STAR Program

STAR (Fast Track) Program


About Star

Coastline's STAR Program helps you complete your coursework faster so that you can get in, get out, and get working! Many STAR students are also just looking for a fast-track path to a 4-year university, and STAR helps them accumulate the units they need to transfer. Participants in the STAR Program are guaranteed their classes.

Accelerated Study

Students can complete 60 transferable units in just 3.5 semesters by completing six 8-week course clusters plus one summer session. To see the courses included in each cluster, visit the Course List page.

The new focus for the STAR Fast Track Program is our 'major' specific format. Students may select one of the following majors: Business Administration, Psychology or Biology to complete necessary units to graduate and/or transfer in the 3.5 semester timeframe.

Coastline Community College has designed a streamlined, seamless transfer degree to meet the needs of students who desire to transfer to a CSU Business Administration, Psychology or History program with particular emphasis on transfer to CSUDH, CSUF, and CSULB. Students will choose an on-line or on-site delivery model. Students participating in the STAR Fast Track Program will be guaranteed enrollment into their co-hort classes.

Student Co-Horts

Each fall semester marks the beginning of a new STAR Co-Hort. Students approved for the STAR Co-Hort will have guaranteed registration in their STAR courses.

STAR students complete four semesters of courses (fall, spring, summer and 2nd fall semester). Each semester is sixteen weeks long and students will attend 5 to 6 courses (15.0 - 18.0 units, except during the summer session when students will take 2 to 3 courses (6.0 to 9.0 units). Courses are grouped according to content compatibility, and most STAR courses will utilize the 8 week format but there will be some courses which must retain their 16 week format.

Classroom and Internet Components

Most classes meet just 3.0 hours per week. Many course requirements may include class discussions, group work, projects, research, etc. Student co-horts will have the option of selecting their method of delivery by choosing the onsite program or the online program. The online program is completed primarily via electronic communications (e.g., the World Wide Web, e-mail).

Transferable Courses

Associate Degree for Transfer
California Community Colleges offer 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 somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses. Students who have been awarded an AA-T or AS-T are able to complete their remaining requirements for the 120-unit baccalaureate degree within 60 semester or 90 quarter units. To view the most current list of Coastline Community College Associate Degrees for Transfer and to find out which CSU campuses accept each degree, please go to www.coastline.edu. 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 or 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. Please consult with a counselor for more information. 3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an "AA-T" or "AS-T" major as detailed in the catalog. 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). 4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth), Coastline's Option 2 General Education pattern OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), Coastline Option 3 General Education pattern.

Most four-year universities will accept up to 70 units for transfer. Make an appointment to see the TEACH3 counselor (if you want to be a teacher) or the STAR counselor (all others) before you enroll by calling (714) 241-6162.

Majors Available in STAR

The three STAR PROGRAM majors are:
  • STAR Business, an Associate's degree combined with upper-level study in Business can lead to careers in Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Sales, Marketing, e-Commerce, Operations Management, or other related jobs. This program includes 3.5 semesters of courses, and you can start in the fall.

  • STAR Psychology, an Associate's degree combined with upper-level study in Psychology can lead to careers in Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, Early Childhood Development, Health Care, Education, or other fields that have a tremendous impact on others. This program includes 3.5 semesters of courses, and you can start in the fall.

  • STAR Health Sciences: Your Associates Degree, combined with upper–level study in Health Sciences, can lead to careers in Physical Therapy, Pharmacology, Health Care, Nursing, Radiology Technology, Optometry, Occupational Therapy, and more. This program includes 3.5 semesters of courses, which you can start in the Fall.

  • Note: additional training is normally required for these areas.

Each STAR PROGRAM major includes a full-load of guaranteed classes in an accelerated, 3 and a half semester schedule. Students can begin the program in the fall semester at Coastline Community College.
 

Is STAR Right for You?

Profile of a Good STAR Candidate

We are looking for students who are:
  • Motivated
  • Self-directed
  • Committed to learning
  • Open to exploring new ways to learn
  • Strong in basic reading, writing, and math skills

Students who have already completed some transferable college units may wonder whether the STAR Program is right for them. Call (714) 241-6162 to make an appointment with our special STAR counselor. The counselor will assess your prior transcripts to help you determine if STAR will save you time.

The STAR Experience

STAR students must be ready to make learning a top priority during their year in the program. Because of its accelerated nature, the STAR experience is very intense and demanding. Carefully consider the following:
  • A lot of reading is packed into a shorter time frame.
  • STAR students may select an online or onsite program.
  • STAR students also engage in activities conducted via the Internet or other alternative methods of instructional delivery.
  • Active participation and keeping up are critical to success.

In short, completing the STAR Program is a lot of hard work! But consider the pay-offs:
  • At the end of a 3.5 semester commitment, STAR students have completed 60 units, transferable to most CSU campus, and to most private schools as well.
  • STAR students learn new strategies that will facilitate all future learning endeavors.
  • STAR students make connections within and between disciplines that other programs just can't offer.

Course List

Psychology Schedule – Fall 2012 to Fall 2013

FALL 2012 - 18 Units
  • COUN 105*: Strategies for College Success
  • ENGL 100*: Freshman Composition
  • PSYC 100: Intro to Psychology
  • PSYC 118: Life Span Development Psych (8 week course)
  • PSCI 180: American Government (8 week course)
  • ART 101: Art History & Appreciation 1 (8 week course)
  • ENGL 100*: Freshman Composition (Con’t) (8 week course)

SPRING 2013 - 17 Units
  • MATH 160*: Intro to Statistics
  • PHIL 115: Logic & Critical Thinking
  • PSYC 255: Abnormal Psychology
  • BIO 100: Introduction to Biology (8 week course)
  • BIO 100L: Biology Lab (8 week course)
  • CMST 110: Public Speaking (8 week course)
  • MATH 160*: Intro to Statistics (8 week course)

SUMMER 2013 PROPOSED 10 Units
  • GEOL 105: General Geology
  • PSYC 280: Intro Research Methods
  • ELECTIVE: ANY

FALL 2013 PROPOSED 18 Units
  • HIST 175: U.S. History Since 1876
  • HUM 100: Intro to Humanities
  • PSYC 260: Social Psychology
  • ELECTIVE (8 week course)
  • ELECTIVE (8 week course)
  • ELECTIVE (8 week course)

Business Admin Schedule – Fall 2012 to Fall 2013

FALL 2012 - 17 Units
  • ACCT 101*: Financial Accounting
  • COUN 105*: Strategies for College Success
  • ENGL 100*: Freshman Composition
  • CIS 111: Intro. to Information Systems
  • PSCI 180: American Government (8 week course)
  • ACCT 101*: Financial Accounting (8 week course)

SPRING 2013 - 17 Units
  • MATH 140*: Business Calculus
  • PHIL 115: Logic & Critical Thinking
  • CMST 110: Public Speaking
  • BIO 100: Introduction to Biology (8 week course)
  • BIO 100L: Biology Lab (8 week course)
  • ECON 170: Principles of Microeconomics (8 week course)
  • MATH 140*: Business Calculus (8 week course)

SUMMER 2013 PROPOSED 9 Units
  • ART 101: Art History & Appreciation 1
  • GEOL 105: General Geology
  • HIS 175: U.S. History Since 1876

BUSINESS ADMIN CSULB – FALL 2013 PROPOSED 17 Units
  • ECON 175: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • HUM 110: Humanities through the Arts
  • MATH 160*: Intro to Statistics
  • BUS 100: Intro to Business
  • ACCT 107: Accounting with Quickbooks (8 week course)
  • MATH 160*: Intro to Statistics (8 week course)
  • ELECTIVE: 2 units (8 week course)

BUSINESS ADMIN CSUF – FALL 13 PROPOSED 18 Units
  • ECON 175: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • PHIL 120: Ethics
  • ACCT 102: Managerial Accounting
  • ENG 136: Business Communications
  • BUS 110: New Legal Environ/Bus Law (8 week course)
  • ACCT 107: Accounting with Quickbooks (8 week course)

BUSINESS ADMIN CSUDH – FALL 13 PROPOSED 17 Units
  • ECON 175: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • PHIL 120: Ethics
  • ACCT 102*: Managerial Accounting
  • MATH 160*: Intro to Statistics
  • ACCT 102*: Managerial Accounting (8 week course)
  • BUS 110: New Legal Environ/Bus Law (8 week course)
  • Math 160*: Intro to Statistics (8 week course)

Health Sciences Schedule – Fall 2013 to Fall 2014

FALL 13 - 18 Units
  • COUN 105*: Strategies for College Success
  • ENGL 100*: Freshman Composition
  • Math 30*: Intermediate Algebra
  • CHEM C110*: Intro to Chemistry
  • CHEM C110L*: Intro to Chemistry Lab
  • PSCI 180: American Government (8 week course)

SPRING 14 - 17 Units
  • MATH 160*: Intro to Statistics
  • PHIL 115: Logic & Critical Thinking
  • BIO 220*: Human Anatomy
  • CMST 110: Public Speaking (8 week course)
  • PSYC 100: Intro to Psychology (8 week course)

SUMMER 14 PROPOSED 7 Units
  • BIOL 225: Human Physiology
  • ART 101: Art History and Appreciation

FALL 14 PROPOSED 18 Units
  • BIOL 210*: General Microbiology
  • BIOL 210*: General Microbiology Lab
  • PHYS 120*: Algebra Based Phys: Mechanics
  • ANTH 100: Cultural Anthropology
  • HIST 175: U.S. History Since 1876
  • PHIL 120: Ethics (8 week course)

Steps to Apply to STAR

If you are interested in the STAR Program, here's what to do next:
  1. Call (714) 241-6140 and request a program brochure.
  2. Meet the prerequisite for English 100 through one of the following methods:
    1. Take the English placement test at Coastline's Assessment Center [(714) 241-6285; e-mail: assessment@coastline.edu];
    2. Enroll in Coastline's English 099 and pass with a grade of "C" or better;
    3. Submit official, sealed transcripts to the Matriculation Office if you have completed a course equivalent to English 099 at another college and wish to have those credits evaluated (also useful for counseling session and development of student educational plan for students with 15-20 completed units); or
    4. Submit test scores to the Matriculation Office [FAX: (714) 241-6288] if recently tested at another community college.

    Helpful Placement Test Hints
    The Assessment Center offers walk-in placement testing, while the Student Success Center offers short-term courses for students who wish to refresh their skills prior to taking the college placement tests. For further information, please call (714) 241-6140 or visit the Assessment Center and Student Success Center Web pages.

    Placement testing is a one-time event that cannot be repeated within a 12-month period. Make sure you have thoroughly prepared in advance of testing.

    The college bookstore sells preparation resources:
    • Cliffs AP-English Language and Composition, Barbara V. Swovelin.
    • Cliffs-Math Review for Standardized Tests, Jerry Bobrow, Ph.D.

    Visit the Test Preparation Resources section of the Assessment Center page for English and Math Assessment preparation.
  3. Call (714) 241-6140 to make an appointment with our STAR Facilitator.
  4. Complete and return the STAR Program Application.
  5. Attend a required STAR Program Orientation. The orientation schedule can be found here: STAR Orientation Schedule.

    Important Notes:
    1. Completing these steps does not guarantee your acceptance into the STAR Program. Class availability is subject to enrollment minimums and maximums.
    2. STAR students need access to a computer, Internet access, and their own e-mail provider.

STAR Orientation Schedule

Orientation sessions will take place at Coastline's College Center (11460 Warner Ave. – Fountain Valley, CA 92708) on the 3rd floor at 5:30 p.m. on:
  • Nov. 18, 2013
  • Jan. 22, 2014
  • Feb. 24, 2014
  • Apr. 28, 2014
  • May 26, 2014
  • Jun. 23, 2014
If you have any questions, please contact Karen McLucas (kmclucas@coastline.edu).

STAR Tutoring Schedule

Garden Grove Center (Information Commons Lab)
  • Phone: 714-241-6209 x17316
  • Email: success@coastline.edu
  • Services offered:
    • Writing Tutoring: M 12pm-6pm, Tu 1pm-8pm, W 12pm-6pm
    • Math Tutoring: M 12pm-8pm, Tu 2pm-8pm, W 12pm-6pm, Th 12pm-3pm
    • Accounting Tutoring: M/Tu/W/Th 2pm-8pm
    • Chemistry Tutoring: M 4:30pm-8pm, Tu 2pm-8pm, W/Th 12:30pm-6:30pm
    • Physics Tutoring: M 4:30pm-8pm, Tu 2pm-8pm
    • Online Tutoring Requests: success@coastline.edu

Please visit the Student Success Center web page for more information.

Additionally, STAR students may call (714) 241-6209 x17316 and leave a voicemail for a tutor. Tutors will periodically check the voicemail system and respond to most messages within 48 hours during the work week (Monday through Friday).

Students in online classes can email Taryn (success@coastline.edu) for online tutoring, which can take place by phone, Internet chat (CCC Confer), or email.

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