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Transfer Studies--IGETC Website | Counseling and Student Services Division

Transfer Studies--IGETC 2019-2020


This Certificate of Achievement is for students who intend to transfer to either the University of California (UC) or to the California State University (CSU) or one of the many independent or out-of-state universities that accept the IGETC GE pattern. Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements for this Certificate of Achievement with a grade of "C" or better in each course will satisfy the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) thereby completing all lower division general education units required by both the CSU and UC. Students should meet with a Foothill College counselor to determine whether the IGETC is the best option to meet their specific transfer goals.

The Certificate of Achievement will be noted on the student's official transcript. To earn this certificate, students must complete the coursework as outlined below. 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): 48
CA = Certificate of Achievement.

Additional Information:

To be eligible to transfer to a UC campus, students must complete at least 90 units of UC transferable courses with a GPA of 2.4 or better. 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. Note: there are two differences between the IGETC requirements for CSU and UC. Students should follow the pattern of courses that meets their educational goals. Completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements as outlined satisfies the requirements of the Certificate of Achievement in Transfer Studies (IGETC). 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 UC and 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 IGETC 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--IGETC

Units: 48

Units required for certificate: Completion of a minimum of 48 units is required for this certificate.

AREA 1: English Communication (10-15 units)
For UC: Complete one course from Group A and one course from Group B.
For CSU: Complete one course from Group A, Group B and Group C.

Group A: English Composition: ENGL 1A or 1AH or 1S & 1T (if 1S & 1T are selected to satisfy this area, both 1S & 1T must be completed). (5 units)
Group B: Critical Thinking/English Composition: ENGL 1B, 1BH, 1C, 1CH; PHIL 1. (5 units)
Group C: Oral Communication (required for CSU only): COMM 1A, 1AH, 1B, 1BH, 2, 3, 4. (5 units)

AREA 2: Mathematical Concepts & Quantitative Reasoning (5 units)
Complete a minimum of one course.
C S 18; MATH 1A, 1AH, 1B, 1BH, 1C, 1D, 2A, 2B, 10, 12, 17, 22, 44, 48C; PSYC 7; SOC 7.

AREA 3: Arts & Humanities (12-15 units)
Complete at least three courses: one course from Arts and one course from Humanities, plus one additional course from either Arts or Humanities.

Arts: ART 1, 2A, 2AH, 2B, 2BH, 2C, 2E, 2F, 2J, 3; DANC 10; ENGL 34C; MDIA 1, 1H, 2A, 2B, 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, 26.

Humanities: CRWR 25A; ENGL 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 3A, 3B, 3C, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4CH; HUMN 1, 2, 3, 3H, 4, 4H, 5, 6, 7, 7H, 8, 9; JAPN 4, 5, 6; MDIA 11, 11H, 12; PHIL 2, 4, 8, 12, 20A, 20B, 24, 25; SPAN 4, 5, 6, 25A, 25B; THTR 2A, 2B.

AREA 4: Social & Behavioral Sciences (12-15 units)
Complete at least three courses from two different subjects.

ANTH 2A, 2AH, 2B, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12, 14, 15, 20, 22; ART 2E; CHLD 1, 2, 8; COMM 10, 12; ECON 1A, 1B, 9, 9H, 25; EDUC 2; 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; JRNL 2; KINS 2, 10; MDIA 8A, 13; MUS 11F; 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.

NOTE: American Institutions CSU Graduation Requirement:
For graduation from CSU, students must complete two courses in American history. The following Foothill courses may be used to satisfy this requirement. Students may complete these courses in partial fulfillment of Area 4 AND satisfy the American Institutions requirement. Students should complete POLI 1 and one of the following: HIST 17A, 17B, 17C, 17CH.

AREA 5: Physical & Biological Sciences (9-12 units)
Complete at least two courses: one Physical Science course and one Biological Science course; at least one must include a laboratory (noted with asterisk*). NOTE: Either UC or CSU may limit credit (please see a Foothill College Counselor for clarification).

Physical Sciences: 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*.

Biological Sciences: 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*.

AREA 6: Language Other Than English (UC requirement only)
Proficiency equivalent to two years of high school study in the same language with a grade of "C" or better or completion of one of the following courses. If Foothill College courses are not used to satisfy this requirement, students must provide official documentation of completion elsewhere:
JAPN 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; SPAN 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

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 10:41:07 | Dept Code: CNSL

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