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To transfer to UC, students must prepare for upper-division study in their chosen major, and complete IGETC* general education requirements and electives to earn a total of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units with a GPA of at least 2.4.
IGETC Advisement:
Former UC, CSU and students with coursework from other four-year institutions, including outside the U.S., should consult with a counselor to determine whether they should complete IGETC or the lower-division breadth/general education requirements at the campus they plan to attend.

Students who initially enroll at a UC campus, then leave and attend a California Community College , and subsequently return to the same UC campus, are considered “re-admits” by the UC. Such students cannot use IGETC. However, students who enroll at a UC campus, then leave and attend a California Community College, and subsequently return to adifferent UC campus may use the IGETC pattern. The following UC campuses have further limitations:
IGETC is acceptable for all majors in the College of Letters and Science. The Haas School of Business and the colleges of Engineering, Environmental Design and Chemistry have extensive, prescribed major prerequisites. In general IGETC is not appropriate for majors in these colleges. Although IGETC satisfies breadth requirements for most majors in the College of Natural Resources, specific lower-division major requirements must still be satisfied. For more information, check with the college or visit the ASSIST website.
IGETC works well for students planning for Bachelor of Arts majors with few units of lower-division preparation. Bachelor of Science degrees and high-unit majors often have many courses of lower-division preparation. In these cases, the UC Davis GE pattern is the best choice. Students in the College of Engineering who have satisfied IGETC are still required to complete two upper-division general education courses at UC Davis.

All schools accept IGETC. However, selection by the campus is based on demonstrated academic achievement and preparation for the intended major. 

Los Angeles:
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science does not accept IGETC.

The School of Engineering and the School of Natural Sciences do not recommend IGETC.
The Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering accepts completion of IGETC as satisfying the majority of the college’s breadth requirement for transfer students. Some additional breadth coursework may be required after enrollment (for details, see the Bourns College of Engineering Breadth Requirements). However, prospective students are strongly encouraged to focus on preparation coursework for their desired major, such as mathematics, science and other technical preparation coursework. Strong technical preparation is essential for success in the admission process and subsequently, in all coursework at Bourns.
The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences does not accept IGETC although courses taken to satisfy IGETC may be applied toward the college’s breadth pattern. The College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and the School of Business Administration accept IGETC.

San Diego:
IGETC is accepted by John Muir, Earl Warren, Thurgood Marshall and Sixth colleges only. Students completing IGETC are welcomed at Eleanor Roosevelt and Revelle colleges; however, they must also fulfill the specific general education requirements for those colleges. At UCSD, all majors are available to students in each college, so students who choose IGETC will not be restricted in their choice of major.

Santa Barbara:
Students who transfer into the College of Letters and Science and the College of Creative Studies may use IGETC to substitute for general education requirements. Students planning to transfer into a major in computer science or the biological or physical sciences must be careful to complete lower-division major prerequisites to ensure competitiveness and make normal, timely progress through the major. Transfer students in the College of Engineering are encouraged to focus on the preparation for their major rather than on general education requirements. As part of their general education, all students in the College of Engineering are required to complete a depth requirement. Students who wish to satisfy the depth requirement prior to transfer must complete a yearlong sequence in the history of world civilization, history of Western civilization, history of the United States, history of Western philosophy or history of Western art. Students may want to choose courses for IGETC that will concurrently satisfy the depth requirement. Students may also complete the depth requirement with upper-division coursework after transferring.
Santa Cruz:
Students intending to pursue any major in the physical and biological sciences or the Jack Baskin School of Engineering should not follow IGETC as it will not provide students with enough lower division preparation for their majors.


To prepare for upper division study in a chosen major, a transfer student must first choose a major, then decide which campus or campuses he or she is most interested in attending.

Students can use ASSIST's Exploring Majors feature to find programs of study at all UC campuses and link to campus websites, where they'll find descriptions and coursework requirements for each major.

Students planning to attend or attending a community college can also use ASSIST to review transferable course information, investigating how community college coursework will apply when transferred to UC.

If you have questions about articulation please contact: Judy Haugh, Riverside Community College District Articulation Officer​