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  • MATH

For all Math majors:  Students must complete 4 semesters of Calculus meaning Calc 1, 2, and 3 plus Linear Algebra or Differential Equation.

For all Physics majors:  Students must complete 3 semesters of Calculus (1, 2 and 3) plus one year of calculus based physics (mechanics, electricity, and magnetism)
For Biochemistry major:  Students must complete 1 year of General Chemistry, Calculus 1, 2, and 3, one semester of Organic Chemistry, and one semester of calculus based physics plus two more major prep courses.  This means they must complete at least 9 major prep courses.
For Chemistry majors:  Students must complete 1 year of General Chemistry, Calculus 1, 2, and 3, one semester of Organic Chemistry, and one semester of calculus based physics.
This is effective Fall 2013.
These resources, in combination with the OCC catalog, transfer curriculum guides and your counselor, are in place to help you transfer from Orange Coast College to a four-year college or university. You should also meet with your counselor on a regular basis for assistance in planning your transfer program. Four-year colleges and universities often make changes in their requirements. The information posted on this site is accurate and current at the time of publication; however changes in the policies and procedures outlined may occur after publication.

Ten Things To Help You Transfer....

Orange Coast College provides the first two years of a four-year college or university program. If you are enrolled in a transfer program, you will be able to complete most of your general education and lower division major requirements before transferring. If you are planning to transfer, you should complete the following steps:


Do the best that you can in all of your classes. Admission to four-year colleges and universities is competitive. Get off to a good start in your first semester. If you do not have good study habits or skills, do something about it. Don’t wait until it is too late. Take a study skills class or workshop offered by the Counseling Department.


Step 2. 

Meet with a counselor in the Counseling Center to develop your Student Educational Plan. The SEP will identify the courses needed to transfer.


Explore your options. What are your career goals? What do you want to major in? Where do you want to transfer? Information about careers and related majors is available in the Career Library in the Counseling Center. The Transfer Center maintains a complete resource library containing college catalogs and other transfer information. If you are undecided about you​r career goals and your major, meet with your counselor, visit the Career Planning Lab in the
Counseling Center or enroll in Counseling 120, Career Planning.

Step 4. 

Meet with representatives from four-year colleges and universities. Each year on Transfer Day representatives from over 70 colleges and universities come to the OCC campus to meet with prospective students. Several smaller Transfer Fairs are also held during the year. Representatives from many Southern California schools are available in the Transfer Center to meet with students individually or in groups.

Step 5. 

If possible, visit the campuses that you are considering. This gives you the opportunity to get a “feel” for the campus environment and the surrounding community. Throughout the year the Transfer Center sponsors tours to several Southern California universities.

Step 6. 

Keep informed of policies and procedures for admission to four-year schools. Transfer workshops are offered by the Transfer Center and by visiting four-year representatives.

Step 7. 

Meet periodically with your counselor to update your Student Educational Plan and to make sure that you are meeting all requirements.

Step 8. 

Obtain an application for admission. Applications for UC, CSU and many of Southern California’s independent universities are available in the Transfer Center. Electronic applications are available on the Internet. These can be accessed through the Transfer Center website. You can also write to the admissions office of each institution to request an application.

Step 9. 

Prepare your application completely and accurately and file it during the priority filing period. If you miss the priority filing period, your chances for admission may decrease significantly. The Transfer Center offers workshops to help you prepare your applications for UC and CSU.

Step 10. 

Send transcripts and other materials to the four-year school as requested. When you send your final transcript to either UC or CSU be sure to request certification of your general education.