreement will have junior standing for both for the Business / Computer Science major and for university registration purposes.
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 within the ASOT degree for alignment to the institution the student intends to transfer. Students should work with an academic or faculty adviser early in the development of their educational plan.
Associate of Science (AS)
Associate of Science is a state approved associate degree that is intended to prepare students to transfer into an upper division baccalaureate degree program in such areas as Business, Science, Mathematics and Engineering at one of the Oregon’s public university-system schools.
Completion of this degree does not guarantee (as does the AAOT and ASOT–business degrees) that lower-division General Education requirements of an Oregon public university will be fully satisfied. However, all courses approved for an AS degree are transfer-level courses and will be evaluated course-by course at the receiving institution toward satisfying major, general education or elective degree requirements.
This degree articulates well with certain majors such as engineering, biological and physical sciences and the fine and performing arts. Students contemplating these majors can more easily accommodate highly-specific major requirements into the AS framework.
In selecting courses for this degree, students are highly encouraged to consult the specific faculty adviser and the institution to which they intend to transfer to determine if it is an appropriate choice.
The Associate of General Studies (AGS)
The Associate of General Studies degree may be a useful alternative for direct transfer students. This flexible degree option enables a student to complete an associate’s degree that may be tailored to the general education requirements of a transfer school. Students must exercise caution in using the AGS option, as the degree itself does not guarantee course transferability of courses. The AGS degree requirements may include non-transferrable coursework. Educational planning for the Associate of General Studies should be done with the help of an adviser.
The Oregon Transfer Module (OTM)
The OTM is a set of 45 general education credits recognized by all Oregon community colleges and Oregon public universities,designed for students who wish to transfer. Completion of the OTM can help those students taking courses at multiple post-secondary institutions by ensuring transferability of coursework. This is not a degree or certificate but is documentation on a student’s transcript that they have met a subset of common general education requirements.
In the case of community colleges, these will be courses approved for the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree; in the case of universities and four-year colleges, they will be courses approved for the General Education part of a baccalaureate degree. All courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or better and must be worth at least 3 credits.
Transferring without a degree from MHCC is also an option for some students. Students in certain majors may need to transfer after one year in order to take advantage of critical major courses offered at the four-year school in the sophomore year. Or, a student may choose to select only the specific courses required for a specific major and/or college. When a student opts for direct transfer, MHCC courses are evaluated and accepted on a course-by-course basis by the transfer school.
Students should be aware of their selected schools transfer admission requirements and general education degree requirements. It is each student’s responsibility to learn the program requirements of any prospective transfer school and to keep up to date on changes in those requirements. Therefore, students should periodically contact the transfer schools for updates.