Academic Catalogs

Transfer Planning

Student Educational Plan

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should meet regularly with a counselor to develop and review their student educational plan (SEP). The plan will identify general education courses, major requirements, and electives. Keep in mind that transfer requirements differ from school to school and can change frequently. To view updated major preparation, general education courses and other transfer information for the California public universities (CSU & UC) go to the ASSIST website at www.assist.org. The transfer requirements listed in this section and other transfer publications were updated at the time of publication and can change. Changes occurring after publication can be obtained through such sources as ASSIST or by meeting with a counselor. Students are also advised to visit the Transfer Center for the latest transfer information.

Transferable Courses

Courses identified in this catalog as transferable to the University of California are acceptable at all UC campuses at least for elective credit. Likewise, courses identified as transferable to the California State University are acceptable at all CSU campuses, at least for elective credit. To determine if individual courses also satisfy particular major or general education requirements, students should consult a Golden West College counselor.

Transfer Majors

In order to earn a Bachelor’s Degree, students will need to select a subject area in which to specialize. This subject area is called a major. To see the majors available at the different UCs or CSUs, visit the Transfer Center for assistance. Almost every major requires that certain courses be completed during the first and/or second year of college. These courses are identified as lower division major requirements.

Completing lower division major requirements at the community college is essential for upper-level coursework. Many upper division major requirements have prerequisites, and completion of the lower division coursework while at Golden West College will help students seamlessly transfer to the university, as well as make efficient progress toward the bachelor’s degree. Many selective campuses and majors will screen for completion of lower-division coursework for admission. Major requirements can be determined by meeting with a Counselor to develop a Student Educational Plan (SEP), completing an Associate Degree for Transfer, or by checking ASSIST.org.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Subject Examination: Golden West College will award credit for many of the College Level Examination subject exams passed at the 50th percentile level or higher.

General Examinations

Students may earn four units of ungraded, elective credit applicable to the Associate in Arts degree for each General Examination completed successfully. Minimum scores required for successful completion are:

  • Humanities 489
  • Mathematics 497
  • Natural Science 489
  • Social Science 488

No Credit is given for the CLEP General Examination in English.

Computer-Based Examination

Credit will be awarded for a minimum score of 50 on the CLEP computer based exam.

Duplicate Credit

Duplicate credit will not be awarded in the same area for Advanced Placement Exams, the International Baccalaureate and the CLEP subject exams. In order to receive credit students must have official test results from the testing service sent to Golden West College. Credits are posted to the transcript upon completion of all other graduation requirements.

CLEP Credit

CLEP credit can be used to satisfy CSU General Education Breadth requirements. It cannot be used to meet IGETC requirements. CSU grants CLEP credit, UC does not. It is up to the receiving institution to evaluate and grant CLEP credit. CLEP credit awarded at GWC may not transfer to other colleges. See a GWC counselor for more information.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP Exam OCC Passing Score OCC AA/AS GE Area OCC Units Towards AA/AS GE CSU Passing Score CSU Minimum Units Earned Toward Transfer Units Towards CSU GE Breadth American Institutions and/or GE Breadth Area
American Govt. 50 3 (D) 3 50 3 3 D
American Literature 50 3 (C) 3 50 3 3 C2
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 50 3 (C) 3 50 3 3 C2
Biology 50 3 (B) 3 50 3 3 B2
Calculus 50 3 (A2) 3 50 3 3 B4
Chemistry 50 3 (B) 3 50 3 3 B1
College Algebra 50 3 (A2) 3 50 3 3 B4
College Algebra-Trig 50 3 (A2) 3 50 3 3 B4
CLEP College Composition 50 N/A 0 50 0 0 N/A
CLEP College Composition-Modular 50 N/A 0 50 0 0 N/A
College Mathematics 50 N/A 0 50 0 0 N/A
English Comp (No Essay) 50 N/A 0 50 0 0 N/A
English Comp (with Essay) 50 N/A 0 50 0 0 N/A
English Literature 50 3 (C) 3 50 3 3 C2 (-F11)1
Financial Accounting 50 N/A 0 50 3 0 N/A
French Level I2 50 N/A 0 50 6 0 N/A
French Level II2 59 3 (C) 3 59 12 3 C2 (-F15)1
French Level II2 59 3 (C) 3 59 9 3 C2
Freshman College Comp 50 N/A 0 50 0 0 N/A
German Level I2 50 N/A 0 50 6 0 N/A
German Level II2 60 3 (C) 3 60 12 3 C2 (-F15)1
German Level II2 60 3 (C) 3 60 9 3 C2
History, US I 50 3 (D) 3 50 3 3 D+US-1
History, US II 50 3 (D) 3 50 3 3 D+US-1
Human Growth and Dev 50 3 (D) 3 50 3 3 E
Humanities 50 3 (C) 3 50 3 3 C2
Info Sys & Comp. Apps 50 N/A 3 50 3 0 N/A
Intro Edu Psychology 50 N/A 0 50 3 0 N/A
Intro Bus. Law 50 N/A 0 50 3 0 N/A
Intro Psychology 50 3 (D) 3 50 3 3 D
Intro Sociology 50 3 (D) 3 50 3 3 D
Natural Sciences 50 3 (B) 3 50 3 3 B1 or B2
Pre-Calculus 50 3 (A2) 3 50 3 3 B4
Prin of Accounting 50 N/A 0 50 3 0 N/A
Prin of Macroeconomics 50 3 (D) 3 50 3 3 D
Prin of Management 50 N/A 0 50 3 0 N/A
Prin of Marketing 50 N/A 0 50 3 0 N/A
Prin of Microeconomics 50 3 (D) 3 50 3 3 D
Social Science & History 50 N/A 0 50 3 0 N/A
Spanish Level I2 50 N/A 0 50 6 0 N/A
Spanish Level II2 63 3 (C) 3 63 12 3 C2 (-F15)1
Spanish Level II2 63 3 (C) 3 63 9 3 C2
Spanish with Writing I2 50 N/A 6 50 6 0 N/A
Spanish with Writing II2 63 3 (C) 9 63 9 3 C2
Trigonometry 50 3 (A2) 3 50 3 3 B4 (-06)1
Western Civilization I 50 3 (D) 3 50 3 3 C2 or D
Western Civilization II 50 3 (D) 3 50 3 3 D

The CLEP Chart is based on the most current information available. Although every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, make sure to use the link below to see the original document. (See https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/transfer/Pages/college-level-examination-program.aspx). For historical CSU CLEP exam credit and changes, see https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/7800250/latest/#autoid-qjbn9 )

Course credit and units granted at Golden West College may differ from course credit and units granted by a transfer institution.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Students can earn GWC credit for International Baccalaureate examinations with a minimum score of 5. Exam results can be used to satisfy CSU General Education Breadth and IGETC requirements but may require a score of 4 in some of the areas.

Students can earn IB credit with a minimum score of 5 except where noted.

Exam GWC AA GE Area CSU GE Area CSU Min. Units Earned Toward Transfer IGETC Area UC Sem. Units Earned Toward Transfer
Biology HL B - 3 units B2 - 3 units 6 5B (without lab) - 3 units 5.3
Chemistry HL B - 3 units B1 - 3 units 6 5A (without lab) - 3 units 5.3
Economics HL D - 3 units D - 3 units 6 4 - 3 units 5.3
Geography HL D - 3 units D - 3 units 6 4 - 3 units 5.3
History (any region) HL D - 3 units C2 or D - 3 units 6 3B or 4F - 3 units 5.3
Language A - Literature HL C -3 units C21 - 3 units 61
Language A - Language and Literature HL C - 3 units C21 - 3 units 61
Language A1 (any language, except English) HL C - 3 units N/A 0 3B & 6A (UC only) - 3 units 5.3
Language A2 (any language, except English) HL C - 3 units N/A 0 3B & 6A (UC only) - 3 units 5.3
Language A1 (any language) HL C - 3 units C21 - 3 units (F13 removed from CSUGE) 61 3B - 3 units 5.3
Language A2 (any language) HL C - 3 units C21 - 3 units (F13 removed from CSUGE) 61 3B - 3 units 5.3
Language B (any language) HL C - 3 units N/A 61 6A - 3 units 5.3
Mathematics HL B - 3 units B41 - 3 units 61 2A - 3 units 5.3
Physics HL B - 3 units B1 - 3 units 6 5A (without lab) - 3 units 5.3
Psychology HL D - 3 units D - 3 units 3 4 - 3 units 5.3
Theatre HL C - 3 units C11 - 3 units 61 3A - 3 units 5.3

CSU GE: The IB examinations may be incorporated into the certification of CSU General Education-Breadth requirements by any certifying institution. All CSU campuses will accept the minimum units shown and apply them toward fulfillment of the designated General Education-Breadth area if the examination is included as part of a full or subject-area certification. Please note that individual CSU campuses may choose to grant more units than those specified toward completion of General Education-Breadth requirements.

IGETC: IB exams must be used in area indicated regardless of where the certifying CCC’s discipline is located.

The IB Chart is based on the most current Information available. Although every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, please use this link to see the original documents:

CSU - current CSU IB information: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/transfer/Pages/international-baccalaureate-ib.aspx 

CSU - historical CSU IB exam credit and changes: https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/7800250/latest/#autoid-qjbn9

IGETC: http://icas-ca.org/Websites/icasca/images/IGETC_STANDARDS_FINAL_VERSION_1.9.pdf 

UC Credit granted for IB exams: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/counselors/exam-credit/ib-credits/index.html

Advanced Placement Examination (AP)

Students may earn credit for the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Advanced Placement (AP) Tests with scores of 3, 4, or 5. AP credit can be used to meet IGETC, CSU/GE and A.A. general education (GE) and/or major requirements. [Local/Non-transfer Degree Exceptions to the minimum AP score are the PHYS G120 Algebra Based Physics: Mechanics and PHYS G125 Algebra Based Physics: Electricity/Magnetism courses (AP Physics 1 and 2) which require a score of 5 for GWC unit and subject credit. Also, students who score 5 in Calculus BC can earn 10 units and subject credit for MATH G180 + G185].

Students must have the College Board send AP exam results to Admissions and Records (hand carried copies will not be accepted) for use on the A.A. or GE patterns. Course credit and units granted at Golden West College may differ from course credit and units granted by a transfer institution. See a GWC counselor for more information.

AP Examination AA (Subject Credit) for GWC GWC AA GE Area CSU GE Area CSU Units Earned Toward Transfer IGETC Area UC - Units Earned Toward Transfer
Art History ART G105 + ART G106 - 6 sem. units C C1 or C2 - 3 sem. units 6 sem. units 3A or 3B - 3 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units
Biology BIOL G100 - 4 sem. units B B2 + B3 - 4 sem. units 6 sem. units 5B + 5C - 4 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units
Calculus AB MATH G180 - 5 sem. units A2 B4 - 3 sem. units 3 sem. units1 2A - 3 sem. units 4 quart/2.6 sem. units2
Calculus BC MATH G180 - 5 sem. units A2 B4 - 3 sem. units 6 sem. units1 2A - 3 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units2
Calculus BC3 MATH G180 + MATH G1853 - 10 sem. units A2 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Calculus BC/ AB Subscore4 MATH G180 - 5 sem. units A2 B4 - 3 sem. units 3 sem. units 2A - 3 sem. units
Chemistry CHEM G130 - 4 sem. units B B1 + B3 - 4 sem. units5 6 sem. units 5A + 5C - 4 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units
Chinese Language & Culture CHIN G185 - 5 sem. units C C2 - 3 sem. units 6 sem. units 3B + 6A - 3 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units
Computer Science A CSCI G153 - 4 sem. units N/A 3 sem. units6 N/A 2 quart./1.3 sem. units7
Computer Science AB CSCI G154 - 4 sem. units N/A 6 sem. units6 N/A 4 quart./2.6 sem. units7
Computer Science Principles B4 - 3 sem. units 6 sem. units N/A 8 quart./5.3 sem. units
English Language & Composition ENGL G100 - 3 sem. units A1 A2 - 3 sem. units 6 sem. units 1A - 3 sem. units 5.3 sem. units8
English Literature & Composition ENGL G100 + ENGL G110 - 6 sem. units A1 + C (no critical thinking) A2 + C2 - 6 sem. units 6 sem. units 1A or 3B - 3 sem. units 5.3 sem. units8
Environmental Science 4 sem. units B B19 + B3 - 4 sem. units 4 sem. units 5A +5C - 3 sem. units 4 quart./2.6 sem. units
European History HIST G180 + HIST G185 - 6 sem. units C or D C2 or D - 3 sem. units 6 sem. units 3B or 4 - 3 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units
French Language and Culture FREN G185 - 5 sem. units C C2 - 3 sem. units10 6 sem. units 3B + 6A - 3 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units
French Literature 3 sem. units C C2 (3 sem. units) - (if taken prior to F09) 6 sem. units
German Language and Culture GRMN G180 - 5 sem. units C C2 - 3 sem. units11 6 sem. units 3B + 6A - 3 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units
Government & Politics: Comparative PSCI G185 - 3 sem. units D D - 3 sem. units 3 sem. units 4 - 3 sem. units 4 quart./2.6 sem. units
Government & Politics: United States 3 sem. units D D + US-212 - 3 sem. units 3 sem. units 4 + US 2 - 3 sem. units 4 quart./2.6 sem. units
Human Geography 3 sem. units D D - 3 sem. units 3 sem. units 4 - 3 sem. units 4 quart./2.6 sem. units
Italian Language & Culture ITAL G180 - 5 sem. units C C2 - 3 sem. units 6 sem. units 3B + 6A - 3 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units
Japanese Language & Culture JAPN G180 - 5 sem. units C C2 - 3 sem.units 6 sem. units 3B + 6A - 3 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units
Latin 3 sem. units C C2 - 3 sem. units 6 sem. units 3B + 6A - 3 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units
Latin Literature 3 sem. units C C2 (3 sem. units) (if taken prior to F09) 6 sem. units
Latin: Vergil 3 sem. units C C2 - 3 sem. units 3 sem. units
Macro Economics13 ECON G17513 - 3 sem. units D D - 3 sem. units 3 sem. units 4 - 3 sem. units 4 quart./2.6 sem. units
Micro Economics13 ECON G17013 - 3 sem. units D D - 3 sem. units 3 sem. units 4 - 3 sem. units 4 quart./2.6 sem. units
Music Theory MUS G115 - 3 sem. units C C1 (3 sem. units) - (if taken prior to F09) 6 sem. units N/A 8 quart./5.3 sem. units
Physics 1 PHYS G12014 - 4 sem. units B B1 + B315 - 4 sem. units 4 sem. units
Physics 2 PHYS G12514 - 4 sem. units B B1 + B315 - 4 sem. units 4 sem. units
Physics B PHYS G110 + PHYS G111 - 4 sem. units B B1 + B315 - 4 sem. units13 - (F15 removed from CSUGE) 6 sem. units 5A + 5C - 4 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units16
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism PHYS G125 - 4 sem. units B B1 + B315 - 4 sem. units 4 sem.units 5A + 5C - 3 sem. units 4 quart./2.6 sem. units16
Physics C: Mechanics PHYS G120 - 4 sem. units B B1 + B315 - 4 sem. units 4 sem. units 5A + 5C - 3 sem. units 4 quart./2.6 sem. units16
Psychology PSYC G100 - 3 sem. units D D - 3 sem. units 3 sem. units 4 - 3 sem. units 4 quart./2.6 sem. units
Spanish Language SPAN G180 + SPAN G185 - 10 sem. units C C217 - 3 sem. units 6 sem. units
Spanish Language and Culture C2 - 3 sem. units 6 sem. units 3B + 6A - (3 units) 8 quart./5.3 sem. units
Spanish Literature 3 sem. units C2 - 3 sem. units C218 - 6 sem. units 6 sem. units
Spanish Literature and Culture C2 - 3 sem. units 6 sem. units 3B + 6A - 3 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units
Statistics MATH G160 - 4 sem. units A2 B4 - 3 sem. units 3 sem. units 2A 4 quart./2.6 sem. units
Studio Art – 2D ART G107 - 3 sem. units C N/A 3 sem. units N/A 8 quart./5.3 sem. units19
Studio Art – 3D ART G109 - 3 sem. units C N/A 3 sem. units N/A 8 quart./5.3 sem. units19
Studio Art – Drawing N/A N/A N/A 3 sem. units N/A 8 quart./5.3 sem. units19
United States History HIST G170 + HIST G175 - 6 sem. units C or D C2 or D+US-1 - 3 sem. units 6 sem. units 3B or 4 + US 1 - 3 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units
World History-Modern HIST G161 + HIST G162 - 6 sem. units C or D C2 or D - 3 sem. units 3 sem. units 3B or 4 - 3 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units

# Many Colleges or Universities may apply AP credit toward satisfaction of subject or specific requirements (e.g., major). AP policies vary by institution. See the transfer institution’s application of AP major preparation credit. UC AP major preparation credit: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/counselors/exam-credit/ap-credits/index.html. See individual CSU campuses for AP major preparation credit. See a counselor to discuss how AP is applied.

AA: Students should be aware that AP test credit is evaluated by corresponding it to an equivalent GWC course, e.g. HIST G170 History Of The United States To 1876. A student who receives AP credit and then takes the equivalent GWC course will have the unit credit for such duplication deducted prior to being awarded the A.A. degree. Credit by Advanced Placement exam is noted and listed first on a student’s transcript, with units assigned and no grade.

Course credit and units granted to the local AA may differ from course credit and units granted by a transfer institution. See Counselor.

AP Credit: See the transfer institution’s application of AP major preparation credit. UC AP major preparation credit: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/counselors/exam-credit/ap-credits/index.html. See individual CSU campuses for AP major preparation credit.

CSU GE: The Advanced Placement examinations may be incorporated into the certification of CSU General Education-Breadth requirements by any certifying institution. All CSU campuses will accept the minimum units shown and apply them toward fulfillment of the designated General Education-Breadth area if the examination is included as part of a full or subject-area certification. Please note that individual CSU campuses may choose to grant more units than those specified toward completion of General Education-Breadth requirements.

IGETC: AP exams must be used in area indicated regardless of where the certifying CCC’s discipline is located.

The AP Chart is based on the most current information available. Although every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, make sure to use the links below for the original documents.

AP Courses & Exams College Board: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/home

CSU System wide Credit for External Examinations Policy: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/transfer/Pages/advanced-placement-ap.aspx (for current CSU AP information).

Historical CSU AP exam credit and changes: https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/7800250/latest/#autoid-qjbn9

2019 IGETC Standards, Policies and Procedures: http://icas-ca.org/Websites/icasca/images/IGETC_STANDARDS_FINAL_VERSION_2.0.pdf

UC Credit granted for AP exams: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/counselors/exam-credit/ap-credits/index.html

Course Identification Numbering System (C-ID)

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 next to a course signals that participating California colleges and universities have determined that courses offered by other California community colleges 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 numbering system is useful for students attending more than one community college and is applied to many of the transferable courses students need as preparation for transfer with an AA-T or AS-T degree. Students should always check with a counselor to determine how C-ID designated courses fit into their educational plans 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 may consult the ASSIST database at www.assist.org for specific information on C-ID course designations. Counselors can always help students interpret or explain this information.

Associate Degrees For Transfer

California Community Colleges are now offering Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) to the CSU. These may include Associate in Arts (AA-T) or Associate in Science (AS-T) degrees. These degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. California Community College students who are awarded an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses.

Students who have been awarded an AA-T or AS-T are able to complete their remaining requirements for the 120-unit baccalaureate degree within 60 semester or 90 quarter units.

To view the most current list of Golden West College Associate Degrees for Transfer and to find out which CSU campuses accept each degree, please go to: goldenwestcollege.edu/academics/ and http://calstate.edu/transfer/adt-search/search.shtml

Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.

A public website for students, parents, and high school teachers and counselors is located at: www.ADegreeWithAGuarantee.com.