Students need to identify a major and complete the required admission courses for that major. MiraCosta has articulation agreements with most UC campuses. These agreements, which can be viewed at www.assist.org, tell students which courses at MiraCosta can satisfy a major requirement at a specific UC campus. The UC transfer course agreement, which is a listing of all courses from MiraCosta that transfer to any UC campus for major, general education or elective units, can also be viewed at www.assist.org.
To earn a bachelor’s degree from a UC, students must also complete a program of general education (GE). They have the option of completing either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern or a campus-specific lower-division GE pattern. The IGETC (Plan C) pattern for MiraCosta is on the link in the left margin.
IGETC is most helpful to students who want to keep their options open, for example, students who know they want to transfer but have not yet decided upon a particular institution, campus, or major. Students are strongly encouraged to complete IGETC prior to transfer because completing this pattern of courses can be advantageous in the admission process for many majors on most UC campuses. However, students who intend to transfer into majors that require extensive lower-division preparation, such as engineering or the physical and natural sciences, should concentrate on completing the many prerequisite courses for the major that the college screens to determine eligibility for admission.
The UC campus-specific GE patterns mirror the GE requirements of students who enrolled at UC as freshmen. Students who follow a campus-specific GE pattern must complete the MiraCosta courses that are specified in the GE articulation agreement, which can be found at www.ASSIST.
All students are strongly advised to work with a MiraCosta College counselor to determine which option for completing general education is most appropriate for their educational goal.