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Academic Counseling

Course Substitutions

Faculty Purviews

Major course requirements for local degrees and certificates of achievement may be substituted or waived solely at the discretion of academic department faculty, provided that the major requirement units do not fall below 18 units for the local degree or 16 units for the certificate of achievement. Course substitutions need not be stated in the college catalog, student information system, TES, or any other database that houses academic program requirements in order to be valid. Course substitutions for major requirements for Associate Degrees for Transfer may be recommended by academic department faculty, but must be reviewed and approved by the college Articulation Officer. Substitution of coursework required to meet any general education requirements and graduation competency is solely at the discretion of the counseling faculty or Articulation Officer.

Course Substitution Petition (Students or counselors may submit to the appropriate faculty to review and approve for major substitutions in a certificate of achievement, local degree, or ADT)

TES Database

Our TES database contains previously faculty evaluated coursework from other regionally accredited institutions. Please keep in mind that our repository of courses can be modified or updated from time to time. It does not replace proper academic advising. The TES database is an internal tool that may be used by LACC counselors, faculty, and the Articulation Officer. TES provides faculty guidance on how to appropriately apply credits and course pass-alongs, primarily for GE and competency purposes. Substitution of coursework required to meet any general education and graduation competency requirements is solely at the discretion of the Counseling faculty or Articulation Officer.  Major course substitutions for ADTs are evaluated on a case-by-case basis through the student course substitution petitions which are reviewed by the Articulation Officer in consultation with discipline faculty as deemed necessary. Depending on the nature of ADT course substitutions being requested, TES may or may not be used by the Articulation Officer to evaluate ADT course substitution petitions. Appropriate credit will be awarded when transcripts are officially verified and graduation petitions and/or transfer certification requests are submitted properly. 

GE Transcript Evaluation (Counselors submit on the student's behalf to the Articulation Officer or designee to review and approve for general education and math/English competency substitutions for the local degree, CSU or UC systems)

CSU GE-Breadth

CSU GE-Breadth certification is the process by which the community college verifies that a student has completed all the required coursework for the CSUGE pattern (partial completion is possible for each Area), which is sent directly to the transfer institution. If CSU GE-Breadth is not certified, students will be subject to the lower-division general education requirements at the campus to which they transfer. CSU GE-Breadth certification shall be completed by the Counseling department and approved/signed off by the appropriate counseling faculty. To get CSU GE-Breadth certification, make an appointment with your counselor or request online.

CSU GE-Breadth Petition (The student may request counseling faculty who will review and can grant approvals for Admissions and Records to annotate on the student transcript. Note that the Articulation Officer has final determination of course review and application of credit for CSU GE-Breadth certification.)

IGETC

IGETC certification is the process by which the community college verifies that a student has completed all the required coursework for the IGETC pattern, which is sent directly to the transfer institution. (Partial completion is possible if the student is missing up to two courses or subject areas.) If IGETC is not certified, students will be subject to the lower-division general education requirements at the campus to which they transfer. IGETC certification shall be completed by the Counseling department and approved/signed off by the appropriate counseling faculty. To get IGETC certification, make an appointment with your counselor or request online.

IGETC Petition (The student may request counseling faculty who will review and can grant approvals for Admissions and Records to annotate on the student transcript. Note that the Articulation Officer has final determination of course review and application of credit for IGETC certification.)