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    Feb 29, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog: September 2022 Edition 
2022-2023 Catalog: September 2022 Edition [ARCHIVED]

Graduation Requirements

  • Earning a Certificate   
    • Waiver of Certificate Requirements, Application for Evaluation, Certificates of Achievement, Certificates of Proficiency, Certificates of Competency
  • Earning an Associate Degree  
    • Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Degrees, Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), Multiple Majors
  • Associate Degree Graduation Requirements  
    • Filing Deadlines, CSU GE Breadth and IGETC Certification, Commencement, Second Degree Requirements

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)

To view the IGETC form, select 2022-23 IGETC Requirements General information may be found below. For more specific information or the most current version of the form, please see a counselor before enrolling in these courses.

The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is a series of courses prospective transfer students attending California community colleges may complete to satisfy the lower-division breadth/general education requirements at both the University of California and the California State University. It was developed to simplify the transfer process for students. The University of California has developed an agreement with each California community college that specifies which of its courses may be applied to each category of the IGETC. All IGETC coursework does not have to be completed at the same college. Courses taken at more than one California community college may be used to fulfill the IGETC. However, the application of courses to IGETC subject areas may vary from college to college. 

The IGETC is most helpful to students who want to keep their options open­ and/or those who know they want to transfer but have not yet decided upon a particular institution, campus or major. Certain students, however, will not be well served by following the IGETC.  If students intend to transfer into a major that requires extensive lower-division preparation, such as engineering or the physical and natural sciences, they should concentrate on completing the many prerequisites for the major that the college screens for to determine eligibility for admission (see IGETC Exceptions, below). Irvine Valley College counselors or UC or CSU admissions representatives can give students additional information about IGETC and advise them of which path is best for each student. 

Completing the lower-division breadth/general education requirements-through the IGETC and/or the campus-specific major requirements (depending upon the program)-may improve a transfer applicant’s chances for admission to a competitive campus and/or program. 

GPA REQUIREMENT: IGETC courses must be completed with a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” or “P.” For “P” (“Pass”) grades, students are allowed a limited number of units-preferably not in Area 1 (writing courses) and Area 2 (math and statistics courses) and certainly not for major preparation courses. These courses should be completed for a letter grade.

APPLYING COURSES: Courses may be used only once to satisfy one IGETC subject area, even if they are listed in the course agreement under more than one subject area. Courses may be used to satisfy both the IGETC and major requirements.

IGETC CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT: Students who complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) and who submit for IGETC certification on MySite will be awarded a certificate of achievement by Irvine Valley College. 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IGETC EXCEPTIONS: Students with a substantial amount of coursework from institutions outside the United States should consult with a counselor. Visit for more information. 

IGETC for STEM: Students who are completing the Associate Degree for Transfer in Biology or Environmental Science must concentrate on their math and science major preparation coursework. Thus, students in these majors may complete the IGETC for STEM before transfer. They consist of all courses in Areas 1 (except 1C for UC-bound students), Area 2, and Area 5 and one course in Area 3A, one course in Area 3B, and two courses in Area 4 from two different disciplines.