Completing A Transfer Path

Each four-year college or university has its own admissions standards. In addition, each determines which courses will be accepted to satisfy general education, major or elective requirements. Furthermore, these requirements are subject to periodic changes. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university are encouraged to visit The University Transfer Center or meet with a counselor to discuss appropriate courses to complete at Crafton Hills College prior to transfer.

A student's freshman and sophomore years of a college or university program may be completed at Crafton Hills College. Transfer students can choose one of four systems:

In order to transfer to the college or university of their choice, it is necessary to meet the requirements outlined below.

General Education Requirements

Regardless of major, general education requirements are determined by the college or university the transfer student has chosen. Listed below are plans for transfer to the CSU and UC systems, as well as some information about transferring to a private or out-of-state institution.

California State University General Education (CSUGE) Breadth

This plan applies to all 23 CSU campuses. To receive full certification and not be held to additional courses at the university, students must complete at least 39 units of general education in specific areas. Areas A1, A2, A3 and B4 must be completed with a “C” or better grade prior to transfer. Partial certification is also available.  Please consult with a counselor.

The CSUGE Breadth for STEM is only approved for the Associate in Science in Chemistry for Transfer Degree and the Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer Degree. This pattern allows students to defer completion of one course from CSUGE Area C and one course from CSUGE Area D until after transfer. Students earning the AS-T in Chemistry or Biology with this pattern must complete the following before transfer:

  • All required courses in Areas A, B, E, and F
  • One (1) course in Area C1 - Arts
  • One (1) course in Area C2 - Humanities
  • One (1) course in Area D - Social Sciences

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Breadth

This plan applies to both the CSU and UC campuses. However, some schools and majors within the UC system do not accept the IGETC plan. Students in Engineering, Science, Math or other high-unit majors are advised not to use IGETC. See a counselor for more information. A minimum of 37 units of General Education with at least a “C” in each course is required to complete the IGETC breadth.

SIGETC, IGETC for STEM, is only approved for the Associate in Science in Chemistry for Transfer Degree and the Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer Degree.  This pattern allows students to defer completion of one (1) course from each IGETC Area 3, 4, and LOTE (Language Other Than English) for students who have not previously satisfied the requirement through proficiency until after transfer. Students earning the AS-T in Chemistry or Biology with this pattern must complete the following before transfer: 

  • All required courses in Areas 1, 2, and 5
  • One (1) course from Area 3A - Arts
  • One (1) course from Area 3B - Humanities
  • Two (2) courses in Area 4 - Social and Behavioral Sciences, from two different academic disciplines

SIGETC certification is only accepted by the UC if both the UC major program and campus applied to accepts partial IGETC certification.

Private or Out-of-State Colleges General Education Requirements

The University Transfer Center has collected exact transfer requirements for several Private and Out-of-State Colleges, including Loma Linda, Biola University, California Lutheran College, University of Redlands and the University of Southern California (USC). Some schools allow the use IGETC and/or the CSUGE to meet lower division general education requirements. Check with the University Transfer Center or a counselor for additional information.

Lower Division Courses for a Major

These are generally freshmen and sophomore level courses in your major to provide the background and preparation needed to enter a college or university at the junior level. Crafton Hills College has articulated lower division major requirements with CSU San Bernardino, UC Riverside and many other CSU and UC schools. This information is available at www.assist.org. See a counselor for assistance.

Electives

Electives are courses of choice that are taken to fill in the areas not covered by general education or major requirements. Students must take enough elective courses to meet the minimum number of units required for transfer. All CSU and UC campuses require a minimum of sixty (60) transferable units in order to be eligible to transfer as a junior. Private and Out-of-State schools vary widely regarding the number of units required for transfer.

Acceptable Grade Point Average

The CSU system requires a minimum 2.0 GPA, while the UC system requires a minimum 2.4 GPA to apply. Non-residents of California must have a minimum 2.8 GPA to apply to a UC. Many colleges, universities, and highly selective majors within some colleges expect higher grade point averages for admission. Private and Out-of-State schools vary regarding the minimum GPA admission for transfer.