Course Articulation General Information

Types of Articulation Agreements

General Education Articulation Agreements identify a pattern of courses that fulfill lower division general education requirements. Patterns include:

  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • CSU General Education (CSU-GE) Breadth Requirements
  • Independent College specific pattern.

Which pattern a student should follow is dependent on the transfer university and specific major being considered. Consult with a West Valley College Counselor for assistance with understanding the most appropriate choice.

  • Lower Division Major Preparation Articulation Agreements describe lower division major preparation (or courses) to be completed in order to be a eligible for transfer.
  • Elective Course Articulation Agreements describe specific courses taken at a community college that will transfer; however, do not fulfill any specific requirements (GE or Major Preparation) other than as transferable units.

The final responsibility for successfully achieving an educational goal rests with the student. Information found on these web pages is designed to be helpful; however, information is subject to frequent changes so students are strongly recommended to consult with a counselor.

Frequently Asked Questions about Course Articulation

What is articulation?

The process that facilitates the successful transfer of students from community colleges to undergraduate baccalaureate programs. It is the process of developing formal written agreements that explain how courses transfer from one institution to another, either “as comparable to” or acceptable in lieu of” specific course requirements at four year institutions.

What does articulation agreement mean?

Each university system has its own program requirements. These requirements vary with the student’s intended major. An articulation agreement is an agreement with a four-year institution that specifies which West Valley College courses may be transferred to meet general education, elective, or major requirements.

What is the process for transferability of a course?

The process begins with the approval of a course first by the Curriculum Committee. If it is approved prior to the catalog printing deadline (usually in mid spring), the course will be listed in the next academic year’s catalog. Courses approved by our Curriculum Committee and gain Board approval may be submitted for approval for inclusion on the UC Transfer Course Agreements (TCA) list and the CSU Baccalaureate list. Our courses must be approved for the Transferable Course Agreement (TCA) and CSU-B lists before any secondary agreements (such as Course to Course, IGETC, CSU- GE, or Pre-Major courses) may be initiated.

Who do I see to get my course articulated?

Requests for articulation should be made to the Articulation Officer for each course in which articulation is requested.

What are the types of articulation agreements?

  • Course-to-Course Agreement: to determine if a specific course taken at one college will satisfy a requirement at another college
  • General Education
    • CSU General Education-Breadth (CSU GE-B): courses that students may take to satisfy the lower division GE requirements for the CSU campuses.
    • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC): students may use to satisfy lower division general education requirements at the CSU or UC system. IGETC is not recommended for high unit majors (see counselor)
    • Campus Specific General Education: pattern specific to a university campus.

How long does the process for obtaining transferability take?

It takes several months to a year, or sometimes longer, to get a new course or a revised course approved for all the appropriate transfer articulation lists.

Where can I see articulation agreements online?

The ASSIST repository contains the statewide student transfer information for California public colleges. It displays reports of how course credits earned at one California public college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California's public colleges and universities (CC, CSU, UC) and therefore provides the most accurate and up-to-date information available regarding student transfer within public institutions in California."

University of California Agreement

California State University Agreement

California Private Colleges and Universities Agreement

The following list represents Articulation Agreements and/or unofficial transfer course equivalencies with selected CA private colleges and universities. Some of the information represents actual formal articulation agreements, while those without formal agreements list information made available through the university website.

Disclaimer : The websites listed below provide general information regarding transfer course equivalencies, which are for planning purposes only. Information is subject to change at any time without notice; and do not guarantee an award of transfer credit. For official evaluation of transferable courses from West Valley College, please contact the Admission Office of each university.

Private Colleges and Universities

The links below are not representative of all private institutions or all transferable courses.

Out-of-State Agreements

The following list represents Articulation Agreements and/or unofficial transfer course equivalencies with selected out-of-State colleges and universities. Some of the information represents actual formal articulation agreements, while those without formal agreements list information made available through the university website.

Disclaimer: The websites listed below provide general information regarding transfer course equivalencies, which are for planning purposes only. Information is subject to change at any time without notice; and do not guarantee an award of transfer credit. For official evaluation of transferable courses from West Valley College, please contact the Admission Office of each university.

The links below are not representative of all private institutions or all transferable courses.

A

Arizona State

Augusta Georgia State

B

Bastyr University Washington

Boise State University

Brandman University

Brigham Young University-Hawaii

C

Central Michigan State University

Clemson University

Colorado State University

D

Dixie State College

E

East Carolina University

East Tennessee State University

F

Fort Lewis College

Franklin University

G

George Mason University

Georgia Southern University

Gonzaga University

H

Hawaii Pacific University

Historically Black Colleges and Universities

I

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

K

Kansas State University

L

Linfield College

M

Michigan State University

Montana State University, Bozeman

Montana State University, Great Falls

N

North Carolina State University

North Eastern University

North Georgia College & State University

Northern Michigan University

Notre Dame De Namur University

O

Oregon State University

P

Penn State

Plymouth State University

Point Loma University

Purdue University

S

Sam Houston State College

Seattle Pacific University Southwest Baptist University

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Syracuse University

T

Texas Tech University

U

University of Arkansas

University of Alabama

University of Central Missouri

University of Georgia

University of Hawaii

University of Hawaii, Mãnoa (ADT)

University of Hawaii, Mãnoa (ADT - aloha pathway)

University of Idaho

University of Iowa

University of Kansas

University of Michigan

University of Michigan (Flint)

University of Oregon

University of South Dakota

University of Texas at San Antonio

V

Virginia Tech

W

Washington State University

Washington State, St. Louis) Engineering and Applied Science

Wayne State University

Western Kentucky University

last published: 12/14/18