Biology Associate Degree Programs

Saddleback College Biology students can earn one of two types of Associates Degrees (AS) in Biology: Biology Associate of Science or Biology Associate in Science for Transfer. Both degrees provide Biology students with the foundations needed to succeed in a four-year college or university Biology or related program. However, the Biology Associate of Science 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. Students should consult with their counselor to determine which degree program the student should pursue. 

Biology Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) Degree

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.

Biology AS-T Learning Pathway

Visit the Biology AS-T learning pathway page for information on some Biology-related career and academic plan details.

Biology AS-T 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

Biology Associate of Science (AS) Degree 

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.

Biology AS Program Science 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.
 

Biology AS and AS-T Requirements

Refer to the most recently published Course 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.