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Associate Degrees for Transfer

California Community Colleges are now offering associate degrees for transfer to the CSU. These may include Associate in Arts (AA-T) or Associate in Science (AS-T) degrees. These degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. California Community College students who are awarded an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing to one of the California State Universities. Also, students are given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. However, this degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system.

Students who have been awarded an AA-T or AS-T degree are able to complete their remaining requirements for the baccalaureate degree within 60 semester or 90 quarter units. Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs

The following is required for all AA-T/AS-T degrees:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units. 
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information. 
  3. Students must complete all CSU General Education-Breadth (CSU GE Breadth)*  or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements with a grade of “C” or better. The Pass/No Pass grading option in not appropriate for the CSU “Golden Four” requirements (CSU Breadth areas A1, A2, A3, and B4 or IGETC areas 1A, 1B, 1C and 2).
  4. Certified completion of the CSU GE Breadth* or IGETC patterns. 
  5. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an AA-T/AS-T major. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better or a “P” if the course is taken on a “pass-no pass” basis (title 5 § 55063).

 * Unless otherwise stated (some majors require completion of the IGETC only)