Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)

The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is a general education program which community college transfer students may use to fulfill lower division general education requirements for the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) system. Completion of IGETC eliminates the need to take additional lower division general education courses after transfer. Students approaching readiness for transfer who are unable to complete one or two IGETC courses that are not required for admission to the university may request to complete IGETC after transferring.

See a counselor for more information.

IGETC is accepted by the University of California, California State University, and by many private institutions. Students wishing to transfer to the University of California or who are undecided about their transfer institution should consult a counselor before choosing this plan.

Students must apply for IGETC certification (full or partial) in the Admissions and Records Office. Courses will be certified ONLY if they are on the official IGETC list during the catalog year they are taken.

In addition to the course requirements for each subject area, full certification for the CSU must include completion of the Oral Communications requirement. With the UC, Oral Communications is NOT required, but the certification must include satisfactory completion of the Language Other Than English proficiency requirements. A course or sequence used to satisfy a requirement in one area may not be used to satisfy a requirement in another area. All courses must be completed with a “C” or better.

Students must apply for IGETC Certification through the Admissions and Records Office during the semester in which requirements will be completed.

While IGETC is popular with transfer students, it may not be the best choice for you. Depending on your major, it may be best to follow the UC campus GE pattern. The UC Transfer Preparation Paths at http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/transfer/preparation-paths/index.html and ASSIST Exploring Majors feature at www.assist.org include information about the specific UC majors that do not recommend IGETC. Students should see a counselor for advice and more complete information on the IGETC program.

*The courses on the following IGETC requirements page are approved at the time of printing. Check with a counselor or www.assist.org for the most recent list of approved courses.

NOTE: Independent universities or out of state universities may accept the IGETC pattern. Check with the individual university and your counselor to verify.

IGETC for STEM Majors

Per IGETC Standards 1.6, students preparing for a major in science, technology, engineering or mathematics that are pursuing an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) for certain approved majors can defer two lower-division GE courses after transfer. As of Fall 2016, only the Biology ADT (not currently offered at Cypress) and Chemistry ADT (active Fall 2016) have this option.

This allows the students to concentrate on the lower division math and science courses required for a STEM major and indicates that students can take the following courses AFTER transfer:

  1. One remaining lower-division general education course in Area 3;1
  2. One remaining lower-division general education course in Area 4;1
  3. One course in Area 6 for UC-bound students who have not satisfied it through proficiency.1

For CSU

If any specific AS-T degree allows IGETC for STEM Majors as its general education pattern, the specific courses that should replace the deferred lower division general education courses may be indicated on the Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) for that discipline.

For UC

UC will accept IGETC for STEM if the UC school/college/major program to which the student transfers accepts partial IGETC certification. For information on the IGETC acceptance practices for each UC school/college/major program, see: http://admission.universityofCalifornia.edu/transfer/general-education-igetc/igetc/igetccamups-guidance/index.html.

For CSU and UC

Alternatively, STEM students may complete the traditional IGETC. However, IGETC and IGETC for STEM Majors may not be appropriate for those colleges or majors which prefer that transfer students follow a more prescribed lower-division curriculum.

IGETC Certificate of Achievement

To find out more about transfer certificates see Certificate of Achievement program information located under Programs of Study in this catalog.

AREA 1 - ENGLISH COMMUNICATION Requirement: CSU: 3 courses required, one from each group below; UC: 2 courses required, one each from Group A and B
1A - Group A: English Composition - 1 course (3 semester units/4-5 quarter units)
College Writing 14
Honors College Writing
1B - Group B: Critical Thinking/English Composition, 1 course (3 semester/4-5 quarter units)
Critical Reasoning and Writing (beg F'15) 14
Honors Critical Reasoning and Writing
Critical Analysis and Literature 14
Honors Critical Analysis and Literature
Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking (beg F'11)3
Critical Thinking and Writing3
NOTE: Confer with a counselor if ENGL 102 C, PHIL 170 C, or COMM 135 C were completed prior to F'93).
1C - Group C: Oral Communication (CSU requirement only), 1 course (3 semester/4-5 quarter units)
Human Communication 1
Honors Human Communication
AREA 2 - MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS AND QUANTITATIVE REASONING Requirement: 1 couerse (3 semester/4-5 quarter units)
2A 6
Liberal Arts Mathematics
Finite Mathematics
Introduction to Probability and Statistics 1
Survey of Calculus
College Algebra
Calculus I
Calculus II
Multivariable Calculus
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Probability and Statistics: Social Sciences (same as SOC 161 C) 1
Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as SOC 161HC)
Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (same as PSY 161 C) 1
Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as PSY 161HC)
AREA 3 - ARTS AND HUMANITIES Requirement: At least 3 courses, with at least one from 3A and one from 3B and one additional course from either 3A or 3B (9 semester or 12-15 quarter units).
3A - Group A: ARTS
Fundamentals of Art
Introduction to Art
Survey of Art History I
Survey of Art History II 1
Honors Survey of Art History II
Modern Art History
Latin American Art
Multicultural Dance in the US 4
The Film 1
Honors Film
Film Noir Genre (beg F'19)
Great Directors of Cinema (beg F'19)
Science Fiction Film Genre (beg F'19)
Silent Film Genre (beg F'15)
Western Film Genre (beg F'19)
Horror Film Genre (beg F'19)
Theory I (end F'17)
Jazz History 4
Music Appreciation
American Popular Music
Introduction to Opera 1
Honors Introduction to Opera
History of Rock Music (beg F'01)
Survey of Music History
History of Photography (beg F'18)
Introduction to the Theater
World Theater History I (F'95-F'10; beg F'13)
Diversity in American Theater 1,4
Honors Diversity in American Theater
3B - Group B: HUMANITIES
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (beg F'18)3
Magic, Witchcraft and Religion 33
Introduction to Literature 1
Honors Introduction to Literature
Humanities: Ancient and Medieval 1
Humanities: Renaissance-Present (same as INDS 101 C) 1
Asian American Literature 4
English Literature to 1760
English Literature Since 1760
American Literature to 1865
American Literature Since 1865
Shakespeare 1
Honors Shakespeare
Survey - Children's Literature 4
Mythology (beg F'15)
Multicultural Literature 4
Science Fiction (beg F'19)
African-American Literature I 4
African-American Literature II 4
Survey of Arabic Literature (beg F'15)
American Ethnic Studies (formerly ETHS 100 C) (beg F'19) 1,43
Honors American Ethnic Studies
Introduction to African-American Studies (beg F'19) 43
African-American History I (F'03) 3,4,53
African-American History II 3,4,53
Introduction to Chicana-o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 C) (beg F'19) 43
Chicana-o History I (formerly ETHS 141 C) 3,43
Chicana-o History II 3,43
Native American History (beg F'19) 43
Intermediate French III (LOTE)4
Intermediate French IV (LOTE)4
Western Civilizations I 1,3
Honors Western Civilizations I
Western Civilizations II 1,3
Honors Western Civilizations II
World Civilizations I (beg S'04) 1,3
Honors World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II 1,3
Honors World Civilizations II
Asian Civilizations I
Asian Civilizations II 3
History of Mexico 3
History of the Middle East 3
History of the United States I (beg F'17) 1,3,53
Honors History of the United States I
History of the United States II (beg F'17) 1,3,53
Honors History of the United States II
Women in United States History (beg F'17) 1,3,5
History of California (beg S'05) 3,4
Humanities: Ancient and Medieval (same as ENGL 110 C) 1
Humanities: Renaissance-Present (same as ENGL 111 C) 1
Intermediate Japanese III (LOTE)
Intermediate Japanese IV (LOTE)
Introduction to Philosophy 1
Honors Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Religious Studies
Religions of the East
Religions of the West
Social and Political Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
History of Ancient Philosophy (beg S'05)
History of Modern Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
Jesus and His Interpreters (beg S'06)
Spanish for Span Speakers II (LOTE)
Intermediate Spanish III (LOTE)
Intermediate Spanish IV (LOTE)
AREA 4 - SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES Requirement: At least 3 courses from at least two different disciplines or an interdisciplinary sequence (9 semester/12-15 quarter units)
Intro to Criminal Justice
Concepts of Criminal Law (beg F'18)
Community and the Justice System (beg F'19) 4
Cultural Anthropology 1
Honors Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Archaelogy (formerly ANTH 203 C)
Comparative Cultures
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
Human Prehistory and Ancient Civilizations
Magic, Witchcraft and Religion 3
Native North America 4
Anthropology of Death (beg F'17)
Applied and Practicing Anthropology (formerly ANTH 211 C) (beg F'17)
Ancient Cultures of Mexico and Central America
Intercultural Communication 4
Principles of Economics-Macro 1
Honors Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics-Micro 1
Honors Principles of Economics
Survey of Economics 2
International Economics (beg F'16)
American Ethnic Studies (formerly ETHS 100 C) 1,3,4
Honors American Ethnic Studies
Introduction to African-American Studies 4
African-American History I 3,4,5
African-American History II 3,4,5
Introduction to Chicana-o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 C) 4
Chicana-o History I (formerly ETHS 141 C) 3,4
Chicana-o History II 3,4
Chicana-o and Latina-o Contemporary Issues 4
Native American History 4
Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies 4
Asian Pacific American History 4
American Social Justice Movements (beg F'16) 4
World Geography 1
Honors World Geography
California Geography
Weather and Climate (end SU'14)
Cultural Geography
Economic Geography (same as ECON 260 C) 1
Western Civilizations I 1,3
Honors Western Civilizations I
Western Civilizations II 1,3
Honors Western Civilizations II
World Civilizations I 1,3
Honors World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II 1,3
Honors World Civilizations II
History of Africa (beg S'04)
History of Latin America I (end SU'13)
History of Latin America II
Survey of British History I
Survey of British History II
Asian Civilizations I 3
Asian Civilizations II 3
History of Mexico 3
History of the Middle East 3
History of the United States I 1,3,5
Honors History of the United States I
History of the United States II (beg F'03) 1,3,53
Honors History of the United States II
History of the Americas I (formerly HIST 162AC) 53
History of the Americas II (formerly HIST 162BC) 53
Women in United States History (beg S'04) 1,3
History of California (beg S'05) 3,4
Psychology of Sport (formerly PE 248) (beg F'18)
Sport and United States Society (formerly PE 250 C) (beg F'17)
Introduction to Public Health (beg F'17)
Health and Social Justice (beg F'17)
Women's Health (beg F'17)
Global and Community Health (beg F'17)
United States Government 1,5
Honors United States Government
Gender and American Politics 5
Political Theory 1
Introduction to Political Science
Urban Politics 4
Contemporary Political Issues
Comparative Politics
Politics of the Middle East
International Relations
Introduction to Psychology 1
Honors Introduction to Psychology
Human Sexuality 1
Cross-Cultural Psychology (formerly PSY 237 C) 1,4
Developmental Psychology
Child Psychology (beg S'06)
Research Methods in Psychology
The Brain and Behavior 3
Abnormal Psychology
Social Psychology
Psychology of Aging (beg S'06) 1
Introduction to Sociology 1
Honors Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Sociology of Women
Sociology of Aging (beg S'06) 1
Marriage and Family (beg S'05)
Sociology of Religion
Introduction to Criminology (beg S'06)
AREA 5 - PHYSICAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES Requirement: At least 2 courses, one from Group A and one from Group B; at least one course must include a laboratory (7-9 semester/9-12 quarter units). Group C is a new area that includes science labs that combine lecture and lab or lab only courses.
5A - GROUP A: PHYSICAL SCIENCES - Physical Sciences with Lab:
Introduction to Astronomy 1
Honors Introduction to Astronomy
Astronomy Lab 1
Honors Astronomy Lab
Chemistry for Daily Life (beg F'02)
Chemistry for Health Science Majors l (beg F'03)
Physical Science for Teachers (beg F'19)
Preparation for General Chemistry 2
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Chemistry for Health Science Majors II (beg F'14)
Physical Geography
Physical Geography - Lab
Physical Geology 1,2
Honors Physical Geology
Physical Geology Laboratory 2
Historical Geology
Introduction to Oceanography
Intro to Oceanography Lab
Physical Geology Field Lab
Physical Science for Teachers (same as CHEM 104 C) (beg F'19)
Elementary Physics 2
College Physics I
College Physics II
Physics for Life Sciences I
Physics for Life Sciences II
General Physics I
General Physics II
General Physics III
5B - GROUP B: BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Biological Sciences with Lab:
Biological Anthropology 1
Honors Biological Anthropology
Biological Anthropology Lab
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (beg F'16)
General Biology 1,2
Honors General Biology
Marine Biology
Biology of Cells and Tissues
Evolution and Biodiversity
Anatomy and Physiology (beg F'09)
Medical Microbiology (beg F'19)
General Human Anatomy (beg S'07)
General Human Physiology (beg S'07)
Ecology and Physiology (beg F'15)
Biological Sciences without Lab:
Biological Anthropology 1
Honors Biological Anthropology
Human Biology
Environmental Science
Nutrition & World Food Issues (beg F'19)
Genetics (beg F'15)
Molecular Biology (beg F'15)
The Brain and Behavior (beg F'18) 3
5C - GROUP C: PHYSICAL and BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE LABORATORIES - All science labs that combine lecture and lab OR lab only courses:
Biological Anthropology Lab
Astronomy Lab 1
Honors Astronomy Lab
General Biology 1,2
Honors General Biology
Biology of Cells and Tissues
Evolution and Biodiversity
Anatomy and Physiology (beg F'09)
Medical Microbiology (beg F'19)
General Human Anatomy (beg S'07)
General Human Physiology (beg S'07)
Ecology and Physiology
Chemistry for Daily Life (beg F'02)
Chemistry for Health Science Majors l (beg F'03)
Physical Science for Teachers (beg F'19)
Preparation for General Chemistry 2
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Chemistry for Health Science Majors II (beg F'14)
Physical Geography - Lab
Physical Geology Laboratory
Historical Geology
Physical Geology Field Lab
Intro to Oceanography Lab
Physical Science for Teachers (same as CHEM 104 C) (beg F'19)
Elementary Physics 2
College Physics I
College Physics II
Physics for Life Sciences I
Physics for Life Sciences II
General Physics I
General Physics II
General Physics III
AREA 6A - LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH (LOTE): UC requirement only. REQUIREMENT: Complete one of the following:
1. Complete 2 years of high school coursework in a language other than English (in the same language) with a grade of C or better.
2. Complete course ENGL 102 C or ENGL 102HC or higher level in a foreign language at Cypress College or equivalent courses at another college or university. 1
3. Completion with a grade of C or better or 2 years of formal schooling at the 6th grade level or higher at an institution where the language of instruction is not English. Students unable to provide documentation need to have passed one of the exams listed below or take the appropriate college course(s).
4. Earn the appropriate score on the SAT II Subject Test in languages other than English. See a counselor for score requirements.
5. Earn a score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement Language Other than English Test.
6. Earn a score of 5 or higher on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level Exam in a language other than English.
7. Satisfactory completion of an achievement test administered by a community college, university, or college in a language other than English. This test will have to assess the student's proficiency at the level equivalent to two years of high school language.
8. Earn an A, B, or C on Language Other than English "O" level exam.
9. Earn a scoare of 5, 6 or 7 on Language Other than English International "A" Level Exam.
10. Earn a grade of C or better in a Defense Language Institute course.
Cypress College courses that meet the proficiency level:
Elementary Chinese-Mandarin II
Elementary French II
Intermediate French III
Intermediate French IV
Elementary Japanese II
Intermediate Japanese III (beg F'05)
Intermediate Japanese IV (beg F'05)
Elementary Portuguese II (beg S'06)
Elementary Spanish II 1
Spanish for Spanish Speakers I
Spanish for Span Speakers II
Intermediate Spanish III
Intermediate Spanish IV
NOTE: A higher-level language course can be used to meet language proficiency. Examples: FREN 203 C or SPAN 202 C. Students completing such courses will satisfy both the 3B Area and validate the proficiency level requirement. THese courses are identified in the 3B area as (LOTE).
CSU GRADUATION REQUIREMENT IN U.S. HISTORY, CONSTITUTION, AND AMERICAN IDEALS (Not part of IGETC, may be completed prior to transfer.) (6 semester units, one course from Group A and one course from Group B.)
Group A (US-2) U.S. Constitution and Government
United States Government 1
Honors United States Government
Gender and American Politics
Group B (US-1) U.S. History:
American Ethnic Studies (formerly ETHS 100 C) (beg F'04) 1
Honors American Ethnic Studies
African-American History I
African-American History II
Chicana-o History II (beg F'16) 4
Native American History
History of the United States I 1
Honors History of the United States I
History of the United States II 1
Honors History of the United States II
History of the Americas I (formerly HIST 162AC)
History of the Americas II (formerly HIST 162BC)3
NOTE: Double Counting is allowed for this requirement with only 1 G.E. category. The CSU US History, Constitution, and American Ideals (AI) graduation requirement is not part of IGETC. Since requirements vary, it is advisable to check the catalog of the UC campus to which the student intends to transfer. See Counselor if American Government is completed OUT OF STATE.