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:
Course Prefix Course Name Units
BIOL 2Plant and Animal Biology4
BIOL 4Biology for Majors4
BIOL 8Cell and Molecular Biology4
CHEM 50General Chemistry I5
CHEM 51General Chemistry II5
CHEM 80Organic Chemistry I5
CHEM 81Organic Chemistry II5
MATH 180Calculus and Analytic Geometry4
MATH 181Calculus and Analytic Geometry4
MATH 110Elementary Statistics3
PHYS 2AGGeneral Physics4
PHYS 2BGGeneral Physics4
PHYS 4AEngineering Physics5
PHYS 4BEngineering Physics5
PHYS 4CEngineering Physics5

General Education Patterns

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

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