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Transfer Studies--CSU GE 2019-2020


This Certificate of Achievement is for students who intend to transfer to the California State University system (CSU) or one of the many independent or out-of-state institutions that accept the CSU GE pattern. Students who complete the requirements for this Certificate of Achievement with a grade of "C" or better in each course will complete the lower division requirements for the CSU General Education/Breadth pattern as outlined and required by the California State University. Students should meet with a Foothill College counselor to determine whether the CSU GE/Breadth transfer pattern is the best option to meet their specific transfer goals.

The Certificate of Achievement will be noted on the student's transcript. To earn the Certificate of Achievement, students must complete the coursework outlined below. Courses on this list are approved for a specific academic year. Courses completed for this Certificate of Achievement must be on the approved list during the year in which they were taken. Please consult a counselor with any questions. For information regarding the year in which courses are approved, access

Units Required

  • Certificate(s): 52
CA = Certificate of Achievement.

Additional Information:

To be eligible to transfer to a CSU campus, students must complete at least 90 units of CSU transferable courses with a GPA of 2.0 or better. Completion of the California State University General Education/Breadth curriculum (CSU GE) requirements as outlined satisfies the requirements of the Certificate of Achievement in Transfer Studies--CSU GE. Completion of the CSU General Education/Breadth pattern is also required for students pursuing an Associate Degree for Transfer (A.A.-T and/or A.S.-T). In addition to completing the courses for the Certificate of Achievement, the student is responsible for completing major preparation and/or elective credits to complete the 90 quarter units required for admission for all CSU campuses. Students can use to review major preparation courses and are strongly advised to see a counselor for educational planning in order to achieve successful admission to the university of their choice.

NOTE: Some universities also require students to submit a formal CSU GE certification form which is available through the Foothill College Evaluations Office prior to transfer. University deadlines are generally immediately following spring quarter; therefore, students should request the certification the week prior to finals during their last term at Foothill College.

Certificate Requirements

Certificate of Achievement in Transfer Studies--CSU GE

Units: 52

AREA A: Communication in the English Language & Critical Thinking (minimum 12 units)
CSU admission requires completion of one course from each of the following areas: A1, A2 and A3.

A1. Oral Communication: COMM 1A, 1AH, 1B, 1BH, 2, 3, 4.
A2. Written Communication: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1B, 1BH, ENGL 1S & 1T (if 1S & 1T are selected to satisfy this area, both 1S & 1T must be completed).
A3. Critical Thinking: ENGL 1B, 1BH, 1C, 1CH; PHIL 1, 7, 30.

AREA B: Natural Sciences & Mathematics (12-15 units)
Complete one course from category B1, B2, and B4. One Physical or Biological Science must include a laboratory experience (noted with asterisk).

B1. Physical Science: ASTR 10A, 10B, 10BH, 10L*; CHEM 1A*, 1AH*, 1B*, 1BH*, 1C*, 9*, 12A, 12AL*, 12B, 12BL*, 12C, 12CL*, 13AH*, 13BH*, 13CH*, 20*, 25*, 30A*, 30B*; GEOG 1*, 20; PHYS 2A*, 2B*, 2C*, 4A*, 4B*, 4C*, 4D*, 6, 12; PSE 20*.
B2. Biological & Life Science: ANTH 1, 1H, 1HL*, 1L*, 13, 13L*; BIOL 1A*, 1B*, 1C*, 1D, 9, 9L*, 10*, 12, 13*, 14*, 15*, 40A*, 40B*, 40C*, 41*, 45; HORT 10*.
B4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning: (Completion of one course is required for CSU Admission) C S 18; MATH 1A, 1AH, 1B, 1BH, 1C, 1D, 2A, 2B, 10, 12, 17, 22, 42, 44, 48A, 48B, 48C; PSYC 7; SOC 7.

AREA C: Arts, Literature, Philosophy & Foreign Language (12-15 units)
Completion of a minimum of three courses, to include at least one course from Arts and one course from Humanities.

NOTE: Students who did not complete ENGL 1B or 1BH for Area A3 above must complete ENGL 1B or 1BH as one of the Area C courses. Courses may not be counted in more than one area.

C1. Arts (Art, Dance, Music, Theater): ART 1, 2A, 2AH, 2B, 2BH, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2J, 3, 4A, 6; DANC 10; ENGL 34C; MDIA 1, 1H, 2C, 3, 5, 6, 7; MUS 1, 2A, 2AH, 2B, 2BH, 2C, 2CH, 2D, 2F, 3A, 3B, 3C, 7, 7D, 7F, 8, 8H, 9A, 9B, 10, 11A, 11B, 11D, 11E; PHIL 11; PHOT 5, 8, 8H, 10, 10H, 11, 11H; THTR 1, 2A, 2B, 2F, 8, 12A, 20A, 26.

C2. Humanities (Literature, Philosophy, Foreign Languages): COMM 12; CRWR 6, 25A, 39A, 39B, 41A, 41B; ENGL 1B, 1BH, 5, 7, 8, 11, 11H, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18A, 22, 24, 31, 34C, 37, 38, 40, 41, 43A, 43AH, 43B, 43BH, 45A, 45AH, 45B, 45BH, 47A, 47AH, 47B, 47BH, 49; HIST 4A, 4B, 4C, 4CH; HUMN 1, 2, 3, 3H, 4, 4H, 5, 6, 7, 7H, 8, 9; JAPN 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; MDIA 2A, 2B, 11, 11H, 12; PHIL 2, 4, 8, 12, 20A, 20B, 24, 25; SPAN 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 25A, 25B; THTR 2A, 2B.

AREA D: Social, Political & Economic Institutions (12-15 units)
Two CSU graduation requirements: minimum of three courses.

Requirement 1: Three courses, selected from Area D and including at least two different subject areas;
Strongly Recommended: POLI 1 and either HIST 17A, 17B, 17C, or 17CH (This satisfies the F1 CSU American Institutions Requirement which is required of all CSU graduates).

D. ANTH 2A, 2AH, 2B, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12, 14, 15, 16L, 17L, 20, 22, 52; ART 2E; CHLD 1, 2, 8, 50A, 51A; COMM 10, 12; ECON 1A, 1B, 9, 9H, 25; EDUC 2; ENGL 12, 22, 31; GEOG 2, 5, 10; GLST 1, 2; HIST 3A, 3B, 3C, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4CH, 8, 9, 9H, 10, 17A, 17B, 17C, 17CH, 18, 19, 20; HLTH 20, 22, 23; JRNL 2; KINS 2, 10; MDIA 8A, 13; MUS 8, 8H, 11F; PHIL 24, 25; PHOT 8, 8H; POLI 1, 2, 2H, 3, 3H, 9, 9H, 15, 15H; PSYC 1, 1H, 4, 9, 10, 14, 21, 22, 25, 30, 33, 39, 40, 49; SOC 1, 1H, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 20, 23, 28, 30, 40; SOSC 20; SPED 1, 2; WMN 5, 11, 21.

AREA E: Lifelong Understanding & Self Development (4-5 units)
E. BIOL 8, 81; CNSL 52, 72; CRLP 7; DANC 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 4C, 5, 6, 7, 11A, 11B, 11C, 12A, 12B, 12C, 13A, 13B, 14, 18A, 18B (Note: DANC counts as PE Activity); HLTH 21, 23; any ATHL, PHDA, PHED, Activity course (limited to 2 units); KINS 4, 9, 15; SOC 19, 40; SPED 1, 2.

Note: Courses completed for this certificate of achievement must be on the approved list during the year in which they were taken. Consult a Foothill College counselor for clarification.

Control Information:
2019-2020 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2019-05-29 10:30:57 | Dept Code: CNSL

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