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Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum
The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is a general education pattern that fulfills all lower-division general education requirements at all California State University (CSU) campuses and most University of California (UC) campuses/majors. It is also accepted by some private/independent or out of state universities. IGETC is usually recommended for students who intend to transfer to a UC campus, or who are not yet sure of their intended transfer university. Completion of the IGETC pattern is not an admission requirement for transfer to most UC or CSU campuses, nor is it the only way to fulfill the lower division GE requirements of a UC or CSU campus prior to transfer. Please meet with a counselor and visit www.assist.org for the required major preparation coursework and grade point average.
This information is based on the 21-22 Mesa, City and Miramar catalogs. Consult the SDCCD district website for current catalogs and updates (including addenda and errata). Be advised some information can change with catalog updates during the year
Certification: General Education Certification is a legal agreement between the UC or CSU systems and the California Community Colleges that permits a student to transfer from a community college to a UC or CSU campus without the need to complete additional lower division general education courses to satisfy university GE requirements after transfer. Full or partial certification of IGETC is available. Please see a counselor for details.
IGETC may not be appropriate for some majors or schools at the UC. See the college catalog or the following website for details: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/transfer/general-education-igetc/igetc/igetc-campus-guidance/index.html
All Official Transcripts including College High School, AP, and IB test scores are required.
Advanced Placement Exams (AP) – acceptable scores of 3, 4, or 5 can be used to satisfy most of the courses in IGETC subject areas. Please see the college catalog and meet with a counselor for details. Please note, AP applicability listed on this sheet is for exams taken 2009 or later, consult the catalog for details on exams taken
International Baccalaureate Credit (IB) – some IB credit may be used to fulfill IGETC requirements. Please see the college catalog and meet with a counselor for details.
AREA 1 – ENGLISH COMMUNICATION (CSU only – one each from groups A, B, C) (UC only – two courses, one each from groups A and B). Minimum 3 semester units/4-5 quarter units for each group.
Group A - ENGLISH COMPOSITION:
Group B - CRITICAL THINKING-ENGLISH COMPOSITION:
Group C - ORAL COMMUNICATION – CSU requirement only:
AREA 2A – MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS AND QUANTITATIVE REASONING (1 course, 3 semester/4-5 quarter units)
AREA 3 – ARTS AND HUMANITIES (9 semester/12-15 quarter units). 3 courses with at least 1 from Arts and 1 from Humanities.
ARTS or HUMANITIES
AREA 4 – SOCIAL BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (9 semester/12-15 quarter units) 3 courses from at least 2 different disciplines listed below.
AREA 5 – PHYSICAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (7-9 semester/9-12 quarter units) 2-3 courses: 1 Physical Science Course (5A) and 1 Biological Science Course (5B). If a course in 5A or 5B does not include a lab, then 1 lab course from section 5C must be completed; lab course must match one of the two lecture courses taken from 5A or 5B.
AREA 6A – LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH (UC REQUIREMENT) Official documentation must be submitted. Completion of 2 years of the same foreign language in high school or high school level course work with a grade of “C” or better; OR AP, IB, SAT exams (see catalog for scores and other options); OR one of the college courses below with a “C” or better. Requirement met via:
CSU GRADUATION REQUIREMENT in U.S. History and American Institutions (not part of IGETC). Select any combination of courses that will cover US-1, US-2, and US-3 with a minimum of 6 units. Courses used to meet this requirement may also be used in Area 4 of this document with the approval of the CSU campus where a student is accepted. Students who have completed equivalent courses outside the State of California must complete one course from US-3. Not required for admission but recommended to complete.
New CSU GE ETHNIC STUDIES requirement: Minimum 3 units (4 quarter units). Beginning in Fall 2021 the CSU has added an Ethnic Studies requirement; CSU GE Area F. CHIC 110A* is the only course approved to satisfy this requirement at Mesa College. See the 2021-2022 CSU GE pattern and consult with a counselor for complete details. Students and counselors can reference the SDCCD district website for additional courses as the catalogs are updated; SD Mesa Transfer Center subpage: Resources for Students, Faculty and Staff and the Mesa Counseling Office Page: Downloadable Resources as CSU GE sheets will be updated when additional courses are approved.