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
Ecology and Field Biology
Marine Biology
Marine Biology Laboratory
Conservation Biology
Fundamentals of Genetics
Fundamentals of Genetics Laboratory
Plant Structures, Functions, and Diversity
Principles of Microbiology
Microbiology
Fundamentals of Zoology
OR
Cell and Molecular Biology track electives
Fundamentals of Genetics
Fundamentals of Genetics Laboratory
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Principles of Microbiology
Microbiology
Introduction to Immunology
Or
Pre-Health Professions track electives
Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
Pathophysiology
Cell and Molecular Biology
Fundamentals of Genetics
Fundamentals of Genetics Laboratory
Principles of Microbiology
Microbiology
Recommended Electives
General Physics
General Physics
Or
General Physics with Calculus
General Physics with Calculus
Total Units33-37

Looking for guidance? A counselor can help.This Guided Pathways for Success (GPS) is a suggested sequence of coursework needed for program completion. It is not an official educational plan. Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor as soon as possible to create an individualized Mountie Academic Plan (MAP) specific to your goals and needs.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
CHEM 40 Introduction to General Chemistry 5 5
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4 4
Meet with a counselor to plan additional CSU/UC Meet with a counselor to plan additional CSU/UC  
required for transfer to 4-year college 4  
Select one track-complete 3 courses from: 3  
Biodiversity, or Cell/Mol. Biol., or Pre Health Biodiversity, or Cell/Mol. Biol., or Pre Health  
 Units9
Winter Term 1
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4 4
AA/S KINES Phys Ed (KIN) Activity Course .5 3
 Units7
Spring Term 1
CHEM 50 General Chemistry I 5 5
BIOL 4 Biology for Majors 4 4
 Units9
Summer Term 1
AA/S ARTS Area C-1 Arts Course 3 3
 Units3
Fall Term 2
BIOL 2 Plant and Animal Biology 4 4
CHEM 51 General Chemistry II 5 5
MATH 180 Calculus and Analytic Geometry 4 4
 Units13
Winter Term 2
AA/S LIFE Area E Lifelong Undrstg Course 3 3
AA/S HUM Area C-2 Humanities Course 4 3-4
 Units6-7
Spring Term 2
AA/S BEHAV Area D-2 Elective Course 3 3
AA/S ELECT Degree Appl Course (Elective) 3 1-3
AA/S ELECT Degree Appl Course (Elective) 3 1-3
AA/S ELECT Degree Appl Course (Elective) 3 1-3
 Units6-12
Summer Term 2
AA/S USHIS Area D-1 Hist/Pol Sc Course 3 3
Biology, AS (S0652) 2  
Submit petition to Admissions Records Submit petition to Admissions Records  
 Units3
 Total Units56-63
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