The Associate of Science Transfer degree (AST) is awarded for completion of programs directed at the professional and technical levels. Students must complete a minimum of 90 credits, with a specified number of credits completed in the science core. The AST is designed to meet prerequisites for entrance into a four-year college or university science program in Washington State. General education credits are reduced therefore transfer students may need to take general education requirements after transfer. Students are urged to consult with an advisor prior to the selection of courses to ensure that they meet the requirements of the college or university to which they plan to transfer. Early contact with the admissions officer of the transfer institution will help ensure that entrance requirements for specific majors are completed. Many of the courses are prerequisite to or specifically supportive of the technical degree programs. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 is required for completion of the AST degree.