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AA-T and AS-T are acronyms for the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees designed to transfer to the California State University System. Thanks to Senate Bill 1440, the California Community Colleges now offer associate degrees for transfer in many of the most popular majors. BONUS: the CSU provides priority admission to California Community College students who have earned an AA-T or AS-T degree. These degrees can be completed in 60 transferable semester units (or 90 quarter units) and include coursework in general education, major preparation and electives.
The BC Communication major was one of the first at BC to be approved for the Statewide AA-T. To view the coursework for the degree click here. To view a list of frequently asked questions regarding AA-T degrees, please visit the AA-T FAQ Webpage.
Other BC AA-T Programs: Psychology, Sociology, Studio Arts
The AA-T is a binding contract between you, your Community College AND your transfer CSU!
60 prescribed units at BC + 60 prescribed units at your transfer CSU (or 90 quarter units) = a Bachelor's Degree!
No last minute changes, no "We're sorry, we don't accept that course... etc..."
Besides the benefit of completing community college coursework with an associate degree in hand, this program will provide you with the necessary preparation to transfer to the CSU system and complete a baccalaureate degree. Students with an AA-T or AS-T degree receive admission priority and guaranteed admission with junior status to the CSU system, along with the ability to complete a baccalaureate degree with only 60 additional semester units (or 90 quarter units) in a degree program that has been deemed similar.
The program makes it possible - you make it happen. The new joint transfer program guarantees that you can transfer from a community college to a CSU. If you start community college ready to take college-level courses, you can complete your associate and bachelor’s degrees with only 120 total units of coursework.
Students working toward an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or an Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degree must complete 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units) of required general education coursework and major-specific lower division coursework. To be as competitive as possible, keep your grades up in community college and make sure you meet the admissions requirements for the CSU campus and the major that interests you, and submit all application materials by the posted deadlines.
With your AA-T or AS-T you are guaranteed admission into the California State University system, and may be given a GPA bump when applying to your local CSU campus or to a program or major similar to your associate degree. You will also be given the GPA advantage when applying to an impacted campus outside your local area, or to an impacted major that is similar. An AA-T or AS-T degree guarantees admission to a CSU, but not necessarily to a particular campus or major.
Transfer students enter the CSU system with junior standing. If you are admitted to a program deemed similar to your AA-T or AS-T, you will only need to complete 60 additional semester units (or 90 quarter units) to earn a bachelor’s degree and will not be required to repeat courses that are similar to those completed at the community college as part of your associate degree. To stay on schedule, make sure you stay enrolled at your campus, pass all of your classes and follow your education plan.
See Helen Acosta to develop your education plan
Declare your major
Attend a transfer workshop
Visit the transfer center (each term)
Apply to CSUs
Check emails and student portals frequently
Petition/apply for AA-T/AS-T degree
Meet CSU deadlines for AA-T/AS-T
Complete the FAFSA
Submit your intent to enroll
Request final transcripts be sent to your CSU