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Career and Academic Pathways: General Education

These pathways focus on an area of study for students planning to transfer to a four-year college/university, including schools in the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) system. A general education certificate provides a well-rounded academic education in the liberal arts and sciences.

  • An Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree provides knowledge and skills for employment or further study in a chosen field.
  • An Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degree is for students interested in transferring to schools within the California State University (CSU) system to earn a bachelor’s degree.
  • Certificate of Achievement (C) is approved by the state and prepares students to enter the workforce.
  • Skills Certificate (CS) is issued by the department and prepares students to enter the workforce.
  • Noncredit Certificate (CN) is for students who want to acquire employment, transition to college, and/or explore pathways leading to a career.

General Education Programs

Area of Study Transfer Degree Degree Certificate Skill Certificate Additional Requirements
CSU General Education Breadth C
IGETC C