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General Education Breadth Requirements
For most students who transfer to the CSU, completing general education classes should be a priority along with pre-major coursework. The CSU provides California Community College transfers with two options for fulfilling CSU lower-division general education requirements: CSU General Education (GE) Breadth and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum. Please discuss with your college counselor which program is best for you.
Completion of all general education courses prior to transfer is the most efficient path to transfer. You can complete a maximum of 39 semester units of CSU GE Breadth before transferring to a CSU. Within either pattern, the highest-priority classes are the three courses in the English language - oral communications, English composition and critical thinking - along with a general education course in mathematics.
If you are pursuing a high-unit major such as engineering, some math-based fields, science, or other technical majors, you will need to work closely with a counselor and your advisor to plan which classes you should take for upper-division transfer. CSU campuses do allow high-unit majors to take fewer general education courses before transfer. Just remember, ultimately you will need to meet the general education requirements in order to graduate from CSU. So if you enroll at CSU with few general education units, completion of your baccalaureate program may take longer than expected. Good planning with your counselor is essential.
To prepare for upper division study in a chosen major, a transfer student must first choose a major, then decide which campus or campuses he or she is most interested in attending. Students can use ASSIST's Exploring Majors feature to find programs of study at all CSU campuses and link to campus websites, where they'll find descriptions and coursework requirements for each major. Students planning to attend or attending a community college can also use ASSIST to review transferable course information, investigating how community college coursework will apply when transferred to CSU.