Requirements for the Associate Degree for Transfer
The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer”, a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) 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). (BP 4100)
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.
At the time of catalog publication, a student may earn an Associate Degree for Transfer in Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Business Administration, Child and Adolescents Development, Communication Studies, Early Childhood Education, Economics, Elementary Teacher Education, English, Environmental Studies, Film, Television, and Electronic Media, Geography, Geology, Global Studies, History, Hospitality Management, Journalism, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Music, Nutrition and Dietetics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Studio Arts and Theatre Arts.
Additional majors are being developed. Please see a counselor and www.saddleback.edu/articulation for more information.
The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:
- Minimum of 60 transferable semester units.
- 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.
- Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an “AA-T” or “AS-T” major as detailed in the Certificate and Degree section of the catalog. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better or a “P” (pass) designation. Note: A letter grade is preferred by transfer institutions.
- Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.