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GE and IGETC Certification

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What is Certification?

The certification process guarantees that a student has met certain general education requirements by completing specific cousework.

If you don't have a Certification when you transfer, you may not be granted proper credit for the courses you have completed.

Students may choose the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum pattern, called "IGETC", or the California State University General Education pattern (CSU GE).

The University of California System accepts IGETC, while the California State University System excepts either IGETC or CSU GE.

What is the Difference Between IGETC and GE Certification?


  • Students who choose this pattern are usually those who transfer to a U.C. Not all majors use this pattern; check with a counselor.
  • Counselors are the only college staff who currently "certify" the IGETC pattern.
  • If you have chosen this pattern you should have met with a counselor to plan coursework.


  • Students who choose this pattern are those who transfer to a CSU.
  • Only the records office staff certifies transcripts for  CSU  GE; GE Certification is done at the time of transfer, and must be accompanied by an official transcript.
  • You should have met with a counselor to plan for this GE pattern.


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