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Educational and Academic Planning

It is the student's responsibility to participate in the development of an Educational Plan within 90 days after declaring a specific educational goal.

Within 3 months after declaring a specific goal for your education, you need to meet with a counselor and develop an Educational Plan to outline the classes needed to complete your goal.


What is an Educational Plan?
Developing an Educational Plan involves selecting classes that will meet each requirement of your education goal and may also include planning your course selections for upcoming terms. To better explore your options, you may wish to develop more than one Educational Plan.
If your Educational Goal is an ...
Your Educational Plan will include...
Certificate or Employment Concentration
Classes that complete the Certificate Core and Elective Course requirements.
AA/AS degree
AA/AS General Education Courses and
Required and Elective Courses for the Major
Bachelor's Degree without completing an AA/AS degree
Transferable General Education Courses (CSU or IGETC pattern). This should include transferable Major Preparation courses.
Bachelor's Degree with an AA/AS degree
Courses that meet:
- AA/AS General Education pattern requirements and
- Transferable General Education Requirements (CSU or IGETC pattern) and
- Required and Elective Requirements for the AA/AS Major WITH
- Transferable Major Preparation


General Education Patterns
General education patterns are a complete listing of approved courses that will satisfy the general education requirements for an Associate degree or transfer program.
Three general education patterns are available to satisfy the degree requirements:
  • Option A-General Education Requirements for a  A.A./A.S. Degree.
  • Option B-General Education Requirements for California State Universities and Colleges- the transfer curriculum which fulfills the lower division general education requirements for CSU.
  • Option C-Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum pattern (IGETC) - the transfer curriculum which fulfills the lower division general education requirements of both the UC and the CSU.


Linked below are the current editions of the General Education Patterns 2013-2014