It can be an overwhelming process to determine exactly what you need to transfer to a California State University. The requirements vary, depending on your major and the university. Yuba College provides its students with a basic outline of the classes that are required to transfer to a CSU.
What the college fails to do, however, is provide adequate transfer information that applies to specific universities. That is why it is crucial that everyone takes charge of her own future, and takes as much time as necessary to investigate what classes are required to meet her specific needs for transferring.
The easiest way to begin is by determining your major and what CSU you wish to transfer to. Having this information from the beginning allows for a much easier and more personal evaluation of exactly what courses you will need to take before you can transfer.
It is always best to see a counselor as soon as possible, because procrastinating can potentially hinder your efforts and waste your time and money, as you take classes that you may not need.
Although counselors are generally quite helpful, they are often inadequate in providing you with all the information you need. That is why it is best to visit with a counselor from the CSU you wish to attend. That way, you can be sure that you are not being mislead and that you are aware of all the requirements for transferring– those that community college counselors may not mention or even know about.
If you do not investigate your personal transfer requirements from the beginning, you are likely to be misinformed and set back. Many students spend much more time than needed at a community college because they were not organized and did not take advantage of the resources available to them.
A helpful resource is the Yuba College Transfer Center, located in the 100B administration building. The center provides liaisons to the University of California, the California State University system, as well as private and out-of-state colleges and universities. It has a resource library that contains vast information.
Yuba College provides its students with a basic outline of the courses required to transfer to a CSU in the back of each class schedule. Although each individual’s situation varies, the schedule lays out five general curriculum groupings that list the required units within each one, and the courses available at Yuba College that meet those requirements.
The first section requires nine units, one course each in Oral Communication, Written Communication, and Critical Thinking. The next section is requires nine to12 units, with one course in Mathematics or Quantitative Reasoning, and one course each from Physical Science and Life Science, provided that one of the two is taken with a lab.
The next section requires nine to 18 units, chosen from both Arts and Humanities. The next section requires nine to 15 units, two courses from U.S. History and one Social Science.
The final section is Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development and requires merely 3 units. As the Yuba College catalog explains, “This pattern is designed to satisfy the 39 units of lower division G.E. requirement to any of the CSU campuses.” However, the catalog continues, “CSU campuses may have additional lower division graduation requirements outside of G.E.”
That statement holds true in the case of Chico State’s requirements, which include three “theme” related classes, as well as a course in Multi-Cultural and one in Ethnic Studies.
Doing the research yourself, and doing it thoroughly, will ensure that you will have nothing to worry about when the time comes for you to transfer.