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Cal Poly Associate Degree for Transfer

Overview: Associate Degree for Transfer

  • The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (SB 1440 – Padilla), signed into legislation on September 29, 2010, enables the California Community Colleges and California State University to collaborate on the creation of Associate in Arts Degree (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) Degree transfer programs.  This new law requires community colleges to grant an associate degree for transfer to a student once a student has met specified general education and major requirements for the degree. Upon completion of the associate degree, the student is eligible for transfer with junior standing into the California State University (CSU) system.

California Community Colleges

  • The Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act requires California Community Colleges (CCC) to develop and to grant associate degrees for Transfer AA-T or AS-T, with the following stipulations:
  • Completion of  60 semester units or 90 quarter units of coursework that would be eligible for transfer to the California State University, including General Education:
  • Completion of least 18 units of coursework in a major or area of emphasis as defined by the CCC
  • Earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework

California State University

A California Community College student who has earned the Associates in Arts degree for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science degree for Transfer (AS-T) will be granted priority admission to the CSU into a similar baccalaureate (BA) degree program with a guarantee of junior standing as long as the student meets all prescribed admission requirements.  Once admitted, the student will only be required to complete 90 additional prescribed units to qualify for the similar baccalaureate degree.  Read more

Cal Poly and the Associate Degree for Transfer

Listed below are the specific degrees that students may select for the Associate Degree Transfer Program at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Major Concentration Degree Type effective term
Anthropology Individualized
Course of Study
BS Fall 2012
Information Systems BS Fall 2011
Chemistry General BS Fall 2016
Chemistry Polymers and Coatings BS Fall 2016
English General BA Spring 2011
Geography Individualized
Course of Study
BS Fall 2012
Music General BA Fall 2011
Philosophy Ethnics and Society BA Winter 2013
Philosophy General BA Winter 2013
Physics General BA Fall 2011
Political Science Individualized
Course of Study
BA Fall 2011
Theater Arts General BA Spring 2011


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