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Aptos Counseling
Location: 100 Building
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Phone: 831.479.6274
Office Hours: Mon–Thurs: 8am-5pm
Fri: 8am-4pm
Counselor Hours: See Contact Page

Watsonville Counseling
Location: Room A120
(Student Resource Center)
Phone: 831.786.4734
(servicio en español)
Office Hours: Mon–Thurs: 8am-5pm
Fri: 8am-4pm
Counselor Hours: See Contact Page
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General Education

There are different general education patterns, and the one you follow depends on the specifics of your long-term educational goals. The primary general education patterns available to you are described here.

Picking the right pattern is an important decision that should be discussed with a counselor. The specifics of your degree goal, transfer institution (for those going on to a four-year university), and major will be important in making the right choice.

AS/AA non-transfer Degree   CSU   IGETC


AS (non-transfer) Degree GE pattern

This pattern is designed for students seeking an AS degree from Cabrillo. Most often, this pattern is followed by students in occupational programs (horticulture, culinary arts, early childhood education, etc.).


AA (non-transfer) Degree GE pattern

This pattern is designed for students seeking an AA degree from Cabrillo. Most often, this pattern is followed by students seeking a broad-based associate degree (liberal arts and sciences, history, anthropology, etc.), whose immediate goal does not include transfer to a four-year university.


CSU GE pattern

This pattern is designed for students planning on transfer to colleges in the California State University (CSU) system. Students seeking a BA/BS degree in high unit majors (biology, engineering, etc.) should meet with a counselor to discuss the need to include courses required by your major in your education plan. This GE pattern can be used to get an AA degree, or in some cases an AS degree as well as the AD-Ts.


IGETC GE pattern

This pattern is designed for students planning on transfer to colleges in either the University of California (UC) system or to colleges in the California State University (CSU) system. Students seeking a BA/BS degree in high unit majors (biology, engineering, etc.) should meet with a counselor to discuss the need to include courses required by your major in your education plan. This GE pattern can be used to get an AA degree, or in some cases an AS degree as well as the AD-Ts.



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-Rosana P., current student

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