Biology (AS Degree S0652)

Natural Sciences Division

The A.S. Biology degree offers the student a flexible way to earn a Biology Associate degree. After completing a one-year general biology sequence, the student chooses one of three tracks, biodiversity, cell and molecular biology, or pre-health professions, and takes three additional courses in biology based on those interests. The biodiversity track is for students interested in ecology, field biology, zoology, botany, and similar fields. The cell and molecular biology track is for students interested in molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, and biochemistry. The pre-health professions track is for students interested in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. This degree may facilitate transfer to baccalaureate majors in biology, and in many cases may facilitate transfer to more specialized majors such as Botany, Ecology, Environmental Science, Genetics, Molecular biology, Microbiology, or Zoology. Students desiring transfer should see a counselor.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
BIOL 2Plant and Animal Biology4
BIOL 4Biology for Majors4
or BIOL 4H Biology for Majors - Honors
CHEM 50General Chemistry I5
or CHEM 50H General Chemistry I - Honors
CHEM 51General Chemistry II5
or CHEM 51H General Chemistry II - Honors
MATH 180Calculus and Analytic Geometry4
Only required for Cell and Molecular Biology track 0-4
Cell and Molecular Biology
Required Electives 11
Biodiversity track electives
Marine Biology
Marine Biology Laboratory
Conservation Biology
Plant Structures, Functions, and Diversity
Principles of Microbiology
Microbiology
Fundamentals of Zoology
Ecology and Field Biology
Fundamentals of Genetics
Fundamentals of Genetics Laboratory
OR
Cell and Molecular Biology track electives
Principles of Microbiology
Microbiology
Introduction to Immunology
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Fundamentals of Genetics
Fundamentals of Genetics Laboratory
Or
Pre-Health Professions track electives
Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
Pathophysiology
Cell and Molecular Biology
Principles of Microbiology
Microbiology
Fundamentals of Genetics
Fundamentals of Genetics Laboratory
Recommended Electives
General Physics
General Physics
Or
General Physics with Calculus
General Physics with Calculus
Total Units33-37
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