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Requirements for the AA-T or AS-T

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 California community colleges. 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 guaranteed 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.

To view the most current list of Allan Hancock College Associate Degrees for Transfer and to find out which CSU campuses accept each degree, please go to www.adegreewithaguarantee.com. Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.


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

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  2. 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. Please consult with a counselor for more information.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an “AA-T” or “AS-T” major as detailed in the Degrees & Certificates section of this catalog. A minimum of 25 percent of the units required in the major must be completed at Allan Hancock College. 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 (Title 5 § 55063).
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern for CSU (see the Transfer Information section of this catalog for more information).

CSU GE NOTE: No course may be counted in more than one area. CSU GE transfer applicants must complete a minimum of 30 semester units including Area A and B4 on this pattern with a grade of C or better in each course (C- is not acceptable). Since there are a total of 39 units of CSU lower-division GE required for certification, the remaining 9 units may be taken for a passing grade (D- or better). IGETC NOTE: Students completing an AA-T or AS-T, following the IGETC pattern, and transferring to CSU, must complete an IGETC Area 1C Oral Communication course.

Students completing an AA-T or AS-T, following the IGETC pattern, and transferring to a UC, California Independent, or out-of- state university don’t have to complete an IGETC Area 1C Oral Communication course. All IGETC courses must be completed with a grade of C or better (C- is not acceptable).