What is Articulation?
Articulation is the process of evaluating courses, or a sequence of courses, to determine whether a particular course offered at a "sending" educational institution (such as Orange Coast College) will meet the requirements for admission, transfer credit, general education, lower division major preparation and/or elective credit at a "receiving" education institution (such as the California State University system, University of California or a private university).
This ensures that articulated courses taken and completed at Orange Coast College will be credited toward bachelor's degree requirements upon transferring to a four-year college or university.
To determine if an OCC course is articulated with a college or university, it must appear on a formal articulation agreement between the two institutions. Students may still transfer successfully to four-year colleges and universities without any formal articulation agreements in place. Many private and out-of-state colleges and universities provide unofficial Transfer Guides or Transfer Credit Equivalencies which may provide students with general information regarding transferable coursework to their institution.
It is important to note that Transfer Guides and Transfer Credit Equivalencies are NOT articulation agreements and should be used as an advising tool in consultation with an OCC counselor or four-year transfer college or university admissions representative.
Students are encouraged to meet with an OCC counselor as early as possible in their academic careers to develop a Student Education Plan, as well as with university admissions representative to confirm their choice of classes.