Transfer Planning

College of San Mateo can help students plan an educational program at CSM which will prepare them to transfer to the University of California, California State University or a private college or university to earn a bach - elor’s degree. Students are encouraged to meet regularly with a CSM counselor and use the resources of CSM’s Transfer Services to develop an educational plan which will assure a smooth transition to the transfer institution of their choice. While completing transfer requirements, students may also want to earn units toward an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree at CSM. With careful planning, both objectives can be reached by taking essentially the same set of transferable courses.

Course Identification Numbering System (C-ID)

The Course Identification Numbering System (C-ID) is a statewide numbering system inde - pendent from numbers assigned to courses by local California community colleges. You can find C-ID approved course on ASSIST (www.assist.org) by community college. A C-ID number next to a course signals that the course is comparable in content and scope to all courses with the same C-ID course number, regardless of their unique titles or local course numbers. The C-ID designation is used to identify comparable courses at different community colleges. However, courses with same C-ID numbers do not necessarily carry the same transfer articulation. Always use www.assist.org to confirm how each col - leges’ courses will be accepted/applied at a CSU or UC campus.

The C-ID numbering system is useful for students attending more than one community college. It is also an important part of the Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T, AS-T). All AA/AS-T degrees include course requirements that are part of the C-ID system. As you review the chart below be advised that courses are being added to the CSM C-ID list on an ongoing basis. You may look at the CSM Articulation website for the most up-to-date information.

College of San Mateo Course C-ID Number
Accounting 121 C-ID ACCT 110
Accounting 131 C-ID ACCT 120
Administration of Justice 100 C-ID AJ 110
Administration of Justice 102 C-ID AJ 200
Administration of Justice 104 C-ID AJ 120
Administration of Justice 106 C-ID AJ 124
Administration of Justice 108 C-ID AJ 160
Administration of Justice 120 C-ID AJ 140
Administration of Justice 125 C-ID AJ 220
Administration of Justice 185 C-ID AJ 150
Anthropology 110 C-ID ANTH 120
Anthropology 125 C-ID ANTH 110
Anthropology 127 C-ID ANTH 115L
Anthropology 350 C-ID ANTH 150
Art 101 C-ID ARTH 110
Art 102 & Art 103 C-ID ARTH 120
Art 201 C-ID ARTS 110
Art 202 C-ID ARTS 205
Art 207 C-ID ARTS 200
Art 214 C-ID ARTS 270
Art 223 C-ID ARTS 210
Art 225 C-ID ARTS 210
Art 301 C-ID ARTS 100
Art 401 C-ID ARTS 101
Biology 210 & Biology 220 C-ID BIOL 130S
Biology 230 C-ID BIOL 190
Biology 250 C-ID BIOL 110B
Biology 260 C-ID BIOL 120B
Biology 310 C-ID NUTR 110
Business 100 C-ID BUS 110
Business 201 C-ID BUS 125
Business 295 C-ID BUS 140
Chemistry 210 C-ID CHEM 110
Chemistry 210 & Chemistry 220 C-ID CHEM 120S
Chemistry 231 C-ID CHEM 150
Chemistry 231 & 232 C-ID CHEM 160S
Communication Studies 110 C-ID COMM 110
Communication Studies 130 C-ID COMM 130
Communication Studies 140 C-ID COMM 140
Communication Studies 150 C-ID COMM 150
Communication Studies 170 C-ID COMM 170
Computer Information Systems 110 C-ID IT IS 120
Computer Information Systems 225 C-ID COMP 122
Computer Information Systems 278 C-ID COMP 122
Computer Information Systems 256 C-ID COMP 132
Computer Information Systems 264 C-ID COMP 142
Computer Information Systems 279 C-ID COMP 132
Digital Media 100 C-ID JOUR 100
Economics 100 C-ID ECON 202
Economics 102 C-ID ECON 201
Engineering 210 C-ID ENGR 150
Engineering 270 C-ID ENGR 140B
English 100 C-ID ENGL 100
English 105 C-ID ENGL 100
English 110 C-ID ENGL 120
English 161 C-ID ENG 200
English 165 C-ID ENGL 105
Geography 100 C-ID GEOG 110
Geography 110 C-ID GEOG 120
Geography 150 C-ID GEOG 125
Geology 100 C-ID GEOL 100
Geology 101 C-ID GEOL 100L
History 100 C-ID HIST 170
History 101 C-ID HIST 180
History 201 C-ID HIST 130
History 202 C-ID HIST 140
Kinesiology 101 C-ID KIN 100
Kinesiology 119 C-ID KIN 101
Literature 201 C-ID ENGL 130
Literature 202 C-ID ENGL 135
Literature 231 C-ID ENGL 160
Literature 232 C-ID ENGL 165
Math 125 C-ID MATH 130
Math 200 C-ID MATH 110
Math 222 C-ID MATH 155
Math 241 C-ID MATH 140
Math 251 C-ID MATH 210
Math 252 C-ID MATH 220
Math 253 C-ID MATH 230
Math 268 C-ID MATH 160
Math 270 C-ID MATH 250
Math 275 C-ID MATH 240
Music 100 C-ID MUS 110
Music 111 C-ID MUS 125
Music 112 C-ID MUS 135
Music 113 C-ID MUS 145
Music 114 C-ID MUS 155
Music 131 C-ID MUS 120
Music 132 C-ID MUS 130
Music 133 C-ID MUS 140
Music 134 C-ID MUS 150
Music 202 C-ID MUS 100
Music 290 C-ID CMUS 100X
Music 291 C-ID CMUS 100X
Music 430 C-ID MUS 180
Music 452 C-ID MUS 180
Music 470 C-ID MUS 180
Music 501 C-ID MUS 160
Music 502 C-ID MUS 160
Music 503 C-ID MUS 160
Music 504 C-ID MUS 160
Paleontology 110 C-ID GEOL 110
Paleontology 111 C-ID GEOL 110L
Philosophy 100 C-ID PHIL 100
Philosophy 160 C-ID PHIL 130
Philosophy 175 C-ID PHIL 140
Philosophy 200 C-ID PHIL 110
Philosophy 244 C-ID PHIL 120
Physics 210 & 220 C-ID PHYS 100S
Physics 210 C-ID PHYS 105
Physics 220 C-ID PHYS 110
Physics 250 C-ID PHYS 205
Physics 260 C-ID PHYS 210
Physics 270 C-ID PHYS 215
Physics 250 & 260 & 270 C-ID PHYS 200S
Political Science 100 C-ID POLS 150
Political Science 110 C-ID POLS 130
Political Science 130 C-ID POLS 140
Political Science 150 C-ID POLS 120
Political Science 200 C-ID POLS 110
Psychology 100 C-ID PSY 110
Psychology 110 C-ID SOCI 130
Psychology 120 C-ID PSY 200
Psychology 120 C-ID POLS 160
Psychology 121 C-ID SOCI 125
Psychology 200 C-ID PSY 180
Psychology 201 C-ID CDEV 100
Psychology 300 C-ID PSY 170
Psychology 410 C-ID PSY 120
Sociology 100 C-ID SOCI 110
Sociology 105 C-ID SOCI 115
Sociology 110 C-ID SOCI 130
Sociology 121 C-ID POLS 160
Sociology 121 C-ID SOCI 120
Sociology 141 C-ID SOCI 150

Transfer of Credit

Students planning to transfer can complete their freshman and sophomore level of transfer classes at College of San Mateo and transfer to the baccalaureate institution with junior standing. Students must complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units in order to transfer as juniors. Typically, students must complete units that apply to an approved general education pattern and lower division major preparation as transfer preparation.

Associate Degree for Transfer Can Benefit Students Intending to Transfer to the CSU System

College of San Mateo offers associate degrees (AA-T and AS-T) designed to support transfer to the California State University system. Students who complete the requirements for an Associate Degree for Transfer are eligible for an associate degree AND meet minimum admissions requirements for junior standing at a California State University. Although earning an Associate Degree for Transfer does not guarantee a student admission to all California State University campuses or majors, it does secure priority admission consideration to his/her local CSU campus.

To enhance a student's competitiveness and success as a CSU applicant, in addition to completing the requirements for the associate degree for transfer, it is strongly recommended that students utilize the Assist website to see if there are additional courses suggested or required for a particular major at a specific campus.

On page 104 find a list of current Associate Degrees for Transfer available at College of San Mateo. They are noted as "AA-T or AS-T" on the list.

CSM Transfer Services

Visit the Transfer Services website. CSM’s Transfer Services provides information and offers workshops on choosing a college, transfer admission requirements, completing transfer admission application forms and writing the application essay. Transfer Services staff can provide details about special Transfer Admission Guarantees that CSM has developed with a number of four-year UC and private institutions which can guarantee students transfer admission.

Students with a clear transfer objective stand the best chance of meeting requirements in a timely manner. They can make the best use of their time and course work by deciding on a transfer institution and major as soon as possible. Students unable to make these decisions when they enter College of San Mateo may follow a general transfer pattern of courses while taking advantage of Transfer Services resources in making transfer plans.

Once students choose a major and the university to which they plan to transfer, they should use www.assist.org, an online student transfer information system, to see how courses completed at College of San Mateo are applied when transferring to a university. This website also lists courses required for majors. Transfer Services staff and CSM counselors can assist students in planning for transfer, and four-year university representatives often visit CSM to meet with students interested in transferring to their institutions. It is wise for students to consult the catalog of the university to which they plan to transfer to become familiar with specific transfer admission requirements. Many college and university catalogs are available for reference both in the Transfer Services Office and online. Students may also write directly to the admissions office of the institution to obtain an information bulletin which outlines requirements for admission as a transfer student.

Transfer Services is located with the Counseling Center in Building 10, Room 340.

Requirements for Transfer Students

A student can transfer from College of San Mateo to a four-year college or university as a junior without loss of time or credits by completing the following:

  1. Lower Division Preparation for the Major These courses provide the necessary background to prepare the transfer student to enter the major as a junior. Use the Assist website for this information.
  2. General Education Requirements (Sometimes called “Breadth Requirements”) These are the courses required to obtain a bachelor’s degree regardless of major. Courses in writing, critical thinking, sciences, humanities and social sciences are included in general education.
  3. Electives Upon completion of major and general education requirements, elective courses can be taken to bring the total number of transferable units to the required 60 units for transfer to UC and CSU.

Students Request General Education Certification Prior to Transfer to a UC or CSU Campus

The UC and CSU systems ask community college transfer students to provide verification of completion of lower division general education requirements. To accomplish this, students must request the Admissions and Records Office (the request can be made on WebSMART) to send a CSU GE or IGETC Certification with the final transcript to the transfer institution. This certification is used by the transfer destination, in addition to the official transcripts, to confirm full or partial completion of CSU GE or IGETC requirements.

Students who transfer without CSU GE or IGETC Certification will be required to meet the general education requirements of the specific UC or CSU campus to which they transfer. Meeting these local general education requirements requires taking additional general education courses after transfer.

Transfer Admission Procedures

Students should take the following steps to apply for admission as a transfer student to a four-year college or university:

  1. Request an application from the Admissions Office of the transfer institution approximately one year in advance of planned transfer. Applications for the University of California and the California State University are available online at the following websites: 
    UC website 
    CSU website 
  2. Submit completed application during the specified filing period. Students are discouraged from sending them early as they will not be accepted before the initial filing date.
  3. If an entrance exam (SAT, ACT) is required for transfer admission, register for the exam at least six months in advance of transfer.
  4. Submit a request to the CSM Office of Admissions and Records to have a transcript of your academic record sent to the transfer institution at the time(s) specified by that institution. Transcripts must be requested well in advance of the date required. Four-year colleges and universities will also require transcripts of work completed at all other educational institutions.
  5. After admitted to a CSU or UC campus, request a CSU GE or IGETC certification to be sent with your final transcript.

Transcript Evaluation Service

Students are strongly advised to use the transcript evaluation service to determine how course work from other colleges/universities can be incorporated into their transfer planning. Please visit our Transcript Evaluation Services page or in-person (College Center Building 10, Room 310; 574-6234) or visit the District Transcript Evaluation website.

California State University

The California State University offers instruction to undergraduate and master’s degree students in the liberal arts and sciences, applied fields, and professions, including teaching. Nearly 1,500 degree programs in 240 subject areas are offered. CSU assigns high priority to California community college transfer students who have completed the first two years of their baccalaureate program, including those applying for impacted programs.

The California State University has twentythree campuses: Bakersfield, California Maritime Academy, Channel Islands, Chico, Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Fullerton, East Bay (Hayward), Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, San Marcos, Sonoma and Stanislaus.

University of California

The University of California offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in a broad array of subject areas. Last year, more than 6,000 students transferred from California’s community colleges to the University, and more than one-fifth of UC’s bachelor degrees were awarded to students who started out at a community college. The University is encouraging even more community college students to take this step in the coming years.

The University of California has a long-established relationship with College of San Mateo and has developed several special programs to help community college students with the transfer process. The University’s articulation agreements with CSM make it possible for prospective transfer students to select appropriate courses. Community college students receive priority consideration for transfer admission. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum allows prospective transfer students to satisfy the lower division breadth/general education requirements of any UC campus before transferring.

While all of the campuses have similar requirements for undergraduate admission, they differ in size, enrollment, and in academic programs offered. In addition, the campuses vary in styles of campus life, with student populations reflecting a variety of cultures from the United States and abroad. The University of California includes nine general campuses: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz. A tenth campus in San Francisco offers graduate and professional programs in the health sciences.

California Independent Colleges and Universities

There are more than 300 privately supported (or independent) degree-granting colleges and universities in California. Independent institutions enroll about one-quarter of all students attending four-year colleges and universities in California. The most distinctive feature of California’s accredited independent colleges and universities is their diversity of character, academic emphasis, and programs. They include both religious and secular institutions, non-profit and profit-making institutions, and professional schools that offer only a single occupational specialty as well as universities offering a full array of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs.

When choosing from among the privately supported colleges and universities in California, you may wish to review the type of certification a particular institution has received. Note: In selecting a California independent college or university, students are advised to give first priority to those institutions which are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. If you would like more information about the certification process as specified in California’s Education Code, please contact the California Postsecondary Education Commission at (916) 445-1000.