Transfer Exploration

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Identifying your college goals is extremely important in your transfer process. As a transfer student, you should prioritize identifying your career/major and the 4-year university you would like to attend. Identifying these early can help your pathway advisor or counselor create a personalized education plan to help you reach your goals in a timely manner.

Select GE (IGETC, CSU Breadth, BC General Ed) Linked to GE patterns

Selecting a general education pattern is key in planning a timely transfer plan. There are 3 different education patterns you can pick from at Bakersfield College: IGETC, CSU Breadth, BC General Education. If you are unsure what pattern is best for you, meet with an advisor to discuss your options. Make a Starfish Appointment

  • IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) is appropriate for students who intend to transfer to the UC, CSU, HBCU or AICCU system.
    • If you are unsure where you would like to transfer, IGETC may be the best option.
  • CSU Breadth is appropriate for students who intend to transfer to the California State University system.
  • BC General Education is appropriate for students who do not intend to transfer and only plan on obtaining an associate's degree.
    • If you are planning on transferring, you should NOT be part of this general education pattern.

Choosing a Major

  1. First you should learn about yourself through career assessments, interest profiles, etc. This can be done through a few websites, here are some recommendations: The Personal and Career Exploration Pathway puts on several major/career exploration workshops a year. Visit their website if you are interested in attending their workshops!
  2. Explore Careers that you are interested in.
    • Take your time when researching careers that interest you. Focus on the key factors that may be important to you. Ex: What is the annual salary for each career ? What is the work-life balance like? What is the career outlook? What degree is required for the career? What are the pros and cons?
  3. Choose a Major
    • After thoroughly thinking about your career, look into what majors relate to that career. Once you are ready, declare your major
    • Academic Pathways



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Select Your University/Transfer Requirements (UC/CSU/HBCU/AICCU/Out-of-state)

Transfer Requirements differ based on the system of higher education you decide to attend. It is important to understand the difference between each to increase the likelihood of getting admitted.


CSU System Map

60 CSU transferable units

2.0 minimum GPA

Complete the required major prep

Golden Four completed with a “C-” or better:

  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Transfer-level Math


UC System Map

60 UC transferable units

2.4 minimum GPA (2.8 Non-Resident)

Complete the required major prep

7-Course Pattern with a “C” or better:

  • English Composition
  • Critical Thinking
  • Transfer-level Math

Four transferable college courses chosen from at least two of the following subject areas:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Physical and Biological Sciences

AICCU, Out-of-State, HBCU, Private

Transfer requirements differ for each school. To learn more about transfer requirements visit:

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