General Education Requirements
Associate's Degrees and Bachelor's Degrees consist of two main components:
- General Education (GE) classes
- Major classes
GE courses include courses in English, Mathematics, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical
and Biological Sciences.
It is recommended that you review the following GE plans and select the appropriate
one to follow.
Associate Degree GE Pattern
This is the pattern followed by students planning to earn an A.S. or A.A. degree from
GE Options for Transfer
The CSU pattern is recommended for community college students who plan to transfer to a CSU system and want to complete lower division coursework for general education. This pattern
is recommended for students earning the AA-T or AS-T.
New CSU Area F- Ethnic Studies Requirement
Beginning Fall 2021, the California State University system added a new requirement to CSUGE Breadth,
Area F- Ethnic Studies. Any new students beginning at Foothill College in Fall 2021
or after will be required to complete one course in Ethnic Studies as part of general
Important Notes About CSUGE Pattern Year
For NEW STUDENTS or RETURNING STUDENTS who have lost catalog rights: If you are planning to follow the CSUGE Breadth beginning Fall 2021, you must use
the 2021-2022 CSUGE pattern.
For CONTINUING STUDENTS who have maintained your catalog rights: You may choose to follow the 2020-21 CSUGE pattern or the 2021-22 CSUGE pattern.
By successfully completing this pattern, community college students satisfy the general education requirements at both the University of California (UC)
and the California State University (CSU).
Note: Some majors, such as engineering, physical and natural sciences require extensive
major preparation requirements in which case, IGETC is not recommended for these majors.
GE Transfer Guide 2021-2022
For a more detailed overview, download our GE Transfer Guide.
For assistance with which GE pattern is best for you, meet with a counselor.