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Biological Sciences Associate in Science

This degree program is designed to provide a two-year transfer program with emphasis on the uniformity and diversity of life. The curriculum fulfills the lower division requirements for majors in biology, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, environmental health, microbiology and ecology.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explain the basic structures and fundamental processes of life at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels.
  • Identify the evolutionary processes that lead to adaptation and biological diversity.
  • Describe the relationship between life forms and their environment and ecosystems.
  • Collect, organize, analyze, interpret and present quantitative and qualitative data and incorporate them into the broader context of biological knowledge.
  • Effectively apply current technology and scientific methodologies for problem solving.
  • Find, select and evaluate various types of scientific information including primary research articles, mass media sources and World Wide Web information.
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral formats.

Career Opportunities

Aquatic Biologist1
Athletic Trainer1
Biochemical Engineer1
Biological Technician
Biomedical Equipment Technician
Clinical Lab Technologist
Environmental Engineer1
Environmental Technician
Environmental Microbiologist1
Genetic Engineering Technician
Greenhouse Assistant
Laboratory Technician
Physical Therapist1
Public Health Biologist1
Purification Technician
Research Assistant
Safety Specialist
Technical Writer
Waste Management Technician


Bachelor Degree or higher required.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

BIO-215Statistics for Life Sciences3
BIO-230Principles of Cellular, Molecular and Evolutionary Biology4
BIO-240Principles of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology5
CHEM-141General Chemistry I5
CHEM-142General Chemistry II5
CHEM-231Organic Chemistry I5
MATH-180Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
PHYC-130Fundamentals of Physics4
PHYC-131Fundamentals of Physics4
Total Units40

Plus General Education Requirements