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The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer is designed to provide students with a strong foundation for the study of entry-level biological science, chemistry and physics in preparation for transfer to a California State University. It is an excellent starting point for students interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in any area of biological science (general biology, cellular and molecular biology, ecological, evolution, & organismal biology, animal biology, plant biology, or microbiology). The biology major is designed to provide undergraduate preparation leading to careers in health professions and education

Program Overview

As a Biology major, you will:

  • Study a broad overview of biological science including molecular & cellular biology and evolutionary, organismal, & ecological biology in addition to physical science including chemistry and physics.
  • Develop a solid foundation in the basic elements of scientific inquiry.
  • Prepare to study and complete a baccalaureate degree in one of the biological sciences at a California State University.


The University Studies Degree with an emphasis in Allied Health is designed to provide the lower division major courses to transfer to a university and earn a Bachelor’s degree in a health or medical field. Students must meet with a counselor to ensure completion of required coursework for chosen major and specific college or university

As an Allied Health major, you will:

  • Complete prerequisite courses for degrees in nursing, health care, occupational health and safety, or health care related fields.
  • Develop a solid foundation in the basic elements of scientific inquiry.

Program Highlights

  • The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer degree includes the core curriculum of transfer to a California State University.
  • Small class size.
  • Individual tutoring.
  • Laboratory opportunities.


  • Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer
  • Associate in Arts University Studies: Emphasis in Allied Health

Two-Year Advising Plans

​​​Degree Type ​Degree Name
​Associate in Science for Transfer Biology-AS-T

Employment Opportunities

Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Field Biologist

Forensic Scientist

Medical Doctor


Physical Therapist

Public Health Educator

Registered Nurse



Degrees and Certificates

Total units for the Associate in Science Degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.0: 60 units
Required Core Courses minimum grade 2.0: 32 Units

BIOL-1  Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology4
BIOL-4 Principles of Evolutionary, Organismal and Ecological Biology5
CHEM-1A  General Chemistry I5
CHEM-1B  General Chemistry II5
MATH-1A  Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
PHYS 2A  General College Physics I4
PHYS2B  General College Physics II4

Completion of either the CSU STEM (33 units) or IGETC
STEM (31 units)
Remaining Units to total 60 Units may be selected from
courses numbered 1-4

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Associate in Science Degree in Biology for Transfer the student will be able to:
1. Apply the scientific method by stating a question; researching the topic; determining appropriate tests; performing tests; collecting, analyzing, and presenting data; and finally proposing new questions about the topic.
2. Apply critical thinking to the examination of the principles of biology, chemistry, and physics using proper laboratory techniques and procedures.
3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the language, laws, theories and processes that are essential to the understanding of the structure of matter and how the structure determines its physical and chemical properties.
4. Describe the structure and function of molecular and cellular components and explain how they interact in a living cell.
5. Describe how cells interact to develop tissues and organs and how these contribute to a functional organism.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms driving evolution and describe similarities and differences of the major taxonomic groups.
7. Describe how organisms interact with one another, and to their environment and are able to explain interactions at the population and community levels.

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