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Santiago Canyon College offers three different Comprehensive Student Education Plans to personalize a pathway for you. PLAN A is a Comprehensive Student Education Plan for an Associate Degree​ is designed to have the student receive an AA/AS General Education Degree, after completing 24 units of General Education. PLAN B is ​a Comprehensive Student Education Plan for Transfer/CSU is designed to the students to complete the required courses to transfer to the California State University System. PLAN C is a Comprehensive Student Education Plan for Transfer under the (IGETC) - Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum, students are to complete the required courses to transfer to either the California State University System or the University of California System. 

Santiago Canyon College also offers a number of Associate Degrees for Transfer. 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.


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

    1. Completion 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 program section of the catalog. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better (Title 5 § 55063).
    4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education- Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth) (see page 8 for more information); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern for CSU (see page 9 for more information).

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 a California community college. 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 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).​

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