Drafting an Education Plan
Here are the key steps to drafting an Education Plan (Ed Plan):
- Identify a major. Don't worry if you are not sure because you are focusing on the process of drafting an Ed Plan. Pick an area you are interested in today. You can change your major tomorrow!
For example: Biomedical Engineering, Architecture, or Computer Science, ... etc.
- Select a four-year university or college you wish to transfer to after you have completed coursework at Cabrillo. Again do not worry if you are not sure because you can repeat these steps later with your updated transfer plans.
For example: UC Santa Cruz, Cal Poly, San Jose State Univ., Santa Clara Univ. ... etc.
If you are majoring in engineering, find out if the 4-year engineering program you are interested in is ABET accredited by going to: www.abet.org
- If you are transfering to a UC or CSU, go to www.assist.org and input your major and transfer school. Assist.org will display the required courses for this major. The list you get will not include GE. Read everything that assist.org displays.
Note: If going to Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, use the Cal Poly Transfer Selection Criteria to determine needed courses. Assist.org will show you which Cabrillo courses are equivalent to these Cal Poly courses. You should also use the Cal Poly Transfer guide shown below.
The courses shown in assist.org are your major prep courses. These are the classes you need to take at Cabrillo before you transfer.
If you are an engineering, math, or physics major you may want to print and fill out this checklist form. This form will help you keep track of those courses you need to take and it will also help you see the differences between multiple 4-year schools.
Below are Transfer Guides for Engineering, Math, Physics, and Computer Science majors. These optional guides are meant to verify what is in assist.org for these four majors:
- If you are not planning on transfering to a UC or CSU school, but instead you want to transfer to a private univeristy or a public out-of-state university, go to the university's transfer web site to determine transfer requirements and process. Please talk to Cabrillo faculty, the MESA Counselor, and others so you can get help with this.
You are now ready to identify your critical path
What is a critical path? A critical path is all those courses that have to be taken in a specific order. This is the most important part of your Ed Plan because following your critical path will reduce the time it takes to complete a bachelors degree.
Most general education courses are not in your critical path because these courses are not prerequisites for your upper division coursework.
Taking courses in your critical path will allow you to take courses that are "downstream" of that course without delays.
Select your Critical Path Worksheet and highlight all required courses
- Highlight those courses on the Critical Path Worksheet that are shown in assist. Read the assist page carefully because there may be different course options to choose from. You will also need to highlight any prerequisites you need for the courses shown in assist.
If coming from high school you should visit the following counseling web-pages for information about placement at Cabrillo:
- Using your highlighted critical path, draft a semester-by-semester ed plan by first scheduling only the highlighted courses in the critical path. Some courses are only offered fall or spring. That info is on the worksheet. Do not schedule physics and chemistry simultaneously because the lab times will conflict. Begin your math sequence right away. Next, schedule Engl1A as soon as possible as it will help with writing assignments in other courses.
- Determine from your counselor and assist.org what the 4-year college admission requirements are. These are specific courses required in order to be admitted to a 4-year school. Taking these courses should be a priority because without them you will not be admitted to the 4-year school. Most schools require Engl1A, Engl1B, and a communications/speech course. Admission requirements vary from school to school and occasionally vary by major, so this is where you will need help from an experienced professional.
- Insert general education (GE) into your Ed Plan. Since GE requirements can vary somewhat for STEM majors, consider making your selection from the list below as these are the most common GE taken by STEM majors.
- Comm 1
- English 1A/1AH/1AMC/1AMCH
- English 1B
- US History: Hist 14, 15, 17A, 17AH, 17B, 17BH, 18A, 19B, 21A, 21AH, 21B, 21BH, 29A, 29B
- Political Science 1 or 5
Have someone check your work! Ask a faculty member in your major, ask a counselor, ask someone in your learning community, etc.