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Associate Degree for Transfer Program

Listed below are the only Associate Degree for Transfer that will be considered for students applying in fall 2022 for admission in fall 2023 at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

ADT Name cal poly major name concentration
Chemistry BS Chemistry
  • General
  • Polymers and Coatings
Environmental science BS Environmental Management and Protection
  • Approved Electives
Music BA Music Undeclared
Philosophy BA Philosophy
  • General
  • Ethics and Society
  • Approved Electives
Theater Arts BA Theater Arts Undeclared


The Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act (SB 1440), signed into legislation on September 29, 2010, enables the California Community Colleges and the California State University (CSU) to collaborate on the creation of Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) programs.  This new law requires community colleges to grant an ADT once a student has met specified major and General Education requirements for the degree. Upon completion of the degree, the student is eligible for transfer with junior standing into the CSU.

The STAR Act requires community colleges to develop and grant Associate Degrees in Art for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate Degrees in Science for Transfer (AS-T) with the following stipulations:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of coursework that would be eligible for transfer to the CSU, including General Education.
  • Completion of at least 18 units of coursework in a major or area of emphasis as defined by the community college.
  • Maintenance of a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework.

A community college student who has earned an AA-T or AS-T will be granted priority admission to the CSU in a similar bachelor's degree program with a guarantee of junior standing as long as the student meets all prescribed admission requirements.  Once admitted, the student will only be required to complete 90 additional prescribed units to qualify for the appropriate bachelor's degree.

For more information about ADT programs, see the CSU's CCC-Associate Degree for Transfer page. 


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