AA-T and AS-T Degrees

SB 1440 (Padilla):  The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act
What does SB 1440 do?
  • Creates an associate of arts or science degree for transfer (AA-T or AS-T) that guarantees admission with junior standing to the CSU system.
  • Defines this degree as having sixty transferrable units that include the IGETC or CSU GE Breadth pattern and 18 units in a major or area of emphasis.
  • Provides these students with priority admission to their local CSU campus and to a program or major that is similar to their major or area of emphasis at the community college.  It does not provide a guarantee to a specific campus or major, so students should work hard to be academically competitive when applying to popular CSU campuses outside their local area and to popular majors.
  • Prohibits the CSU from requiring students to repeat courses that are similar to courses completed as part of the associate degree for transfer at the community college.
  • Prohibits the CSU from requiring students to take more than 60 units to complete a 120-unit baccalaureate degree. 
     
What does this mean for students and the colleges?
  • Recognizes the associate degree as the measure of preparation and readiness for transfer to upper-division course work at the CSU, thus shifting the authority for defining lower division major preparation to the community colleges.
  • Reduces the need for students to take unnecessary courses, thereby shortening their time to degree completion and reducing costs for students, community colleges and the CSU.
  • Eliminates confusion caused by different and shifting major preparation requirements for each CSU campus. 
     
What are the AA-T and AS-T degrees currently available at College of the Canyons?
  • Communication Studies AA-T
  • Computer Science AS-T
  • Early Childhood Education AS-T
  • Geography AA-T
  • Kinesiology AA-T​​
  • Math AS-T
  • Physics AS-T​
  • Political Science AS-T
  • Psychology AA-T​
  • Sociology AA-T​
  • Studio Arts AA-T
  • Theater Arts AA-T​

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