Understanding UC transfer articulation
Articulation is the framework for determining the transferability of community college coursework to UC. Through the articulation process, UC and the California Community College (CCC) system help transfer students prepare for and transition to UC campuses.
UC works with CCCs to establish course articulation agreements, which serve as the central documents of transfer articulation. There are three kinds of articulation agreements administered by UC.
UC systemwide articulation
Systemwide articulation provides a foundation for campus articulation.
- Transferable Course Agreements (TCAs) identify baseline transferability. CCC courses must be approved for the UC TCA in order to be considered for any other type of articulation (IGETC or campus-specific). TCAs also indicate whether courses may satisfy transfer admission eligibility.
- Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) articulation identifies courses that may fulfill lower division general education requirements at UC or CSU campuses.
Campus-specific articulation determines whether CCC coursework will satisfy major, breadth or other requirements at each UC campus. Each campus manages the following:
- Campus-specific general education/breadth agreements
- Course-to-course agreements (by department)
- Lower division major preparation agreements