Biology

Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act (SB1440)

Associate in Science
Transfer Preparation* (Major Code: 01514)

Biology is a natural science that focuses on the biological, physical and chemical processes in living organisms. This discipline explores how organisms acquire and use energy to maintain homeostasis, how they reproduce, and how they interact with each other and their environment. Biological processes are emphasized as a means of answering these questions. Biologists rely heavily on a chemistry foundation since living organisms are chemical systems.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of the Biology Program, students will be able to communicate clearly in a way that reflects knowledge and understanding of biological processes and structures.
  • Upon successful completion of the Biology Program, students will be able to approach and examine issues related to the biological sciences from an evidence-based perspective and communicate this information in a clear manner.
  • Upon successful completion of the Biology Program, students will be able to demonstrate information literacy skills to access, evaluate, and use resources.
  • Upon successful completion of the Biology Program, students will be able to use and apply the scientific method to critically evaluate hypotheses.
The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:
  • Completion of minimum 60 semester or 90 quarter units of transferable degree applicable courses.
  • Minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework.
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “Pass”) for each course in the major.
  • Completion of the California State University General Education (CSU GE) Breadth pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern for CSU.  For more information, refer to the catalog section, “Certificate of Achievement” under Graduation, Certificates, and Degree Requirements.
Required Core12
GENERAL ZOOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
BIOLOGY OF PLANTS
List A15-16
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I *
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I
APPLIED CALCULUS I
and APPLIED CALCULUS II
Select one of the Physics Options below8
Option 1
FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS I
FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS LABORATORY I
FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS II
FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS LABORATORY II
Option 2
PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS I
PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LABORATORY I
PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS II **
PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS LABORATORY II **
Total Units35-36
Recommended Electives: BIOL 207 and/or BIOL 215