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Plan B/CSU General Education Requirements

          SCC Plan B - The CSU General Education Breadth Program         

The CSU General Education-Breadth (GE-Breadth) program allows California community college transfer students to fulfill lower-division general education requirements at any CSU campus prior to transfer. The CSU-GE breadth pattern at SCC is known as Plan B.

For most students who transfer to the CSU, completing general education classes should be a priority along with pre-major coursework.  Completion of general education courses before transfer is usually the most efficient path to transfer.  

The CSU requires 48 GE-Breadth units.  Thirty-nine of the forty-eight required units can be completed at Santiago Canyon College.  The remaining nine units are upper-division courses and must be completed at the transfer CSU campus.

          Highest Priority Courses         

Most CSU campuses require students to complete a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter units of the Plan B/CSU-GEGeneral or the Plan C/IGETC prior to transfer. The Plan B/CSU GE-breadth pattern is divided into five areas of study.  Within either pattern, the highest-priority classes are the three courses in the English language and one course in mathematics:

·  Oral communications

·  English composition

·  Critical thinking

·  A general education course in mathematics

          High Unit Majors         

If you are enrolled in high-unit majors such as engineering, some math-based fields, science, and other technical majors, you are highly encouraged to meet with a Santiago Canyon College counselor to plan general education and major preparation courses.   CSU campuses do allow high-unit majors to take fewer general education courses before transfer.

However, you will need to meet the general education requirements in order to graduate.  So if you enroll at a CSU campus with few general education units, completion of your baccalaureate program may take longer than expected.

Completion and certification of the 39 unit Plan B/CSU-GE Breadth pattern is not an admission requirement to a CSU campus, nor does it guarantee admission to the campus or major of choice.