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Degrees, Certificates & Transfer Planning

Associate In Arts And Associate In Science Degrees

Application Procedures

Associate in Arts 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 – (Filing Period)
Summer – (July 1 – August 1)
Fall – (September 1 – November 1)
Spring  – (February 1 – April 1)

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.

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:

All General Education requirements as specified by the current catalog shall be met.

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.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 for all units counted toward the degree.

A minimum of 12 units in residence at GWC.

Requirements for the 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 a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept 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 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 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.
Associate Degree

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 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 Outcome: 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.

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 Certificates of Achievement are State approved and along with a Major or Area of Emphasis meets 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. 50 percent of the certificate program must be completed at GWC.
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 21 units as listed under Areas A through E on the following pages.

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.

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 and practice spoken communication skills that are appropriate to the audience, context, and goal of the communication situation.

Student Learning Outcome: Specialized Subject Knowledge (Majors) – Successful students will demonstrate a depth of knowledge, skills, and abilities in a particular major. (iSLO 1) 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: Communication Studies G100, G108, G110 (or G110H), G112

Group 2: 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 (or G100H) with a grade of “C” or better.

Group 3: Courses in this area require students to demonstrate critical thinking skills of analysis, syntheses, and evaluation.

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) 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 G139, Communication Studies G220, English G110 (or G110H), or Philosophy G115, G125; Psychology G130

AREA B:

Physical Universe and Its Life Forms

Completion of 3 units in Group 1 and satisfy Group 2.

Group 1: 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 (or G100H); Physics G110, G111, G120, G185; Psychology G250

Group 2: Courses in this area require students to demonstrate the ability to perform basic computations and to successfully apply both critical thinking skills and problem-solving skills to practical problems using algebraic methodologies.

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)

Courses: Mathematics competency – Must satisfy one of the following:

A Mathematics competency test placement recommendation of Liberal Arts Mathematics (Math G100), or higher math course.

Completion of Intermediate Algebra in high school with a grade of “C” or better.

Completion of one college course in mathematics: G030, G100, G103, G104, G115, G120, G140, G155, G160, G170, G180, G185, G235, G280, G282, G285 or Computer Science G262 with a grade of “C” or better.

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, G125, G127, G130, G132, G140, G141, G142, G150, G152, G160, G250, G251; Chinese G180, G185, G280; Communication Studies G255; Dance G100, G101, G110, G120, G125; 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; Humanities G100 (or G100H), G101, G102, G103, G104, G108, G110 (or G110H), G120 (or G120H), G122, G126, G130, G132, G135, G139, G143; Journalism G180; Music G101 (or G101H), G103, G104, G105, G106, G108, G109, G110, G115, G120, G121, G122, G126, G127, G132, G139, G141, G142, G143, G145, G146, G147, G150, G165, G209, G210; G261 Philosophy G100, G102, G110, G111, G120, G150; Photography G120, G158, G190; Political Science G150; Portuguese G180; Sign G180, G185, G200, G280, G285; Spanish G160, G165, G180, G185 G280, G285; Theater Arts G100, G102, G106, G108, G111, G112, G115, G120, G125, G135, G146, G151, G160, G161, 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; Communication Studies G190, G225, G255; Criminal Justice G115, G123, G140, G141, G150; Digital Media G130; Economics G110, G120, G170, G175; Environmental Studies G100; Geography G100, G185, G195; History G110, G120, G121, G132, G135, G150, G161, G162, G170, G175, G180 (or G180H), G185 (or G185H); Journalism G180, Peace Studies G100, G110, G225; Political Science G100, G101, G105, G110, G121 (or G121H), G130, G180, G185, G205; Psychology G100, G116, G118, G165, G255, G260; Social Science G133, G134, G135, G136; Sociology G100 (or G100H), G110, G133, G134, G160, G185

AREA E:

Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development

Completion of 3 units.

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 life-long 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 G121, G158; College G100, G151; Communication Studies G255; Counseling G100, G103, G104, G110, G111, G199; Criminal Justice G107, G130; Dance G100, G105, G106, G112, G115, G120, G125, G130, G135, G136, G145, G150, G155, G160, G200, G215, G220, G225, G230, G235, G240, G245, G250, G260, Ecology G100; Health Education G100, G107, G112, G135; Kinesiology G100, G101, G110, G281; Marketing G157; Physical Education G103, G105, G108, G110, G111, G114, G130, G132, G137, G150, G158, G166, G167, G173, G176, G178, G180, G181, G186, G192, G195, G196, G210, G240, G244, G246, G250, G252, G256, G258, G260, G272, G273, G274, G275, G278, G287; 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, 2008 or later. Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2008 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 Courses numbered between G001-G299 are counted toward the 60 units required, except for the following which includes basic skills, non-credit and remedial courses: College G050, G090; Communication Studies G091; English G037, G042, G098, G099; ESL G011, G012, G013,G021, G022, G023, G031, G032, G033, G041, G043, G051, G052, G053, G061, G062, G063, G071, G073, G091; English Reading & Writing Center G001, G002, G003, G011, G012, G013, G014, G015, G020, G021, G022, G023, G024, G025, G030, G031, G032, G034, G035; ESL Writing Center G011, G025, G026, G044, G054, G056; Health Education G851, G852; Learning Skills G005, G921, G922, G927, G928; Mathematics G005, G008, G010; Nursing G091; Theater 821

GWC Certificate of Achievement In CSU General Education Breadth

This 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 9 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, 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.

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, 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

Computer Science G262; Mathematics G100, G103, G104, G115, G120, G140, G155, G160, G170, G180, G185, G235, G280, G282, G285

AREA C:

Arts and Humanities:

9 semester units (or 12 – 15 quarter units) – At least one course from each group. A maximum of three units of activity courses (identified by *) may be used toward satisfaction of Area C.

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*

Broadcast and Video Production G101

Dance G101, G165

Humanities G100 (or G100H), G101, G102, G103, G104, G108, G110 (or G110H), G114, G120 (or G120H), G122, G126, G132, G135, G139, G143, G165

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

C 2: Humanities (Literature, Philosophy, Foreign Language)

Chinese G180, G185, G280

Communication Studies G120, 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, G160, G161, G162, G170#, G175#, G180, G185

Humanities G170

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 in at least two disciplines.

D 0: Sociology and Criminology

Criminal Justice G115, G123, G140

Social Science G133

Sociology G100 (or G100H), G110, G133, G160, G185

D 1: Anthropology and Archeology

Anthropology G100, G130, G140, G150, G190

D 2: Economics

Economics G110, G120, G170, G175

History G110

D 3: Ethnic Studies

Communication Studies G255

Education G180

History G150, G161, G162

Social Science G133, G134, G136

Sociology G133, G134

Spanish G200

D 4: Gender Studies

History G121

D 5: Geography

Geography G100, G185, G190

D 6: History

Economics G120

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

D 7: Interdisciplinary Social/Behavioral Science

Digital Media G130

Communication Studies G190, G225, G260

Environmental Studies G100

History G120

Journalism G180

Peace Studies G100, G110, G225, G230

Political Science G105, G205

Psychology G280

D 8: Political Science, Government and Legal Institutions

Criminal Justice G141

Philosophy G150

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

D 9: Psychology

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

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, G106, G115, G120, G125, G130, G135, G145, G150, G160, G200, G215, G230

Physical Education G105, G106, G107, G108, G109, G111, G114, G130, G131, G132, G134, G136, G150, G158, G164, G165, G166, G173, G176, G177, G178, G186, G189, G192, G194, G195, G196, G210, G240, G244, G246, G248, G250, G252, G256, G258, G260, G264, G272, G274, G275, G277, G278, G279, G283, G285, G286, G287, G290, G298

# 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 9 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.

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)

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.

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), 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

3 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

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

Political Science G150

Social Science G135

Sign G185

Spanish G165, G185, G200, G280, G285

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).

4 A: Anthropology

Anthropology G100, G130, G140, G150

4 B: Economics

Economics G110, G120, G170, G175

History G110

4 C: Ethnic Studies

Social Science G133

Sociology G133

4 D: Gender Studies

History G121

4 E: Geography

Geography G100, G185

4 F: History

History G132. G135, G140, G150, G185

4 G: Interdisciplinary Studies

Communication Studies G190, G255

Digital Media G130

Environmental Studies G100

Journalism G180

Peace Studies G100, G110, G230

Social Science G134, G136

Sociology G134

4 H: Political Science

Philosophy G150

Political Science G100, G101, G110, G120 (or G120H), G130, G150, G180# (or G180H#), G185

4 I: Psychology

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

4 J: Sociology

Criminal Justice G123, G140

Sociology G100 (or G100H), G110, 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.

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, 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
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 (opens new window). 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 get a Bachelor’s Degree, students will need to select a subject area in which to specialize. This subject area is called a major. Almost every major requires that certain courses be completed during the first and/or second year of college. These are called lower division major requirements. Below is a list of majors in which the lower division major requirements have been identified. To see the majors available at the different UCs or CSUs, use the “Explore Majors” feature in ASSIST (http://www.assist.org).

It is advisable to regularly check for the up-to-date major prep and transfer information in ASSIST (http://www.assist.org).

Below is a partial list of majors in which the lower division major requirements have been identified. If students do not find the major they are interested in, they should contact a Golden West College counselor to help locate this information.

Anthropology

Art

Biology

Business Administration

Chemistry

Communications

Computer Science

Criminal Justice

Dance

Economics

Engineering

English

Environmental Studies

Film/Television

Foreign Language

Forestry

Geography

Geology

Graphic Design

History

Journalism

Liberal Studies

Mathematics

Microbiology

Music

Nursing

Nutrition and Dietetics

Peace Studies

Philosophy

Physical Education

Pre-Physical Therapy

Physics

Political Science

Pre-Chiropractic

Pre-Dentistry

Pre-Law

Pre-Medicine

Pre-Optometry

Pre-Pharmacy

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Psychology

Social Ecology

Social Welfare

Sociology

Teaching

Theater Arts

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: www.goldenwestcollege.edu/enrollment-center/graduation/ and calstate.edu/transfer/adt-search/search.shtml (opens new window)

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 (opens new window).

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 (opens new window). 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 (opens new window) for specific information on C-ID course designations. Counselors can always help student interpret or explain this information.

Course Requirements for Transfer

The freshman and sophomore years of a university program can be completed at Golden West College. 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 (opens new window).

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 most instances. Exceptions to this will be found in the admission requirements for the particular college or university and/or the major department.

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). Students should check ASSIST periodically for any changes.

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.

Apply Online

Both CSU and UC are requesting that all students apply online. The best way to apply to CSU is online at the CSU Mentor Website: www.csumentor.edu/ (opens new window) . Students can apply to UC online by going to the following website: admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/apply-online/ (opens new window) .

California State University Admission Requirements

Each campus accepts applications until capacities are reached. Some campuses close after the priority filing period. Priority filing periods are posted in the Transfer Center. Many campuses will close individual programs earlier. 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 Mentor (www.csumentor.org). Be aware of timelines. Due to budget cuts many CSU campuses may cease accepting applications for admission after the end of the initial application filing period. Also, many campuses may stop accepting applications earlier than in prior years.

Eligibility For Transfer

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.

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: www.csumentor.edu/ (opens new window).

Impacted Campuses and Programs

Some majors, such as business administration, computer science and engineering may be impacted at some 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 subjects 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 offering it may select as an alternate campus one that offers the same program but which is not impacted. In such cases, if the applicant is not accommodated in the impacted program at the first choice campus, the application may be redirected to an alternate campus that remains open in the same major.

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 Counseling Office. See the following CSU website for information regarding impaction. www.calstate.edu/sas/impactioninfo.shtml (opens new window)

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 a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept 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.
California State University General Education Requirements

As part of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree, all students must meet general education requirements. A minimum of 48 semester units is required for general education: 37-39 lower division and at least 9 upper division units. All of the lower division courses for general education may be completed at a California Community College before transferring to a CSU campus.

There are two general education patterns that California Community College students can complete:

1. The CSU GE Breadth Requirements is a lower division 39-unit pattern. Students must take specified courses in areas A-E (Certificate of Achievement for CSU GE Breadth).

Up to 39 lower-division general education units can be transferred from and certified by a California Community College. Students who are certified with 39 semester units of lower-division general education units will be required to complete a minimum of 9 semester units of upper division general education after transfer.

It is important that you request that your California Community College certify completion of California Community College coursework that meets CSU general education requirements. Certification means that CSU will accept these courses to meet the CSU GE Breadth areas designated by your California Community College.

2. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (Certificate of Achievement) is the other pattern that California Community College students can use to fulfill lower division general education requirements at any CSU or University of California campus. The IGETC requires completion of a minimum of 37 semester units of lower division course work with a C grade or better in each course. (C- is not allowed. GWC does not use + or – grade option. This applies to courses from other colleges.) If you complete all IGETC requirements and your courses are certified, you will be required to complete at least 9 semester units of upper division general education after transfer to a CSU campus. IGETC for the CSU requires that the student complete all of Area 1, including oral communication.

Because the IGETC is accepted by both CSU and the University of California, it is a good option if you are undecided about the school to which you will transfer.

You should consult with your counselor to determine which general education program is most appropriate for you.

You can visit the website for CSU Admissions at: www.csumentor.edu/ (opens new window) .

What Is Certification?

Courses taken at the community college may be used to satisfy general education requirements for graduation from CSU schools. However, such courses must be specifically identified and verified by the community college before they will be recognized by the CSU campus. This process is called certification.

Students must request certification from the GWC Records Office when the request for sending their final transcript to the CSU campus is made (Official Transcript Request Form). In order to complete the certification process, official transcripts from all colleges attended must be on file in the Records Office. If examinations, e.g. Advanced Placement, are used to meet IGETC requirements, official results must also be on file.

Students requesting certification must complete at least 12 units at GWC.

Students who complete all of the requirements of the CSU/GE or IGETC Certificate of Achievement are considered to be fully certified by the community college. (See the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum section for more information).

Note: Students transferring without certification of general education must complete the pattern of courses required of “native” students, as outlined in the catalog of the transfer campus.

What Courses Can Be Certified?

Courses taken at any regionally accredited college or university may be certified. GWC students who complete all their general education courses at GWC can have those courses certified. Courses taken at another California Community College must be applied to the subject area in which they are listed by the college at which they were taken. For example, if a Psychology 100 course is taken at Orange Coast College where it is listed in Area D, it will be certified in Area D. This is referred to as “pass-along”. Also, courses can only be certified if they were on the college’s CSU GE Breadth or IGETC approved 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 they need to meet general education requirements. The general education patterns for all three district colleges are different.

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.

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.

Upper Division Transfer

If you were not eligible for admission to the University when you graduated from high school because you did not meet the Scholarship Requirement, you must:

A. 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;

B. 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.

You can visit the website for UC admissions: admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/transfer/index.html (opens new window)

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.

The IGETC is not an admission requirement. 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. In order to determine eligibility, students should obtain a copy of the school catalog and consult with a GWC counselor. Many independent colleges and universities accept either CSUGE or IGETC in lieu of their own general education requirements. You can see a list of these colleges and universities at: secure.californiacolleges.edu/college_planning/california_state_university/Transfer_Admission_Requirements/Transfer_Admission_Requirements.aspx (opens new window)

Website for the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities: www.aiccu.edu/ (opens new window)

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