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Effective Fall 2021 through Summer 2022
De Anza College offers several types of associate degrees: the Associate in Arts (A.A.), the Associate in Science (A.S.), and the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT or A.A.-T. or A.S.-T.). To qualify for the A.A. or A.S. degree, you must complete a total of 90 quarter units comprising De Anza's General Education, major and, if necessary, elective courses of your choice. To qualify for the ADT you must complete a total of 90 CSU transferable quarter units, including either California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE Breadth) or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), major and, if necessary, elective courses. The associate degree is not required for transfer. However, with careful planning, you may qualify for an associate degree while meeting requirements for transfer admission. Review the following pages for listings of courses that satisfy De Anza's GE, CSU GE/Breadth and IGETC.
The General Education subject areas for De Anza College's A.A. and A.S. degrees are listed under the left column below. If you are planning to transfer to the University of California or California State University, you may want to complete the requirements listed in the column for IGETC or, specific to CSU, the column for CSU GE Breadth. See pages 60-64 for approved course lists.
Transfer students with high-unit majors (such as sciences or engineering) should focus on completing requirements for the major and minimum admissions requirements rather than completing IGETC or CSU GE/Breadth requirements.
Completion of IGETC and CSU GE/Breadth requirements is nor required for transfer. Students who plan to transfer may instead choose to complete the specific General Education breadth requirements of rhe transfer institution of their choice.
Please see the following websites for more information: or GENERAL EDUCATION/BREADTH REQUIREMENTS SUMMARY
     De Anza College A.A./A.S. Degree General Education Requirements
(for students who want an A.A./A.S. Degree)
Quarter Units Area A: Communication, Expression,
California State University (CSU) GE/Breadth – All Campuses General Education/ Breadth Requirements
UC/CSU – All Campuses** Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
Quarter Units Area 1: English Communication 9-15
A. English Composition
B. Critical Thinking – English
C. Oral Communication (CSU only)
Area 2: Mathematical Concepts & Quantitative Reasoning 4-5
Area 3: Arts and Humanities 12-15
At least three courses including one from Arts and one from Humanities. (CSU campuses have the discretion on whether to allow courses used to satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals (AI) graduation requirement to also count in Areas 3B or 4.)
A. Arts
B. Humanities
Area 4: Social & Behavioral Sciences12-15
At least three courses from at least two disciplines.
Area 5: Physical & Biological Sciences 9-12
At least two courses: one Physical Science and one Biological Science; one must include a laboratory.
A. Physcial Sciences
B. Biological Sciences
Area 6: Language other than English (UC only)
Total Units: 51-62
You must request certification by completing the official certification form available at Admissions and Records and online at forms
** See a counselor/academic adviser about UC professional schools and colleges that do not accept IGETC.
  Quarter Units Area A: English Language Communication
and Critical Thinking
1. Oral Communication
2. Written Communication 3. Critical Thinking
Area B: Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
1. Physical Science
2. Life Science
3. Laboratory Activity
4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning
Area C: Arts and Humanities 12-15
Select three courses, with at least one course in Arts and one course in Humanities
1. Arts
2. Humanities
Area D: Social Sciences
Area E: Lifelong Learning and Self-Development
Area F: Ethnic Studies*
Select one course
You must request certification by completing the official certification form available at the Admissions and Records Office and online at admissions/forms
Minimum Units: 58
Min 8
4-5 4
  * Students with fall 2021 or later catalog rights
are required to complete Area F for full CSUGE certification. Those with catalog rights prior to fall 2021 are not required to complete Area F, but 12-15 quarter units in Area D (from at least 2 disciplines) are required if Area F is not completed.
   Critical Thinking, and
Information Literacy
1. English Composition 2. Oral Communication 3. Critical Thinking
(if completing the AS degree this sub-area is satisfied)
Area B: Natural Sciences
One course from the Physical or Biological Sciences
Two courses: one from Arts and one from Humanities
Area C: Arts and Humanities
8-9 Area D: Social & Behavioral Sciences 8
Two courses
Area E: Physical/Mental Wellness
and Personal Development 2-5
2 units minimum. At least one unit must be completed from Dance, Kinesiology, PE or PEA Activities.
Graduation requirements also include:
• Proficiency in reading and written expression which is met by Area A1 above. Course must be completed with a grade of C or better.
• Proficiency in mathematics which may be met by completing MATH 109 or 114 or 130 or equivalent or higher with a grade of C or better (or) achieving a score of 3 or higher on one AP mathematics exam.
• Completion of one Environmental Sustainability and Global Citizenship (ESGC) approved course selected from an Area listed above.
• Completion of an Intercultural Studies (ICS) approved course selected from Area C, D or E above.
Total Units: 32-43

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