Anthropology, Associate in Arts for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer degree (AA-T in Anthropology) program addresses issues in the areas of human nature, social traditions and institutions, and our human heritage. The courses offered introduce students to the fields of archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. These courses may be taken to satisfy General Education requirements or to meet the requirements for an Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer (AA-T in Anthropology) degree program which prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Anthropology or related major. Students must complete the Associate Degree for Transfer requirements to earn the AA-T degree.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Critically examine and comprehend human nature and behavior, social traditions, and institutions.
  • Describe biological and cultural factors responsible for human variation.
  • Distinguish variations in culture using the relativist perspective.
  • Evaluate the various theories, methods, and techniques used to investigate the human past.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
ANTH 2Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 4Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 6Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory3
List A
Select a minimum of three units from the following:3-5
Biological Anthropology Laboratory
World Regional Geography
Elementary Statistics
Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
List B
Select one to two courses (total minimum of three units) from the following:3-5
Any List A course not already selected
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology with Lab
List C
Select three units from the following:3-4
Any List A or B course not already selected
Primate Behavioral Ecology
Native Peoples of North America
Gender in Global Perspective
Introduction to Sociology
Additional Requirements39-42
Complete CSU General Education or IGETC pattern and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 transferable units.
Total Units60

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested 2-Year Course Sequence  

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
Elementary Statistics
or Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
or Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
and Biological Anthropology Laboratory
IGETC Area 3B (US-1 Course Recommended) 3
Elective (LIBR 50 or COUN 10 Recommended) 1
ENGL 2 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking 3
ANTH 4 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
Primate Behavioral Ecology
or Native Peoples of North America
or Gender in Global Perspective
or Introduction to Sociology
IGETC Area 3A (GWOS 4 Recommended) 3
IGETC Area 4 (US-2 & 3 Course Recommended) 3
Year 2
Public Speaking (CSU Requirement)
or Small Group Communication
ANTH 6 Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory 3
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
IGETC Area 3A or 3B 3
IGETC Area 6 (UC Requirement) or Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 5
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
 Total Units60
A Degree With a Guarantee - Associate Degree for Transfer

MPC transfer programs are designed to enable students to complete lower-division requirements in preparation for transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to California State University (CSU) system for any community college student who earns an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), although not to a particular campus or major. Upon transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), students will be required to complete no more than 60 upper-division units to earn a bachelor’s degree in a same or similar major (unless designated as a “high-unit” major).

The following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements must be completed to earn the AA-T or AS-T degree:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units;
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework (while a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA);
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units as detailed in the Major Requirements;
  4. Completion of all courses in the major with a grade of C or better (or a “P” if the course is taken on a “Pass/No Pass” basis);
  5. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth) pattern; OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss transfer pathways and specific university admission requirements. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.