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Degree and Transfer Programs

Updated 9/4/2012

Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) and
Associate in Science Degree for Transfer (AS-T) to CSU

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. 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 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.

The degree requires completion of:

  • A minimum of 60 CSU-transferable units (courses numbered 1-99)
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 Must be obtained in all CSU-transferable coursework completed at PCC and in comparable courses at other regionally accredited institutions. While a minimum 2.0 Is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA.
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an "AA-T" or "AS-T" major as detailed in the catalog catalog or addenda. 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 least 15 units of the required 60 units, must be completed at PCC. No more than 6 units may be transferred from another college if earned after the student's last enrollment at PCC.
  • Certified completion of the CSU General Education-Breadth, see page 90 or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), see page 89.

Transfer AA degree requirements:

Business Administration

This program provides an opportunity for students to earn an Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer while preparing to transfer as an upper division student to a four-year college or university.  For those students considering a career in business, a baccalaureate degree is necessary.  However, the attainment of an Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer will demonstrate commitment to the field and the student’s ability to complete an educational goal.  An Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer is awarded for satisfactory performance in major courses, as well as completion of general education and graduation requirements

In doing so, students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to transfer to an upper-division Business program at a California State University.  Given the uniqueness of each CSU campus, completion of the Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer will also prepare students for the various options under business administration such as; Business Law, Management, Accounting, Finance, and Marketing to name a few.  

The Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of coursework totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units. The degree requirements include the 27-29 major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional PCC graduation requirements)

Associate in Science in Business Administration Degree

REQUIRED COURSES (17 UNITS)

ACCTG 1A - FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING (4)

ACCTG 1B - MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING (4)

ECON 1A - PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS (3)

ECON 1B - PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS (3)

BUS 12A - BUSINESS LAW (3)

LIST A: SELECT 1 COURSE FROM BELOW (4 UNITS)

BUS 14B - MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS FOR BUSINESS – CALCULUS (4)

STAT 15 - STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS (4)

STAT 50 - ELEMENTARY STATISTICS (4)

MATH 22 - FINITE MATH (4)

LIST B: SELECT 2 COURSES FROM BELOW OR ANY COURSE FROM LIST A NOT ALREADY USED (5-8 UNITS)

 BIT 25 - SURVEY OF COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY IN BUSINESS (3)

CIS 1 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS (3)

CIS 10 - INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION SYSTEMS (5)

BUS 9 - INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS (3)

BUS 11A - BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS (3)

REQUIRED SUBTOTAL  ....................................................................................... 27 - 29

CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern................................................................. 39-41

CSU transferrable units to meet 60 unit maximum for degree  ....................................... 1 - 3

DEGREE TOTAL  .................................................................................................................. 60

 Student Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Demonstrate a productive working knowledge of the basic functions of a business enterprise, including:  accounting, entrepreneurship, economics, business law, finance, human resource management, ethics and marketing.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the communication process in a business and professional setting, including:  written, oral, non-verbal, electronic, and active listening.
Associate in Arts in English for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer Degree introduces students to a wide range of literary expression while grounding them in the core skills of writing, literary analysis, and critical thinking necessary for success as English majors at a transfer university.

English majors enroll in core classes in the methods of literary study and then take survey courses which expose them to a range of types and styles of literature. Students complete the program by choosing among English courses on genres, ethnic literature, special topics in literature, film, and creative writing. Aside from being well prepared to continue their studies, students who complete the Associate in Arts in English for Transfer Degree at PCC will be informed and skilled in ways which will help them negotiate their place in a changing world.

The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer Degree will be awarded upon completion of coursework totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional local graduation requirements.)

Associate in Arts in English for Transfer Degree  

REQUIRED CORE: 8 UNITS

ENGLISH 1B - READING AND COMPOSITION (4)

ENGLISH 1C - INTERMEDIATE COMPOSITION-CRITICAL THINKING AND ARGUMENT (4)

LIST A: SELECT ANY TWO COURSES (6 UNITS)

ENGLISH 30A - AMERICAN LITERATURE (3)

ENGLISH 30B - AMERICAN LITERATURE (3)

ENGLISH 30C - AMERICAN LITERATURE (3)

ENGLISH 46A - ENGLISH LITERATURE (3)

ENGLISH 46B - ENGLISH LITERATURE (3)

ENGLISH 44A - WORLD LITERATURE: ANTIQUITY TO 1500 (3)

ENGLISH 44B - WORLD LITERATURE: 1500 TO 1800 A.D. (3)

ENGLISH 44C - WORLD LITERATURE: 1800 TO MID-20TH CENTURY (3)

ENGLISH 53 - INTERPRETING POETRY (3)

ENGLISH 60 - MASTERPIECES OF DRAMA (3)

ENGLISH 61 - INTRODUCTION TO THE NOVEL (3)

LIST B: SELECT ONE COURSE FROM BELOW (3 UNITS)

ENGLISH 5A - CREATIVE WRITING (3)

ENGLISH 6 - SHORT STORY WRITING (3)

ENGLISH 8 - WRITING POETRY (3)

ENGLISH 9 - CREATIVE NONFICTION (3)

ENGLISH 47 - MEXICAN AND CHICANO LITERATURE (3)

ENGLISH 50 - AFRO-AMERICAN LITERATURE (3)

ENGLISH 52 - ASIAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE (3)

ENGLISH 78A - INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE (3)

ENGLISH 78B - INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE (3)

LIST C: SELECT ONE COURSE FROM BELOW (3 UNITS)

ENGLISH 5B - CREATIVE WRITING (3)

ENGLISH 7 - INSCAPE MAGAZINE PUBLICATION (3)

ENGLISH 24 - A LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION (3)

ENGLISH 25A - INTERPRETING MODERN LITERATURE (3)

ENGLISH 25C - WOMEN IN LITERATURE (3)

ENGLISH 25D - SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY (3)

ENGLISH 25E - LITERATURE OF HORROR GOTHIC NOVEL (3)

ENGLISH 25F - COMEDY AND LITERATURE (3)

ENGLISH 25G - MYSTERY AND CRIME FICTION (3)

ENGLISH 25H - AMERICAN JOURNEYS (3)

ENGLISH 25I - POST-COLONIAL LITERATURES (3)

ENGLISH 25J - UTOPIAN DYSTOPIAN LITERATURE (3)

ENGLISH 26 - INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE THEORY AND CRITICISM (3)

ENGLISH 34 - MAJOR NOVELIST (3)

ENGLISH 35 - MAJOR DRAMATIST (3)

ENGLISH 36 - MAJOR POET (3)

ENGLISH 37 - MAJOR CRITIC (3)

ENGLISH 45A - LITERATURE OF THE BIBLE (3)

ENGLISH 45B - LITERATURE OF THE BIBLE (3)

ENGLISH 48 - ASIAN LITERATURE (3)

ENGLISH 49A - FILM AS DRAMATIC LITERATURE (3)

ENGLISH 49B - FILM AS DRAMATIC LITERATURE (3)

ENGLISH 51 - NATIVE AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY AND LITERATURE (3)

ENGLISH 54 - CALIFORNIA LITERATURE (3)

ENGLISH 57 - MODERN DRAMA (3)

ENGLISH 59 - CHILDREN’S LITERATURE (3)

ENGLISH 82A - INTRODUCTION TO MYTHOLOGY (3)

ENGLISH 82B - INTRODUCTION TO MYTHOLOGY (3)

ENGLISH 82C - INTRODUCTION TO MYTHOLOGY (3)

REQUIRED SUBTOTAL  ............................................................................................. 20

CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern  ................................................................... 39-41

Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)

DEGREE TOTAL  ....................................................................................................... 60

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate sensitivity to and an analytical grasp of the nuances of literary language.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills, specifically in relation to poetry, drama, fiction, or other types of literature.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways that literature helps to illuminate the human condition.
  4. Demonstrate reading skills relevant to literary study.
  5. Demonstrate writing skills relevant to literary study.

Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer

The Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer provides a foundation in Physics necessary for continued training at the upper division level for Physics majors.  It also provides a foundation for majors in physical science, math, engineering and computer science.  It is a starting point for students who are preparing for careers in education, geoscience research, and government, where scientific and technical skills are in great demand.

The Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of coursework totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional PCC graduation requirements)

Associate in Science in Physics for Transfer Degree

REQUIRED COURSES (25 UNITS)

PHYS 1A - GENERAL PHYSICS (5)

PHYS 1B - GENERAL PHYSICS (5)

PHYS 1C - GENERAL PHYSICS (5)

MATH 5A - CALCULUS (5)

MATH 5B - CALCULUS (5)

REQUIRED SUBTOTAL  .................................................................................. 25

CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern  ............................................................ 39

DEGREE TOTAL  ............................................................................................ 60

Student Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Develop theories and solve problems using lower division - level knowledge of mechanics, heat, waves, optics, and electricity.
  2. Use common laboratory instruments to make measurements in mechanics, heat, waves, optics, and electricity.
  3. Clearly and succinctly report the result of experiments in a clear and technically correct manner.

 

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