Course Equivalents

Community College Course Equivalents

It's not uncommon that ULRN students find themselves with one or two GE courses to finish, and are either ready to begin in a cohort, have transferred to CSULA with a class or two to finish, or simply can't get the classes they need.  ULRN students currently enrolled at CSULA who have 100- and 200-level General Education courses to complete can meet these requirments at a local community college rather at CSULA while still enrolled at CSULA.  Los Angeles area community colleges have agreements with CSULA, known as articulation agreements, that guarantee that students who take community college courses equivalent to CSULA GE courses will receive appropriate credit for them.  This can be adventageous for ULRN students:

  • who are having difficulty getting courses at CSULA
  • who want a longer period of time, such as a semester, to take a challenging course
  • who want to take a course in a concentrated time period, such as a five-week/five day a week summer session
  • who want to attend lower-division classes in the summer at a lower cost
  • who want to attend at a college closer to home during the summer   

How much will it cost, and are courses are available when I'm not at CSULA?

Enrollment fees for California residents are $46 per unit at all California community colleges (individual colleges may add additional fees; check the website for the community college you want to attend.)  Students can attend any community college in California, or more than one at the same time.  Community colleges frequently offer courses during more flexible instructional time periods, at alternative campuses, or online. 

How do I find the a community college course that is equivalent to the CSULA course I need?  

CSU and community college course numbers do not match, so you will need to research the equivalent community college course you should take.  ASSIST is a state-funded comprehensive website that helps students identify community college equivalents to CSU, UC and other four-year college general education courses.  To use it, simply use the drop-down menus to find your community college, CSULA, and the subject matter you want to study.  ASSIST will provide a table with community college to CSULA course equivalents.   For example, let's find an equivalent to BIOL 155 at East Los Angeles College.  Using the drop-down menus on ASSIST, you will reach the following screen:

Biology in ASSIST 

It's easy to see that the ELAC equivalent to BIOL 155 is BIOLOGY 3.  

ASSIST can also be used to determine whether GE courses you have already taken are equivalent to CSULA courses.  Use the same drop-down menus to look up your community college, the academic year you took the course (very important!), CSULA and the course subject matter.  If you're unsure whether your course is equivalent, see an advisor.  

Important! Only lower-division (100- and 200-level courses) can be taken at a community college.  300- and 400-level courses must be taken at CSULA.  Students planning to take community college courses for the first time are strongly encourage to print an unofficial CSULA transcript and visit the counseling office at their community college before enrolling.  

Important Course Equivalents in ULRN

ENGL 102

ENGL 102 is required before a student is eligible to take the WPE (UNIV 400) or complete UNIV 401.  In order to be admitted to the Charter College of Education, students must pass the WPE or UNIV 401.  Moreover, CSULA requires students pass the WPE by the time they complete 135 units, and will place a hold on their enrollment until they do so.  Most ENGL 102 equivalents will also meet the GE A3 (Critical Thinking) requirement. 

Community College

ENGL 102 Equivalent

Community College

ENGL 102 Equivalent

Cerritos College

ENGL 103 (103LC)

LA Southwest College

ENGL 103

Chaffey College

ENGL 1B

LA Trade Tech College

ENGL 103

Citrus College

ENGL 104

LA Valley College

ENGL 103

East Los Angeles College

ENGL 103

Mount San Antonio College

ENGL 1C

El Camino College

ENGL 1C

Pasadena City College

ENGL 1C

Glendale College

ENGL 104

Rio Hondo College

ENGL 1C

Long Beach City College

ENGL 3

Riverside City College

ENGL 1B

LA City College

ENGL 103

Santa Monica College

ENGL 2

LA Mission College

ENGL 103

West Los Angeles College

ENGL 103

 

COMM 150

COMM 150 or an equivalent course in public speaking is required for all teaching credential candidates by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  This course will also satisfy the GE A2 (Communication) requirement.  However, not all speech courses that meet GE A2 will satisfy the CTC requirement, notably courses in group dynamics (COMM 278) or interpersonal communication (COMM 275).  Students who have met GE with these courses must still meet the COMM 150 requirement for the credential program.  

Community College

COMM 150 Equivalent

Community College

COMM 150 Equivalent

Cerritos College

SPCH 130 (130LC)

LA Southwest College

SPEECH 101

Chaffey College

COMSTD 2

LA Trade Tech College

SPEECH 101

Citrus College

SPCH 101

LA Valley College

COMM 101

East Los Angeles College

SPEECH 101

Mount San Antonio College

SPCH 1A

El Camino College

SPCH 1

Pasadena City College

SPEECH 1

Glendale College

SPCH 101

Rio Hondo College

SPCH 101

Long Beach City College

SP 10

Riverside City College

COM 1

LA City College

SPEECH 101

Santa Monica College

SPEECH 1

LA Mission College

SPEECH 101

West Los Angeles College

SPEECH 101

 

For students who have met GE A2 with a course other than COMM 150 or equivalent, the Department of Communication Studies offers a one-unit challenge course, COMM 151 (Speech Proficiency Assessment for Teachers) which can be taken in lieu of COMM 150.  This course is available by permit only to students who are currently or have already been enrolled in EDCI 300 or EDSP 300.  See an advisor for details and a permit.

 

CHDV 140

CHDV 140 (Child Development) or an equivalent will be required for all students entering ULRN as of Fall 2016.  Students are encouraged to include a basic course in child growth and development equivalent to CHDV 140 in their Block D courses.  

Community College

CHDV 140 Equivalent

Community College

CHDV 140 Equivalent

Cerritos College

CD 110

LA Southwest College

CH DEV 1

Chaffey College

CDE 2

LA Trade Tech College

CH DEV 1

Citrus College

PSY 206

LA Valley College

CH DEV 1

East Los Angeles College

CH DEV 1

Mount San Antonio College

CHLD 10

El Camino College

C DEV 103

Pasadena City College

PSYC 21

Glendale College

CHLDV 135

Rio Hondo College

CD 106

Long Beach City College

CDECE 47

Riverside City College

EAR 20

LA City College

CH DEV 1

Santa Monica College

PSYCH 11

LA Mission College

CH DEV 1

West Los Angeles College

CH DEV 1

 

MATH 110

MATH 110 is required before a student is eligible to take EDEL 417.  The course is generally in addition to your GE A4 (Math) course.  Some Community Colleges have groups of courses equivalent to MATH 110, 115 and 225 that you may also take – they are good preparation if you anticipate having difficulty with the CSET Math subtest.  Note:  Students entering ULRN beginning in Fall 2016 will not be held to this requirement.  

Community College

ENGL 102 Equivalent

Community College

ENGL 102 Equivalent

Cerritos College

MATH 110A

LA Southwest College

N/A

Chaffey College

N/A

LA Trade Tech College

MATH 215

Citrus College

MATH 168

LA Valley College

MATH 215

East Los Angeles College

N/A

Mount San Antonio College

MATH 210

El Camino College

MATH 110

Pasadena City College

MATH 38

Glendale College

MATH 138

Rio Hondo College

MATH 140

Long Beach City College

N/A

Riverside City College

N/A

LA City College

MATH 215

Santa Monica College

MATH 41

LA Mission College

MATH 215

West Los Angeles College

MATH 215

 

If you take an equivalent to ENGL 102, COMM 150 or MATH 110 after you matriculate at CSULA, your equivalent course grade MUST be submitted to Records and Student Services on an official transcript as soon as you complete the course.

Petitioning a Course Equivalent

Students who did not attend one of the community colleges listed above and believe they have a course equivalent to one of the four above, or any GE course, may petition for credit using the General Academic Petition for UNDERGRADUATE Requirements.  Students must attach a copy of the catalog description of the equivalent course from the year and the community college they attended, along with a copy of the cover of the catalog. For assistance with this petition and approval, see an advisor.