Academic Catalogs

Transfer Student Course Requirements

A student can transfer from Orange Coast College to a four-year college or university as a junior without loss of time or credits by completing the following:

  1. Lower Division Major Requirements: These courses should be completed before transferring. They provide background and preparation in order to concentrate on the major beginning in the junior year. Course requirements for specific majors and schools are listed in the Transfer Curriculum Guides. These Guides are available in the Counseling Center and Transfer Center in Watson Hall.
  2. General Education Requirements: These are the courses required of everyone to obtain a degree regardless of major. They are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding which will enable them to function as intelligent and creative members of the community. Courses in writing, critical thinking, mathematics, sciences, arts and humanities, and the social sciences are included in general education.
  3. Electives: These are transferable courses of choice taken in addition to courses for the major and general education requirements.

Lower Division Major Requirements

Most majors at four-year colleges and universities require the completion of one or more lower division courses as preparation for upper division coursework. Orange Coast College offers courses to meet the lower division requirements for most majors at most four-year schools.

Transfer Curriculum Guides are available that list the requirements for specific majors at UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, San Diego State, San Francisco State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Chapman and USC. Additional schools are included on most of the Guides. The Guides are available in the Counseling Center, the Transfer Center and on the Transfer Center website at www.orangecoastcollege.edu/transfer

Students should check the catalog of the college they wish to transfer to and meet with their counselor for additional information about major programs and requirements.

The courses listed below are required for the major at most four-year schools; however, many colleges require additional coursework to complete the lower division major requirements. The course information given below has been edited for catalog publication purposes and may not accurately reflect recent changes or total course requirements for particular programs or schools.

Advertising

Course Title Units
CMST A180Introduction to Mass Communications3
Additional coursework may be required in Communications, Economics, Marketing and/or Political Science.

Anthrop­­ology

Course Title Units
ANTH A100Cultural Anthropology3
or ANTH A100H Cultural Anthropology Honors
ANTH A185/A185LPhysical Anthropology3
ANTH A280Introduction to Archaeology3
Additional coursework may be required in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and/or Physics.

Architecture/Landscape Architecture

Course Title Units
ARCH A105Architectural Drawing and Design Visualization 12
ARCH A110Introduction to Architecture2
ARCH A115Architectural Design and Theory 14
ARCH A180Architectural Construction Documents4
ARCH A185Environmental Design Systems4
ARCH A205Architectural Drawing and Design Visualization 23
ARCH A215Architectural Drawing and Design Theory 24
Additional coursework may be required in Architecture, Art, Drafting, Engineering, English, Mathematics and/or Physics. Landscape Architecture requires coursework in Horticulture.

Art

Course Title Units
ART A100History and Appreciation of Western Art: Prehistory Through Gothic3
or ART A100 History and Appreciation of Western Art: Prehistory Through Gothic
ART A101History and Appreciation of Western Art: Proto-Renaissance through Post Impressionism3
or ART A101H Honors History and Appreciation of Western Art: Proto-Renaissance through Post Impressionism
ART A110Color and Design: Two-Dimensional3
ART A111Color and Design: Three-Dimensional3
ART A120Beginning Drawing3
or ART A120H Beginning Drawing Honors
Additional coursework may be required in Art, Film and/or Photography

Biology

Course Title Units
BIOL A180Introduction to Biology for Majors 1: Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL A185Introduction to Biology for Majors 2: Ecology, Evolution, Diversity, and Physiology 15
CHEM A180General Chemistry A5
CHEM A185General Chemistry B5
CHEM A220Organic Chemistry A3
CHEM A225Organic Chemistry B3
PHYS A130University Physics 1 (non-majors)4
PHYS A135University Physics 2 (non-majors)4
MATH A180Calculus 14
or MATH A180H Calculus 1 Honors
MATH A185Calculus 24
or MATH A185H Calculus 2 Honors
Additional coursework may be required in Biology and/or Mathematics. Some schools will accept Physics A120 & A125 instead of A130 & A135.

Business (CSU)

Course Title Units
ACCT A101Financial Accounting4
ACCT A102Managerial Accounting4
BUS A110Business Law3
ECON A170Microeconomics3
ECON A175Macroeconomics3
CIS A111Introduction to Computer Information Systems3
MATH A115College Algebra4
or MATH A155 Finite Mathematics with Applications
MATH A140Business Calculus4
MATH A160Introduction to Statistics4
Additional coursework may be required in Accounting, Business, Computer Science, Mathematics and/or Philosophy. CSU Fullerton requires Accounting A110 in addition to A101 & A102. CSULB requires Math A140 and A155.

Business (UC and Independent)

For UC, see www.assist.org to obtain updated course list. Independent colleges are listed Private colleges link on the transfer web page.

Chemistry

Course Title Units
CHEM A180General Chemistry A5
CHEM A185General Chemistry B5
CHEM A220Organic Chemistry A3
CHEM A225Organic Chemistry B3
MATH A180Calculus 14
or MATH A180H Calculus 1 Honors
MATH A185Calculus 24
or MATH A185H Calculus 2 Honors
MATH A280Calculus 34
or MATH A280H Calculus 3 Honors
PHYS A185Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS A280Calculus Based Physics: Electricty/Magnetism4
PHYS A285Calculus Based Physics: Modern4
Additional coursework may be required in Biology, Chemistry and/or Mathematics.

Child Development

Course Title Units
HMDV A180Child Growth and Development3
Additional coursework may be required in Biology, Early Childhood, Food and Nutrition, Human Development, Psychology and/or Sociology.

Computer Science

See Transfer Curriculum Guide for requirements.

Criminal Justice and Law

For UC, see www.assist.org to obtain updated course list. Independent colleges are listed. Private colleges link on the transfer web page.

Dance

For UC, see www.assist.org to obtain updated course list. Independent colleges are listed. Private colleges link on the transfer web page.

Economics

Course Title Units
ECON A170Microeconomics3
ECON A175Macroeconomics3
MATH A180Calculus 14
or MATH A180H Calculus 1 Honors
MATH A185Calculus 24
or MATH A185H Calculus 2 Honors
Additional coursework may be required in Accounting, Business and/or Mathematics.

Engineering

See Transfer Curriculum Guide for requirements.

English

Course Title Units
ENGL A100Freshman Composition3
ENGL A101Critical Reasoning: Fiction4
or ENGL A101H Critical Reasoning: Fiction Honors
ENGL A270British Literature To 18003
ENGL A275British Literature After 18003
Additional coursework may be required in Communications, English, Foreign Language, History, Philosophy and/or Speech.

Environmental Studies

For UC, see www.assist.org to obtain updated course list. Independent colleges are listed. Private colleges link on the transfer web page.

Family and Consumer Science

For UC, see www.assist.org to obtain updated course list. Independent colleges are listed. Private colleges link on the transfer web page.

Film

For UC, see www.assist.org to obtain updated course list. Independent colleges are listed. Private colleges link on the transfer web page.

Food Science and Nutrition

See Transfer Curriculum Guide for requirements.

Foreign Languages

Foreign Language through A285H.

Forestry/Natural Resources Management

Course Title Units
BIOL A180Introduction to Biology for Majors 1: Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL A185Introduction to Biology for Majors 2: Ecology, Evolution, Diversity, and Physiology5
or
BIOL A182
A182L
Zoology
and Zoology Lab
4
and
BIOL A183
A183L
Botany
and Botany Lab
4
CHEM A180General Chemistry A5
MATH A180Calculus 14
or MATH A180H Calculus 1 Honors
Additional coursework may be required in Anthropology, Biology, Computer Science, Chemistry, Ecology, Economics, Geology, History, Mathematics, Physics and/or Political Science.

Geography

Course Title Units
GEOG A180Physical Geography3
or GEOG A180H Physical Geography Honors
GEOG A185Cultural Geography3
Additional coursework may be required in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, Marine Science, Mathematics and/or Political Science.

Geology

Course Title Units
CHEM A180General Chemistry A5
CHEM A185General Chemistry B5
GEOL A110Physical Geology4
GEOL A185/A185LEvolution of the Earth3
MATH A180Calculus 14
or MATH A180H Calculus 1 Honors
MATH A185Calculus 24
or MATH A185H Calculus 2 Honors
PHYS A185Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS A280Calculus Based Physics: Electricty/Magnetism4
PHYS A285Calculus Based Physics: Modern4
Additional coursework may be required in Biology, Chemistry, Geology and/or Mathematics.

Health Sciences

See Transfer Curriculum Guide for requirements.

History

For UC, see www.assist.org to obtain updated course list. Independent colleges are listed. Private colleges link on the transfer web page.

Horticulture

Course Title Units
BIOL A183/A183LBotany3
CHEM A180General Chemistry A5
CHEM A185General Chemistry B5
HORT A181Ornamental Trees3
HORT A182Ornamental Shrubs3
HORT A183Plant Propogation3
Additional coursework may be required in Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science and/or Mathematics.

Hotel and Food Service Management

Course Title Units
ACCT A101Financial Accounting4
ACCT A102Managerial Accounting4
CIS A111Introduction to Computer Information Systems3
CA A100Introduction to the Hospitality Industry3
ECON A170Microeconomics3
ECON A175Macroeconomics3
Additional coursework may be required in Biology, Business, Chemistry, Culinary Arts, Food and Nutrition, Food Service Management, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology and/or Speech.

Interior Design

For UC, see www.assist.org to obtain updated course list. Independent colleges are listed. Private colleges link on the transfer web page.

Kinesiology

For UC, see www.assist.org to obtain updated course list. Independent colleges are listed. Private colleges link on the transfer web page.

Journalism

Course Title Units
CMST A180Introduction to Mass Communications3
JOUR A110News Writing and Reporting3
Additional coursework may be required in Computer Information Systems, Economics, Film and/or Photography.

Liberal Studies

For UC, see www.assist.org to obtain updated course list. Independent colleges are listed. Private colleges link on the transfer web page.

Marine Science/Oceanography

Course Title Units
BIOL A180Introduction to Biology for Majors 1: Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL A185Introduction to Biology for Majors 2: Ecology, Evolution, Diversity, and Physiology5
or
BIOL A182
A182L
Zoology
and Zoology Lab
4
and
BIOL A183
A183L
Botany
and Botany Lab
4
CHEM A180General Chemistry A5
CHEM A185General Chemistry B5
MATH A180Calculus 14
or MATH A180H Calculus 1 Honors
MATH A185Calculus 24
or MATH A185H Calculus 2 Honors
PHYS A130University Physics 1 (non-majors)4
PHYS A135University Physics 2 (non-majors)4
Additional coursework may be required in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Marine Science and/or Mathematics.

Mathematics

Course Title Units
MATH A180Calculus 14
or MATH A180H Calculus 1 Honors
MATH A185Calculus 24
or MATH A185H Calculus 2 Honors
Select one of the following:3
Calculus 3
Calculus 3 Honors
Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations Honors
Additional coursework may be required in Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and/or Physics.

Music

Course Title Units
MUS A180Theory 13
MUS A185Theory 23
MUS A280Theory 33
MUS A285Theory 43
Majors must demonstrate keyboard proficiency. Additional coursework may be required in Foreign Language and/or Music.

Philosophy

For UC, see www.assist.org to obtain updated course list. Independent colleges are listed. Private colleges link on the transfer web page.

Physics/Astronomy

Course Title Units
MATH A180Calculus 14
or MATH A180H Calculus 1 Honors
MATH A185Calculus 24
or MATH A185H Calculus 2 Honors
MATH A280Calculus 34
or MATH A280H Calculus 3 Honors
PHYS A185Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS A280Calculus Based Physics: Electricty/Magnetism4
PHYS A285Calculus Based Physics: Modern4
Additional coursework may be required in Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science and/ or Mathematics.

Political Science

Course Title Units
PSCI A180American Government3
or PSCI A180H American Government Honors
PSCI A185Comparative Politics3
Additional coursework may be required in Computer Science, Economics, History, Mathematics and/or Political Science.

Public Relations

Course Title Units
CMST A180Introduction to Mass Communications3
JOUR A110News Writing and Reporting3
Additional coursework may be required in Computer Information Systems, Economics, Film, Marketing, Photography and/or Political Science.

Religious Studies

For UC, see www.assist.org to obtain updated course list. Independent colleges are listed. Private colleges link on the transfer web page.

Social Ecology

Course Title Units
MATH A160Introduction to Statistics4
PSYC A100Introduction to Psychology3
or PSYC A100H Introduction to Psychology Honors
PSYC A280Introduction to Experimental Methods4
SOC A100Introduction to Sociology3
or SOC A100H Introduction to Sociology Honors

Social Science

See Transfer Curriculum Guide for requirements.

Social Work

Course Title Units
MATH A160Introduction to Statistics4
PSYC A100Introduction to Psychology3
or PSYC A100H Introduction to Psychology Honors
SOC A100Introduction to Sociology3
or SOC A100H Introduction to Sociology Honors
Additional coursework may be required in Anthropology, Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and/ or Speech.

Speech and Communicative Disorders

For UC, see www.assist.org to obtain updated course list. Independent colleges are listed. Private colleges link on the transfer web page.

Teaching

Students wishing to teach in the public schools in California must obtain the appropriate credential. Both the Multiple Subjects Credential and the Single Subject Credential require the completion of specific coursework. The completion of a teaching credential program usually requires five years of college. Most of the lower division coursework required for these programs is offered at OCC.

Technology

See Transfer Curriculum Guide for requirements.

Theatre Arts

Course Title Units
THEA A106Acting Fundamentals3
THEA A107Acting 23
Additional coursework is required in Theatre Arts.

Certification of General Education for Transfer to UC or CSU

Upon a student’s request, Orange Coast College will verify the completion of lower division general education requirements for transfer to the University of California (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) or the California State University (either the CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum). Students who transfer without certification will have to meet the general education requirements of the specific UC or CSU campus to which they are transferring. Meeting these requirements usually necessitates taking additional courses.

Both CSU General Education Breadth and the IGETC should be completed in their entirety prior to transfer. Students can request partial certification of CSU General Education Breadth sub-areas if all requirements within the sub-area are met. Students using the IGETC who are missing no more than two courses prior to matriculation at a four-year institution may request partial certification during any term except in the final term prior to graduation from the four-year institution.

Students who have taken courses at other colleges can have these courses “passed along” in the certification process. OCC will certify courses taken at other California community colleges and CSU in the areas designated by the offering college. Courses taken at California four-year colleges or out-of-state two- or four-year colleges will be certified if they are equivalent to courses on the IGETC or CSU General Education Breadth list taught at any of the California community colleges. Courses from foreign institutions cannot be used in the certification process.

Students requesting CSU General Education Breadth certification must complete at least 12 of the 39 required units at OCC.

OCC will certify courses only once. Certification is not automatic and must be requested after the completion of the last term, prior to transfer. This request should be made in the Enrollment Center in Watson Hall when final transcripts are sent to UC or CSU. Courses taken at other colleges after a student has left OCC will not be certified.

A course used in the certification process must be on either the IGETC or the CSU General Education Breadth list during the term in which it is taken. If a course is taken before it is approved for inclusion on the list, it cannot be certified. Similarly, a course which is taken after it has been removed from the list cannot be certified.

OCC will also certify the completion of the CSU American Institutions Requirement for students following either IGETC or CSU General Education Breadth.