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University Transfer Pathways

University Transfer Pathways

Transfer Pathways are an advising tool to help you identify your best transfer strategy. Public community colleges and universities follow a statewide transfer policy that specifies how courses transfer. That means that you can select courses to meet university requirements even if you haven’t decided on your major or university. 

Most pathways include an associate degree, an Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) block and common courses.

Connect with your Advisor or Transfer Representative to create your customized transfer plan.

Associate Degrees (AA, ABus, AS)

Degree Name, Major Applies to

AGEC Block

Total Credits

Associate in Arts (AA)

For Liberal Arts majors.

AGEC-A

60-64

Associate in Arts, Elementary Education (AAEE)

For Elementary Education, Multicultural/Multilingual, or Special Education majors.

AGEC-A

60-64

Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA)

For Art, Dance, Theater or Music-related majors.

AGEC-A

60-94

Associate in Business, General Requirements (ABUS-GR)

For Business majors.

AGEC-B

62

Associate in Business, Special Requirements (ABUS-SR)

For Computer Information Systems majors.

AGEC-B

62

Associate in General Studies* (AGS)

When your educational goals require flexibility.

N/A

60-64

Associate in Science (AS)

For majors that require more rigorous math and science

AGEC-S

60-64

*This degree may be less appropriate for students who intend to transfer to a bachelor’s degree-granting institution. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss this option.

Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC - A, B, S)

If you complete the entire AGEC block before getting admitted, these credits will transfer as a block to ASU, NAU and U of A and satisfy most of the university’s general studies requirements. If you complete the AGEC with a 2.5 GPA or better, you are guaranteed admission to ASU, NAU, and U of A. 

There are three General Education blocks– AGEC-A, AGEC-B, and AGEC-S. Complete the AGEC that is appropriate for your major.

AGEC-A (35 credits)

Complete the AGEC-A if you will major in liberal arts, fine and performing arts, or elementary education when you transfer to the university. Such majors may include communications, English, history, religion, philosophy, theater, dance and sculpture.

AGEC-B (35 credits)

Complete the AGEC-B if you will major in business when you transfer to the university. Business majors may concentrate on accounting, economics, finance and marketing

AGEC-S (36 credits)

Complete the AGEG-S if you will major in a subject area that requires calculus and more rigorous science courses. Such STEM majors may include biology, chemistry and engineering

Common Courses

If you know your major but haven’t decided which university you will attend, Common Courses are a safe option. Common Courses:

  • are recommended lower-division courses in a major offered by two or more public universities.
  • are decided upon by university and community college faculty committees.
  • will satisfy major, minor, prerequisite or elective requirements for associated majors.
  • provide an alternative for students exploring many possible majors.

Refer to the transfer guide and connect with your advisor or transfer representative to select courses.

Transfer Your AAS Degree

In addition to the degrees listed above, all of GCC's Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees can transfer seamlessly into a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree at some universities. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss if this transfer opportunity fits your academic or professional goals.

Attending a Private University

If you are planning to transfer to a private university in Arizona or another state, your transfer plan may still include completing an AGEC and/or an associate degree. Ask your Advisor or transfer representative.