Program Overview

Students planning to major in Biology, Botany, Zoology, Ecology, Microbiology, Anatomy, Physiology, Forestry, Wildlife Management, Natural Resources, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Optometry, and Pharmacy should complete the AA-T courses. Regardless of the specific area of concentration in Biology (e.g., medicine, ecology, genetics) these courses are required. The AA-T courses for Biology are intended to provide a solid foundation for the student who wishes to pursue further study at the baccalaureate level and for some graduate level programs, or enter a preprofessional or professional program in a health-related field. In addition to the AA-T courses for the Biology major, students should refer to the requirements of prospective institutions or seek advice from a member of the biology faculty or a counselor before choosing electives.

Biology (AS-T) Requirements

Core courses (10 units) Units
BIOL 215 Organismal Biology: Core I 5 units
BIOL 230 Introduction to Cell Biology: Core II 5 units
Supporting science and mathematics (23 units) Units
CHEM 210 General Chemistry I 5 units
CHEM 220 General Chemistry II 5 units
MATH 251 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 5 units
MATH 241 Applied Calculus I 5 units
PHYS 210 General Physics I 4 units
PHYS 220 General Physics II 4 units
PHYS 250 Physics with Calculus I 4 units
PHYS 260 Physics with Calculus II 4 units
Total Required Major Units: 46
General Education - certified completion of one of the following:
  • California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth),
  • OR
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC/CSU) pattern
Elective courses: If applicable, additional courses to meet the minimum 60 CSU transferable units requirement.

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Requirements for more information.