General Education Requirements - CSU
Students who have completed some, but not all, of the CSUGE^ subject areas prior to enrolling at the CSU may request “Subject Area Certification” from De Anza College.
^ IMPORTANT NOTE: De Anza College requirements for CSUGE/Breadth certification differ from the requirements identified by the CSU and from the information published on ASSIST. In order to qualify for certification of CSUGE at De Anza College, students must complete the CSUGE requirements as stated on this Web site or in the De Anza College Catalog.
IGETC is a pattern of lower-division GE requirements that is accepted at all UC as well as CSU campuses. The entire IGETC pattern should be completed prior to transfer. Students must complete specified courses in the areas of:
Area 6: UC Language Other Than English (LOTE)
Transfer students to the UC who intend to fully certify IGETC are required to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English equal to two years of high school study. There are several methods students at De Anza College may use to demonstrate proficiency for the purpose of fulfilling the Language Other Than English requirement on IGETC.
Most CSU campuses require students to complete a minimum of 45 quarter (30 semester) units of the CSUGE^ or the IGETC. As part of the 45 quarter units of GE course work required for admission, all transfer applicants must complete three courses in the English language (oral communication, English composition and critical thinking) and one math course which has intermediate algebra as a prerequisite. Completion and certification of all lower-division GE course work prior to transfer is usually the most efficient path towards graduation from CSU.
However, a few high-unit majors (e.g engineering and science majors) have so many lower-division requirements that it may not be possible to complete all of the lower-division GE before transfer. Students interested in such majors should focus on completing as many major preparation courses as possible and meeting the minimum CSU transfer admission requirements. A few CSU campuses will allow students in high-unit majors to take fewer GE courses prior to transfer but it is important to keep in mind that, ultimately, these GE requirements will need to be completed later in order to graduate from the CSU.
You should review the GE options available and consult a De Anza counselor or academic adviser to determine which program is most suitable for your transfer needs. To schedule an appointment with a De Anza counselor or academic adviser visit the Counseling & Advising Center, located on the 2nd floor of the Student & Community Services Building.
REMINDER ABOUT CERTIFICATION: Students must request that general education certification (either CSUGE^ or IGETC) be sent directly to the four-year transfer institution that they will be attending. Upon enrolling in final required courses and receiving conditional admissions to the university, students may submit the General Education Certification Request Form to the Admissions and Records Office.
For students planning to use Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) exam credit to satisfy CSUGE or IGETC requirements, all necessary documentation (i.e. transcripts, AP, CLEP, and IB scores) must be received and evaluated by De Anza College prior to your request for GE certification. The certification process may be delayed if transcripts/exams have not been previously and officially evaluated.
Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exam credit may be used to satisfy CSUGE^ subject area requirements (see the CSU Systemwide Credit for External Examinations Chart).
Only credit for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams may be used to satisfy IGETC subject area requirements. Credit for College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) cannot be used on IGETC.
For students who do not certify IGETC or fully certify CSUGE^, each CSU campus will determine how to apply credit from external exams toward major preparation or its local degree and GE/Breadth requirements. Consult the CSU campus catalog or Web site to determine credit for AP and IB exams.
NOTE: All AP or IB exam reports must be received and officially evaluated by De Anza College prior to a request for GE certification (see processes below). The certification process may be delayed if exam reports have not been previously evaluated.
Advanced Placement (AP) – Official reports must be sent to the De Anza College Admissions & Records Office directly from College Board in order to apply.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) – Official reports must be sent to the De Anza College Admissions & Records Office directly from College Board in order to apply.
International Baccalaureate (IB) – Official reports must be sent to the De Anza College Admissions & Records Office directly from the International Baccalaureate Organization in order to apply.
Disclaimer: The final responsibility for successful transfer rests with the student. The information posted on the De Anza College Transfer Planning Web site is designed to assist you in obtaining the most accurate information possible. However, this information is subject to change without notice, which may subsequently impact your admission to the University.
Students are encouraged to meet as early as possible and periodically with a counselor or academic adviser both at De Anza College and at the transfer institution to confirm your choice of classes and to develop an education plan for transfer.