Why pursue a transfer degree at OCCC?

Each year, many Lincoln County students aiming to pursue four-year degrees at Oregon universities begin their studies at Oregon Coast Community College. Doing so allows them to:

  • Save thousands of dollars in tuition
  • Live here in Lincoln County where they already reside, avoiding costly additional room and board for two years
  • Keep their current jobs and continue living with and supporting their families 
  • Discover the rigor and routines of collegiate study in a friendly, supportive environment
  • Help determine which subjects and majors are of the most interest to them before transferring to a university

Completing their first two years at OCCC generally allows them to enter as juniors when they arrive at the university of their choosing. All along the way, these students have ready access to OCCC’s own talented Student Success Coaches for academic advising, and can also keep in touch with advisors at their university, to ensure they stay on track. 


The Associate of Science Oregon Transfer Degree – Business (ASOT-Business) is a transfer program focusing on courses in Business Administration. It provides students with a marketable degree, while keeping their options open for transfer to a baccalaureate program at the junior level. OCCC also offers degrees and less-than-one-year certificates in Accounting and Administrative Assistant. Click here to request information and personal assistance regarding any of our Business program opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this degree should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively by determining the purpose, audience, and context of communication, and respond to feedback to improve clarity, coherence, and effectiveness in workplace, community, and academic pursuits.
  • Apply scientific, cultural, and political perspectives to natural and social systems and use an understanding of social change and social action to address the consequences of local and global human activity.
  • Identify and investigate problems, evaluate information and its sources, and use appropriate methods of reasoning to develop creative and practical solutions to personal, professional, and community issues.
  • Use an understanding of the variations in human culture, perspectives, and forms of expression to constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community
  • Demonstrate and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program.
  • Assess, examine, and reflect on one’s own academic skill, professional competence, and personal beliefs and how these impact others.
  • Transfer into an upper division baccalaureate degree program in Business at any institution in the Oregon University System offering a Business degree, having met all lower division general education requirements and being granted junior standing for both for the Business major and for university registration purposes.

Additional Information

The ASOT-BUS is awarded to students who meet the following:

1. Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements

2. Associate of Science Oregon Transfer-Business Requirements

All courses must be passed with a grade of “P” or “C” or better. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the time the ASOT-BUS is awarded.

A. Foundational Requirements: Courses must be a minimum of three credits.

• Writing:* Writing: WR 121 and either WR 122 or WR 227. A student must have at least eight credits of writing; student may need to complete WR 121, WR 122, and WR 227 to meet the eight credit requirement.

• Oral Communication: COMM 111 or COMM 112 or COMM 214 or SP 113

• Math:* A minimum of three MTH courses for which Intermediate Algebra is a prerequisite. One course must be Statistics.     

• Computer Applications: Students must demonstrate proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software by the successful completion of BA 131 or CAS 133, and CAS 170 or CAS 171.

* Basic Competency Requirements for Writing and Math will be met by successfully completing these courses. The Information Literacy requirement is satisfied by successful completion of the Writing courses.

B. Discipline Studies: Students must complete at least 11 Discipline Studies courses from the General Education/Discipline Studies List. All courses in Discipline Studies must be a minimum of three credits. A course may count toward Foundational Requirements or Discipline Studies but not both.

• Arts and Letters: Complete at least three courses chosen from at least two disciplines in this area

• Social Sciences: Complete at least four courses chosen from at least two disciplines in this area. A minimum of two courses in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics must be included.

• Science/Math/Computer Science: Complete at least four courses in at least two disciplines. At least three of these courses must be laboratory courses in the biological or physical sciences. The fourth course can be one of the three MTH courses from the Foundational Requirements.

• Cultural Literacy: Students must select one course from any of the Discipline Studies that is designated as meeting the statewide criteria for cultural literacy (as indicated on the General Education/Discipline Studies List). This course can be one of the 11 required Discipline Studies courses.

C. Business-specific requirements: Each course must be completed with a “P” or “C” or better. BA 101, BA 211, BA 213, and BA 226. BA 226 may be replaced by any other faculty-approved 200-level BA course.

D. Elective credit requirements: All candidates must complete elective credits to meet the overall requirement of 90 credits for this degree. Elective courses may be any number of credits. Elective credits may include any lower division collegiate course. A maximum of 12 credits of Career and Technical Education courses may be applied to this degree. One-credit Management/Supervisory Development (MSD) workshops may not be applied to this degree. A maximum of three credits of Physical Education (PE) may be applied to this degree.

Institutional Requirements

Each Oregon public university has different requirements for its Business program; in some cases, meeting the minimum requirements of the ASOT-BUS degree will not fulfill the eligibility requirements for admission to the school’s Business program. Examples of eligibility requirements include: a higher minimum GPA for admission than is required for the ASOT-BUS, a requirement that specific courses within the ASOT-BUS degree be taken for a letter grade (courses taken P/NP will not be accepted), or additional coursework beyond that included in the ASOT-BUS. Students are advised to contact their Oregon public university destination’s Business program early in the first term of their ASOT-BUS course work to be advised of admission and additional course requirements beyond those stipulated above.

Scheduling requirements and limited resources prevent all courses from being offered every term or every year. Some courses may be offered exclusively via distance delivery. Course numbers, titles, course and program applicability, prerequisites, instructional format, delivery methods, and content may change without notice. Students are advised to consult with an advising specialist each term to select courses, create and maintain personal educational plans, and obtain the most current information.


Oregon Coast Community College is committed to providing equal opportunities for students with disabilities throughout the College community. Students with documented disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Our philosophy is to maximize your independence and self-reliance, providing a variety of support options to assist you in achieving your educational and/or vocational objectives. To receive services, you must submit documentation of your disabling condition(s) to the Vice President for Student Affairs. To initiate support services, please contact the Vice President for Student Affairs at 541-867-8511. Students are responsible for requesting, in a timely manner, accommodation and documenting the nature and extent of their disability.

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination

The College prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law in any area, activity or operation of the College. The College also prohibits retaliation against an individual for engaging in activity protected under this policy, and interfering with rights or privileges granted under anti-discrimination laws. In addition, the College complies with applicable provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), related Executive Orders 11246 and 11375, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended), Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (“USERRA’), and all local and state civil rights laws. Under this policy, equal opportunity for employment, admission, and participation in the College’s programs, services, and activities will be extended to all persons, and the College will promote equal opportunity and treatment through application of this policy and other College efforts designed for that purpose.

Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact either: 
Vice President for Student Affairs or Human Resources Director Joy Gutknecht  

Questions can also be mailed to their attention at:
400 SE College Way, Newport, OR  97366.