Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Certificate of Achievement


The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is a general education pattern that will fulfill all lower division general education requirements at all California State University (CSU) campuses and most University of California (UC) campuses/majors. It is also accepted by some private/independent or out-of-state universities. IGETC is usually recommended for students who intend to transfer to a UC campus, or who are not yet sure of their intended transfer university. Completion of the IGETC pattern is not an admission requirement for transfer to most UC or CSU campuses, nor is it the only way to fulfill the lower division GE requirements of a UC or CSU campus prior to transfer.

Two General Education Certificate Options for Students Planning to Transfer

Students should consult with a counselor to determine which general education pattern is most appropriate for their individual educational goals. The two certificate options are California State University (CSU) General Education Breadth Certificate of Achievement and Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Certificate.

Earnings Potential

A certificate of achievement in Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum offers you the salary potential of $25,692 two years after graduation from Taft College, with expected increases to $47,516 at five years, based on five-year studies of graduates by California Community Colleges. These do not reflect salaries with a four-year degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • Demonstrate an ability to think logically and critically in solving problems; explain conclusions; and evaluate, support, or critique the thinking of others through effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate the abilities to reason quantitatively, practice computational skills, and explain and apply mathematical or quantitative reasoning concepts to solve problems.
  • Cultivate intellect, imagination, sensibility, and sensitivity; respond subjectively as well as objectively to aesthetic experiences and develop an understanding of the integrity of both emotional and intellectual responses; and refine their affective, cognitive, and physical capacities through studying works of the human imagination.
  • Develop a better understanding of the interrelationship between the self and the creative arts and of the humanities in a variety of cultures.
  • Develop an understanding of problems and issues from the respective disciplinary perspectives and will examine issues in their contemporary as well as historical settings and in a variety of cultural contexts; and explore the principles, methodologies, value systems and ethics employed in social scientific inquiry.
  • Develop knowledge of scientific theories, concepts, and data about both living and non-living systems; achieve an understanding and appreciation of scientific principles and the scientific method, as well as the potential limits of scientific endeavors and the value systems and ethics associated with human inquiry.

Course Requirements

Link to the detailed list of courses required. Please note: This link goes to the Taft College Catalog, an external website.

Area 1: English Communication
Area 2: Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning
Area 3: Arts and Humanities
Area 4: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Area 5: Physical and Biological Sciences
Area 6: Language other than English

Total Credit Hours Required for IGETC: 45-56

Courses approved for IGETC are responsive to the need for students to develop knowledge of, or skills related to, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, intellectual inquiry, global awareness and understanding, human diversity, civic engagement, communication competence, ethical decision-making, environmental systems, and technology. Completion of this certificate ensures that the student has met the lower division General Education requirements for all CSU and UC campuses. To achieve the Certificate of Achievement, a “C” grade or higher is required in each course. 

Recommended: US History-Constitutional and American Ideals

This is not an IGETC requirement; however, these courses should be completed prior to transferring to any CSU campus. Courses in this area can double count with general education.

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