Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) at College of San Mateo - Major Preparation Requirements
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Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
Major Preparation Requirements

These requirements stipulate the courses students need in order to have the appropriate academic background for a particular major. Transfer students who have selected a major should work toward completing all lower division requirements for that major. In fact, in many cases, completing a portion of the major requirements is essential to gain admission to the major at the junior level (See pages 66-67 in College Catalog.)

The IGETC is most advantageous for transfers who have not yet decided on a major or a campus. Once a student has identified a major, it is important for him or her to work toward fulfilling any required preparatory courses - particularly in those professional or "high unit" majors that select applicants on the basis of satisfaction of lower division major requirements. It is important to note that this does not preclude a student from following the IGETC; however, the IGETC should not be done to the exclusion of completing any preparatory courses needed for admission.

In general, it is not advisable for transfers to Engineering majors at any UC campus to use the IGETC. Students entering "high unit" majors, such as those in the sciences, can follow the IGETC but must be careful to complete any needed lower division major preparation.