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AAS-T: Real Estate


View printer friendly version. The Real Estate associate in applied science (AAS-T) degree is built upon the technical skills and essential education for advanced real estate job preparation, but also includes college-level general education component common to all the AAS-T degrees. The Real Estate AAS-T Degree is designed as a transfer program for those interested in an applied baccalaureate degree in the Community College system and, in particular, for students interested in the BAS – International Business degree or the BAS – Property Management degree here at North Seattle College or programs offered at Evergreen State College or Western Governor’s University.  

Our program gives students a broad base of knowledge and training in the real estate field. Graduates will be prepared to enter the real estate field or start their own business in real estate sales, real estate finance, real estate investment, property management, title insurance, or escrow. As the students’ progress toward their degree, they will also acquire the certificates offered in the program.  

Learning Outcomes
  1. 1. Be able to communicate effectively in Real Estate environment 
  2. 2. Interact effectively with co-workers and the public

  3. 3. Develop and nurture a professional Real Estate network 
  4. 4. Use technology to support Real Estate related research, analysis, reporting, and marketing activities 
  5. 5. Practice according to the ethical and legal standards of the Real Estate industry 
  6. 6. Participate in on-going learning activities that contribute to personal and professional growth and the improvement of the Real Estate industry 
  7. 7. Perform effectively in any of the Real Estate positions identified in the “roles” 



Many classes have prerequisites. Prerequisites are those classes that prove eligibility for entry-level classes by testing or by having satisfied prior course work. Course work earned at other institutions must be unofficially evaluated or approved by a program advisor before registering. Courses in this degree with pre-requisites are marked with an asterisk (*).

Real Estate AAS-T Prerequisites: None for the program. Individual courses may have prerequisites.


Course Number 

General Education/Related Instruction Requirements (30 credits) 




English Composition (See Note 1) 


MATH 116 or 


Applications of Mathematics to Management, Life & Social Sciences (See Note 2) 
Precalculus I (See Note 3) 



Principles of Economics - Micro 



Principles of Economics - Macro 



Five credits from Natural World (See Note 4) 



Five credits from US Culture or Global Studies courses (recommended: HUM 105 or CMST 205 






Course Number 

Degree Requirements (61 credits) 



RES 100 

Real Estate Fundamentals (DOL Pre-licensing educational requirement) 


RES 106 

Real Estate Fraud 


RES 125 

Applications of Real Estate Math (See Note 5) 


RES 130 or 
RES 217 

Green Real Estate or 
Real Estate Development and Sustainability (See Note 6) 


RES 140* 

Real Estate Sales Practices (DOL Pre-licensing educational requirement)
(See Note 7) 


RES 164 or 
RES 260* 

Real Estate Finance – Residential (See Note 8) 
Real Estate Finance – Commercial (See Note 9) 


RES 170* 

Real Estate Law (DOL continuing education clock hours) 


RES 177

Real Estate Taxes 5  

RES 197 

Real Estate Title & Escrow 



RES 202 or 
RES 203 

Multi-Family Property Management or 
Property Management – Commercials 


RES 220* 

Real Estate Economics (See Note 10) 


RES 235 

Sales and Marketing (See Note 11) 



Principles of Accounting I  



Principles of Accounting II 



Principles of Accounting III 



Business Law 



Technical electives – see list of approved and recommended classes below  


  Total Credits (excluding pre-requisites) 91  
Total Credits -- Minimum
Total Credits -- Maximum
  • • 1st Quarter: ACCT&201, ENGL&101, RES100
  • • 2nd Quarter: US/GS Elective, ACCT&202, RES106, RES140
  • • 3rd Quarter: Natural World Elective, MATH116, RES170
  • • 4th Quarter: ACCT&203, RES 125. RES 202****
  • • 5th Quarter: BUS&201, RES164**, RES203****, RES235
  • • 6th Quarter: ECON&201, Technical Elective, RES130***, RES220
  • • 7th Quarter: ECON&202, RES197, RES217***
  • • 8th Quarter: RES260**


**RES 164 is an alternate option to RES 260 ***RES 130 is an alternate option to RES 217 ****RES 202 is an alternate option to RES 203

Elective Groups

Technical Electives: Choose five credits from the following list. 

Note:  Not all classes are offered every quarter, and many classes have prerequisites.  Refer to the class schedule, the annual forecast, to the department, and to an advisor for efficient planning.

Course Number

Approved or Recommended Electives

Credit Hours


Quick Books



Personal Income Tax



Introduction to Business



Multi-Cultural Issues in the American Workplace



Introduction to Marketing



Excel for Business (See Note 1)



Integrated Communications I



Business and Economic Statistics (See Note 2)



Interpersonal Communications for The Workplace



Multicultural Communication



Public Speaking


CWE 101

Portfolio, Job Search and Interviewing


CWE 110




Technical Writing*



  • Courses with an asterisk (*) have a prerequisite.
  1. BUS 124: Recommended: Familiarity with computer usage or successful completion of BUS 169 or IT 101. Computer lab fee required.
  2. BUS 210: To transfer to the BAS-International Business program, this class is a required prerequisite.

This program of study is outlined by quarter and is based on a full credit load with the prescribed sequence beginning fall quarter. Courses should be taken in the indicated sequence. However, it should not be concluded that students will always proceed through their program of study exactly as prescribed here. The number of quarters listed here is minimal. Not all courses are offered every quarter. Individual student experiences, educational and training background, and personal schedules and demands all may affect the time it takes to finish this program. Also, in general, summer quarter is not considered one of the full-time quarters, however in this program a few required courses are only offered in summer quarter.

This program curriculum contains substantial and coherent general education and related instruction. General education provides the broad, non-specialized portion of the students' education that includes: Communication, Quantitative Reasoning, Human Relations, US Cultures or Global Studies.

The general education requirements address this description of general education. Other program requirements outside of this discipline (e.g., English and math) represent related instruction in support of skills and knowledge necessary in this field of study.

Advanced placement testing, work experience, and transfer of credits may result in course waivers, credit transfer, and advanced placement.

Throughout this program of study the importance of a responsible and professional work ethic is stressed. Factors leading to such a work ethic are identified and discussed. Instruction is also provided in effective leadership and how it enhances the work environment. Input from this program's industrial advisory committee is essential to curriculum content pertaining to the work ethic and leadership as well as the technically oriented curriculum.

What Skills do I need to be successful in this field?

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  • • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • • Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • • Interpersonal Communication Skills — this field is highly relationship-driven. To be successful, one must work well with the general public.
  • • Computer Skills — basic to intermediary computer skills are a must as many job functions are completed in conjunction with banks and other agencies that conduct business digitally.
  • • Managing Expectation - to prevent disappointment with clients and co-workers, establish, in advance, what can realistically be achieved or delivered by a project, undertaking, course of action, etc.

What are some potential job titles?

  • • Broker
  • • Associate Broker
  • • Broker Associate
  • • Designated Broker
  • • Managing Broker
  • • Real Estate Associate
  • • Real Estate Broker
  • • Real Estate Sales Associate
  • • Realtor
  • • Supervising Broker
  • • Broker in Charge
  • • Real Estate Agent
  • • Real Estate Broker Associate
  • • Real Estate Salesperson
  • • Sales Agent
  • • Transaction Coordinator

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