IGETC Information

What is IGETC?

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is a series of courses that prospective transfer students attending California community colleges (CCC) may complete to satisfy the lower-division breadth/general education requirements at both the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU). Many independent/private and out-of- state colleges and universities will also accept the IGETC.

Students Who Are Eligible to Use the IGETC

The IGETC was developed by the Academic Senates of the CCC, UC and CSU for use by California Community College transfer students. A student may be IGETC certified if they have completed coursework at a California Community College(s) without regard to current enrollment status or number of units accrued at a CCC.

Students who enroll at a UC or CSU campus, then leave and attend a community college, and subsequently return to a different UC or CSU campus may use the IGETC.

Students Who Are NOT Eligible to Use the IGETC

Students who initially enroll at a UC campus, then leave and attend a community college, and subsequently return to the same campus are considered "readmits" by the UC. Such students cannot use the IGETC. CSU does not have a system-wide policy that addresses this issue. Questions regarding the use of IGETC for a student who has recently been enrolled at a CSU should be directed to the specific campus the student wishes to attend.

Which Type of Students Should Follow IGETC

IGETC is most helpful to students who want to keep their options open - specifically, those who know they want to transfer but haven't yet decided upon a particular institution, campus or major.

Which Type of Students Should NOT Follow IGETC

Students who intend to transfer into majors that require extensive lower-division preparation, such as engineering or the physical and natural sciences, should concentrate on completing the many prerequisites for the major that the college screens for to determine eligibility for admission.

Is Completion of the IGETC an Admission Requirement?

IGETC is not an admission requirement. Completing it does not guarantee admission to the campus or program of choice. However, completing the lower-division breadth/general education requirements - whether through IGETC or the campus-specific requirements - may be considered by the campus in selecting among qualified applicants. NOTE: UC Berkeley’s College of Letter and Sciences requires full completion of the IGETC pattern as selection criteria for admission into the College.

Minimum Grade Requirement

IGETC courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. A grade of credit or pass may be used if the community college's policy states that it is equivalent to a grade of C or better. It is important to note that some UC and CSU campuses have limitations on the number of pass/no pass courses that may be used to meet degree requirements. Please see your counselor.

NOTE: the UC system allows a maximum of 14 semester units graded on a "Pass/No Pass" (Credit/No Credit) basis of the 60 transferable units required for admission. In addition, some UC or CSU campuses may have limitations on Pass/No pass courses that may be used to meet degree requirements.

Minimum Unit Value

A course must have a minimum unit value of 3 semester or 4 quarter units to meet the requirements for IGETC. It is not acceptable to take three 1 unit courses to fulfill a 3 unit requirement because of the lack of depth or rigor.

Exception: 3-quarter unit Math and English courses that satisfy IGETC Area/s 1A or 2 may be applied if they are a part of a sequence, and at least two of the 3-quarter unit sequence courses have each been completed with "C" grade (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher. The course sequence must meet the rigor of IGETC.

CSU U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals Requirement

The CSU U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals graduation requirement is not part of IGETC. Courses used to satisfy this requirement may also be listed in IGETC Subject Areas 3B and/or 4. CSU campuses have the discretion whether to allow courses used to satisfy the CSU U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals graduation requirement to also count in Areas 3B/4.

Credit by External Exams

Advanced Placement (AP)

UC grants credit for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations on which a student scores 3 or higher. The UC also grants credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations on which a score of 5 or higher on Higher Level. An acceptable AP and IB score for IGETC equates to either 3 semester or 4 quarter units for IGETC certification purposes. To see how AP/IB credits are used for IGETC certification click here. 

There is no limit on the number of external exams that can be applied to IGETC and may be used regardless of when the exam was taken. However, students who have earned credit from an external exam (AP/IB) should not take a comparable college course because transfer credit will not be granted for both.

Coursework from Another California Community College

Coursework completed at another California Community College should be applied to the subject area in which it is listed by the institution where the work was completed. In addition, the course must have been IGETC approved in the area it was taken at the time it was taken. Approval dates can be verified by consulting the website Courses with an approval date of fall 1991 may be applied to the IGETC if completed prior to fall 1991. Courses approved after fall 1991 may only be applied if completed on or after the approval date.

Non-California Community College Courses

Appropriate non-CCC general education courses in the humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and natural sciences that are completed at United States regionally accredited institutions should be routinely included in IGETC. However, care should be taken to carefully scrutinize course outlines for content, prerequisites, texts, units, and IGETC Area Standards (See Section 10.0 for Standards).

Particular care should be taken when evaluating non-CCC courses to fulfill IGETC Area 1B, Critical Thinking and Composition. Few non-CCC second semester English Composition courses offer a course in Critical Thinking/English Composition. Guidelines to determine if a course is appropriate can be found in Section 10.1.2b.

Coursework from all Other United States Regionally Accredited Institutions

Coursework from all other United States regionally accredited institutions should be deemed by the CCC faculty in the discipline or their designee to be comparable to coursework on that community college’s approved IGETC course list before it is allowed to fulfill IGETC requirements. The course should then be used in the same subject areas as those for the community college completing the certification. Upper division work may also be used in limited circumstances. See IGETC standards 5.2.2 for criteria.

There is no limitation on the number of courses completed at other United States regionally accredited institutions that can be included in the IGETC certification.

Foreign Coursework

Foreign coursework may be applied to IGETC if the foreign institution has United States regional accreditation. All other foreign coursework cannot be applied to IGETC with the exception of Area 6, Language Other Than English (LOTE), these can be from non-United States institution. Students with a substantial amount of foreign coursework at a non-United States regionally accredited institution should be encouraged to follow the CSU or UC campus specific general education pattern.

Online/Distance Education/Telecourse

CCC Courses 

California Community Colleges may use online/distance education/telecourses for IGETC provided that the courses have been approved by the CSU and UC during the IGETC review process. Strictly online Oral Communication courses may not be used on IGETC Area 1C (CSU only). Hybrid-delivery courses may meet the area criteria - see IGETC standards 10.1.3a for criteria

Non-CCC Courses

Non-CCC Institutions online/distance education/telecourses may be used on IGETC. The same scrutiny should be applied when reviewing these courses as when reviewing other non-CCC courses. (See Section 5.2 of IGETC Standards for guidelines).

Area 1C: Oral Communication (CSU Only)

Strictly online Oral Communication courses may not be used on IGETC Area 1C (CSU Only). However, hybrid-delivery courses may meet the area criteria.

Certification of IGETC

Completion of the IGETC will permit a student to transfer from a California Community College to a California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) campus generally without the need, after transfer, to take additional lower-division, general education courses to satisfy campus general education requirements. It is strongly recommended that students complete IGETC prior to transfer.

Advantages of completing IGETC include more flexibility in class selection at the university and timely progress to degree completion. All UC and CSU campuses will accept the completed IGETC to satisfy all lower-division general education requirements. However, individual colleges or majors within a CSU or UC campus may not accept IGETC for meeting general education. A list of those UC colleges and majors is found on the following website: http://admission.universityofcalifornia. edu/counselors/files/transfer-admission-matrix.pdf. It is the student’s responsibility to request IGETC Certification in the Counseling Office.

NOTE: Students transferring to a CSU with a completed IGETC will still need to complete 9 semester units of upper division general education and may be held to other campus specific graduation requirements outside of general education and major coursework.

Partial Certification of IGETC

Students who do not complete IGETC before transferring will be required to satisfy the specific lower-division general education/ breadth requirements of the UC school they plan to attend. However, California community colleges (CCC) may grant partial certification of IGETC to students who are missing no more than two requirements. Students submitting partial IGETC certification should complete the missing requirements at either UC or a California community college as designated by their department. Students who have been granted partial IGETC certification should not return to the community college for a full certification.

NOTE: Deficiencies in IGETC Areas 1 and/or 2 may indicate a student does not meet minimum transfer admission requirements.

Who Certifies the IGETC?

Students who have completed coursework at more than one California Community College (CCC) should have their coursework certified by the last California Community College they attended for a regular term (fall or spring for semester schools; fall, winter, or spring for quarter schools) prior to transfer. If a student requests certification from a California Community College that is not the last school of attendance, it is at the discretion of that community college to certify. IGETC certification will be processed without regard to current enrollment status or number of units accrued at a particular CCC.

IGETC Considerations

If you have completed substantial coursework from institutions outside the United States, consult a counselor to determine whether you should complete IGETC or the lower-division breadth/general education requirements at the campus you plan to attend. In addition, some transfer students in some colleges or majors must follow a more prescribed lower-division curriculum than IGETC allows. These are described below, but be sure to check with a counselor, the college and/or visit the ASSIST website to obtain the most up-to-date information.

Berkeley: College of Letters and Science: Either IGETC or the college's requirements (Reading and Composition, Quantitative Reasoning, and Language Other than English) are acceptable. Colleges of Engineering and Chemistry: In general, IGETC is not appropriate. College of Natural Resources: IGETC is acceptable; however specific lower division major requirements must still be satisfied. College of Environmental Design: IGETC is acceptable with full certification to fulfill CED's breadth requirements. Partial certification will not complete the requirements. Haas School of Business: IGETC is not accepted.

Davis: All undergraduate colleges accept IGETC. However, Bachelor of Science degrees and high-unit majors often have many courses of lower-division preparation; in these cases, the IGETC is not recommended and the UC Davis general education pattern is the better choice.

Irvine: All schools accept IGETC. However, selection by the campus is based on demonstrated academic achievement and preparation for the intended major.

Los Angeles: All Schools accept IGETC except The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Merced: School of Engineering and School of Natural Sciences: IGETC is strongly discouraged but accepted as students are encouraged to focus on lower-division major preparation prior to transfer. School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts: IGETC is recommended and students are encouraged to complete as much lower-division major preparation as possible prior to transfer.

Riverside: College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; IGETC is recommended. College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences: IGETC is not accepted. The Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering: IGETC is acceptable; some additional coursework may be required after enrollment. School of Business Administration (SOBA): IGETC is required.

San Diego: John Muir, Earl Warren, Thurgood Marshall and Sixth Colleges: IGETC is acceptable. Eleanor Roosevelt and Revelle Colleges: IGETC is acceptable; however some additional coursework may be required after enrollment.

Santa Barbara: The College of Letters and Science and the College of Creative Studies: IGETC is acceptable. College of Engineering: students are encouraged to focus on major preparation rather than general education, but may use IGETC to substitute for most general education requirements. However, some additional coursework may be required after enrollment to complete the depth requirement if not satisfied during IGETC certification.

Santa Cruz: For majors in the physical and biological sciences or the Jack Baskin School of Engineering, IGETC is not recommended. Students should ensure completion of lower-division courses for their intended major, as indicated in the UCSC Catalog and on

Reference:; The IGETC Standards, Policies and Procedures 2014, Version 1.5;