Drafting an Education Plan (Ed Plan):

Here are the key steps to drafting an Education Plan (Ed Plan):

1. 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.

2. 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

3. If you are transferring 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. Read the assist page carefully because there may be different course options to choose from. 

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.

4. If you are transferring to a private university or an out-of-state university, go to the university's transfer web site to determine transfer requirements and process. Please talk to Cabrillo faculty, the STEM 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:
Worksheet for Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Physics, Bio, and Chemistry
Worksheet for CTE-STEM (Hort, ETech, Welding, and CEM)

5. Highlight the required transfer courses on the Critical Path Worksheet. 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:

Current Highschool Agreements and Placement Tests

Placement Information for students who took AP tests

6. 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.

Listing of common STEM courses and when these courses are offered
You can begin to build your semester-by-semester schedule using this form

7. 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 or Engl2, 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.

8. 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.

PowerPoint slides on "How to Draft an Ed Plan for STEM Majors"