Transfer Basics

Planning to transfer to a California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC)?

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There are two types of public universities in California that offers transfer students the opportunity to complete Bachelors degrees:  the California State University and University of California.

The information below provide basic transfer information relating to general education, major requirements, GPA, and units.

Disclaimer:  Your individual transfer plan will depend on your major, transfer campus, and academic history.  Meet with a counselor to discuss your transfer goals and to create an iSEP (Student Education Plan).

Learn more about transfer requirements

Terms To Know

  • ASSIST – A Web-based student transfer information system which contains information about how courses taken at a California Community College can be applied when transferred to a University of California or a California State University campus.
  • Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA/AS-T) – A transfer degree awarded by a community college upon completion of 60 transferable units, including general education, major.
  • CSU General Education-Breadth – Completion of the CSU General Education-Breadth pattern will permit a student to transfer from a community college to a campus in the California State University system without being held, after transfer, to additional lower-division general education courses to satisfy campus G.E. requirements.
  • General Education Requirements – A group of courses, in varied areas of the arts and sciences, designated by a college as one of the requirements for a degree.
  • Golden 4 – Four critical courses that a student must complete with a ‘C’ or better to be eligible for admission to a CSU. They include Oral Communication (A1), Written Communication (A2), Critical Thinking (A3) and a transferable Math course (B4). These courses must be completed 2 semesters before you transfer.
  • I.G.E.T.C. – The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is a series of courses that satisfy the lower division general education requirements at the University of California (UC), the California State University (CSU), some private and out-of-state institutions.
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