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PolyPlanner GE Certification Information

What is GE certification?

Junior transfer students transferring to Cal Poly from a California community college or another CSU have the opportunity to become “GE certified” before transfer. Certification is the completion of all lower-division GE requirements prior to transfer. If a student is certified, s/he will not be held to any further lower-division GE requirements at Cal Poly. However, certification does not exempt students from completing required major/support courses that also count for GE (“double count”).

If you are a junior transfer student, you should access your Degree Progress Report (DPR), available through your Student Center, to determine if you are GE-certified in either Area B (Science and Mathematics) or Area C (Arts and Humanities). You should do this before beginning to plan courses.

If you are GE certified in Area B, you will see all of Area B showing as satisfied on your DPR. 

If you are certified in Area C, you will see all of Area C satisfied on your DPR with the likely exception of GE C4, which is an upper-division requirement.

Implications for transfer students using PolyPlanner

In most cases, PolyPlanner pre-populates with complete information about requirements you have fulfilled, from your DPR. However, PolyPlanner does not have the ability to reflect GE certification on your Roadmap. Your Roadmap will make it appear that you need to plan all Area B and/or all Area C courses. However, if you are certified, this is not the case.

Area B certification: If you are Area B-certified, you will not need any further GE Area B classes, so you do not need to plan anything in this area. Even though Area B will never show as checked off on your Roadmap, you should use your DPR for peace of mind that you do not need GE classes in Area B.

Remember to take note, using your flowchart and DPR, if you need specific major/support classes that also count for GE Area B (“double count”). You will still need to plan these if you have not completed them prior to transfer.

Area C certification: If you are Area C-certified, you will at most need to complete only the C4 (upper division) area at Cal Poly. Whether you have already completed a GE C4 course, or if you plan it using your PolyPlanner, it will not check off on your Roadmap, due to the limitations outlined above. 

You should still plan the C4 requirement, to provide the University with accurate course demand information, so that we can assist you in graduating on time. But be aware that Area C will never check off, and use your DPR for peace of mind as to your fulfillment of GE Area C.

Remember to take note, using your flowchart and DPR, if you need specific major/support classes that also count for GE Area C (“double count”). You will still need to plan these if you have not completed them prior to transfer.

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