Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) awards Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees for completion of a technical program of study. An Applied Associate degree (AAS), Direct Transfer Associate Degree (DTA) or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution in a related field with the required distribution of academic core coursework in written communication, quantitative reasoning, social science, and humanities is a prerequisite for program admission.
AAS degrees are built upon the technical courses that prepare students for jobs in specific industries. The requirements of this degree are created largely by the people in industry who serve on Advisory Committees here at LWTech. They also contain academic core requirements, like Math and English, which can be met by taking specified college-level classes but these classes may not be transferable. The focus of these degrees is to meet the demands of workforce but each one has at least one articulation agreement so that students still have transfer opportunities either here at LWTech or at other colleges.
The AAS degree must contain a minimum of 20 credits of academic core courses, including instruction in written communication (5 cr.); quantitative reasoning (5 cr.); social science (5 cr.); and humanities (5 cr.). To submit an application for an AAS degree, a minimum of the last 30% of the technical credits must be earned in residence. A minimum passing numeric grade (2.0 or higher) in each course that receives a numeric grade, and a cumulative average of 2.0 in all courses, is required for the AAS degree.