Biology Associate Degree Programs

Biology Associate of Science

 

The curriculum in the Biology Associate Degree program is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve an Associate degree. While a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering majors related to this field, earning the Associate degree would demonstrate achievement and may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion.

Program Student Learning Outcomes


Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the scientific method.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make links among topics and sub-disciplines so that information can be used for deeper comprehension.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the attained knowledge foundation to illustrate concepts and compare examples.

REQUIRED COURSE OPTIONS (13-15 UNITS):

Course ID Title Units
Pathway Option 1 - (15 Units)  
CHEM 1A * or General Chemistry 5
CHEM 2 * General Chemistry Principles 5
BIO 3AH * Honors General Biology I 5
BIO 3BH* Honors General Biology II 5
Pathway Option 2 - (15 Units)  
CHEM 1A * or General Chemistry 5
CHEM 2 * General Chemistry Principles 5
BIO 3AH * Honors General Biology I 5
BIO 3C * Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 5
Pathway Option 3 - (13 Units)  
CHEM 1A * or General Chemistry 5
CHEM 2 * General Chemistry Principles 5
BIO 4A * Principles of Cellular Biology 4
BIO 4B * Principles of Organismal Biology 4
  Restrictive Electives 10

TOTAL UNITS FOR THE MAJOR:


23-25

Restricted Electives (10 Units)  
BIO 11 * Human Anatomy 4
BIO 12 * Human Physiology 4
BIO 15 * General Microbiology 5
BIO 19  Marine Biology 4
BIO 20  Introduction to Biology 4
BIO 22 * Human Genetics 3
BIO 28  Plants and Human Affairs 3
BIO 30  Human Biology 3
BIO 31  Biology of Plants 3
BIO 40  Evolution 3
BIO 43  Animal Behavior 3
BIO 45  Biology of Human Disease 3
BIO 112  Pathophysiology 3
MATH 3A * or Analytic Geometry and Calculus 5
MATH 3AH * Honors Analytic Geometry and Calculus 5
MS 20  Introduction to Oceanography 4
PHYS 1A * or Physics with Calculus for Life Sciences and Chemistry I 4
PHYS 2A * or Introduction to Physics 5
PHYS 4A * General Physics 5

Suggested coursework not required for the major:  CHEM 1B, CHEM 12A, CHEM 12B, MATH 3B, PHYS 1B or PHYS 2B, or PHYS 4B, PHYS 4C.

Associate of Science Degree


Completion of all the courses listed above and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate of Science degree.  A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees


Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org(link is external) and to the transfer institution’s catalog for transfer requirements.

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.

 

Biology Associate in Science for Transfer

 

The curriculum of the Biology program is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve an Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer degree by providing the necessary breadth of study and an introduction to research methods used in a variety of Biology disciplines. The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Biology or similar major. While an associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion, a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers that can be achieved through transfer.

Program Student Learning Outcomes


Students who complete this program will be able to demonstrate:

  • A working knowledge of the scientific method
  • The ability to articulate (verbally and in writing) knowledge of biological concepts, biological methods, and current biological issues.
  • An awareness of the impact that biology has had on society at large
  • Scientific critical thinking skills, such as assessing the appropriateness of experimental design and interpreting data

To earn the Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, including both of the following:

  • completion of all courses required for the major with grades of “C” or better; and
  • completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (IGETC for STEM) pattern1

REQUIRED CORE (8 UNITS):

Course ID Title Units
BIO 4A * Principles of Cellular Biology 4
BIO 4B * Principles of Organismal Biology 4
List A:  (23-25 units)  
CHEM 1A * or General Chemistry 5
CHEM 2 * General Chemistry Principles 5
CHEM 1B * General Chemistry 5
MATH 3A * or Analytic Geometry and Calculus 5
MATH 3AH * Honors Analytic Geometry and Calculus 5
PHYS 1A * and Physics with Calculus for Chemistry and Life Sciences I 4
PHYS 1B * or Physics with Calculus for Chemistry and Life Sciences II 4
PHYS 2A * and Introduction to Physics 5
PHYS 2B * or Introduction to Physics 5
PHYS 4A * and General Physics 5
PHYS 4B * General Physics 5

TOTAL UNITS FOR THE MAJOR:


31-33

* Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation, see course description.

1 IGETC for STEM is only an option for students earning AS-T degrees in Biology for Transfer and/or Chemistry for Transfer. IGETC for STEM certification requires the following courses before transfer:

  • all Courses in Area 1 (except 1C for UC-bound students), 2, and 5 of the traditional IGETC;
  • two courses in Area 3 – one course in Area 3A and one course in Area 3B; and
  • two courses in Area 4 from two different disciplines.

The following deferred courses must be completed after transfer:

  • one remaining lower-division general education course in Area 3;
  • one remaining lower-division general education course in Area 4; and
  • one course in Area 6 for UC-bound students who have not satisfied the requirement through proficiency.

(The deferred lower-division courses must be replaced with calculus and/or science courses that are required to be taken before transfer to the university.)