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CHOOSING YOUR EDUCATIONAL GOAL
 

A Certificate Program is a vocational education curriculum for those students interested in enhancing their career skills in a specific field.  Students only focus on major courses without taking any general education classes.  In order to obtain a certificate, students are required to complete a minimum of 18 units or more depending on the major.  

An Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) is granted by community colleges after successfully completing major courses and general education courses.  Those students who are interested in obtaining an A.A. degree must complete a minimum of 60 units (18 units or more of major courses and 32 units of general education courses and any elective courses to make up for the 60 units) CCC Catalog Students can transfer to a four-year university while simultaneously completing their A.A. degree.  Those students who are interested in obtaining an A.A. degree and planning to transfer to a four-year university must consult with a counselor to determine the exact courses needed to be taken at a community college in order to satisfy requirements at the intended transfer institution.

An Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) is conferred by community colleges upon completion of major and general education courses.  Those students who are interested in pursuing an A.S. degree must complete a minimum of 60 units (18 units or more of major courses and 32 units of general education courses and any elective courses to make up for the 60 units) CCC Catalog An A.S. degree is similar to an A.A. degree, but the areas of concentration are usually in mathematics, natural sciences, or technology.  Students can transfer to a four-year university while simultaneously completing their A.S. degree.  Those students who are interested in obtaining an A.S. degree and planning to transfer to a four-year university must consult with a counselor to determine the exact courses needed to be taken at a community college in order to satisfy requirements at the intended transfer institution.

Transferring to a University of California (UC) or Private Universities:  Students who are interested in transferring without an A.A. or A.S. degree need to successfully complete their first two years of a four-year bachelor's degree at a community college then transfer to a UC or private colleges at the junior level.  Students who are interested in pursuing this path must complete the lower division general education requirements (IGETC) and lower division major courses before transferring ASSIST.ORG.  Some major programs do not require IGETC, so please consult with a counselor before taking courses.  You must complete a minimum of 60 transferable units and no more than 70 transferable units before transferring. There are seven UC campuses that offer guaranteed admission to California community college students who meets specific requirements.  If you are insterested in the Transfer Admision Guarantee (TAG) please consult with your counselor.

For further information regarding UC campuses, please refer to the UC Website

Transferring to a California State University (CSU): Students can transfer to any CSU without an A.A. or A.S. degree, but they must complete their first two years of a four-year bachelor’s degree at a community college then transfer at the junior level.  Students who are interested in the CSU path must complete the CSU lower division General Education requirements (CSU) and the required lower division major courses ASSIST.ORG before transferring. You must complete a minimum of 60 transferable units and no more than 70 transferable units before transferring. For further information regarding the CSU, please refer to the CSU Website.

 
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