Public Health Science Associate in Science Degree for Transfer (AS-T)

Division: Kinesiology


The Public Health Science Associate in Science Degree for Transfer is designed to provide an opportunity for the Public Health major to achieve an Associate in Science in Public Health for Transfer (AS-T in Public Health) which completes the first and second year requirements for transfer to a four-year public California institution. While at least a baccalaureate degree is recommended preparation for those considering professional careers, completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for further academic study through upper-division course work. This curriculum specifically prepares the prospective transfer student for upper division coursework in Public Health or a similar major at a California State University (CSU) campus. Students should consult a counselor, the Transfer Center and the catalog of the transfer college or university to plan a specific program of study to meet the college or university's requirements. Note: Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree for Transfer at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at all transfer institutions offering a Baccalaureate Degree.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The AS-T is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is designated "high-unit" major). 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 should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. Students with a degree in Public Health may pursue careers in a variety of health-related professions with employment opportunities in private, state, federal, corporate, and non-profit sector. The completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for upper-division work.

To earn an AS-T in Public Health students must complete the following requirements:

  1. 32.5 to 33 semester units or 48.75 to 49.5 quarter units in the Public Health major,
  2. earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis, AP(Pass) grade is an acceptable grade for a course in the major only if the P is defined to be equivalent to a C or better
  3. the California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE-Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern,
  4. 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units, and
  5. obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.     
Required Courses (29.5-30 units):29.5-30
General Biology4
Honors General Biology
General Human Anatomy4
General Human Physiology4
Chemistry for Health Science Majors l4.5-5
General Chemistry I
KIN 280 C
or KIN 280HC
Contemporary Personal Health (formerly PE 234 C)3
Introduction to Probability and Statistics4
Probability and Statistics: Social Sciences (same as SOC 161 C)
Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as SOC 161HC)
Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (same as PSY 161 C)
Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as PSY 161HC)
Introduction to Psychology3
Honors Introduction to Psychology
LIST A (3 units):3
Principles of Economics-Macro3
Honors Principles of Economics - Macro
Principles of Economics-Micro3
Honors Principles of Economics - Micro
Drugs and Alcohol in Our Society3
First Aid, CPR and Emergencies (formerly PE 235 C)3
KIN 270 C
or KIN 270HC
KIN 281 C
or KIN 281HC
Human Sexuality3
Introduction to Sociology3
Honors Introduction to Sociology
Total Units32.5-33