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July 25, 2011

New degree programs at Gavilan College will simplify transfer

GAVILAN COLLEGE, CA -- Thanks to a new category of degree programs -- A.A.-T, and A.S.-T, students wishing to transfer from community college to California State University will  have an option that makes the process a lot simpler, and can save students both time and money. The first of the new Gavilan College associates's degrees are in Communications Studies and Administration of Justice. More transfer degrees are being developed.

Upon completion of these degrees, students will be guaranteed admission to a California State University (CSU) campus. These newly established degrees are designed for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. (Students intending to transfer to a specific CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.)

Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the A.A.-T or A.S.-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).

Students planning to complete any A.A.-T or A.S.-T degree will be required to:.

•   Complete a minimum of 60 CSU-transferable units at the community college.

•   Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework.    (While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Students should consult with a counselor for more information.)

•   Complete a minimum of 18 semester units in an “A.A.-T” or “A.S.-T” major as detailed in the college catalog. Each course 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).

•   Be certified as having completed the California State University-General Education- Breadth pattern (CSU- GE Breadth) ; OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

•  Students should note that no more than 60 units are required for this degree and that no additional requirements will be imposed by Gavilan College.  (However, no remedial or non-collegiate level course work will be counted in the total units for this degree.)

The new degrees were created in response to a 2010 statewide initiative, Senate Bill 1440, the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act. Prior to the create of SB 1440 transfer pathway, many students found that they were being required to repeat courses they had completed at the community college at the university to which they transferred. The new transfer pathway will make it easier for students to plan their education, avoid duplication, and achieve their goals in a shorter period of time.

Students considering a transfer degree should meet with a counselor to create an Educational Plan in the fall. To make an appointment, call (408) 848-4723. New students must submit an application, take an assessment test , and complete orientation prior to a counseling appointment. Application and registration information is available at


Last modified: August 17, 2011
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