A Degree With A Guarantee

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    The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act 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. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. 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 a university or college that is not part of the CSU system.  Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

    What does this mean to CMC students?

    • By following this degree pattern, you will complete the general education requirements for the CSU General Education Breadth Requirements.
    • You will be ready to apply to the CSU (California State University).
    • You will have completed the Major Preparatory Requirements for your degree program.

    Students who complete the requirements for an AA-T or AS-T are guaranteed:

    • Junior standing at the CSU
    • Priority admission consideration over all other transfer students when applying to a CSU Baccalaureate (BA/BS) degree program that has been deemed similar to the student’s community college area of emphasis.
    • The transfer associate degree student will only be required to complete 60 additional prescribed units to qualify for the similar BA/BS degree.


    The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:

    1. Completion of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
    2. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information.
    3. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better. A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for the courses in the major.
    4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

    Please Note: Course Substitutions MAY NOT be used for courses being used toward an AA-T or AS-T.  

    Copper Mountain College currently offers Associate Degrees for Transfer in the following Majors:

    Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T)

    • Anthropology
    • Art History
    • Communication Studies
    • Economics
    • English
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Social Science
    • Sociology
    • Studio Arts

    Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T)

    • Administration of Justice
    • Business Administration
    • Computer Science
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Mathematics

    Additional majors are being developed. Please see a counselor for more information.

    More information regarding Associate Degrees for Transfer can be found at the following websites:


    The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

    The California State University