General Education Transfer Requirements
Admission to the B.A. degree program requires completion of an associate's degree or a minimum of 60 semester units (new students effective summer 2011) with a grade of "C" or higher. Only classes taken at colleges and universities accredited by regional commissions will be accepted. Please check with your transfer center to see if an Articulation Agreement is in place to assist you in selecting acceptable classes for transfer. Pacific Oaks determines whether or not a class is acceptable.
- Completion of an associate's degree or a minimum of 60 transferable semester units is required for all transfer admissions.
- A maximum of 90 units may be transferred into the B.A. in Human Development degree program.
A minimum of 3 semester or 4 quarter units will meet a specific course requirement.
Transfer credits need to be in five basic content areas as follows:
1. Oral and Written Expression
A minimum of nine semester units including English Composition. Other classes may include Creative Writing, English or American Literature, Journalism, Early Childhood Language Arts (3 units maximum), Logic, Critical Thinking, Speech Communications, Foreign Language (introductory level) and American Sign Language.
2. Science and Math
A minimum of nine semester units to include at least one course from Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Ecology, Geology, Math (College Algebra or higher), Physical Anthropology, Physical Geography, Physiological Psychology, Nutrition, Statistics, Symbolic Logic, and Zoology. Additional courses may include Accounting, Business Math, Computer Science, First Aid, Math/Science for Children, and Health Education.
3. Social Science
A minimum of nine semester units including required classes in Introductory Psychology and either Introductory Sociology or Cultural Anthropology. Additional classes may include: Early Childhood Education/Child Development classes (theoretical), Political History, Political Science, Linguistics, Psychology, Social Geography, Sociology, and U.S. History.
4. Humanities and the Arts
A minimum of nine semester units to include at least one course from Art History, Foreign Language (Advanced: 4th semester or 5th quarter and beyond), History, Literature, Music Theory or History, Philosophy, Comparative Religion, or Theatre History. Additional courses may include Drama, Children's Literature, Foreign Language (Intermediate: 3rd semester or 4th quarter), Music or Art for Children, Performance and Studio Art Classes, and Ethnic/Cultural History.
Additional units may be transferred from Early Childhood Education, Physical Education Activity (maximum four semester units) or other transferable classes listed in the four other areas above.
Classes Not Accepted for Transfer
- applied business courses
- orientation courses
- sectarian religious courses
- remedial courses
- vocational courses
- library courses
- secretarial courses
- word/data processing courses
Earning Additional Transfer Credits
Applicants short of general education requirements may take CLEP (College Level Exam Program) tests to acquire units. A maximum of 30 units of CLEP is accepted for transfer credit.
In addition to external transfer opportunities, applicants may transfer Pacific Oaks Extended Education and Community Service courses to earn a maximum of 30 upper division transfer units. This would include Pacific Oaks Drug and Alcohol Studies courses and course credit awarded by portfolio assessment through the National CDA Certification Program.
Articulation is the process of evaluating courses to determine whether coursework completed at one institution will meet requirements for admissions, transfer credit, general education, and/or major preparation at another institution.
Articulation agreements are formal, written agreements agreed to and signed by the faculty at two colleges. To help you transfer easily into Pacific Oaks College, we have developed articulation agreements with more than 20 local colleges. Our admissions counselors can help you through the process of evaluating what credits can be transferred into Pacific Oaks.