Associate of Science Degree Requirements

The Associate of Science degree is a transfer degree intended especially to facilitate a transfer to Oregon State University (OSU) and is an agreement between OSU and Linn-Benton Community College to provide transfer of LBCC coursework to OSU. Students who complete this degree and are accepted to OSU will be admitted as having completed all lower-division general education (Baccalaureate Core) requirements but not necessarily school, department, or major requirements with regard to courses or GPA. Students are encouraged to consult with an advisor at OSU.

Students who intend to transfer to OSU are encouraged to apply to the Degree Partnership Program (DPP) as soon as they are eligible. This is a program that allows students to be dually-enrolled at LBCC and OSU, while receiving financial aid from either institution based on their total credits. Students enrolled in DPP are considered to be students at both institutions, even if they are only attending classes at one. This means that changes to academic programs at OSU will not negatively affect LBCC students who are enrolled in DPP. It also allows DPP students taking classes at LBCC to have access to OSU advisors to plan their academic path. To find out more about eligibility and applying to DPP, go to, or email

For students not transferring to OSU, AS degree credits transfer to all four-year institutions on a course-by-course basis. The assignment of LBCC credit to particular requirements of other schools is made by the institution to which the transfer is being made.

General Education Outcomes

Listed below are the general education requirements for the AS degree. Specific courses that meet these requirements are listed in this catalog and are available from program advisors.


As a result of completing the General Education Writing sequence, a student should be able to:

  • 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.
  • Demonstrate appropriate reasoning in response to complex issues.


As a result of successfully completing the Communication General Education requirements, a student should be able to:

  • Engage in ethical communication processes that allow people to accomplish goals.
  • Respond to the needs of diverse audiences and contexts; and build and manage personal and community relationships.


As a result of taking General Education Mathematics courses, a student should be able to:

  • Use appropriate mathematics to solve problems in related disciplines or real life applications.
  • Effectively communicate mathematics using language appropriate to the audience.

Health & Physical Education

As a result of completing the General Education Health, Wellness and Fitness course, a student should be able to:

  • Recognize key determinants of health and wellness.
  • Be able to design a comprehensive wellness program for physical fitness, nutrition, and/or stress management using a selected process of behavior change.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate or assess key indicators of health such as blood pressure, body composition, blood lipids, blood glucose, cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength and muscular endurance, and flexibility.

BS/PS: Biological & Physical Sciences

As a result of taking Biological and Physical Sciences Perspective courses, a student should be able to:

  • 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.
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of scientific studies and critically examine the influence of scientific and technical knowledge on human society and the environment.

CD: Cultural Diversity

As a result of taking a designated Cultural Diversity Perspective course, a student will be able to:

  • Understand and respect cultural differences by articulating an understanding of the historical basis of cultural ideas, behaviors, and issues of inequality; or relating how their cultural background influences their reactions to or interactions with others.

DPD: Difference, Power & Discrimination

As a result of taking Difference, Power & Discrimination Perspective courses, a student should be able to:

  • Explain how difference is socially constructed.
  • Using historical and contemporary examples, describe how perceived differences, combined with unequal distribution of power across economic, social, and political institutions, result in discrimination.
  • Analyze ways in which the interactions of social categories, such as race, ethnicity, social class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and age, are related to difference, power and discrimination in the United States.

LA: Literature & The Arts

As a result of taking Literature and the Arts Perspective courses, a student should be able to:

Interpret and engage in the Literature and the Arts, making use of the creative process to enrich the quality of life.

  • Critically analyze values and ethics within a range of human experience and expression to engage more fully in local and global issues.

SPI: Social Processes & Institutions

As a result of successfully completing the Social Processes and Institutions Perspective requirements, a student will:

  • Use theoretical frameworks to interpret the role of the individual within social process and institutions.
  • Analyze current social issues and place them in historical context(s).
  • Critique the nature, value, and limitations of the basic methods of the social sciences.

WC: Western Culture

As a result of taking Western Culture Perspective courses, a student should be able to:

  • Communicate an understanding of the cultural and/or historical contexts in Western culture, connections with other disciplines, and relevance to their own lives.

Foreign Language Requirement

Students transferring to any Oregon public four-year institution must complete two terms (8 credits), or demonstrate equivalent proficiency in a foreign language prior to transferring. In addition, students who plan to earn a Bachelor's of Arts degree must complete a total of six terms (24 credits), or demonstrate equivalent proficiency, in a foreign language prior to graduating with their Bachelors degree. Students interested in studying Spanish may complete these requirements at LBCC.


For programs that require elective credits be taken, a maximum of 12 credits of Career Technical Education (CTE) coursework can be taken to fulfill elective requirements.