The CSU provides California Community College transfers with three systemwide options for fulfilling CSU lower division general education requirements: CSU General Education (GE) Breadth, the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), and for those applicants pursuing a high-unit major such as engineering, some math-based fields, science, or other technical majors, GE Breadth for STEM Majors. You can explore the two programs and then you can discuss with your community college transfer counselor which general education pattern will meet your transfer goals.
Completion of general education (GE) courses prior to transfer is usually the most efficient path to successfully transfer to the CSU. Completing general education classes should be a priority along with coursework that prepares you for your major. You can complete a maximum of 39 semester(58.5 quarter) units of CSU GE Breadth or 37 semester (55.5 quarter) units (# of IGETC) before transferring to a CSU.
Most CSU campuses require students to complete a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter units of the GE Breadth Requirement or the IGETC. Within either pattern, the highest-priority classes are the four basic skills courses that are required for admission.
If you are pursuing a high-unit major such as engineering, some math-based fields, science, or other technical majors, you will need to work closely with a community college transfer counselor and your academic advisor to plan which classes you should take for upper-division transfer. Some CSU campuses do allow high-unit majors to take fewer general education courses by following the GE Breadth for STEM before transfer. Just remember, ultimately you will need to meet the general education requirements in order to graduate from CSU. If you enroll at CSU with few general education units, completion of your baccalaureate program may take longer than expected. Good planning with your counselor and advisor is essential if you enroll in a high-unit major.