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Associate in Science Degree for Transfer

The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer degree (AS-T in Biology) is a 60 unit program which provides students the lower division coursework required for transfer to a CSU institution for the major in Biology. Students must complete the following requirements: 1. A minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units 2. The California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern. 3. A minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district. 4. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. 5. Earn a grade of "C" (or "P") or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Major Core Requirements (9 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
BIOL040Organismal Biology4 units
BIOL043Principles of Cell Biology5 units

Major Electives List A (25 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
CHEM001AGeneral Chemistry5 units
CHEM001BGeneral Chemistry5 units
Select one:

Calculus and Analytical Geometry
Honors Calculus and Analytical Geometry

5 units
5 units
Students should take either PHYS002A and PHYS002B OR PHYS004A and PHYS004B.

Take PHYS002A and PHYS002B.

Take PHYS004A and PHYS004B.

General Physics - Mechanics
General Physics - Electricity and Magnetism

Engineering Physics - Mechanics
Engineering Physics - Electricity and Magnetism

5 units
5 units

5 units
5 units

Total Major Units: 34 units

CSU transferable electives courses are required when the major units plus transfer GE units total is less than 60.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Set up of experiments implementing the scientific method
  • Use critical thinking and observational skills when applying knowledge of biological principles and concepts to novel problems
  • Acquire laboratory competence by developing and refining technical and analytical skills.
  • Communicate core biological principles both orally and in writing.
  • Formulate and test hypotheses employing the scientific method, design or implement controlled experiments or observational studies, and collect, interpret and present biological data.
  • Explain the significance of fundamental biological processes and phenomena including biological chemistry and enzymes, cell morphology, DNA replication, cell division, gene expression, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, metabolic pathways, conservation of matter and energy, and homeostasis.
  • Describe the principles of evolution by natural selection and explain how they impact living systems.
  • Demonstrate the relationship between structure and function in biological systems.
  • Apply ecological principles to explain the interconnectedness of organisms in the environment.
  • Describe and identify key shared characteristics and taxonomic classifications of representative specimens and discuss their phylogenetic modifications.
Last Updated 7/19/23