General Education and Degree Requirement Worksheets

List of Associate Degrees for Transfer

The following information is regarding our Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) Degrees. 

California Community Colleges are now offering associate degrees for transfer to the CSU. These may include Associate in Arts (AA-T) or Associate in Science (AS-T) degrees. These degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. California Community College students who are awarded an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses.
Students who have been awarded an AA-T or AS-T are able to complete their remaining requirements for the 120-unit baccalaureate degree within 60 semester or 90 quarter units. To view the most current list of Associate Degrees for Transfer and to find out which CSU campuses accept each degree, please go to Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer”, a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T Degrees:
Note: The requirements may be followed throughout the course of study as long as students attend Cañada College/SMCCD at least one semester each academic calendar. If there is a break in attendance, students must meet the graduation requirements listed in the catalog of the academic year that they resume their studies. Please refer to the ADT requirements section of the catalog for more information on catalog rights. Per state legislation, no additional local graduation requirements can be imposed by the community college and, upon transfer, the student would be admitted to the CSU with junior standing.

Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree.

Legend                  C = Completed          IP = In-Progress         P = Planned
Graduating with an Associate Degree for Transfer in Arts (AA-T) or Associate Degree for Transfer in Sciences (AS-T) requires completion of 60 CSU Transferable units that should include the following: C  -  IP  -  P
Residence: A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Cañada College C  -  IP  -  P
Scholarship: A minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minumum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA for transfer. See a counselor for more information. C  -  IP  -  P

Major Courses: Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an “AA-T” or “AS-T” major as detailed in the Associate Degrees and Certificates section of the Cañada Catalog.
All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better or a “P” if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

At the time of this publication, a student may earn an AA-T/AS-T Degree in the following Programs:

Anthropology (AA-T)
Art History (AA-T)
Biology (AS-T)
Business Administration 2.0
Child and Adolescent Development (AA-T)
Communication Studies (AA-T)
Computer Science (AS-T)
Early Childhood Education (AS-T)
Economics (AA-T)
Elementary Teacher Education (AA-T)
English (AA-T)
Environmental Science (AS-T)
Geography (AA-T)
History (AA-T)
Kinesiology (AA-T)
Law, Public Policy and Society (AA-T)
Mathematics (AS-T)
Nutrition and Dietetics (AS-T)
Philosophy (AA-T)
Physics (AS-T)
Political Science (AA-T)
Psychology (AA-T)
Social Work and Human Services (AA-T)
Sociology (AA-T)
Spanish (AA-T)
Studio Arts (AA-T)
Theatre Arts (AA-T)

C  -  IP  -  P
General Education - certified completion of one of the following:
California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth), OR
Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern
Note: Although a course may be listed in more than one area, a student may use a course to satisfy only one subject area.
C  -  IP  -  P
Elective courses: If applicable, additional courses to meet the minimum 60 CSU transferable units requirement. C  -  IP  -  P

 Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s 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. More information about the SB1440 and Transfer Degree is available at: