Biology AS-T

Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer

Total Required Units: 37.0 - 38.0

Completion of General Education Requirements and electives as needed to reach 60 units

Total minimum required units for AS-T: 60.0

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Transfer to a Four-Year College for Biology

The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer (AS-T in Biology) is designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU institution for students who plan to transfer and complete a CSU major or baccalaureate degree in Biology.

California Community College students who are awarded an Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer (AS-T in Biology) are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU institution or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major.

This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or institutions. The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer (AS-T in Biology) offered by Mission College is designed to prepare students who successfully complete the coursework outlined below.

Through intensive training in organismal, molecular, and environmental biology, students will develop the ability to think critically and abstractly, as well as acquire the problem-solving and laboratory skills necessary for success in any field of biological science.

Students completing this program will have a solid foundation in basic biology, evolutionary theory, and the scientific method, as well as strong preparation in the supporting fields of mathematics, chemistry, and physics.

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.

What is an AA-T?

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) is intended for student who plan to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus.  Students completing these transfer degrees:

  • will earn an Associate's Degree from Mission College;
  • are guaranteed admission to a similar major at a campus in the CSU system;
  • will be prepared to start upper division coursework at the CSU;
  • and will not have to complete more than 60 units after transfer.

A complete and up-to-date listing of the similar CSU majors can be found on the

Meet the Following Requirements
  1. Completion of the following major courses with grades of C or P or better. 
  2. Completion of 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0; and
  3. Certified completion of either the California State University General Education Breadth for STEM (CSU GE-B for STEM) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum for STEM (CSU IGETC for STEM).
    • For CSU GE-B STEM, 1 course in Area C and 1 course in Area D can be deferred until after transfer.
    • For CSU IGETC STEM, 1 course in Area 3 and 1 course in Area 4 can be deferred until after transfer.

Please Note
  • Completing courses that satisfy CSU’s U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals requirement prior to transfer is highly recommended.
  • Requirements here apply to the current catalog year and are subject to change.  Visit DegreeWorks in My Mission Portal to view requirements based your catalog year.

Required Core Courses

BIO 001AH can be taken in lieu of BIO 001A

Code Class Units
BIO 001A General Biology: Cells (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5.0
BIO 001B General Biology: Organisms (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5.0

List A - Complete all Courses Listed (24.0-25.0 units)

CHM 001AH, CHM 001BH and MAT 003AH can be taken in lieu of CHM 001A, 001B and MAT 003A

Code Class Units
CHM 001A General Chemistry (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5.0
CHM 001B General Chemistry (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5.0
MAT 003A Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (5.0 Lecture) 5.0

And One Physics Sequence
Code Class Units
PHY 002A General Physics - Mechanics and Thermodynamics (4.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 5.0
PHY 002B General Physics - Electricity, Magnetism And Optics (4.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 5.0
Code Class Units
PHY 004A Engineering Physics-Mechanics (4.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 5.0
PHY 004B Engineering Physics-Electricity and Magnetism (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 4.0
Please Note: It is strongly recommended that course sequences be completed at the same college.

List B - Complete Listed courses (3.0 Units)

PSY 001H can be taken in lieu of PSY 001  

Code Class Units
PSY 001 General Psychology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0


Biological Sciences Careers
Skills Needed
  • Analytical Skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organization and planning
  • Effective Communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Expertise with scientific tools and lab instruments
Explore Career Paths

If you don't know what to major in, or you already have a major but don't know how it translates into a career, start here. At Mission we can help you research your major and career options so you can make informed decisions. Read more about Career paths.

Biological Sciences Major Career Options

Please note that most jobs for students in the Biological Sciences require more than two years of college education. If you attend Mission College, the Transfer Center can assist you in seamlessly transitioning to a four-year college or university.