Transfer Model Curriculum Information

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Transfer Model Curriculum Information

In response to Senate Bill 1440 (Padilla, 2010), the Academic Senates for California Community Colleges and California State University decided to develop a faculty-led, state-wide, concerted effort to identify the course content for new associate degrees for transfer, which simultaneously award students an associate degree and prepare them for special benefits/guarantees upon transfer to CSU.  The C-ID infrastructure is being used to develop and vet the transfer model curriculum (TMC) in each of the most common transfer majors.  Further, C-ID is being used to develop “descriptors” for all the courses in the TMCs, providing assurances to students and faculty that courses offered at one institution are comparable to those elsewhere, provided they have the same C-ID number.  Once a TMC has been drafted by intersegmental discipline faculty, it is vetted on the C-ID site where feedback is posted by a wider sampling of faculty.  Once finalized, TMCs become available for community colleges to use as they develop their associate degree for transfer. 

Associate degrees for transfer are either AS-T degrees (for STEM) or AA-T degrees (for all other programs). The following AS-T degrees are approved for the use of a transferable general education pattern designed for STEM (i.e. IGETC or CSU GE Breadth for STEM): Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science.

Please see below for the TMCs currently available for local consideration or degree submission (CCCCO template available). Note that any indicated general education status is a potential articulation that a course may carry; courses at individual colleges may vary.

Please see the links below for downloadable documents. For announcements related to your discipline please email to be added to your discipline's listserv.

CCC Chancellor’s Office degree templates

Proposed TMC review dates

TMCs and associated descriptors

Finalized TMCs

Transfer Model Curricula Date Reviewed 5-Year Review Complete CCCCO Template Available? UC Transfer Pathways Comparison
Administration of Justice May 17, 2011
(Updated December 4, 2012)
June 30, 2016 Yes  
Agriculture Animal Sciences November 26, 2013
(Updated May 15, 2014)
Agriculture Business November 26, 2013
(Updated May 15, 2014)
Agriculture Plant Sciences November 26, 2013
(Updated May 15, 2014, July 29, 2014)
Anthropology September 20, 2012
(Updated December 4, 2012)
  Yes Anthropology
Art History June 19, 2011
(Updated December 4, 2012)
April 6, 2017 Yes  
Biology October 17, 2014 May 2020 Yes Biology
Business Administration 2.0 June 25, 2011
(Updated December 4, 2012)
(Revised April 20, 2020)
  Yes Business Administration
Chemistry November 26, 2013
(Revised May 5, 2014)
  Yes Chemistry
Child and Adolescent Development April 22, 2014   Yes  
Communication Studies (Updated December 4, 2012; June 10, 2015) June 10, 2015 Yes Communication Studies
Computer Science July 19, 2012
(Updated December 4, 2012; October 14,2016)
Oct. 14, 2016 Yes Computer Science
Early Childhood Education (ECE) May 17, 2011
(Updated December 4, 2012)
July 20, 2016 Yes  
Economics November 26, 2013  January 23, 2020 Yes Economics
Elementary Teacher Education February 22, 2012
(Revised August 29, 2012)
Oct. 31, 2016 Yes  
English June 30, 2011
(Revised April 11, 2013)
Nov. 10, 2016 Yes English
Environmental Science Mar. 29, 2017   Yes  
Film, Television and Electronic Media May 23, 2013   Yes Film, Television and Electronic Media
Geography May 10, 2012
(Revised May 24, 2012)
(Updated December 4, 2012)
(Revised May 8, 2017)
May 8, 2017 Yes  
Geology May 13, 2011
(Updated December 4, 2012)
June 30, 2016 Yes  
Global Studies September 24, 2015   Yes  
History May 17, 2011
(Updated January 4, 2013)
  Yes History
Hospitality Management March 29, 2017   Yes  
Journalism June 7, 2012
(Updated December 4, 2012)
Kinesiology June 15, 2011
(Updated January 4, 2013, May 7, 2014)
Law, Public Policy, and Society March 29, 2017   Yes  
Mathematics March 24, 2011
(Updated December 4, 2012)
  Yes Mathematics
Music February 22, 2012
(Revised June 4, 2012; July 5, 2017)
(Updated December 4, 2012)
 July 5, 2017 Yes  
Nutrition and Dietetics April 22, 2014
(Updated February 3, 2015)
 Fall 2019 Yes  
Philosophy December 10, 2012 Oct. 24, 2016 Yes Philosophy
Physics May 13, 2011
(Updated December 4, 2012)
 September 2018 Yes Physics
Political Science June 19, 2011
(Updated December 4, 2012)
  Yes Political Science
Psychology January 10, 2011
(Updated December 4, 2012)
June 2015
June 2020
Yes Psychology
Public Health Science March 31, 2015   Yes  
Social Justice Studies September 24, 2015   Yes  
Social Work and Human Services March 29, 2017   Yes  
Sociology January 20, 2011
(Updated December 4, 2012)
June 2015 Yes Sociology
Spanish December 10, 2012 December 19, 2016 Yes  
Studio Arts June 20, 2011
(Updated December 4, 2012)
July 9, 2016 Yes  
Theatre Arts May 16, 2011
(Updated December 4, 2012)

Similar CSU degrees can be found on the SB1440 counseling page at:

For additional information on the UC Transfer Pathways, visit the University of California Office Admissions page.

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TMCs Undergoing 5-Year Review

The Intersegmental Curriculum Workgroup (ICW), the body overseeing the curricular components of the implementation of Senate Bill 1440 (Padilla, 2010), recognizes that changes to a TMC may impact existing Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT) at the 114 California community colleges and the designations of similar made by the 23 campuses of the California State University. Because it is critical that the impact of any TMC modification be assessed prior to implementation, the TMC 5-year review process will be a two-year process to ensure that changes are necessary and that the FDRG has time to fully consider all information and changes for the TMC.


5-Year Review for Fall 2020

  • Administration of Justice
  • Child Development
  • Computer Science
  • Geology
  • Global Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Public Health Science
  • Social Justice Studies
  • Spanish
  • Studio Arts

5-Year Review for Fall 2019

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE)
  • Sociology

5-Year Review for Fall 2018

  • Accounting (descriptors only)
  • Communication Studies
  • Elementary Teacher Education
  • Film, Television, and Electronic Media

5-Year Review for Fall 2017

  • Agriculture Animal Science
  • Agriculture Business
  • Agriculture Plant Science
  • Chemistry

5-Year Review for Fall 2016

  • Anthropology
  • Journalism

5-Year Review for Fall 2015

  • History
  • Kinesiology
  • Political Science
  • Theatre Arts
  • Mathematics

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5-Year Review Completed Disciplines

The disciplines in the table below completed the 5-year review. You can access the summary documents by clicking on the link under "5-Year Summary Document". The updated TMCs are accessible under the section "Finalized TMCs".

Discipline 5-Year Review Summary Documents
Administration of Justice Summary Document
Art History Summary Document
Biology Summary Document
Business Administration Summary Document
Communication Studies Summary Document
Computer Science Summary Document
Early Childhood Education (ECE) Summary Document
Economics Summary Document
Elementary Teacher Education Summary Document
English Summary Document
Geography Summary Document
Geology Summary Document
Music Summary Document
Nutrition and Dietetics Summary Document
Philosophy Summary Document
Physics Summary Document
Psychology Summary Document (Round 2)
Summary Document (Round 1)
Sociology Summary Document
Spanish Summary Document
Studio Arts Summary Document

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TMCs Open for Vetting

These are the TMCs currently open for vetting.

Discipline Transfer Model Curriculum Survey
Ethnic Studies Draft TMC Survey
Ethnic Studies: African American Studies Draft TMC Survey
Ethnic Studies: American Indian Studies Draft TMC Survey
Ethnic Studies: Asian American Studies Draft TMC Survey
Ethnic Studies: Chicana and Chicano Studies Draft TMC Survey

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TMCs — Closed  

Discipline Transfer Model Curriculum Survey

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