Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Degrees for Transfer

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 Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degrees are intended for students who plan to complete a bachelors degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.

In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete:

  1. a minimum of 60 semester units of CSU-transferable coursework
  2. a minimum GPA of 2.0

This 60 units includes completion of:

  1. the CSU GE or IGETC pattern (it is necessary that the students meet the “Oral Communications” requirement when using IGETC for AA-T or AS-T), and
  2. 18 or more units in an AA-T or AS-T major with a grade of C or better (major requirements for each AA-T and AS-T degree provided in this catalog alphabetically by discipline).
  3. 12 units in residence

There are no additional graduation requirements for AA-T or AS-T degrees.

Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the specific AA-T or AS-T earned as preparation for a similar major will be granted priority admission, and will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated “high-unit” major, see specific degree requirements for more information where this applies).

These degrees 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 pursuing an ADT in Chemistry or Biology, must complete CSU GE for STEM or IGETC for STEM as specified:

CSU GE Breadth for STEM for students earning an AS-T in Biology or Chemistry only

Complete the following CSU GE courses before transfer:

  • All courses in Areas A, B, and E; and

  • One course in Area C1 Arts and one course in Area C2 Humanities; and

  • Two courses in Area D from two different disciplines. Complete the following courses after transfer:

    • One remaining lower-division GE course in Area C*; and

    • One remaining lower-division GE course in Area D

*These deferred lower division courses must be replaced with calculus and/or science courses required by the major before transfer.

**CSU GE Breadth for STEM completion does not quality students for the CSU GE Certificate of Achievement.

IGETC for STEAM for students earning an AS-T in Biology or Chemistry only

              Complete the following IGETC courses before transfer:

  • All courses in Areas 1 (except 1C for UC-bound students), 2, and 5; and

  • One course in Area 3A; one course in Area 3B; and two courses in Area 4 from two different disciplines

  • Complete the following after transfer:

    • One remaining lower-division GE course in Area 3*;

    • One remaining lower-division GE course in Area 4*; and

    • One course in Area 6 for UC-bound students who have not satisfied it through proficiency*

*These deferred lower division courses must be replaced with calculus and/or science courses required by the major before transfer

**IGETC for STEM completion does not qualify students for the IGETC Certificate of Achievement.