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Educational and Academic Planning

Educational planning is an important part of student success.  Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to development a Student Educational Plan (Ed Plan) within 90 days of selecting an educational goal. 

An Ed Plan outlines the courses needed to complete an educational goal within an attainable timeframe personalized for each student.  It will include prerequisite courses, and major required courses. An Ed Plan will help determine which courses a student should take each semester.

If your Educational Goal is a/an ...

Your Educational Plan will include...

Certificate or Employment Concentration


Classes that complete the certificate core and elective course requirements.  General educational courses may/may not be required depending on major.


AA/AS degree


AA/AS general education courses, major and elective course requirements.


Bachelor's Degree without completing an AA/AS degree


Transferable general education course requirements (CSU or IGETC pattern) and any transferable major preparation courses that are available at MSJC.


Bachelor's Degree with an AA/AS degree

AA/AS general education pattern requirements and/or transferable general education requirements (CSU or IGETC pattern), major and elective course requirements for an AA/AS degree and transferable major preparation courses that are available at MSJC. 

General Education Patterns

General education patterns are a complete listing of approved courses that satisfy the general education requirements for an associate degree or transfer program.

Available general education patterns: