Biology Associate Degree Program

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.


Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

Core Courses:

First Year:

Course ID Title Units
BIO 3A* General Biology I 5
BIO 3B* General Biology II 5
CHEM 1A* General Chemistry 5
CHEM 1B* General Chemistry 5

Second Year:

Course ID Title Units
BIO 3C* Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 5
CHEM 12A* Organic Chemistry 5
CHEM 12B* Organic Chemistry 5
Total Units for the Major 35

*Course has a prerequisite, co-requisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.

Associate in 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 in 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 and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.

Suggested coursework not required for the major: BIO 11, 12 or 15; MATH 3A or 11; PHYS 2A, 2B or 4A, 4B.