Biology Transfer Program of Study

As a biology major, success in your math and science courses are important.  You will need to complete:  calculus, chemistry, physics and biology courses.   UC and CSU schools require the completion of 60 transferable units that include English 1A, a critical thinking course, and for CSU transfer, an oral communication class.

Completion of all of your general education (GE) may not be mandatory.  Working with a counselor is the best way to map out a transfer plan.  We highly recommend that you make an appointment with a counselor to develop an education plan that meets your needs.

Local UC/CSU Biology Major Prep Classes

The courses listed below are commonly required major preparation classes for this major at 4-year transfer institutions.  This is not a degree, but a list of course options for transfer. Required classes can vary, please visit the Assist website for specific CSU and UC major prep classes.

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Common Major Prep Classes:
BIOL 2Plant and Animal Biology 4
BIOL 4Biology for Majors 4
BIOL 8Cell and Molecular Biology 4
CHEM 50General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 51General Chemistry II 5
CHEM 80Organic Chemistry 5
CHEM 81Organic Chemistry II 5
MATH 180Calculus and Analytic Geometry 4
MATH 181Calculus and Analytic Geometry 4
MATH 110Elementary Statistics 3
PHYS 2AGGeneral Physics 4
PHYS 2BGGeneral Physics 4
PHYS 4AEngineering Physics 5
PHYS 4BEngineering Physics 5
PHYS 4CEngineering Physics 5

General Education Patterns

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (UC/CSU)
California State University General Education (CSU)

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