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Award Type: Associate in Arts

The associate degree in biology prepares students to move into a curriculum in a four-year institution leading to a baccalaureate degree in such areas as botany, zoology, conservation, and teaching. The biologist with a baccalaureate degree is prepared to enter graduate or professional programs of specialized study such as medicine, dentistry, medical technology, osteopathy, and veterinary medicine.

The graduate of the Associate in Arts in Biology will:

  • Demonstrate proficient research skills in data gathering and analysis.
  • Demonstrate effective communication using the language, concepts and models of biology.
  • Demonstrate effective content knowledge of biodiversity.

Program Requirements

A major of 23 units is required for the degree. Required core courses (15 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
BIOL 150 Cellular Biology 5.0
BIOL 154 General Botany 5.0
BIOL 155 General Zoology 5.0

Plus a minimum of 8 units selected from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
CHEM 150 General Chemistry 1 5.0
CHEM 151 General Chemistry 2 5.0
PHYS 141 General Physics 1 4.0
PHYS 142 General Physics 2 4.0

Recommended electives:

Course Number Course Title Units
BIOL 132 Marine Biology 4.0
BIOL 179 Experimental Courses in Biology 0.5 - 3.0 units
BIOL 189 Independent Projects in Biology 1.0 - 3.0 units
BIOL 199 Special Topics in Biology 1.0 - 3.0 units

General Education Requirements

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