Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the difference between Associate of Arts/Science and a Bachelor of Arts/Science degree?
A. Two-year Community Colleges like Los Angeles City College offer Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degrees. These degrees typically require that you complete 60 units of general education and major classes. At LACC, there are two general education plans that can be followed for an Associate of Art or Associate of Science degree. Please meet with a counselor for more information.
Four-year colleges and universities offer Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees, which are more advanced. Bachelor's degrees typically require that you complete a minimum of 120 semester units (depending on your major) before graduating with your degree. As a transfer student, you can complete 60 lower division units at the community college, followed by approximately 60 upper division units at the university.
Q. What is the difference between "lower division" and "upper division" classes?
A. Lower division are survey or introductory type classes that are usually completed during your freshman and sophomore year of college. At most college campuses (two and four-year colleges and universities) lower division classes are numbered 100 - 299. Upper division classes are more specialized courses in a particular field and are usually completed during your senior and junior year of college.
Community colleges do not offer upper division classes. Some community college classes may number above 299 but these classes are often for specialized certificate programs. You must usually complete lower division courses before enrolling in upper division.
Q. Why do some students transfer to a university?
A. The type of career chosen may require a degree beyond the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or a Certificate completed at a community college.
Generally, community colleges offer classes that are at the freshman and sophomore level. For some careers, an Associates degree may be sufficient to enter a field or meet minimum qualifications. However, for other careers, you will need to take advanced classes and these are usually offered at four year institutions.
Q. Where can I get information about colleges and universities?
A. The campus Transfer Center located on the 2nd floor of the Student Services Building (check-in window #25) has a selection of brochures and pamphlets with information about different universities. Check the Transfer Center home page for office hours.
Counselors located throughout the campus can give you information on universities.
Instructors who teach classes in your major often can provide information about colleges and universities that offer strong programs in your field of interest.
The campus library or public libraries also offer information
A web site through Yahoo, for example, provides information.
Q. What are the services offered at the Transfer Center?
One-on-one transfer counseling and advisement
University preparation workshops
University representative visits to the Transfer Center
Peer advisors from UCLA meet students at LACC through the UCLA Center of Community College Partnership Program
Electronic admissions application assistance to 4-year universities
IGETC,CSU GE, ASSIST and other genearal education and major preparation information
Annual University Transfer Day
Q. Which classes do I have to complete if I want to transfer?
A. To transfer as an "upper division" student at the junior level to a Cal State (CSU) or University of California (UC) campus, you need to complete a minimum of 60 transferable units. These classes should include general education, major and if needed, elective courses. Some private and independent colleges and universities, such as USC accept applications from "lower division" transfer students (less than 60 transferable units completed).
At Los Angeles City College you can complete lower division requirements for your major and general education. Since your major for transfer may change while you are here at LACC, it is important that you meet with a counselor to adjust your course of study to meet the requirements for your major and transfer institution.
Q. Where can I transfer to?
A. There are several options. Your options include University of California, California State University, University of Southern California and other private and independent institutions.
LACC students transfer to out-of-state, international and historically black colleges and universities.
Q. What is the difference between the University of California (UC), California State University, (CSU), University of Southern California (USC) and other private and independent colleges and universities?
A. The University of California (such as UCLA, UCSB, UCB, UCR) is a nine (9) campus system. They offer degrees ranging from the Bachelor of Arts/Science to degrees such as the Doctoral of
Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctoral of Education (Ed.D.) The UC also has a variety of graduate level professional schools, Law School and School of Medicine. Research is one mission.
California State University (CSU) is a twenty-three (23) campus system which includes CSULA, CSULB, CSUN, CSUDH and others. They offer the Bachelor of Arts/Science and Masters (graduate) degrees.
UC and CSU are public schools and tuition is lower than private institutions. The University of California tuition is higher than the California State University system. The grade point average for transfer to the UC is higher than at the CSU.
Q. Do you have other questions about transfer or like more information?
A. Come to the campus Transfer Center. We are here to serve you.