General Education Requirement
General Education Patterns: For all associate degrees, it is important to maintain the philosophy that the associate degree represents more than an accumulation of units. Instead, it embodies completion of a well-defined pattern of learning experiences that are designed to develop certain capabilities. Title 5 describes the completion of general education as a learning experience that demonstrates:
“the ability to think and to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing; to use mathematics; to understand the modes of inquiry of the major disciplines; to be aware of other cultures and times; to achieve insights gained through experience in thinking about ethical problems; and to develop the capacity for self-understanding.”
Listed below are links to the General Education Patterns: Copper Mountain College (CMC) non-transfer degrees, and two patterns for transfer degrees – California State University (CSU) and Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
Associate Degrees with a Guarantee Transfer to CSU
Earning an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) makes it easy to transfer from a California community college into the CSU system. The new joint transfer program from the California Community Colleges and the California State Universities makes it easier for students to transfer between the two school systems. For the first time in California history, community college students who complete an ADT will be guaranteed admission to the California State University (CSU) system. The guarantee itself means that students who earn an ADT and meet the CSU minimum eligibility requirements are guaranteed admission to a CSU, but not necessarily to a particular campus or major. With the ADT, you may be given a GPA bump when applying to an impacted campus outside your local area or an impacted major that is deemed similar. Transfer students enter the CSU system with junior standing. If you are admitted to a program deemed similar to your ADT, you will only need to complete 60 additional semester units (or 90 quarter units) to earn a bachelor’s degree and will not be required to repeat courses that are similar to those completed at the community college as part of your associate degree. For more information go to: www.adegreewithaguarantee.com For more information about SB 1440: The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (STAR), Please click HERE.
If you are working on an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) at your community college with the goal of applying to CSU as well as UC, there’s a lot of overlap in coursework. The three core courses for the UC Transfer Pathway and the ADT are the same. Additional courses required for CSU may be eligible for UC credit at some campuses. Check ASSIST for details. Also check the University of California Admissions Transfer Pathways.
For information on how CMC grants credit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccaulaureate (IB) exams, High School, and Regional Occupational Program (ROP), please see your CMC counselor.