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A program of courses in the arts and sciences that provides students with a broad educational experience. Courses typically are introductory in nature and provide studentswith fundamental skills and knowledge in mathematics, English, arts, humanities, and physical, biological, and social sciences. Transfer students often take theses classes while attending a community college. Completion of a general education program is required for baccalaureate degree (BS/BA degree).
The CSU GE is the preferred general education plan for those students who are transferring to any California State University (i.e., Cal State Hayward, San Francisco State University, etc.). IGETC should be used for students who are undecided about transferring to the CSU or UC and are undecided about their major.
Most four-year colleges and universities will accept up to 70 semester units of transfer credits.
If you take more than 70 units, many colleges will allow you to get “subject credit” for classes that pertain to your general education or major preparation.
A major is a program of study that leads to a degree. The subject area in which students pursuing a college degree develops the greatest depth of knowledge.
Most majors have specific preparation courses. You can access this information via the web site ASSIST or by contacting a counselor in the Counseling Department or Transfer Center.
You will be ready for transfer once you have completed at least 56 transferable semester units (CSU) or 60 semester units (UC), preferably all of your general education coursework, and the any major preparation classes that are required.
The CSU and UC schools have application deadlines. Generally speaking, students must apply to these schools 9 to 10 months before planning to transfer. However, there are exceptions and independent/private colleges and universities have different policies.
An associates degree (AA or AS) is granted by a community college which recognizes a student’s satisfactory completion of an organized program of at least 60 semester units, including the major and general education requirements. A bachelor’s degree is granted by four-year colleges and universities and consists of at minimum of 124 semester units.
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