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Degrees, Certificates & Transfer Planning

Associate Degrees

Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) Degrees

Associate Degrees are commonly conferred by community colleges. This degree is awarded at Golden West College to students who have satisfactorily completed a program of study with a specific major or area of emphasis and completed the application for graduation. The associate degree is normally completed in two years and has one of two major purposes. Either the program of study prepares the individual for transfer to a four-year college or university or the program of study is intended to prepare the student for immediate employment.

The requirements for the associate degree include the specific courses in the major or area of emphasis and courses comprising the general education or breadth requirement.

The Major or Area of Emphasis required for an AA/AS Degree focuses on a student’s desire to obtain a degree or to transfer to a four-year institution. A minimum of 18 units of coursework in a focused area is required for a Major and a minimum of 18 units of generalized coursework in an area is required for an Area of Emphasis. Either of these, completed along with the General Education Requirements and a minimum of 12 units in residence at GWC meets the AA Degree requirements. All Majors and Areas of Emphasis offered by Golden West College go through the State approval process.

Major and Area of Emphasis Student Learning Outcomes: Demonstrate skills, abilities, and knowledge in a particular area of aptitude or study.

Major and Area of Emphasis Requirements: Minimum of 18 units of study with all coursework for the Major or Area of Emphasis being completed with a grade of “C” or better. Major and Area of Emphasis Courses: See a GWC counselor or the GWC website at www.goldenwestcollege.edu for a listing of required courses for each Area of Emphasis or Major.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ASSOCIATE DEGREE FOR TRANSFER (ADT): ASSOCIATE IN ARTS FOR TRANSFER (AA-T) OR ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE FOR TRANSFER (AS-T)

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) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s 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 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the AA-T or AS-T 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). 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 GWC counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Requirements

The following is required for all ADT (AA-T or AS-T) degrees: 

  1. Completion of 60 CSU-transferable semester units. 
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information. 
  3. A minimum of 12 units in residence at GWC. 
  4. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an AA-T or AS-T major. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better. 
  5. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern, (CSU GE Breadth); or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum pattern (IGETC), 37-39 units. 
  6. Courses used to satisfy major requirements can also be used to satisfy CSU GE Breadth or IGETC. See a GWC counselor for further information.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES 

Associate in Arts/Science degrees are not automatically awarded when the student completes the requirements. The student must file a petition in the Enrollment Center according to the following schedule:

Graduation Period  |  AA/AS Filing Period ADT  |  Filing Period
Summer  |  July 1 – August 1  |  July 1 – August 1
Fall  |  September 1 – November 1  |  September 1 – September 15
Spring  |  February 1 – April 15  |  February 1 – February 15

Associate in Arts degrees are awarded only after spring graduation, but the graduation date is posted on the student’s transcript after the graduation period in which the Associate in Arts degree is earned. Please note that the filing period for the ADT is early in the term to allow for appropriate reporting of degree progress to the CSU E-Verify system. If a student is completing an ADT and misses the priority filing deadline, this will impact reporting to the CSU, and may jeopardize CSU admission. The student, however, can still file the petition to graduate until the AA/AS filing period closes.

Certificate of Achievement application may be made during the semester of completion. Filing deadlines are the same as for graduation, above.

Pre-graduation check: Students who have completed thirty units of college work may request a pre-graduation check.

AWARDING OF MULTIPLE DEGREES 

Students seeking a concurrent or subsequent Associate Degree must meet the following conditions:

  1. All General Education requirements as specified by the current catalog shall be met.
  2. Students must complete at least 12 units unique to the major for the additional degree, unless the additional degree is an approved GWC Associate in Arts for transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for transfer (AS-T) degree.
  3. A minimum GPA of 2.0 for all units counted toward the degree.
  4. A minimum of 12 units in residence at GWC.

DUPLICATE DEGREES

Students are not permitted to acquire duplicate Associate Degrees in the same major, within the Coast Community College District.

Certificate of Achievement – Career

This certificate goes through the State approval process and requires a minimum of 12 units of coursework in a particular academic or occupational area. The certificate programs normally include only those courses which have a direct bearing upon specialized occupational competency since the objective of earning the career certificate is immediate employment in a specialized area. Upon successful completion of the program and completing the application, the student will receive the certificate and be recognized at the graduation ceremony. In order to earn a Certificate of Achievement all courses that apply to the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” in each course unless otherwise stated. A minimum of 12 units in residence at GWC is required, and 50 percent of the certificate program must be completed at GWC.

Certificate of Achievement – Transfer

The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) and the California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE Breadth) Certificates of Achievement are State approved and along with a Major or Area of Emphasis meet the requirement for an AA Degree with the purpose of preparing the student for transfer to a four-year institution. An application must be filed for graduation to be recognized at the graduation ceremony. A minimum of 12 units in residence at GWC is required.

Certificate of Specialization

This certificate focuses on the student gaining competency in a skill so that he/she can quickly move into the workplace. There is emphasis on updating or newly emerging technologies and the coursework for the Certificate of Specialization must be under 18 units. This certificate is not approved by the State and there is no acknowledgement of completion given at graduation, and is not recorded on a transcript. In order to earn a Certificate of Specialization all courses that apply to the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” in each course unless otherwise stated. Fifty percent of the certificate program must be completed at GWC.

Noncredit Certificates

Noncredit programs provide students access to higher education for skill attainment, college preparation, career enhancement, and personal enrichment. To earn a certificate in noncredit programs, students must complete the list of required courses identified in the program. Noncredit courses are offered free of charge, except for instructional materials fees, if applicable, and are repeatable. These courses are identified with course numbers ending in “N,” for example, G001N. Students taking only noncredit courses do not earn college credits, and are not eligible for financial aid. The following is a list of noncredit categories as defined in California Education Code Section 84757 and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 55151. 

  1. English as a Second Language 
  2. Immigrant 
  3. Elementary and Secondary Basic Skills 
  4. Health and Safety 
  5. Substantial Disabilities 
  6. Parenting 
  7. Home Economics 
  8. Courses for Older Adults 
  9. Short-term Vocational Programs 
  10. Workforce Preparation

Awards for Noncredit Programs

There are two types of Awards for noncredit programs: Certificate of Competency and Certificate of Completion. 

  1. Certificate of Competency: This award confirms that a student enrolled in a noncredit program has demonstrated achievement in a set of competencies that prepares students to progress in a career path or to undertake degree-applicable and non-degree applicable credit courses. 
  2. Certificate of Completion: This award confirms that a student has completed a noncredit program that prepares students to progress in a career path or to take degree-applicable courses. 
Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

(See website: www.goldenwestcollege.edu (opens new window) for most up-to-date information on AA Degree)

Associate Degree Requirements 

1. Completion of General Education Requirements by one of the following methods:

A. Completion of a minimum of 18 units as listed under Areas A through E on the following pages.

I. Satisfying the mathematics requirement for the AA degree via assessment/placement, high school coursework, or (see below) 

II. Completion of an Ethnic Studies/Diversity requirement. *Currently under review: See counselor for full list of courses that meet this requirement. 

B. Completion of a minimum of 39 units of CSU General Education Breadth requirements as listed on the following pages. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in CSU GE Breadth. 

C. Completion of a minimum of 34 (UC) or 37 (CSU) units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements as listed on the following pages. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in IGETC. 

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of either B or C will be specific to both the major or area of emphasis and the 4-year institution to which the student will transfer.

2. Completion of a Major or Area of Emphasis—a minimum of 18 units. See a GWC Counselor for appropriate classes. 

3. Completion of additional elective units to a total of 60 units. 

4. 2.0 Grade Point Average at GWC and 2.0 overall Grade Point Average for all colleges attended. 

5. At least 12 units completed at GWC. 

Mathematics Competency must be met by meeting one of the following: 

  1. Mathematics assessment / placement recommendation of Mathematics G100 (Liberal Arts Mathematics) or higher. 
  2. Completion of Intermediate Algebra in high school with a grade of “C” or better. 
  3. Completion of one college course in mathematics with a grade of “C” or better at the Math G030 / G040 level or higher. 
  4. Score of 3 or better on AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, Calculus BC, or score of 50 or better on CLEP College Algebra, College Algebra – Trigonometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, or Calculus exam. 

General Education Requirements Note:

One course may not be used to satisfy more than one general education requirement, however, the same course may be used to satisfy a general education and a major or area of emphasis requirement. Honor course credit limitation: Duplicate credit will not be awarded for both the honors and regular versions of a course.

AREA A:

Communication in the English Language and Critical Thinking

Completion of 3 units from each group.

Group 1: Courses in this area require students to develop the specific skills necessary to write clear, well-organized papers using documentation and research when appropriate.

Student Learning Outcome: Specialized Subject Knowledge (Majors) – Successful students will demonstrate a depth of knowledge, skills, and abilities in a particular major. (iSLO 1) Information competency skills – Successful students will determine the scope of information needs; locate and retrieve relevant information; organize, analyze, and evaluate information; and understand the ethical and legal issues surrounding information and information technology. (iSLO 4) Oral and written communication skills – Successful students will produce clear and well-organized communication appropriate to the intended audience, context, and goal of the communication. (iSLO 6)

Courses: English G100/G100H, or G103 with a grade of “C” or better.

Group 2: Courses in this area require students to demonstrate spoken communication, critical thinking skills of analysis, syntheses, and evaluation.

Under Review: SLO content for this category is currently under revision.

Student Learning Outcome: Specialized Subject Knowledge (Majors) – Successful students will demonstrate a depth of knowledge, skills, and abilities in a particular major. (iSLO 1) Analytic skills – Successful students will identify, evaluate, and apply a variety of methods to solve problems. (iSLO 3) Quantitative skills – Successful students will convert information into relevant symbolic and mathematical forms (e.g. equations, graphs, diagrams, tables), provide accurate explanations of information presented in mathematical forms, and successfully perform calculations and symbolic operations. (iSLO 5) (iSLO 3) Oral and written communication skills – Successful students will produce clear and well-organized communication appropriate to the intended audience, context, and goal of the communication. (iSLO 6)

Courses:

Business Communication G139

Communication Studies G100, G108, G110 or G110H, G112, G220

Computer Science G262

English G110 or G110H

Mathematics G030, G040, G080, G100, G103, G104, G115, G120, G140, G160, G170, G180, G185, G235, G280, G282, G285

Philosophy G115, G125

Psychology G130, G140

AREA B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms

Completion of 3 units.

Courses in this area require students to demonstrate a strong factual framework of knowledge about the natural world and be able to use critical thinking skills to build on that framework; incorporate new observations and use a variety of experimental and analytical techniques, as well as data collection and display methods, to construct this understanding.

Student Learning Outcome: Specialized Subject Knowledge (Majors) — Successful students will demonstrate a depth of knowledge, skills, and abilities in a particular major. (iSLO 1) Broad Knowledge — Successful students will demonstrate an understanding of the Core concepts and methods in the sciences, humanities, and arts. (iSLO 2)

Courses:

Anthropology G185, G185L

Astronomy G100, G100L

Biology G100 or G100H, G101, G104, G104L, G110, G120, G180, G182, G183, G186, G210, G220, G221, G225

Chemistry G110, G130, G180, G185, G220, G225

Geography G180, G180L Geology G105, G106, G110, G120

Physical Science G100

Physics G110, G111, G120, G185

Psychology G250

AREA C:

Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and Languages other than English

Completion of 3 units.

Courses in this area require students to demonstrate an ability to understand, evaluate, interpret, and appreciate human creations in philosophy, visual, performing and/or linguistic arts.

Student Learning Outcome: Specialized Subject Knowledge (Majors) – Successful students will demonstrate a depth of knowledge, skills, and abilities in a particular major. (iSLO 1) Broad Knowledge — Successful students will demonstrate an understanding of the Core concepts and methods in the sciences, humanities, and arts. (iSLO 2) Applied Learning — Successful students will demonstrate how theories and practices learned in academic settings can be applied and integrated into personal and professional pursuits. (iSLO 7)

Courses:

Art G100, G103, G104, G105 or G105H, G106 or G106H, G107, G109, G116, G118, G120, G121, G127, G130, G132, G140, G141, G142, G150, G152, G160, G250, G251

Chinese G180, G185, G280

Communication Studies G255

Dance G100, G101, G110, G120, G125

Economics G120

English G110 or G110H, G112, G114 or G114H, G143, G150, G155, G156, G160 or G160H, G161 or G161H, G181 or G181H, G270, G275, G280, G281

French G180, G185, G280, G285

History G110, G120, G121, G132, G135, G140, G150, G161, G162, G170, G175, G180, G185

Humanities G100 or G100H, G101, G102, G103, G104, G108, G110 or G110H, G120 or G120H, G122, G126, G132, G135, G139, G143

Journalism G180

Music G101 or G101H, G103, G104, G105, G106, G108, G109, G110, G115, G120, G121, G122, G126, G127, G128, G132, G139, G141, G142, G143, G145, G146, G147, G150, G165, G209, G261

Philosophy G100, G102, G110, G111, G120, G150

Photography G120, G158, G190

Political Science G150 Sign G180, G185, G200, G280, G285

Spanish G160, G165, G180, G185, G280 or G285

Theatre Arts G100, G102, G106, G108, G111, G112, G115, G119, G120, G125, G135, G146, G160, G161, G166, G174, G175, G176, G177, G178, G188, G210

Vietnamese G180, G185, G280, G285

AREA D:

Social, Political, and Economic Institutions

Completion of 3 units.

Courses in this area require students to demonstrate an ability to comprehend and evaluate cultural, social, political, and economic institutions from various perspectives. Student Learning Outcome: Specialized Subject Knowledge (Majors) – Successful students will demonstrate a depth of knowledge, skills, and abilities in a particular major. (iSLO 1) Broad Knowledge – Successful students will demonstrate an understanding of the Core concepts and methods in the sciences, humanities, and arts. (iSLO 2) Analytic skills – Successful students will identify, evaluate, and apply a variety of methods to solve problems. (iSLO 3) Information competency skills – Successful students will determine the scope of information needs; locate and retrieve relevant information; organize, analyze, and evaluate information; and understand the ethical and legal issues surrounding information and information technology. (iSLO 4) Oral and written communication skills – Successful students will produce clear and well-organized communication appropriate to the intended audience, context, and goal of the communication. (iSLO 6) Applied Learning – Successful students will demonstrate how theories and practices learned in academic settings can be applied and integrated into personal and professional pursuits. (iSLO 7)

Courses:

Anthropology G100, G130, G140, G150, G190, G200

Communication Studies G190, G225, G255, G265

Criminal Justice G123, G140, G141, G150

Digital Media G130

Economics G110, G120, G170, G175

Environmental Studies G100

Geography G100, G185

History G110, G120, G121, G132, G135, G140, G150, G161, G162, G170, G175, G180, G185

Journalism G180

Peace Studies G100, G110, G150, G225

Political Science G100, G101, G105, G110, G120 or G120H, G121 or G121H, G130, G180 or G180H, G185, G205

Psychology G100, G116, G118, G165, G255, G260

Sociology G100, G110, G111, G133, G134, G160, G185

AREA E:

Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development

Completion of 3 units from coursework below, or select another three units from Areas A – D above

Courses in this area require students to demonstrate an ability to self-assess progress and development in a specific area and to further design and pursue a course of action based on the self-assessment.

Student Learning Outcome: Specialized Subject Knowledge (Majors) – Successful students will demonstrate a depth of knowledge, skills, and abilities in a particular major. (iSLO 1) Applied Learning – Successful students will demonstrate how theories and practices learned in academic settings can be applied and integrated into personal and professional pursuits. (iSLO 7) Lifelong Learning – Successful students will demonstrate lifelong learning strategies that are based on on-going self-assessment, education, and acceptance of personal responsibility. (iSLO 8)

Courses:

Accounting G100

Automotive Technology G101

Business G101, G121, G158

College G100, G151

Communication Studies G255

Counseling G100, G103, G104, G110, G111, G199

Criminal Justice G107, G130

Dance: any course G100–G299

Ecology G100

Health Education G100, G107, G135

Kinesiology G100, G101, G110, G281

Marketing G157

Physical Education: any course G100–G299

Peace Studies G230

Psychology G110, G118, G165, G250

NOTES: Students must file a graduation petition with the Admissions and Records Office to obtain the degree.

These AA Degree Requirements apply to students entering Fall, 2018. Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2018 and who have maintained continuous attendance at Golden West College, have Catalog Rights and therefore have the option of completing their AA Degree under the former degree requirements.

All Golden West College courses numbered between G001-G299 are counted toward the 60 units required for the AA degree. The following coursework is not degree applicable (which includes basic skills, non-credit and remedial courses): All courses with an “N” at the end (designates Noncredit course); College G090; English G090, G095, G098, G099; ESL G031, G032, G033, G041, G042, G043, G051, G052, G053, G061, G062, G063, G071, G073; English Reading & Writing Center G001, G002, G003, G011, G012, G013, G014, G020, G021, G023, G024, G025, G030, G032, G034; ESL Writing Center G011, G025, G026, G044, G054, G056; Learning G005; Learning Skills G921, G922, G923, G927, G928; Mathematics G010

GWC Certificate of Achievement In CSU General Education Breadth

Certificate of Achievement is designed for students who intend to transfer to a California State University campus. Students who complete this certificate will meet all lower division general education requirements for CSU. Students must complete a minimum of nine additional upper division general education units after transfer. Courses on this list are approved for a specific academic year. A course can be used only if it is on the list when it is taken. Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of this list at the time of publication; however, additions or deletions sometimes occur during the year. Students are encouraged to see a GWC counselor and check the ASSIST website (www. assist.org) regularly for the most current information about approved courses. ASSIST is the official repository of course articulation for California’s public colleges and universities.

To receive this certificate, a minimum of 12 residency units must be completed at GWC.

Students must complete a minimum of 39 units of coursework from Areas A through E including the specific requirements listed for each Area. A grade of “C” or better is required for all courses in Area A, the mathematics course in Area B4 and at least 30 of the units completed in Areas A through E. Grades of “credit/pass” can be used if equivalent to a “C” grade. One course may not be used to satisfy more than one general education requirement.

Note: Honors course credit limitation Duplicate credit will not be awarded for both the honors and regular versions of a course. Credit will only be awarded for the first course completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Note: Students who are awarded this Certificate of Achievement must also request CSU GE Breadth certification at the Admissions and Records Office when sending their final transcript to the four-year school.

AREA A:

English Language Communication and Critical Thinking:

9 semester units (or 12 – 15 quarter units) – One course from each group below:

A 1: Oral Communication

Communication Studies G100, G110 (or G110H), G112

A 2: Written Communication 

English G100 (or G100H)

A 3: Critical Thinking

Communication Studies G220 

English G110 or G110H 

Philosophy G115, G125 

Psychology G130

AREA B:

Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning:

9 semester units (or 12 – 15 quarter units) – At least one course each from Group 1- 4. Lab courses are underscored.

B 1: Physical Science 

Astronomy G100, G100 + G100L 

Chemistry G110, G130, G180, G185, G220, G225 

Geography G180, G180L 

Geology G105, G106, G110, G120 

Physical Science G100 

Physics G110, G110 + G111, G120, G125, G185, G280, G285

B 2: Life Science 

Anthropology G185, G185 + G185L 

Biology G100, G101, G104, G104 + G104L, G110, G120, G180, G182, G183, G186, G210, G220, G221, G225 

Psychology G250

B 3: Laboratory Activity

One course in B1 or B2 must include a lab. Lab courses are underscored.

B 4: Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning 

Biology G260 

Computer Science G262 

Mathematics G100, G104, G115, G120, G140, G155, G160, G170, G180, G185, G235, G280, G282, G285 

Psychology G140

AREA C:

Arts and Humanities:

9 semester units (or 12 – 15 quarter units) – At least one course from each group.

C 1: Arts (Art, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater) 

Art G100, G103, G104, G105 or G105H, G106 or G106H, G107, G116, G121, G127, G130, G142, G150, G152 

Dance G101 

Humanities G100 or G100H, G101, G102, G103, G104, G108, G110 or G110H, G114, G120 or G120H, G122, G126, G132, G135, G139, G143 

Music G101 or G101H, G103, G104, G108, G110, G115, G126, G132, G139, G143, G145, G165 

Photography G120, G158 

Theater Arts G100, G102, G106, G108, G111, G112, G120, G175, G176, G177, G178, G210

C 2: Humanities (Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English) 

Anthropology G190 

Chinese G180, G185, G280 

Communication Studies G255 

Economics G120 

English G110, G112, G114 or G114H, G143, G150, G155, G160 (or G160H), G161 or G161H, G181 or G181H, G270, G275, G281 

French G180, G185, G280, G285, G290 

History G110, G120, G121, G132, G135, G140, G150, G161, G162, G170#, G175#, G180, G185 

Humanities G170 

Journalism G180 

Philosophy G100, G102, G110, G111, G120, G150 

Political Science G150 

Sign Language G180, G185, G200, G280, G285 

Spanish G160, G165, G180, G185, G200, G280, G285 

Vietnamese G180, G185, G280, G285, G290

AREA D:

Social Sciences:

9 semester units (or 12 – 15 quarter units) – With courses from at least two disciplines. 

Anthropology G100, G130, G140, G150, G190, G200

Communication Studies G190, G225 (same as PEAC G225), G255, G260, G265 

Criminal Justice G123, G140, G141 

Digital Media G130 

Economics G110, G120 (same as HIST G110), G170, G175 

Education G180 

Environmental Studies G100 

Geography G100, G185, G190 

History G110 (same as ECON G120), G120, G121, G132, G135, G140, G150, G161, G162, G170#, G175#, G180 G185 

Journalism G180 

Peace Studies G100, G110, G225 (same as COMM G225), G230 

Philosophy G150 (same as PSCI G150) 

Political Science G100, G101, G105, G110, G120 or G120H, G121 or G121H, G130, G150 (same as PHIL G150), G180# or G180H#, G185, G205 

Psychology G100, G116, G118, G165, G250, G255, G260, G280 

Sociology G100, G110, G111, G133, G134, G160, G185 

Spanish G200

AREA E:

Lifelong Learning and Self-Development:

3 semester units (or 4 – 5 quarter units) – No more than 1 unit of activity courses may be used to meet this requirement.

Non-Activity 

College G100 

Counseling G104 

Criminal Justice G107 

Ecology G100 

Health Education G100, G107, G135, G201 

Kinesiology G100, G101, G110 

Peace Studies G230 

Physical Education G103 and one course from the list of activity courses 

Psychology G110, G116, G118, G165

Activity 

Dance G100, G105, G106, G115, G119, G120, G125, G130, G135, G145, G150, G160, G200, G215, G230 

Physical Education G105, G106, G107, G108, G109, G111, G114, G130, G131, G132, G150, G158, G165, G166, G173, G176, G177, G178, G186, G189, G192, G195, G196, G210, G240, G244, G246, G248, G250, G252, G256, G258, G260, G272, G274, G275, G277, G278, G279, G283

# US History, Constitutions, and American Ideals (Not part of CSU GE Breadth. May be completed prior to transfer)

Transfer students are advised to complete History G170 or G175 and Political Science G180 (or G180H). Proficiency in these areas is required prior to graduation from the California State University system. These courses can also be counted for CSU GE Breadth.

Note: This list was current at the time of printing. See a GWC counselor for the most up-to-date transfer information.

GWC Certificate of Achievement in IGETC

This Certificate of Achievement in the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum is designed for students who intend to transfer to the University of California or the California State University, or who are unsure if they will transfer to UC or CSU. Students who complete this certificate will meet all lower division general education requirements for UC or CSU. Students transferring to CSU must complete a minimum of nine additional upper division general education units after transfer. The IGETC may not be appropriate for some programs or high-unit majors. Students should consult a GWC counselor to make sure this is their best option. Courses on this list are approved for a specific academic year. A course can be used only if it is on the list when it is taken. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list at the time of publication; however, additions or deletions sometimes occur during the year. Students are encouraged to see a GWC counselor and check the ASSIST website (www.assist.org) regularly for the most current information about approved general education courses. ASSIST is the official repository of course articulation for California’s public colleges and universities.

To receive this certificate, a minimum of 12 residency units must be completed at GWC.

A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses. Grades of “credit/pass” can be used if equivalent to a “C” grade. One course may not be used to satisfy more than one general education requirement.

Note: Honors course credit limitation – Duplicate credit will not be awarded for both the honors and regular versions of a course. Credit will only be awarded for the first course completed with a grade of “C” or better

Note: Students who are awarded this Certificate of Achievement must also request IGETC certification at the Admissions and Records Office when sending their final transcript to the four-year school.


Note: In the following list of courses: 

  • Underlined courses indicate labs. 
  • An asterisk (*) indicates UC Credit Limitation. See GWC counselor. 
  • A hash mark (#) indicates CSU US History, Constitution and American Ideals (See corresponding note following list.) 

AREA 1:

English Communication:

CSU: Complete all three groups. 10 semester units (or 15 quarter units). UC: Complete Group A and Group B. Two courses, 7 semester units (or 10 quarter units). Two 3 quarter unit sequential English courses can be used to satisfy Area 1A.

1 A: English Composition

English G100 or G100H

1 B: Critical Thinking-English Composition 

English G110 or G110H 

Philosophy G125 

Psychology G130

1 C: Oral Communication (CSU ONLY) 

Communication Studies G110 or G110H

AREA 2:

Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning:

One course, 3 – 5 semester units (or 4-5 quarter units). Two 3 quarter unit sequential Mathematics courses can be used to satisfy this area. 

Biology G260 

Computer Science G262 

Mathematics G100, G115*, G140*, G155, G160, G170*, G180*, G185, G235, G280, G282, G285

AREA 3:

Arts and Humanities:

Three courses, with at least one from Group A and one from Group B for a total of 9 semester units (or 12-15 quarter units).

3 A: Arts 

Art G100, G103, G104, G105 or G105H, G106 or G106H, G127 

Dance G101 

Humanities G100 or G100H, G102, G103, G104, G108, G110 or G110H, G120 or G120H, G122, G126, G132, G135, G139, G143, G170 

Music G101 or G101H, G103, G104, G108, G126, G139, G143, G165 

Photography G158 

Theater Arts G100, G102, G108, G111, G112

B: Humanities

Chinese G280 

Economics G120 

English G112, G114 or G114H, G143, G150, G155, G160 or G160H, G161 or G161H, G181 or G181H, G270, G275 

French G185, G280, G285, G290 

History G110, G120, G121, G132, G135, G140, G150, G161, G162, G170#, G175#, G180, G185 

Humanities G135 

Philosophy G100, G102, G110, G111, G120, G150 

Political Science G150 

Sign G185, G200 

Spanish G165, G185, G200, G280, G285 

Theater G102 

Vietnamese G185, G280, G285, G290

AREA 4:

Social and Behavioral Sciences:

Three courses, from at least two disciplines, for a total of 9 semester units (or 12-15 quarter units). 

Anthropology G100, G130, G140, G150, G190, G200 

Communication Studies G190, G255, G265 

Criminal Justice G123, G140 

Digital Media G130 

Economics G110, G120 (same as HIST G110), G170, G175 

Environmental Studies G100 

Geography G100, G185 

History G110 (same as ECON G120), G121, G132. G135, G140, G150, G180, G185 

Journalism G180 

Peace Studies G100, G110, G230, G150 

Philosophy G150 (same as PSCI G150) 

Political Science G100, G101, G105, G110, G120 or G120H, G130, G150 (same as PHIL G150), G180# or G180H#, G185, G205 

Psychology G100, G116, G118, G165, G250, G255, G260, G280 

Sociology G100 G110, G111, G133, G134, G160, G185

AREA 5:

Physical and Biological Sciences:

Two courses, with one from Group A and one from Group B, for a total of 7 – 9 semester units (or 9-12 quarter units). One of the courses must include a lab. Underlining designates courses with a laboratory component.

5 A: Physical Science 

Astronomy G100, G100 + G100L 

Chemistry G110*, G130*, G180*, G185, G220, G225 

Geography G180, G180L 

Geology G105*, G110*, G120 

Physical Science G100* 

Physics G110*, G110* + G111*, G120*, G125*, G185*, G280*, G285*

5 B: Biological Science 

Anthropology G185, G185L 

Biology G100*, G101, G104, G104 + G104L, G110, G120, G180*, G182, G183, G186, G210, G220*, G221*, G225 

Psychology G250

5 C: Laboratory 

At least one course from 5A or 5B must incorporate a laboratory component or take a corresponding lab course. Lab courses are underlined.

AREA 6:

Languages other than English (UC ONLY): 

A. Complete two years of high school coursework in a language other than English with grades of “C minus” or better (high school transcripts must be on file with Admissions & Records). 

An achievement test administered by a college or university (score: proficiency equivalent to at least two years of high school language). 

If an achievement test is not available, a faculty member at GWC or associated with a United States regionally accredited institution of higher education can verify a student’s competency.

Language other than English. “O” Level Exam with a grade of “C” or better or 

“A” Level Exam with a score of 5 or higher.

OR 

B. Complete a language other than English course numbered G180 or higher with a grade of “C” or better. Exceptions: Spanish G160 or G165 or Sign Language G180 or higher also meets this requirement. Spanish G200 does not meet this requirement. (One semester of college work in a language other than English is equivalent to two years of high school work).

OR 

C. Earn a satisfactory score on one of the following tests (results must be on file with Admissions & Records): 

1. SAT II Subject Test in languages other than English. (Before 5/95 – score: All 500. After 5/95 – Chinese: 520, French: 540, German: 510, Hebrew: 470, Italian: 520, Japanese: 510, Korean: 500, Latin: 530, Spanish: 520). 

College Board Advanced Placement Examination in a language other than English (score: 3 or better) 

International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examination in language other than English (score: 5 or better)

OR 

D. Complete with grades of “C” (2.0) or better, two years of formal schooling at the sixth grade level or higher in an institution where the language of instruction is not English (documentation must be on file with Admissions & Records).

OR 

E. Complete a Defense Language Institute course in a language other than English with a grade of “C” or better (documentation must be on file with Admissions and Records).

# CSU US History, Constitution and American Ideals (not part of IGETC: may be completed prior to transfer). Transfer students are advised to complete History G170 or G175 and Political Science G180 or G180H. Proficiency in these areas is required prior to graduation from the California State University system. These courses can also be counted for IGETC.

* UC Credit Limitation. See GWC counselor.

Note: This list was current at the time of printing. See a GWC counselor for the most up-to-date transfer information. 

Transfer Courses

Student Educational Plan

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should meet regularly with a counselor to develop and review their student educational plan (SEP). The plan will identify general education courses, major requirements, and electives. Keep in mind that transfer requirements differ from school to school and can change frequently. To view updated major prep, general education courses and other transfer information for the California public universities (CSU & UC) go to the ASSIST website at www.assist.org. The transfer requirements listed in this section and other transfer publications were updated at the time of publication and can change. Changes occurring after publication can be obtained through such sources as ASSIST or by meeting with a counselor. Students are also advised to visit the Transfer Center for the latest transfer information.

ASSIST

To get the most up-to-date major prep information go to ASSIST (www.assist.org). ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California. ASSIST does not take the place of a counselor on your campus. It is intended to help students and counselors work together to establish an appropriate path toward transferring from a public California community college to a public California university. Check ASSIST periodically for any changes regarding articulation. Check for new transferable courses, new general education courses, and new major preparation and transfer requirements.

Transferable Courses

Courses identified in this catalog as transferable to the University of California are acceptable at all UC campuses at least for elective credit. Likewise, courses identified as transferable to the California State University are acceptable at all CSU campuses, at least for elective credit. To determine if individual courses also satisfy particular major or general education requirements, students should consult a Golden West College counselor.

Transfer Majors

In order to earn a Bachelor’s Degree, students will need to select a subject area in which to specialize. This subject area is called a major. To see the majors available at the different UCs or CSUs, use the “Explore Majors” feature in ASSIST (www.assist.org), or visit the Transfer Center for assistance. Almost every major requires that certain courses be completed during the first and/or second year of college. These courses are identified as lower division major requirements.

Completing lower division major requirements at the community college is essential for upper-level coursework. Many upper division major requirements have prerequisites, and completion of the lower division coursework while at Golden West College will help you seamlessly transfer to the university, as well as make efficient progress toward your bachelor’s degree. Many selective campuses and majors will screen for completion of lower-division coursework for admission. Major requirements can be determined by meeting with a Counselor to develop a Student Educational Plan (SEP), completing an Associate Degree for Transfer, or by checking ASSIST.org. 

Associate Degrees for Transfer

California Community Colleges are now offering Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) 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 Golden West College Associate Degrees for Transfer and to find out which CSU campuses accept each degree, please go to: goldenwestcollege.edu/academics/ and http://calstate.edu/ transfer/adt-search/search.shtml

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.

A public website for students, parents, and high school teachers and counselors is located at: www.ADegreeWithAGuarantee.com. 

Articulation

Some majors require or recommend introductory or prerequisite courses, most of which are offered in community colleges. These major requirements are described in CSU and UC campus catalogs. Most campuses have articulation agreements with several community colleges specifying coursework taken at California Community Colleges that can satisfy lower division requirements for the major. Check the articulation agreement to be sure your courses will be accepted toward the degree at the campus you plan to attend. You can obtain articulation agreements for specific majors from your counselor, Transfer Center or on the Internet at www.assist.org. ASSIST provides access to the most current articulation agreements between UC, CSU and California Community Colleges. ASSIST includes information about credit for CSU GE Breadth requirements, IGETC requirements, major preparation and transferable course agreements. Articulation agreements are updated throughout the year, so check ASSIST periodically to ensure that you have the most current information about transfer credit.

Course Identification Numbering System (C-ID)

The Course Identification Numbering System (C-ID) is a statewide numbering system independent from the course numbers assigned by local California community colleges. A C-ID number next to a course signals that participating California colleges and universities have determined that courses offered by other California community colleges are comparable in content and scope to courses offered on their own campuses, regardless of their unique titles or local course number.

The C-ID numbering system is useful for students attending more than one community college and is applied to many of the transferable courses students need as preparation for transfer with an AA-T or AS-T degree. Students should always check with a counselor to determine how C-ID designated courses fit into their educational plans for transfer, because these course requirements may change and because courses may be modified and qualified for or deleted from the C-ID database.

Students may consult the ASSIST database at www.assist.org for specific information on C-ID course designations. Counselors can always help students interpret or explain this information. 

Course Requirements for Transfer

Golden West College offers the first two years of a transfer program. Students should consult a counselor for lower division major requirements. Major advisement information is available at the Transfer Center and the Counseling Center. The most current transfer information is also available via the internet at www.assist.org (ASSIST). The following types of classes should be completed if possible before students transfer.

  1. Lower division courses for the major. These should be completed in the freshman and sophomore years. They provide background and preparation so that students are ready to concentrate on the major beginning in the junior year. The major requirements for CSU and UC can be found in ASSIST (www.assist.org). 
  2. General education requirements. (Sometimes called “Breadth Requirements.”) These are the courses required of everyone to obtain a degree regardless of major. They are designed to provide students with a broad education. Students can choose to complete the Certificate of Achievement for the CSU GE Breadth or IGETC patterns to meet the general education requirements, or follow the GE pattern of the receiving institution. (Beginning in the academic year 2008 – 2009, students can earn a Certificate of Achievement for completing the CSU GE Breadth or IGETC patterns. The certificates are replacing previous GE patterns known as Option II or III. Students who have been following the Option II or III patterns previous to the 2008 – 2009 academic year have catalog rights as long as they have maintained continuous enrollment.)
    The CSU GE Breadth and IGETC patterns can partially meet the requirements for the AA degree. See the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog.
  3. Electives. These are courses of the students’ choice. After completing 1 and 2 above, the student may take “elective” courses to bring the total of all course work to 60 transferable units. 

While students are advised to complete all of their transfer requirements during their freshman and sophomore years, they may be completed at the four-year colleges in many instances. Exceptions to this will be found in the admission requirements for the particular college or university and/ or the major department. Please check with the Transfer Center for additional information.

Note: Four year colleges and universities often make changes in their requirements for majors and general education. Students are encouraged to meet regularly with a counselor to develop a Student Educational Plan (SEP) and keep updated on admission and major requirements. Students are also encouraged to visit the campuses they are considering for transfer.

Applying to four-year colleges and universities:

Both the California State University and University of California systems require students to file an application for admission online. The CSu application can be found at www.calstate.edu/apply and the UC application at www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply. Letters of recommendation are not required for the CSU or UC applications. Private/ Independent colleges may host the application on their own website, or use the Common Application. These campuses may require additional information including a resume, letters of recommendation, portfolio, or other materials. The Transfer Center holds application workshops for both the CSU and UC applications during the open filing periods each year. Additional assistance is available on a one-on-one basis for the Common Application, and CSU/ UC applications when needed. Please visit the Transfer Center on the 2nd floor of the Student Services Center for assistance with university applications. 

California State University Admission Requirements

Each campus accepts applications until capacities are reached. Most all campuses close after the priority filing period. Priority filing periods are posted in the Transfer Center. Impacted programs receive applications only during the initial application filing period. Admission information about campuses accepting applications is available at the Transfer Center or at CSU Apply (www.calstate.edu/apply). Be aware of timelines! Due to impaction at most campuses, many CSU campuses cease accepting applications for admission after the end of the initial application filing period.

ELIGIBILITY FOR TRANSFER

Upper Division Transfer Requirements: CSU requires a minimum of 60 transferrable units (90 quarter units) to apply for admission as an upper division transfer student. Most campuses will accept only upper division transfer students.

You can meet minimum admission eligibility if you have completed at least 60 transferable semester (90 quarter) units, have a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better in all transferable units attempted (nonresidents must have a grade point average of 2.4), and are in good standing at the last college or university attended. Prior to transfer, students will need to complete at least 30 semester units (45 quarter units) or courses equivalent to general education requirements with a grade of C or better. The 30 units must include all of the general education requirements in communication in the English language (English composition, oral communication, and critical thinking) and one course of at least 3 semester units in college-level mathematics. These four courses are commonly referred to as the “golden four.”

A maximum of 70 semester (105 quarter) units earned in a community college may be applied towards the bachelor’s degree. No upper division credit is granted for courses taken in a community college. You can visit the website for CSU Admissions at: http://www.csumentor.edu/.

Lower Division Transfer Requirements: a small number of transfer students enter as lower-division transfers. An applicant who completes less than 60 semester (90 quarter) units of college credit is considered a lower division transfer student. Transfer applicants with fewer than 60 semester or 90 quarter units must have a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better in all transferable units attempted, be in good standing at the last college or university attended, and qualify for admission as first-time freshmen. Please note that all campuses give admission priority to upper division transfer students. Most CSU campuses do not admit lower division transfers.

Impacted Campuses and Programs

Many majors, such as business administration, computer science and engineering, and nursing may be impacted at CSU campuses, i.e., more applications are received during the initial filing period than can be accommodated. In such cases, campuses use supplementary admissions criteria such as grade point average, required lower-division coursework or test scores to screen applications. Applications for admission to an impacted program must be filed during the initial admission application filing period of (October or November for the fall term, June for the winter quarter, or August for spring term). Applicants to an impacted program at one campus are encouraged to apply to an alternate campus that offers the same program but which is not impacted.

To be considered for impacted programs at two or more campuses, applications must be filed to each.

Information about screening criteria is available in the Trasnfer Center or Counseling Office. See the following CSU web site for information regarding impaction.

http://www.calstate.edu/sas/impactioninfo.shtml 

 

Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T)

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) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s 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 60 semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the AA-T or 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. For approved AA-T or AS-T majors please see a GWC counselor.

University of California Admission Requirements

Minimum admission requirements for transfer to the University of California are described below. The path you use depends on the degree to which you satisfied UC’s minimum eligibility requirements for freshmen at the time you graduated from high school.

Upper Division Transfer

In order to be eligible for admission to a UC campus as an upper division (Junior-level) transfer, you must complete the following: 

  1. Complete 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of transferable college credit with a grade point average of at least 2.4 (no more than 14 semester/21 quarter units may be taken Pass/No Pass), and; 
  2. Complete the following course pattern requirement, earning a grade of C or better in each course: two transferable college courses (3 semester or 4-5 quarter units each) in English composition, and; one transferable college course (3 semester or 4-5 quarter units) in mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning, and; four transferable college courses (3 semester or 4-5 quarter units each) chosen from at least two of the following subject areas: the arts and humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, and the physical and biological sciences. 

Lower Division Transfer

If you were eligible for admission to the University when you graduated from high school – meaning you satisfied the Subject, Scholarship and Examination requirements, or were identified by the University during your senior year in high school as eligible under the Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) program – you are eligible to transfer if you have a C (2.0) average in your transferable coursework. If you met the Scholarship Requirement but did not satisfy the Subject Requirement, you must take transferable college courses in the missing subjects, earning a C or better in each required course, and have an overall C average in all transferable coursework to be eligible to transfer.

Note: While all UC Campuses welcome a large pool of junior-level transfers, most admit only a limited number of lower division transfers. 

 

University of California General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)

The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is a series of courses prospective transfer students attending California Community Colleges may complete to satisfy the lower division breadth/general education requirements at both the University of California and the California State University.

Students have the option of completing the IGETC or the specific lower division breadth/general education requirements of the school or college for campus they plan to attend.

The IGETC is helpful to students who want to keep their options open – those who know they want to transfer but have not yet decided upon a particular campus. Certain students will not be well served by following the IGETC. Students with high unit majors, such as engineering or the physical and natural sciences, should concentrate on completing the prerequisites for the major that are used to determine eligibility for admission. Some majors will not accept IGETC in fulfillment of breadth requirements. Please check with a GWC Counselor, the Transfer Center, or ASSIST.org for use of IGETC in your chosen university major.

The IGETC is not an admission requirement for most majors. Completing it does not guarantee admission to the campus or program of choice. However, completing the lower division breadth/general education requirement – whether through the IGETC or the campus specific requirements – may improve a transfer applicant’s chances for admission to a competitive campus and/or program.

Partial IGETC Certification is allowed with a maximum of two courses missing and completed after transfer. Please make an appointment with a GWC counselor for more information

What Is Certification?

Courses taken at the community college may be used to satisfy general education requirements for graduation from the University of California (UC). However, these courses must be specifically identified and verified by the community college before they will be recognized by the UC campus. This process is called certification. Certification of IGETC completion is the responsibility of the last community college a student attends prior to transfer.

What Courses Can Be Certified?

Courses taken at any regionally accredited college or university may be certified by GWC. GWC students who complete all their general education courses at GWC can have those courses certified. Coursework from another California community college will be applied to the subject area in which it is listed by the institution where the work was completed. Also, only those courses can be certified which were on the college’s approved IGETC list at the time they were taken by the student. Students in the Coast Community College District who take courses at Golden West, Orange Coast and/or Coastline must make sure that the courses are in the areas in which they need to meet general education requirements. The General Education patterns from all three district colleges are different. Coursework from all other fully accredited colleges and universities will be placed in the area in which the subject is listed in the GWC pattern. Coursework completed at colleges and universities outside the U.S.A. (non-regionally accredited) are not acceptable except for certification of competence in a language other than English.

How Do I Get My Courses Certified? Students must request certification from the GWC Records Office when the request for sending their final transcript is made (Official Transcript Request Form). In order to complete the certification process, official transcripts of all colleges attended must be on file in the Records Office. If high school foreign language courses are being used to satisfy the UC Language Other Than English requirement (Area 6), official copies of high school transcripts must also be on file. If examinations, e.g., Advanced Placement, are used to meet IGETC requirements, official results must also be on file. 

Independent Colleges and Universities Admission Requirements

In addition to state supported colleges and universities in California, there are many independent institutions. Each of these institutions has its own unique requirements for admission. Many independent colleges and universities accept either CSUGE or IGETC in lieu of their own general education requirements. In order to determine eligibility, and use of CSUGE or IGETC, students should check the school catalog and consult with a GWC counselor. You can also visit the website for the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities: www.aiccu.edu/

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