Biology Associate in Science Degree for Transfer

Division: Natural Sciences


The Biology Associate in Science Degree for Transfer, also called the Biology AS-T Degree, prepares students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor's degrees in Biology. Ed Code Section 66746-66749 states students earning the Biology AS-T degree will be granted priority for admission as a Biology major to a local CSU, as determined by the CSU campus to which the student applies. Students with a degree in biology may pursue careers in a variety of fields such as health care, biomedical/pharmaceutical research, education, environmental technology and more. A biology degree may also facilitate entry into various graduate or professional programs. The Biology AS-T Degree requires a total of 35 units of required courses and restricted electives as indicated below.

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees, and there are no additional graduation requirements:

  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) for STEM or the California State University General Education – Breadth for STEM Requirements.
    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.
  3. ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A P (Pass) grade is an acceptable grade for a course in the major only if the P is defined to be equivalent to a C or better.
Required Courses (9 units):
BIOL 170 FOrganismal Biology5
BIOL 272 FCell and Molecular Biology4
List A (22 units):22
The student must complete 10 units of CHEM, 4 units of MATH, and an 8-unit sequence of PHYS from the list below:
General Chemistry I5
General Chemistry II5
Calculus I (formerly MATH 150AF)4
Honors Calculus I (formerly MATH 150HF)
Physics for the Life Sciences I
and Physics for the Life Sciences II
Physics with Calculus for the Life Sciences I
and Physics with Calculus for the Life Sciences II
General Physics I
and General Physics II
List B (4 units):4
General Ecology4
Total Units35

Outcome 1: Demonstrate an understanding of how the scientific method is used to explore topics in biology.

Outcome 2: Demonstrate safe and proficient use of laboratory equipment and techniques.

Outcome 3: Explain the significance of evolutionary theory and how it relates to life on Earth.