Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)

2022-2023

University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) Requirements

This plan is a 34-46 unit, general education pattern which meets all lower-division general education requirements at most California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) campuses. It should be noted that completion of the IGETC is not a requirement for admission to a CSU or UC, nor will its completion guarantee admission to a CSU or UC campus.

The IGETC plan is not the only way to fulfill lower-division general education requirements. Depending on a student’s major or field of interest, the student may find it advantageous to fulfill the CSU’s general education requirements or those of the UC campus or college to which the student plans to transfer. Some colleges within the UC system will not accept IGETC, depending on the major. Students wishing to use a course to meet General Education Breadth or IGETC requirements must be sure that the course is approved for the academic year in which it was taken. It is strongly recommended that the student consult with a counselor to determine which general education pattern is the most appropriate for him/her.

The course requirements for all areas must be completed before the IGETC can be certified. Each course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

An acceptable score on an English Advanced Placement (AP) exam may be used to meet the English composition requirement but may not be used to meet the Critical Thinking English composition requirement.

IGETC for STEM

IGETC for STEM is only approved for the Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer Degree. This pattern allows students to defer completion of one course from IGETC Area 3, one course from IGETC Area 4, and one course in Area 6 (Language Other Than English/LOTE -- for students who have not previously satisfied LOTE through proficiency) until after transfer. Students earning the AS-T in Biology with this pattern must complete the following before transfer:

  • all required courses in Areas 1, 2, and 5,
  • one course from Area 3A, Arts,
  • one course from Area 3B, Humanities, and
  • two courses in Area 4, Social and Behavioral Sciences, from two different academic disciplines.

This certification is only accepted by the UC, if the UC major program or college accepts partial IGETC certification.  It is recommended that students consult with a counselor to determine which general education pattern is most appropriate for their individual educational goals .

AREA 1: ENGLISH COMMUNICATION
CSU: 3 courses required, one each from 1A, 1B and 1C.
1A: ENGLISH COMPOSITION
READING AND COMPOSITION FOR NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH OCCUPATIONS [FA14]
COLLEGE COMPOSITION: READING AND WRITING ANALYTICALLY
HONORS COLLEGE COMPOSITION: READING AND WRITING ANALYTICALLY [FA14]
COLLEGE COMPOSITION FOR MULTILINGUAL STUDENTS [FA21]
1B: CRITICAL THINKING - ENGLISH COMPOSITION
CRITICAL THINKING AND ARGUMENT
LOGIC AND CRITICAL THINKING
1C: ORAL COMMUNICATION (CSU ONLY)
ORAL COMMUNICATION [FA97]
PUBLIC SPEAKING [FA97]
ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE [FA18]
Note: If ENGL 116 or PHIL 103 were completed prior to fall 1993, both courses are required for IGETC certification. Beginning fall 1993, only one course is required.
AREA 2A: MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS AND QUANTITATIVE REASONING
A minimum of 3 units must be distributed as follows: One course.
BIOSTATISTICS [FA20]
COLLEGE ALGEBRA **
STATWAY II [FA15]**
FINITE MATHEMATICS [FA19, FA91-FA15]
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS **
CALCULUS FOR BUSINESS ANALYSIS **
APPLIED CALCULUS I **
APPLIED CALCULUS II **
PRE-CALCULUS WITH TRIGONOMETRY [SP07]**
ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I **
ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS II **
ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS III
INTRODUCTION TO DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS [FA98]
INTRODUCTION TO LINEAR ALGEBRA [FA98]
DISCRETE MATHEMATICS
DISCRETE STRUCTURES [FA15]
STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES **
STATISTICAL METHODS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES [FA22]+
Note: MATH 101, 115, 119, 120, 121, 122, 244, 250, 251 and PSYC/SOC 270 have transfer unit credits limited by either UC or CSU or both. Consult with a counselor for additional information. Refer to the UC Transferable Course Agreement in assist.org.
AREA 3: ARTS AND HUMANITIES
A minimum of 9 units must be distributed as follows: One course from 3A, one course from 3B and one more course from 3A and 3B.
3A: ARTS
INTRODUCTION TO ART
ARTS OF AFRICA, OCEANIA, AND INDIGENOUS NORTH AMERICAS [FA98]
ART AND CULTURE OF PRE-HISPANIC MEXICO [FA98]
ASIAN ART [FA98]
HISTORY OF FILM AS ART
WOMEN IN WESTERN ART HISTORY, 1550- PRESENT [FA98]
ART HISTORY SURVEY---STONE AGE TO THE AGES OF FAITH
ART HISTORY-RENAISSANCE TO CONTEMPORARY
HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY [FA03]
NINETEENTH THROUGH TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY ART
CINEMA AS A FORM OF EXPRESSION AND COMMUNICATION [FA22]+
DANCE HISTORY AND APPRECIATION [FA18]
CINEMA AS A FORM OF EXPRESSION AND COMMUNICATION [FA22] +
HISTORY OF FILM AS ART
WOMEN AND GENDER IN WORLD ART [FA13]
INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC
INTRODUCTION TO JAZZ
AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC
WORLD MUSIC [FA03]
DEVELOPMENT OF MARIACHI: STYLE AND CULTURE [FA03]
SURVEY OF DRAMA
INTRODUCTION TO THE THEATRE
PLAY ANALYSIS FOR PERFORMANCE, PRODUCTION, AND APPRECIATION [FA19]
3B: HUMANITIES
WORLD ARCHITECTURE I [FA18]
WORLD ARCHITECTURE II [FA18]
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE III *
DEAF CULTURE [FA19]*
MANDARIN CHINESE II *
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE
INTRODUCTION TO CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
WORLD LITERATURE I
WORLD LITERATURE II
ENGLISH LITERATURE I
ENGLISH LITERATURE II
AMERICAN LITERATURE I
AMERICAN LITERATURE II
TWENTIETH CENTURY LITERATURE [SP07]
INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE [FA03]
MYTHOLOGY IN LITERATURE
LITERATURE AND FILM [FA03]
MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE
LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE
CHICANO LITERATURE
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE [FA08, FA98-FA07]
LITERATURE OF THE U.S. - MEXICO BORDERLANDS AND BAJA CALIFORNIA [SP05]
LITERATURE BY WOMEN
HORROR, MADNESS, AND THE MACABRE [FA11]
ELEMENTARY FILIPINO II *
INTERMEDIATE FILIPINO I *
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I *
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II *
CULTURE AND THE MEDIA **
WESTERN CIVILIZATION I *
WESTERN CIVILIZATION II *
WORLD HISTORY I *
WORLD HISTORY II *
MODERN MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA [FA19]*
HUMANITIES THROUGH THE ARTS I
HUMANITIES THROUGH THE ARTS II
INTRODUCTION TO HUMANITIES: ARTS AND IDEAS
CULTURE AND THE MEDIA **
WOMEN AND GENDER IN WORLD CULTURE [FA13]
WORLD MYTHOLOGY [FA96]
INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN I *
INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN II [FA11]*
INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE I *
INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE II [FA11]*
MEXICAN AND MEXICAN-AMERICAN CULTURES IN THE UNITED STATES [FA18]*
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
WORLD RELIGIONS
ASIAN PHILOSOPHY [SP07]
ETHICS: THEORY AND PRACTICE
ELEMENTARY PORTUGUESE II *
MEXICAN AND MEXICAN-AMERICAN CULTURES IN THE UNITED STATES [FA18]*
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II * **
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I * **
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II *
SPANISH FOR BILINGUALS II * **
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE FOR BILINGUALS * **
INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATION AND WRITING ON SPANISH CULTURE
INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATION AND WRITING ON LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE
AREA 4: SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
A minimum of 9 units must be distributed as follows: three courses from at least two academic disciplines.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I *
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II *
INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE [SP07]
INTRODUCTION TO ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE [FA03]
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW [FA19]
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ARCHAEOLOGY AND PREHISTORY
CULTURES OF MEXICO
MAGIC, RELIGION, WITCHCRAFT, AND HEALING [FA22] +
ASIAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I
ASIAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II *
FILIPINO-AMERICAN HISTORY
FILIPINO-AMERICAN CULTURE
DEAF CULTURE [FA19]*
PRINCIPLES OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT [FA03]
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION [FA02]
INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY **
PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS I
PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS II
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY [FA14]
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY: CULTURAL ELEMENTS
AMERICAN CIVILIZATION I *
AMERICAN CIVILIZATION II *
WESTERN CIVILIZATION I *
WESTERN CIVILIZATION II *
WORLD HISTORY I *
WORLD HISTORY II *
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I *
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II *
ASIAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I
ASIAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II *
FILIPINO-AMERICAN HISTORY
COMPARATIVE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS I [FA98]*
COMPARATIVE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS II [FA98]*
WOMEN IN WORLD HISTORY [SP04]
MEXICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I *
MEXICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II *
MODERN MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA [FA19]*
CULTURAL ASPECTS OF FOOD AND NUTRITION [FA19]
INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH [FA19]
INTRODUCTION TO GENDER AND WOMEN'S STUDIES [FA13]
WOMEN AND GENDER IN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS [FA13]
INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY **
MEXICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I *
MEXICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II *
MEXICAN AND MEXICAN-AMERICAN CULTURES IN THE UNITED STATES [FA07]*
CRITICAL ISSUES IN CHICANA/LATINA STUDIES [FA22] +
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE *
INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS *
INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS [FA98]
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
HUMAN SEXUALITY
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DEATH AND DYING [FA19]
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY [SP07]
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY [FA98]
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY [FA98]
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
RACE AND ETHNICITY [FA13]
SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION [FA13]
CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL PROBLEMS
FILIPINO-AMERICAN CULTURE
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY **
SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER [FA22] +
MEXICAN AND MEXICAN-AMERICAN CULTURES IN THE UNITED STATES [FA07]*
INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE [SP07]
CRITICAL ISSUES IN CHICANA/LATINA STUDIES [FA22] +
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS [FA18]
AREA 5: PHYSICAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Two courses and a minimum of 7–9 semester units required, one course from 5A and one course from 5B. One must include a laboratory from 5C; the laboratory course must correspond to a lecture course in 5A or 5B (i.e. GEOG 100 and 101 or BIOL 100 and 101.) .
5A: PHYSICAL SCIENCE
PRINCIPLES OF ASTRONOMY
SOLAR SYSTEM ASTRONOMY [FA03]
DISCOVERY OF THE COSMOS [SP04]
THE RADICAL UNIVERSE [FA02]
LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE [FA03]
ELEMENTARY ASTROPHYSICS
BIOLOGY, OCEANOGRAPHY, AND GEOSCIENCE OF BAJA CALIFORNIA [FA22] " +
INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL CHEMISTRY ** *__
GENERAL, ORGANIC, AND BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY [FA19]*__
ELEMENTARY ORGANIC AND BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY ** *__
PREPARATION FOR GENERAL CHEMISTRY ** *__
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I *__
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II *__
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I *__
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II [FA15]__
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY *__
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY---PHYSICAL ELEMENTS
INTRODUCTION TO OCEANOGRAPHY **
WEATHER AND CLIMATE
GEOGRAPHY OF CALIFORNIA [FA14]
PRINCIPLES OF GEOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE [FA09]
INTRODUCTION TO OCEANOGRAPHY **
DINOSAURS AND THE STORY OF EARTH [FA14]
INTRODUCTION TO THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES [FA14]**
INTRODUCTION TO OCEANOGRAPHY **
FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS I [FA19]**
FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS II [FA19]**
COLLEGE PHYSICS I [SP04]**
COLLEGE PHYSICS II [SP04]**
COLLEGE PHYSICS III [SP04]**
PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS I **
PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS II **
PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS III **
5B: BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE
BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY **
ANIMAL BIOLOGY: A BEHAVIORAL APPROACH
ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY
ECOMUNDO: ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE [FA03]
NATURAL HISTORY OF PLANTS AND ANIMALS [FA19, FA91-FA07]* __
THE SCIENCE OF BREWING BEER [FA17] ^
MARINE BIOLOGY
HUMAN HEREDITY, EVOLUTION, AND SOCIETY
BIOLOGY OF ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS [SP04]
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY [FA03]* **__
GENERAL ZOOLOGY *__
INTRODUCTION TO CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY *__
BIOLOGY OF PLANTS *__
HUMAN ANATOMY ** *__
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY ** *__
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY * __
THE SCIENCE OF BREWING BEER [FA17] ^
5C: LABORATORY ACTIVITY
This requirement can be satisfied by completion of any of the following laboratory courses:
LABORATORY IN BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY [FA19]
ASTRONOMY LABORATORY
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY LABORATORY **
ANIMAL BIOLOGY LABORATORY
NATURAL HISTORY OF PLANTS AND ANIMALS [FA19, FA91-FA07]*__
INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENCE OF BREWING LAB [FA19] ^
MARINE BIOLOGY LABORATORY **
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY [FA03]** *__
GENERAL ZOOLOGY *__
INTRODUCTION TO CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY *__
BIOLOGY OF PLANTS *__
HUMAN ANATOMY ** *__
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY ** *__
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY *__
INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL CHEMISTRY ** *__
GENERAL, ORGANIC, AND BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY [FA19]*__
ELEMENTARY ORGANIC AND BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY ** *__
INTRODUCTION TO THE SCIENCE OF BREWING LAB [FA19] ^
PREPARATION FOR GENERAL CHEMISTRY ** *__
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I *__
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II *__
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I *__
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II [FA15]__
ORGANIC ANALYSIS AND SPECTROSCOPY [FA22]+
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY *__
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY LABORATORY **
GENERAL GEOLOGY LABORATORY **
DINOSAURS AND THE STORY OF EARTH LAB [FA14]
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL SCIENCE LABORATORY [FA19]
OCEANOGRAPHY LABORATORY **
FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS LABORATORY I [FA19]
FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS LABORATORY II [FA19]
COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I [SP04]
COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY II [SP04]
COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY III [SP04]
PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LABORATORY I
PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LABORATORY II [FA11]
MODERN PHYSICS AND PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LABORATORY III [FA11]
AREA 6: LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH (UC REQUIREMENT ONLY)
1. Proficiency equivalent to two years of high school study in the same language with a grade of “C” or better
2. Satisfactory completion, with “C” grades or better, of two years of formal schooling at the sixth grade level or higher in an institution where the language of instruction is not English. The appropriate documentation such as a letter from the ministry of education must be presented to the evaluation offce to substantiate that the required coursework was completed. High school transcripts are not acceptable unless they clearly state that the two years of instruction were done in the student’s native language other than English. Students who cannot provide such documentation should either pass one of the examinations or test listed below in 3 through 5, or satisfactorily complete an appropriate language course at Southwestern College, as outlined in 6 below.
3. Satisfactory score, 500 or higher, in the SAT II: Subjects Test in languages other than English. Consult the College Board for exact scores over 500 taken before May 1995 (use 1st score) and requirements after May 1995 (use 2nd score).
4. Satisfactory score, 3 or higher, in the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations in languages other than English.
5. Satisfactory score, 5 or higher, in the International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examinations in languages other than English.
6. Completion of one of the following courses or sequences of courses with a grade of “C” or better. The following courses (or higher-level course) at Southwestern College fulfill the requirement:
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I **
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE III *
MANDARIN CHINESE I **
MANDARIN CHINESE II *
ELEMENTARY FILIPINO I **
ELEMENTARY FILIPINO II *
INTERMEDIATE FILIPINO I *
ELEMENTARY FRENCH I **
ELEMENTARY FRENCH II
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I *
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II *
ELEMENTARY ITALIAN I **
ELEMENTARY ITALIAN II
INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN I *
INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN II [FA11]*
BEGINNING JAPANESE I **
INTRODUCTORY ELEMENTARY JAPANESE
and CONTINUATION OF ELEMENTARY JAPANESE ♦**
BEGINNING JAPANESE II
INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE I *
INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE II [FA11]*
ELEMENTARY PORTUGUESE I **
ELEMENTARY PORTUGUESE II *
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I **
INTRODUCTION TO ELEMENTARY SPANISH
and CONTINUATION OF ELEMENTARY SPANISH ♦**
HONORS ELEMENTARY SPANISH I [FA18]
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II * **
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I * **
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II *
SPANISH FOR BILINGUALS I **
SPANISH FOR BILINGUALS II * **
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE FOR BILINGUALS * **
AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS (CSU REQUIREMENT ONLY)
(U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals)
Courses in American Institutions (United States History, Constitution and American Ideals) are required for graduation by the CSU only. Students who plan to transfer to the CSU are encouraged to complete the requirement prior to transfer. This requirement can be satisfied by completing any combination of two classes that, when combined, fulfill US-1, US-2 and US-3.
NOTE: Courses used to meet this requirement may be used to satisfy requirements for IGETC in Area 4, Social and Behavioral Sciences.
US-1: American History
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I [FA04]*
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II [FA22]* +
AMERICAN CIVILIZATION I [FA04]*
AMERICAN CIVILIZATION II [FA04]*
MEXICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I [FA04]*
MEXICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II [FA04]*
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE [FA14]*
US-2: The U.S. Constitution
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I [FA11, FA04-FA08]*
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II [FA04-FA24]*
ASIAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II [FA04-FA24]*
AMERICAN CIVILIZATION I [FA04]*
COMPARATIVE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS I [FA04]*
COMPARATIVE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS II [FA12]*
MEXICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY I [FA04]*
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE [FA14]*
INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS [FA04]*
US-3: California State and Local Government
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II [FA04-FA24]*
ASIAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II [FA22]* +
AMERICAN CIVILIZATION II [FA04]*
COMPARATIVE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS II [FA04]*
MEXICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY II [FA04]*
INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS [FA04]*

NOTE: IGETC minimum required General Education units for transfer 

Area 1: English Communication (1C CSU Requirement Only)6-11
Area 2: Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning3
Area 3: Arts and Humanities9
Area 4: Social and Behavioral Sciences9
Area 5: Physical and Biological Sciences7-9
Area 6: Language Other Than English (UC Requirement Only)0-5
Total Units34-46

Please consult with a counselor for additional information.

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