Option III – Transfer Plan for IGETC (CSU or UC) A.A. Degree Program (Liberal Arts)

Designed for individuals who plan to transfer to the California State University system and who also wish to complete an A.A. degree.


Option III—Transfer Plan for IGETC (CSU or UC) A.A. Degree Program (Liberal Arts)

Option III Target Students

Designed for individuals who plan to transfer to the University of California system or the California State University system and who also wish to complete an A.A. degree. Students who complete this option with a C or better will satisfy lower-division general education requirements for the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). Upon certification, it meets the lower-division general education breadth requirements for both the UC and CSU systems (except for Eleanor Roosevelt and Revelle Colleges at UCSD). The IGETC option also enables individuals to transfer to some of the private, four-year colleges in the area.

Option III requires completion of at least 37 units of general education courses to include the specific requirements listed in Areas 1 through 5 plus major and/or elective units (numbered 100-299) to total 60 units.

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Area 1: English Communication

For CSU, complete a minimum of nine units (one course from each group); for UC, complete a minimum of six units (one course from Group A and one course from Group B):

Group Courses within Group
Group A English Composition: English 100
Group B Critical Thinking: English 102
Group C Oral Communication: Speech 103 or 110 (required for CSU and A.A. degree)

Area 2: Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning

Complete at least three units:
Courses within Area 2
Mathematical Concepts: Math 115, 140†, 150, 160, 170†, 180†, 185, 225, 226, 280, 285

† Indicates that transfer credit may be limited; see your counselor


Area 3: Arts and Humanities

Area 3: Complete nine units (at least one course must be from Group A and one course must be from Group B)

Group Courses within Group
Group A Arts: Art 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 109; English 164; Music 100
Group B Humanities: Chinese 185†, 185A†, 185B†, 280, 285; English 140, 144, 145; French 185†, 185A†, 185B†, 280A†, 280B†, 285; German 180†, 180A†, 180B†, History 108, 120, 122, 124, 128, 130, 155, 160, 165, 170††, 175††, 180, 185; Humanities 100, 110, 130; Italian 185†, 185A†, 185B†; Philosophy 100, 112, 113, 120; Religious Studies 110, 180; Spanish 185†, 265†, 265A†, 265B†, 280†, 280A†, 280B†, 285†, 285A†, 285B†; Vietnamese 185†, 185A†, 185B, 280†, 280A†, 280B†, 285

† Indicates that transfer credit may be limited; see your counselor
†† If this course is used for the UC or CSU American Institutions requirement, it cannot be used to satisfy the social and behavioral sciences requirement.


Area 4: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Complete nine units (three courses from at least two different disciplines must be selected):

Courses within Area 4
Anthropology 100, 120; Ecology 100†; Economics 100†, 180, 185; Geography 100, 185; History 115; Political Science 100††, 110, 130, 140; Psychology 100, 118, 120, 148, 170†, 280; Sociology 100

† Indicates that transfer credit may be limited; see your counselor
†† If this course is used for the UC or CSU American Institutions requirement, it cannot be used to satisfy the social and behavioral sciences requirement.


Area 5: Physical and Biological Sciences

Complete seven to nine units (at least one course must be selected from Group A and one from Group B; one of the courses must include a laboratory; lab indicated by * sign):

Group Courses within Group
Group A Physical Science: Astronomy 100; Chemistry 110†*, 130†*, 180, 180L*, 185, 185L*; Ecology 105; Geography 180; Geology 100†, 110, 130, 140, 141*; Physics 110†, 120*, 125*
Group B Biological Sciences: Biology 100, 105†, 170†; Marine Science 100, 105†

† Indicates that transfer credit may be limited; see your counselor


Foreign Language Other Than English (UC Only)

This requirement may be fulfilled by one of the following methods:

  1. Completing two years of a foreign language in high school with a grade of C or better;
  2. Earning a minimum score of 550 on an appropriate College Board Achievement Test in a foreign language; or
  3. Completing a foreign language course numbered 180 (five units) or 180AB (five units) or higher level course.

American Institutions Requirements

Both the California State University and the University of California have a specific American institutions requirement that is separate from their general education requirements. Completion of the IGETC will not satisfy the American institutions requirement. Courses used to meet the CSU and UC American institutions requirement may not be used to satisfy Areas 3 or 4 above.

  • Students transferring to CSU should take Political Science 100 and History 170 or 175.
  • Students transferring to UC should consult the catalog of the UC campus they wish to attend to determine the course(s) needed to meet this requirement.

Partial Certification of IGETC

The IGETC provides a pattern of courses that fulfills the transfer general education requirements at both the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU). Each California community college offers a complete set of courses that satisfy IGETC. If you attend more than one community college, the campus you attend just prior to transfer will certify your completion of IGETC, including courses taken at other colleges. The IGETC pattern is not recommended for all majors. Please check with a counselor.

Partial certification of the IGETC is possible due only to extraordinary circumstances. The student should consult a counselor for guidelines and petition.

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