The California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE) pattern is one option that allows California community college transfer students to fulfill the lower-division general education requirements of any California State University (CSU) campus. The curriculum consists of a 39-unit pattern iwth five areas of concentration described in the CSU GE pattern.
For assistance in determining the most appropriate general education program, consult a counselor.
Official notification from a California community college that a transfer student has completed courses fulfilling lower-division general education requirements occurs through a process of “certification”. Certification is a legal agreement between the CSU and California Community Colleges.
It is the policy of Bakersfield College to provide certification of general education breadth requirements when such service is requested by the student or whenever a student requests that a transcript be sent to a CSU or UC if the student has completed all of 39 units for certification. Certification of general education courses is generally requested when the CSU GGE pattern has been completed.
Courses required in Oral Communication (Area A1), Written Communication (Area A2), Critical Thinking (Area A3), and Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (Area B4) must be completed with grades of “C” or better for admission to most CSU campuses.
A minimum of nine semester units in both oral and written communication in the English language, and in critical thinking and reasoning. AP credit may not be used for A3.
A minimum of nine semester units, including instruction in physical (B1) and life science (B2) and instruction in math/quantitative reasoning (B4). One of the two science courses from B1 or B2 must include a lab. Courses with a lab are shown with an asterisk (*) and separate lab courses are listed in B3.
At least one course shown with an asterisk (*) in Areas B1 or B2, or one of the following:
A minimum of nine semester units among the arts, literature, philosophy and foreign languages. Every attempt should be made to include western and non-western cultures. At least one course must be taken from arts, and one from humanities.
A minimum of nine semester units dealing with human social, political, and economic institutions and behavior and their historical background. Fulfillment of this requirement must include courses taken in at least two disciplines.
Every effort should be made to include western or non-western cultures. See notes below for information concerning additional requirements.
A minimum of three semester units and study designed to equip human beings for lifelong understanding and development of themselves as integrated physiological and psychological entities. A maximum of one unit of credit is allowed for physical education activity courses in this area.
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The California State University, before awarding a degree, requires students to complete courses or examinations that address:
This requirement may be fulfilled at a California Community College prior to transfer by completing a combination of courses that satisfies all three areas of the requirement. The requirement may also be completed at a CSU campus after transfer. Courses approved in two US areas may be used to satisfy both areas.
Although this requirement is not part of the General Education requirements for CSU, all students must complete course work in U.S.History, Constitution and Government before graduation from a CSU campus. The courses may also be used to partially fulfill Area D of the CSU General Education Breadth requirements.
Completion of these courses at Bakersfield College is recommended and is not required for Certification.
Students who wish to meet these requirements at Bakersfield College prior to transferring to a CSU campus may take up to six semester units from the following combinations:
The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is a general education pattern that will fulfill all lower division general education requirements at all California State University (CSU) and most University of California (UC) campuses/majors. It is also accepted by some private/independent or out-of-state universities.
IGETC is usually recommended for students who intend to transfer to a UC campus, or who are not yet sure of their intended transfer university.
Completion of the IGETC pattern is not an admission requirement for transfer to most UC or CSU campuses, nor is it the only way to fulfill the lower division GE requirements of a UC or CSU campus prior to transfer.
It is strongly recommended that students consult with a counselor to determine which general education pattern is most appropriate for their individual educational goals.
A minimum of nine unites required; choose one from each group. Note: Students transferring to the UC do not have to meet the oral communication requirement or the unit requirement of Area 1.
One course, three semester/four to five quarter units.
One course, three semester/four to five quarter units. Courses must have English Composition as a prerequisite. AP credit may not be used.
One course, three semester/four to five quarter units.
Reasoning: One course, three semester/4-5 quarter units.
At least three courses, nine semester/12-15 quarter units. At least one course from the arts and one from the humanities.
At least three courses, nine semester/12-15 quarter units. Courses from at least two disciplines or an interdisciplinary sequence.
The IGETC physical and biological science area requires a minimum of two courses, one physical science and one biological science course and at least one of the two must include a laboratory, seven to nine semester/nine to twelve quarter units. Physical and biologcal science courses that include a laboratory component are listed below in C.
UC requirement only
In order to complete the IGETC for the University of California system, students are required to demonstrate competence/proficiency in a language other than English equal to two years of high school study. Competence may be demonstrated through the following mechanisms:
|ASL B1||American Sign Language 1|
|ASL B2||American Sign Language 2|
|ASL B3||American Sign Language 3|
|ASL B4||American Sign Language 4|
|FREN B1||Elementary French|
|FREN B2||Elementary French|
|JAPN B1||Elementary Japanese|
|JAPN B2||Elementary Japanese|
|SPAN B1ab||Elementary Spanish|
|SPAN B2ab||Elementary Spanish|
|SPAN B3||Intermediate Spanish|
|SPAN B4||Intermediate Spanish|
|SPAN B10||Spanish for Heritage Speakers|
IGETC is NOT recommended for the following transfer destinations: