The Arizona Transfer System

The components of the Arizona Transfer System work together to help students plan a seamless transfer without loss of academic credit. Students build a transfer degree plan by completing the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC), common courses, and electives, and supplement this with credits earned through dual enrollment and exams.


The Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) is a foundational block of coursework completed at an Arizona community college. The AGEC consists of 35-37 credit hours of courses in English, math, social and behavioral sciences, physical and biological sciences, and arts and humanities. Through Articulation Task Forces, faculty determine which courses fulfill the requirements at their respective institutions and maintain transferability.

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An associate degree is earned after completing at least 60 credit hours of required courses at a community college.


Electives are courses that count toward credits for graduation, but are not requirements for a particular degree of study.


Common courses are lower division courses that apply toward a mapped bachelor’s degree program.


Associate and bachelor’s degrees are aligned within each ATF academic discipline. The transfer system maps these degrees for majors offered at two or more of Arizona’s public institutions. See pages 18-19 for a list of all majors included in the system.
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