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Biology for Transfer (AS-T)

The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer (AS-T) Degree is designed to facilitate transfer to a California State University in keeping with SB 1440. A total of 35-36 units are required to fulfill the major portion of this degree. Students must also complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) requirements or the California State University System (CSU) STEM requirements (see the “General Education Requirements and Transfer Information” section of the catalog).

Students should speak with a counselor to verify that the requirements for this degree have been met.

The following requirements must be met to be awarded an Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer (AS-T) Degree:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirement.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Students are also required to earn a “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in all courses required for the major.

The Biological Sciences Department offers a solid academic foundation for further study in life sciences. The primary emphasis of the biological sciences major program is to prepare students for successful transfer to baccalaureate (four-year) institutions. This course package for majors is modeled on the transfer requirement for the California State University system. Students should check the catalog of the transfer school being considered for its specific requirements and speak with a counselor.

The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree / certificate requirements in this program. Students will:

  1. Explain how differences are the result of changes in characteristics due to natural selection and other forces of evolution.
  2. Compare and contrast the ways that different kinds of cells, organisms or the community take in, use, and transfer energy to meet their metabolic needs (Homeostasis).
  3. Describe how genetic information is stored, expressed, and transferred to offspring.
  4. Explain how a specific structure has a specific function based on its characteristics.
  5. Explain how molecules, cells, organs and/or organisms interact with one another and their environments.

Associate Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
BIO-230Principles of Cellular, Molecular and Evolutionary Biology4
BIO-240Principles of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology5
List A
CHEM-141General Chemistry I5
CHEM-142General Chemistry II5
MATH-180Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
PHYC-130Fundamentals of Physics4
PHYC-131Fundamentals of Physics4
List B
BIO-215Statistics for Life Sciences3-4
or ANTH-215 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
or PSY-215 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
or SOC-215 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
or MATH-160 Elementary Statistics
Units in the major35-36
Plus General Education Requirements (CSU GE or IGETC)31-33
Total Units60

Complete transferable units as needed to reach 60.

Students completing IGETC may be awarded the degree, but they must complete a course from Area 1C: Oral Communication to meet CSU admission requirements.