School of Arts and Sciences

Truax C2433
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6246

onday - Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.  
Wednesday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Liberal Arts Transfer - Science

Associate in Science

Program number: 208001-S


With small class sizes, personal attention and high-quality education that transfers, Madison College is the on-ramp to your four-year degree. 

The Associate of Science degree at Madison College provides you with many options for furthering your education and completing a bachelor’s degree. We have agreements and pathways with many institutions across the region.

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Program Details

Students earning the Liberal Arts Transfer Associate of Science Degree can attend full or part time.

Liberal Arts Transfer Associate of Science Degree classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax
  • Madison - Downtown
  • Madison - South
  • Reedsburg
  • Portage
  • Fort Atkinson
  • Watertown

Portions of this program are offered online.


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements. There is also an online and/or accelerated verson of this program with additional admission requirements

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

English and Speech (9 credits)

Six credits must be in composition - English 1 and one other composition course (English 2 recommended) - and three credits must be in public speaking.

3 credits

3 credits

Public Speaking Courses

3 credits

Health/Wellness/Physical Education (1 credit)

1 credits

1 credits

1 credits

Humanities/Fine Arts (9 credits)

Courses must be from at least two disciplines; one course in literature is required. Select from art appreciation/history, creative writing, drama, film, literature, communications, music history or theory, philosophy, and world languages. A maximum of three credits of studio/hands-on courses in art, creative writing, drama, and music may be applied.

Art History/Appreciation Courses - Studio/Hands-on

3 credits

3 credits

Art History/Appreciation Courses - non Studio/Hands-on

Communication Courses

Creative Writing/Journalism Courses - Studio/Hands-on

Drama Courses - non Studio/Hands-on

3 credits

3 credits

Drama Courses - non Studio/Hands-on

Film Courses

Literature Courses

Music History/Theory Courses - Studio/Hands-on

Music History/Theory Courses - non Studio/Hands-on

Philosophy Courses

World Language Courses

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

Humanities Elective Courses

Mathematics and Natural Science (20 credits)

One mathematics course at the level of College Algebra or higher meets the minimum mathematics requirement. One biological science course and one physical science is required. Both of the science courses must include a laboratory. The remaining credits to fulfill the requirement can be chosen from any of the listed mathematics and science courses.

Mathematics Courses

Mathematics Elective Courses

Biology Courses - with Lab

5 credits

Biology Courses - without Lab

Chemistry Courses - with Lab

Physical Science Courses - with Lab

Physical Science Courses - without Lab

3 credits

Social Science (9 credits)

Completion of courses from at least two disciplines is required. Choose courses from the following disciplines: anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and interdisciplinary social science.

Anthropology Courses

Economics Courses

Economics Elective Course

3 credits

History Courses

Political Science Courses

Psychology Courses

Sociology Courses

Interdisciplinary Social Science Courses

Electives (16 credits)

Select college transfer courses beyond the minimum requirements. A maximum of one credit of a physical education activity course may be selected.

Ethnic Studies

One course required. Course may also count toward Humanities/Fine Arts, Social Science, or Electives.

World Languages

May be met with one year in high school with a grade of "C" or better OR one semester in college. College course may also count toward Humanities/Fine Arts or Electives.

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

3 credits

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits


After completing the Liberal Arts Transfer Associate of Science degree at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

  • Use identified critical thinking skills to pose questions, process information and make decisions.
  • Engage in collaborative activities in ways that contribute to the achievement of shared goals.
  • Exhibit self-awareness and self-management skills necessary to succeed in increasingly challenging academic environments.
  • Recognize the contributions of diverse cultures, historical periods and art forms to the improvement of the human condition in a global society.
  • Compute and analyze quantitative data using mathematical, statistical and logical methods to solve problems.
  • Explore physical and social environments using scientific tools and methods.
  • Communicate with varied audiences by:
    • Listening actively in personal and professional relationships.
    • Reading and comprehending written materials in the content areas at grade 14 level.
    • Synthesizing and organizing information for diverse audiences.
  • Research a question by planning and implementing an appropriate investigative strategy and synthesizing the results in an academic document.

With additional education and work experience, graduates may find employment in a variety of fields and occupations including

  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Athletic/Personal Trainer
  • Botany
  • Business
  • Business Management
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Computer Programming
  • Dentistry
  • Doctor
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Finance
  • Financial Planning
  • Human Resources
  • International Business
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Nursing
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Real Estate
  • Secondary Education
  • Urban Planner
  • Veterinary Medicine