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.

Plan Your Path to Success!

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

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

In-person Program         Online Program

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

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.

Composition Courses

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)

Completion of courses from at least two disciplines is required. Choose courses from the following disciplines: art, drama, film, literature, music, philosophy, world languages, writing and communication, and interdisciplinary humanities. A maximum of three credits of studio/hands-on courses in art, creative writing, drama, and music may be applied.

Art Courses - Studio/Hands-on

3 credits

3 credits

Art Courses - non Studio/Hands-on

Writing and Communication Courses

Drama Courses - non Studio/Hands-on

3 credits

3 credits

Drama Courses - non Studio/Hands-on

Film Courses

Literature Courses

Music Courses - Studio/Hands-on

Music Courses - non Studio/Hands-on

Philosophy Courses

World Languages Courses

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

4 credits

Interdisciplinary Humanities 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 - meets minimum mathematics requirement

Mathematics Courses - may be used to meet the 20 credit requirement

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)

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

Literature (One course)

The course may also count toward fulfilling the Humanities and Fine Arts or Electives requirements.

World Languages (One course)

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