All articulated courses are transferable, but most transferable courses are not articulated.
A transferable course is a course taken at a community college that can be used for unit credit at a university. The fact that a course is transferable does not necessarily mean it applies to your major or another academic goal.
It simply means the university will give a certain number of units as credit for completing the course. The units could count toward the total needed to transfer or graduate; they could be units you need for general education or your major; they could apply toward some other academic goal.
An articulated course is a course taken at one college or university that can be used to satisfy specific subject matter requirements, such as lower-division major preparation or general education requirements at another college or university.
Sequences of courses can also be articulated, and sometimes it may take more than one community college course to take the place of a single university course, or sometimes a single college course can be used in place of more than one university course.
You can't tell if courses are articulated by looking at course numbers, titles, or even descriptions in the catalogs. The only way you can tell if and how a course is articulated is by looking at an articulation agreement (formal agreements between two campuses.)
Articulation agreements in ASSIST are developed and entered into the ASSIST database by the receiving campus (the university campus in our examples). Each university campus is responsible for all of the details of its own articulation.
Use ASSIST to See if a Course is Articulated
Not all university campuses provide articulation with every college or for all of their majors or departments. Many university campuses concentrate on their primary feeder colleges and their most popular transfer majors. That doesn't mean you can't transfer. It means that you need to talk directly to an admissions advisor and a departmental advisor at the university.
Each university campus will have different articulation with different colleges, even when they are colleges in the same district. For example, Mission College and West Valley College have different articulation agreements, even though they're sister colleges.
You also can't assume that a community college course will be accepted the same way at different campuses of the same university system. UCLA, for example, does not automatically use a course the same way that UCSD does.
Go to www.assist.org.
Choose either the college or the university campus on the first screen.
On the second screen, choose the other institution.
- On the next screen, you can choose a major, a department, or General Education, depending on how the university formats its articulation.