What is IGETC? When should I use the IGETC pattern?

Response from Catherine Machado:

IGETC or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum is a general education program that community college students can use to satisfy lower division general education requirements at any CSU or UC campus. The IGETC course requirements for all areas must be completed before IGETC can be certified. All courses on IGETC must be completed with a grade of C or better.

IGETC may not be recommended for some majors, such as engineering and science. Completing IGETC is not a requirement for transfer to either the CSU or the UC.

Students who are planning to transfer to a CSU may want to complete the CSU GE pattern. If you have questions about which GE pattern to complete, please see a counselor.

Response from Jay Jackson:

IGETC stands for Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum. It is a pattern of general education classes which totals approximately 40 UC/CSU transferable units. Copies of the IGETC GE pattern are available in all of Cabrillo’s counseling areas; it is also printed in the schedule of classes. At the time of transfer, a student can request that Cabrillo certify IGETC as complete. This IGETC certification request is done via the Transcript Request Form available at Admissions & Records. If IGETC is certified as complete, all campuses in the UC and CSU system will accept it in place of their own campus-specific lower division general education pattern. Some private schools will accept the IGETC general education pattern.

IGETC is an ideal GE pattern to follow for students who know they want to transfer, but who may be unsure which UC or CSU campus they will transfer to.

IGETC may not be ideal for high unit majors such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Engineering.

Students should consult with a counselor to determine if IGETC is the best option.

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