Academic Catalog


Marine Biology Associate in Science

The Marine Biology degree is designed to provide a two-year transfer program leading to a B.S. degree in Marine Biology with emphasis on the diversity of organisms and the biological and physical processes that affect these organisms, their populations and their coastal and oceanic ecosystems. This major requires a strong foundation in natural sciences that is provided in this two-year transfer degree that can lead to UC or CSU Marine Biology programs.

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 Internet information.
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral formats.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

BIO-230Principles of Cellular, Molecular and Evolutionary Biology4
BIO-240Principles of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology5
CHEM-141General Chemistry I5
CHEM-142General Chemistry II5
MATH-180Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
MATH-280Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
MATH-281Multivariable Calculus4
Select one of the following options:8-15
Option 1:
Mechanics and Waves
Electricity, Magnetism, and Heat
Light, Optics, and Modern Physics
Option 2:
Fundamentals of Physics
Fundamentals of Physics
Total Units40-47

Plus General Education Requirements

Completion of IGETC-CSU for STEM allows for completion of 6 units of non-STEM GE work after transfer. One Area 3 course (Fine Arts and Humanities) and one Area 4 course (Social and Behavioral Sciences) may be deferred until after transfer.