Biological Sciences - AS

Associate in Science in Biological Sciences

The Associate in Science in Biological Sciences is designed for students interested in acquiring a solid foundation in basic biology, evolutionary theory, and the scientific method. This program is appropriate for students seeking entry-level positions in the life sciences.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Students will apply the scientific method to investigate biological questions by collecting and quantitatively analyzing data.
  • Students will identify and apply the central concepts, hypotheses, and theories that comprise the major areas of the biological sciences, including cell and organism structure and function.
  • Students will explain the genetic or evolutionary connections between biological structures and their function, and between organisms and their environment. .

To earn this degree, students must meet the following requirements: 
a. Completion of 60 degree applicable units with an overall GPA of 2.0. 
b. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in the major with a grade of C (or P) or better. 
c. Completion of the Associate in Science graduation requirements.

Please note not all classes are offered each semester. For sections with honors courses, select either the honors version or the non-honors version

Core Courses

Complete one of the following two course sequences

Code Class Units
BIO 001A General Biology: Cells (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5
BIO 001AH General Biology: Cells-Honors (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5
BIO 001B General Biology: Organisms (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5


Code Class Units

Plus, select a minimum of 8.0 units from the following

Code Class Units
ANT 001 Physical Anthropology (3.0 Lecture) 3
BIO 004 Microbiology (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5
BIO 010 Introduction to Biology (3.0 Lecture) 3
BIO 010L Introduction to Biology Lab (1.0 Lab) 1
BIO 011 Human Biology (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 4
BIO 012 Emerging Infectious Diseases (3.0 Lecture) 3
BIO 014 Introductory Neuroscience (3.0 Lecture) 3
BIO 016 Marine Biology (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 4
BIO 017 Genetics and Society (3.0 Lecture) 3
BIO 017H Genetics and Society - Honors (3.0 Lecture) 3
BIO 019 Oceans: Life in the Sea (3.0 Lecture) 3
BIO 025 Environmental Biology (3.0 Lecture) 3
BIO 030 Tropical Ecology (3.0 Lecture) 3
BIO 030L Tropical Ecology Field Studies (1.0 Lab) 1
BIO 032 California Plants and Animals (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 4
BIO 047 Human Anatomy (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5
BIO 048 Human Physiology (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5
BIO 048H Human Physiology - Honors (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5
NTR 015 Human Nutrition (3.0 Lecture) 3

Required Units for the Major

Required unts for the major 18.0-23.0
plus completion of general education requirements
and electives as needed to reach 60 units.
Total required units 60.0
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Career/Transfer Opportunities

A solid background in the life sciences is required for many careers, including work in the allied health professions, biotechnology, horticulture, land management, and education.

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