A.A.-T and A.S.-T Degree General Information

California Community Colleges now offer associate degrees for transfer, designed to provide students a clear pathway to a baccalaureate degree at California State University. The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440), now codified in California Education Code sections 664746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an Associate in Arts for transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degree. These degrees are intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students who are awarded an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing at an institution in the CSU system; given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major; and will be required to complete no more than 60 semester or 90 quarter units to earn a baccalaureate 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 counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

The following are required for all AA-T and 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. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units with a “C” or better in all courses required as a part of a AA-T or AS-T major as identified by the college catalog. (Title 5-55063)
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern general education requirements. (See pages to follow in the catalog for more information.)