Transfer 101: The Basics


Complete the first two years of your Bachelor's degree at MJC!

Being a transfer student means you are completing the first two years of your Bachelor's degree at MJC.

1. Unit requirements: The average bachelor's degree program requires that you complete 124 units. Those units are divided into lower division (freshman and sophomore) and upper division (junior and senior) coursework. You must complete at least 60 transferrable units at MJC to reach junior standing (upper division status). Community colleges do not offer upper division coursework, so you will transfer to a university to complete those units and graduate with a bachelor's degree.

2. Subject requirements: In addition to the unit requirement for your degree, there are subject area requirements. Those requirements may be for general education, major preparation or both. If you complete all of your subject requirements and have not reached 60 units, you will take elective courses of your choosing before you can transfer.

3. The golden four: What is the Golden Four? On the CSU GE Blue Pattern, the golden four are: English 101, Critical Thinking, Speech 100, 102 or 110 and a transferable-level math. On IGETC Green Pattern, the golden four are English 101, Critical Thinking, Speech 100, 102 or 110 (Required for CSU Only) and a transferable-level math. If you fail to complete any of these courses by the end of the spring prior to your fall transfer you will not be accepted to a CSU or a UC. The earlier you complete these courses, the more competitive you will become and the more you will increase the possibility of being to the CSU or UC of your choice.

4. General education: Most of your lower division courses will be for the purposes of general education (GE). Each institution has its own GE pattern that describes the number of units in each subject area that you must complete for graduation. There are GE patterns that are accepted by the entire California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems for transfer to any of their campuses. The CSU and UC require that students complete their lower division GE before transfer. At MJC if you know you are transferring to a CSU, you will follow the BLUE SHEET (CSU GE Transfer Pattern), and if you are not sure if you are transferring to a CSU or UC or you know for sure you will transfer to a UC then you should follow the GREEN SHEET (IGETC Transfer Pattern). CAUTION! IGETC is NOT recommended for certain high unit majors like Biology or Engineering. Please check with a counselor to determine if you should follow the IGETC pattern.

5. Major preparation: Your bachelor's degree will be granted in a specific discipline (your major). The university faculty that teaches in your major determines the unit and subject requirements for the degree. (You will petition to enter your major as a junior.) Among those requirements is lower division major preparation through which you demonstrate interest and ability in your chosen major. Some majors require very little such preparation, while other majors require many courses. Some of the preparation for your major can also be used to meet GE requirements. It is important to choose a major early and find out about the preparation that you will need to be admitted to your major. The UC requires that students complete most, if not all, of their major preparation before transfer. See ASSIST.ORG to find out what the major prep is for your major.

6. Grades: Your overall academic performance, as measured by your grade point average (GPA), is another factor in being admitted to a university and earning your degree. There are minimum GPAs (usually around a "C" average) set for transfer students that vary slightly by system or institution. A higher minimum GPA is required for admission to impacted campuses or majors. It is important for you to do well in your classes in order to increase your transfer choices and chances.
MJC offers a rigorous course of study to prepare you for success when you transfer. The Transfer Center provides accurate, up-to-date information and a set of coordinated resources activities, and services that support the transfer process. Make an appointment with one of MJC's many counselors to find out more about how to transfer to the university of your choice.