Catalog  –  2013 - 2014

GRADUATION AND GENERAL EDUCATION

Testing Programs

Some four-year transfer institutions require either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT) program.

Students should contact the transfer institution for information regarding the administration of the SAT and ACT.

Pass Along Certification

Students who transfer credits from another California community college often want to “pass along” the general education certifications that they have earned. Any California community college may certify such coursework from another California community college, from an independent institution that participates in certifying general education coursework to the California State Universities, or from a CSU campus. This can be done only if the courses are on the approved certification list at the college where they were completed. Such courses will be certified in the General Education Breadth areas that are shown on the official certification list for the institution at which the courses were taken. All official transcripts from those colleges attended need to be submitted to Porterville College before certification. In addition, pass along certifications require the completion of 24 credits at Porterville College. No certification will be completed for out-of-state or foreign institutions.

Transfer Information

Colleges and universities prescribe their own standards of eligibility for transfer. Students expecting to transfer after one or more semesters at Porterville College should be careful to check admission requirements. Major preparation is essential to be a competitive transfer student. Consult ASSIST (www. assist.org) to determine which PC courses will prepare you for your transfer major. A maximum of 70 units taken at a community college will be applied towards the total number of units required for a BA/BS. Any additional transferable units will satisfy subject area requirements but not unit credit.

Transfer to the California State Universities

Minimum Admission Requirements:

  • At least 60 CSU transferable units and 2.0 GPA
  • One course from each of the following areas completed with a grade of “C” or higher: Oral communication, written communication, critical thinking, and mathematics
  • 30 units of general education courses completed with a grade of “C” or higher in each course

A small number of transfer students will enter as lower-division transfer students (with fewer than 60 units). Many CSU campuses do not accept lower-division transfers. Consult your PC counselor if you are interested in lower-division transfer eligibility.

Completion of IGETC or CSU General Education Breadth is recommended for most students. IGETC/CSU GE-Breadth certification will permit the students to transfer without the need to take additional lower-division general education courses after transferring. Make sure to complete transfer-level English and Mathematics courses as soon as possible. Most schools require that students complete these courses by the end of the Spring semester before they transfer.

Transfer to University of California

Minimum Admission Requirements:

  • At least 60 UC transferable units and 2.4 GPA
  • Two courses in English composition
  • One course in mathematics
  • Four courses from at least two of the following disciplines: Art and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and physical and biological sciences.

Completion of IGETC is recommended for most students. IGETC certification will permit students to transfer without the need to take additional lower-division general education courses after transferring.

Make sure to complete transfer-level English and Mathematics courses as soon as possible. All schools require that students complete these courses by the end of the Spring semester before they transfer. Some schools require students to complete them earlier if they are considering a Transfer Admission Guarantee.

Transfer to Private College or University

Students planning to transfer to private colleges or universities should consult the catalog of the college to which they plan to transfer for specific lower division requirements which may be completed at Porterville College. For assistance in planning a transfer program to private institutions, students should see their PC counselor.

ASSIST

ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that can be accessed at www.assist.org. It describes how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California.