A degree with a guarantee

California Community Colleges offer associate degrees for transfer to the CSU. These may include Associate in Arts (AA-T) or Associate in Science (AS-T) degrees. These degrees provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree.

What makes a degree for transfer special?

  • AA-T or AS-T degree awards guarantee admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system.
  • Students are given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses.

Is an ADT right for me?

Yes! Associate degrees for transfer:

  • Make college more affordable
  • Tailor your education to your end goals
  • Mean your course credits go with you
  • Help reduce anxiety with guaranteed admission

Meet with a counselor to review your transfer options and to develop an educational plan that best meets your goals and needs.

Learn more about degrees for transfer

Discover MVC's degrees for transfer

A completed associate degree for transfer program is at least 60 units and completes half of the requirements of a bachelor's degree. Once students transfer, they are able to complete their remaining requirements within 60 semester or 90 quarter units.

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MVC's administration of justice for transfer degree focuses on the criminal justice system, its organizational components and processes, as well as its legal and public policy contexts.

The anthropology for transfer degree affords students the opportunity to study the nature of the human diversity from a genetic, archeological, linguistic and cultural basis.

Art history students learn how to identify, describe, analyze, and discuss the stylistic characteristics of a wide variety of countries, regions, and periods of European and non-European artworks.

The biology for transfer degree introduces the concepts and principles upon which biologic knowledge is based including the biochemistry, structure and function, ecology and evolution of organisms, from the levels of cells through the biosphere.

The business administration for transfer degree program provides curriculum on use of technology, application of software, accounting procedures, application of business decisions/calculations, and application of economic/business theories to develop effective business processes.

The child and adolescent development for transfer degree prepares students to study classical and contemporary research that promotes positive developmental outcomes spanning conception though emerging adulthood.

The communication studies for transfer degree prepares students to apply and analyze rhetorical principles, adapt communication styles to audience and context, and understand the relationships between and among symbols, culture and gender.

The computer science for transfer degree provides a solid preparation for transfer majors in computer science including an emphasis on object oriented programming logic in C++, computer architecture, calculus and calculus based physics.

The early childhood education for transfer degree program focuses on the theory and practice of early childhood education and care for children from birth to age eight for occupational preparation.

An economics for transfer degree provides students with an introduction to the principal concepts of macro and microeconomics, contemporary economic issues, and the global economy.

Students earning the English for transfer degree will read, analyze, and interpret diverse literary texts in order to craft academic arguments and literary analyses.

Environmental Science

An environmental science for transfer degree introduces students to environmental knowledge including the biological, chemical, and physical concepts underlying scientific theory and application to environmental issues.

The geography for transfer degree prepares students to approach the solving of real world problems through application of comparative perspectives inherent in geographic education.

Students earning the history for transfer degree will acquire a broad perspective on the human experience and appreciate how the past has shaped the present.

Journalism for transfer degree program students learn journalistic conventions for print and online media; the basics of photography and multimedia production; how to write clear and concise news and feature articles; how to apply ethical principles in the pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity; and will understand mass media in the context of history, theory and processes.

A kinesiology for transfer degree program stimulates learning and provide necessary skills for the different options of study in the practical field of kinesiology. Students explore topics such as health and fitness, wellness, personal training, pedagogy, sport coaching, and pre-physical therapy.

The mathematics for transfer degree provides students with a sufficient academic basis from which to pursue a career in mathematics, statistics, actuarial science, and education.

The music for transfer degree represents the attainment of a high level of proficiency in music theory, analysis, composition, and ear training/musicianship skills, and provides experiences in ensemble participation and solo performance.

The philosophy for transfer degree prepares students to critically analyze the work of major figures in philosophy, evaluate topics in the key areas of philosophy, clearly express philosophical ideas both in writing and orally, and demonstrate an understanding of these ideas through application to philosophical problems.


The physics for transfer degree provides a foundation in physics and mathematics for students planning to transfer into a baccalaureate program in Physics.

Students earning the political science for transfer degree learn about the social, economic and cultural dimensions of politics and are encouraged to approach all political designs and ideas critically.

A psychology for transfer degree provides students with the academic and applied tools to skillfully examine the nature of human behavior from a biopsychosocial perspective, such as biological, psychological, and social factors.

The sociology for transfer degree provides students with a sufficient academic basis from which to pursue a career in the social sciences. Students are afforded the opportunity to study the nature of the human affinity for aggregation and the complexities of societal organization.

The Spanish for transfer degree provides transfer majors with a strong foundation not only in the four basic language skills (listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking and writing), but also in the civilization and cultures of Spain and Latin America.

The studio art for transfer degree provides comprehensive instruction in applied art fundamentals. Students that pursue education in studio arts receive training on traditional and contemporary art-making processes, learn about art in cultural and historical contexts, and refine their understanding of art and visual perception skills.

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