About General Education
Bachelor Degrees and Associate Degrees are comprised of two main components: general education (GE) requirements and major requirements. General education coursework include courses in subject areas such as English, Mathematics, Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Physical and Biological Sciences.
GE Options for Transfer
California State University General Education-Breadth (CSUGE)
The California State University General Education-Breadth (CSUGE) program allows transfer students to fulfill lower-division GE requirements for any CSU campus prior to transfer. The CSUGE curriculum may be a good option for students who know they want to transfer to CSU but don't know which campus they will attend, or if students know which campus they will attend but don't know which major they will pursue. Completion of CSUGE is not required for transfer.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The requirements for CSUGE Certification by DAC differ from the requirements identified by the CSU and from information published on www.assist.org. In order to qualify for CSUGE certification at DAC, students must complete the CSUGE requirements as stated in the DAC Catalog.
Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is a series of courses that prospective transfer students may use to satisfy the lower-division general education breadth requirements for both the CSU and the UC. IGETC may be a good option for students who are not sure if they want to transfer to a CSU or UC campus. Completion of IGETC is not required for transfer.
GE for the Associate Degree
Students planning to earn an Associate in Arts (A.A.) or Associate in Science (A.S.) degree from DAC must complete the GE/Breadth for A.A./A.S. degree requirements.
Transfer to CSU
In addition to preparing students for specific professional and occupational goals, another purpose of a baccalaureate degree from the CSU is to provide students with a broad education. The CSU emphasizes the importance of the arts and sciences as the foundation of the baccalaureate degree and, therefore, requires all students, regardless of major, to complete a program of general education (GE) as part of the baccalaureate degree.
The GE program consists of both lower-division and upper-division coursework. Only lower-division GE courses may be completed at DAC. Students have two system-wide options that will satisfy CSU lower-division GE requirements prior to transfer.
Transfer to UC
All UC baccalaureate degrees include a set of GE/Breadth requirements. Students may use coursework completed at De Anza to satisfy lower-division GE requirements prior to transferring to the UC. All UC campuses recommend, and some majors may require, transfer students to complete all or as many GE courses as possible before matriculating to UC. At De Anza, students may choose between several options to satisfy UC GE requirements prior to transfer.
DISCLAIMER: The final responsibility for successful transfer rests with the student. The information posted on this website is designed to assist students in obtaining the most accurate transfer-related information possible. However, this information is subject to change without notice, which may subsequently impact admission to a transfer college or university.
Students are encouraged to meet as early as possible in their academic careers and periodically with a DAC counselor or academic adviser to develop a Student Education Plan and with a transfer college or university admissions representative to confirm their choice of classes.