Articulation is the process by which the faculty from two or more institutions reviews similar courses from their respective institutions to determine if the content of courses is sufficiently comparable to warrant formally accepting one for the other. Among other things, completing an articulated course at one institution assures the receiving institution that the necessary background and preparation has been provided to enable the student to progress to the next level of instruction at the receiving institution. This process is facilitated by the Articulation Officer who maintains all articulation agreements and reports to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. All articulation agreements are posted on assist.org.
Transfer Course vs Articulated Course
There is an important difference between a transferable course and an articulated course but the terms are sometimes used as if they are interchangeable:
A transferable course is a course taken at one college or university that can be used for unit credit at another institution. This does not indicate how the course can be used to fulfill a subject matter requirement at a university campus.
A course that is California State University (CSU) transferable (or Baccalaureate level) is accepted for unit credit at any California State University campus. Transferability to CSU is determined by the community college that offers the course.
A course that is University of California (UC) transferable is accepted for credit at any University of California campus. The University of California Office of the President determines if a course is UC transferable.
An articulated course is a course taken at one college or university that can be used to satisfy subject matter requirements (major or general education) at another institution. Except for a handful of exceptions, all articulated courses must first be transferable. It is important to remember, however, that not all transferable courses are articulated.
Transferring from a CSU or a CCC
Transferring from a CSU
Transferring from a CCC