Academic Programs and Policy

General Education and Transfer

The General Education and Transfer resources below include systemwide policy documents and area descriptors for articulation officers and community colleges. For other help preparing to transfer to the CSU, see CSUMentor.

CSU GE Breadth
Lower-Division Certification Requirements for Transfer Students

General Education

Reference Documents

  • Executive Order 167: Transfer of Credit
  • Executive Order 1036: Credit by Examination
  • Executive Order 1061: American Institutions
  • Executive Order 1065: General Education Breadth Requirements
  • IGETC Standards
  • Working Definition of Baccalaureate Credit
    (Faculty Senate Resolution of 1987)
  • Use of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and CLEP Examinations
  • Guiding Notes for GE Course Reviewers in the CSU (revised January 2013)

Approved GE Courses at California Community Colleges

Approved GE Courses at other Institutions:


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