Academic Catalogs

Transfer Planning

This section of the catalog is designed to help students plan an academic program for transfer to a four-year college or university. It includes information about the transfer process as well as general education. Since transfer requirements change frequently, students should meet with a counselor regularly to plan an academic program which will assure a smooth transition to the transfer institution of their choice.

The requirements listed in this section were updated at the time of publication; however, changes may have occurred after publication. Current Transfer Curriculum Guides and official articulation agreements are available in the Counseling Center, Transfer Center, and on the Transfer Center website.

Transferable Courses

The majority of courses identified in this catalog are transferable to the University of California and California State University for degree credit. Specific coursework will also meet general education, lower-division major preparation, or graduation requirements. UC transfer designations are noted in the course description.

All courses numbered G100 - G299 will transfer to the California State University for credit toward the baccalaureate degree. To determine if an individual course will also satisfy particular major or general education requirements, students should consult a Golden West College counselor or the Transfer Center. 

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. The Transfer Center can assist students to find the specific campuses where their particular major is offered. Most majors require that certain lower-division courses be completed during the first and/or second year of college. These courses are approved as equivalents to the university 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.

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 needed to meet transfer admission requirements. Additionally, the SEP will outline key admission filing periods and other considerations for transfer admission. 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.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

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.

The CSU 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 CSU CLEP link to see the original document.

Historical CSU CLEP exam credit and changes.

College Board CLEP information. 

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

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 Passing Score AA/AS GE Area 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 (A) 3 50 3 3 B4
Chemistry 50 3 (B) 3 50 3 3 B1
College Algebra 50 3 (A) 3 50 3 3 B4
College Algebra-Trig 50 3 (A) 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 (A) 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 0 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 (A) 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

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 A - Literature (any language, except English) HL C - 3 units N/A 0 3B & 6A (UC only) - 3 units 5.3
Language A - Language and Literature (any language, except English) HL C - 3 units N/A 0 3B & 6A (UC only) - 3 units 5.3
Language A1 - Literature (any language) HL C - 3 units C21 - 3 units (F13 removed from CSUGE) 61 3B - 3 units 5.3
Language A2 - Language and Literature (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 - Historical CSU IB exam credit and changes

IGETC: IGETC Standards 2.1

UC: Credit granted for IB exams

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 A B4 - 3 sem. units 1 3 sem. units 1 2A - 3 sem. units 4 quart/2.6 sem. units2
Calculus BC MATH G180 - 5 sem. units A B4 - 3 sem. units 1 6 sem. units 1 2A - 3 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units2
Calculus BC3 MATH G180 + MATH G1853 - 10 sem. units A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Calculus BC/ AB Subscore4 MATH G180 - 5 sem. units A B4 - 3 sem. units 3 sem. units 2A - 3 sem. units N/A
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. units 1 N/A 8 quart./5.3 sem. units6 (after F18)
Computer Science AB CSCI G154 - 4 sem. units N/A 6 sem. units 1 N/A N/A
Computer Science Principles N/A N/A 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. units7
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. units7
Environmental Science 4 sem. units B B1 + B3 - 4 sem. units 8 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 FREN G185 - 5 sem. units C C2-6 sem. units (before F09) 6 sem. units (before F09) N/A N/A
French Language FREN G185 - 5 sem. units C C2-3 sem. units (before F11) 6 sem. units (before F11) N/A N/A
French Language and Culture FREN G185 - 5 sem. units C C2 - 3 sem. units 6 sem. units 3B + 6A - 3 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units
French Literature 3 sem. units C C2 (3 sem. units) - (before F09) 6 sem. units (before F09) N/A N/A
German Language 5 sem. units C2-6 sem. units (before F09) 6 sem. units (before F09) N/A N/A
German Language 5 sem. units C2-3 sem. units (before F11) 6 sem. units (before F11) N/A N/A
German Language and Culture GRMN G180 - 5 sem. units C C2 - 3 sem. units 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-29 - 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 (2013 and after)
Latin Literature 3 sem. units C C2 (3 sem. units) (before F09) 6 sem. units (before F09) N/A N/A
Latin: Vergil 3 sem. units C C2 - 3 sem. units (before F12) 3 sem. units (before F12) 3B + 6A - 3 sem. units N/A
Macro Economics ECON G175 - 3 sem. units D D - 3 sem. units 3 sem. units 4 - 3 sem. units 4 quart./2.6 sem. units
Micro Economics ECON G170 - 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) - (before F09) 6 sem. units (before F09) N/A 8 quart./5.3 sem. units
Physics 1 PHYS G12014 - 4 sem. units B B1 + B311 - 4 sem. units 4 sem. units 11 5A + 5C - 4 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units12
Physics 2 PHYS G12510 - 4 sem. units B B1 + B311 - 4 sem. units 4 sem. units 11 5A + 5C - 4 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units12
Physics B PHYS G110 + PHYS G111 - 4 sem. units 10 B B1 + B311 - 4 sem. units (before F09) 6 sem. units 11 (before F09) 5A + 5C - 4 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units12
Physics B PHYS G110 + PHYS G111 - 4 sem. units 10 B B1 + B3 11 - 4 sem. units (before F13) 6 sem. units 11 (before F13) N/A N/A
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. units12
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. units12
Psychology PSYC G100 - 3 sem. units D D - 3 sem. units 3 sem. units 4 - 3 sem. units 4 quart./2.6 sem. units
Seminar N/A N/A N/A 3 sem. units N/A N/A
Spanish Language SPAN G180 + SPAN G185 - 10 sem. units C C2 - 6 sem. units (before S14) 6 sem. units (before F14) N/A (Spanish Language no longer offered)
Spanish Language and Culture SPAN G180 + SPAN G185 - 10 sem. units C C2 - 3 sem. units 6 sem. units 3B + 6A - (3 units) 8 quart./5.3 sem. units
Spanish Literature 3 sem. units C - 3 sem. units C2 - 6 sem. units (before S13) 6 sem. units (before S13) N/A N/A
Spanish Literature and Culture 3 sem. units C - 3 sem. units C2 - 3 sem. units 6 sem. units 3B + 6A - 3 sem. units 8 quart./5.3 sem. units
Statistics MATH G160 - 4 sem. units A B4 - 3 sem. units 3 sem. units 2A - 3 sem. units 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. units13
Studio Art – 3D ART G109 - 3 sem. units C N/A 3 sem. units N/A 8 quart./5.3 sem. units13
Studio Art – Drawing N/A N/A N/A 3 sem. units N/A 8 quart./5.3 sem. units13
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. See individual UC and 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. See individual UC and 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 may 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.

College Board: AP Courses & Exams 

CSU: AP Chart (for current CSU AP information).

CSU: Historical CSU AP exam credit and changes

IGETC GE: IGETC Standards 2.1

UC Transfer Credit: UC Credit granted for AP exams

UC AP major preparation individual campuses

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 with a GWC Counselor or the Transfer Center to confirm C-ID equivalent coursework and help with interpretation of C-ID notations. 

Associate Degrees For Transfer

California Community Colleges and Golden West College offer 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 ADT degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing to the CSU system. Additional priority consideration may be given to a student's 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 apply to the CSU with an ADT will also require "verification" of the degree status. Students should check with the Transfer Center for updates on this process. 

Students who have been awarded an ADT 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 visit goldenwestcollege.edu/academics/ and http://calstate.edu/transfer/adt-search/search.shtml. Additional information on the Associate Degree for Transfer program can be found online at www.ADegreeWithAGuarantee.com.

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.