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:
- Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
- 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.
- 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).
- Certified completion of the CSU GE Breadth* or IGETC patterns.
- 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).
Associate Degrees for Transfer AA-T/AS-T 2012-2013 (pdf)
Associate Degrees for Transfer AA-T/AST 2013-2014 (pdf)
* Unless otherwise stated (some majors require completion of the IGETC only)