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Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree can complete their freshman-and sophomore-level coursework at De Anza. Each baccalaureate institution has a pattern of lower-division general education or breadth requirements and specific major requirements that should be fulfilled before transferring. De Anza offers numerous lower- division courses. In addition, students may make up any high school grade or subject deficiencies that are required for entrance to universities. Please see a counselor or academic adviser for rules and restrictions.
Students should acquaint themselves with the current catalog of their transfer college or university for information about admissions qualifications and application procedures, as these vary by institution and are subject to change. It is recommended that students work closely with a De Anza counselor or academic adviser to identify appropriate coursework to fulfill lower-division general education and major requirements. With careful planning, students planning to transfer may also complete the graduation requirements to earn a De Anza Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree.
Most De Anza courses are baccalaureate level and transferable to four-year institutions. Generally, courses at De Anza are numbered using the following guidelines:
1-49 Transferable to the University of California (See information on transfer limitations on page 122)
1-99 Transferable to California State University
1-199 De Anza A.A./A.S. degree applicable
200-299 Prerequisite for required courses that lead to the A.A./A.S. degree and non-degree applicable credit courses
300-399 Noncredit career training courses that do not apply to an academic certificate or degree
400-499 Noncredit basic skills courses that do not apply to an academic certificate or degree
See individual course listing in this catalog and class schedule for exceptions to guidelines.
Courses considered “transferable” may not necessarily meet specific requirements at four-year institutions. Students should consult with a counselor or academic adviser to determine transfer credits and to develop an educational plan for transfer. Although students are strongly encouraged to work with a counselor or academic adviser, the final responsibility for the selection of appropriate transferable courses rests with the student.
The Course Identification Numbering System (C-ID) is a statewide numbering system independent from the course numbers assigned by local California community colleges. A C-ID number assigned to a course signals that participating California colleges and universities have determined that courses offered by De Anza or another California community college are comparable in content and scope to courses offered on their own campuses, regardless of their unique titles or local course number. The C-ID designation can be used to identify comparable courses at different community colleges. For example, students who complete COMM 16 (C-ID COMM 130) at De Anza can be assured that the course will be accepted in lieu of a course bearing the C-ID COMM 130 designation at another community college.
The C-ID numbering system is useful for students attending more than one community college and is applied to the transferable courses that students need as preparation for transfer. Because these course requirements may change and because courses may be modified and
qualified for or deleted from the C-ID database, students should always check with a counselor or academic adviser to determine how C-ID designated courses fit into their educational plans for transfer. To view C-ID approved courses go to:
Articulation refers to the process of evaluating courses, or a sequence of courses, to determine whether coursework offered at a "sending" institution (such as De Anza College) will meet specific course requirements at a "receiving" institution (such as CSU, UC or independent universities) for the purposes of fulfilling requirements for admission, general education, lower-division major preparation or elective credit. Successful completion of articulated De Anza courses assures students that identified courses listed on an articulation agreement will be credited toward bachelor’s degree requirements upon transfer to a college or university.
De Anza has established articulation agreements with CSU, UC and various independent and out-of-state universities. Courses approved for credit at such institutions are listed on these articulation agreements. Department course-to-course, general education and major preparation agreements for UC and CSU campuses are available online at
Official agreements with private or out of state colleges and universities are listed at
The website is the official statewide repository for articulation information for California public colleges and universities. It is the primary website to use to identify which specific De Anza courses fulfill general education or major preparation requirements at UC or CSU campuses. Listings of course equivalencies assist students in selecting appropriate courses to prepare for transfer. Selection criteria for impacted and selective programs or majors, transfer credit limitations and important links to UC and CSU websites are also available at

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