Human Biology - AS

Associate in Science in Human Biology

The Human Biology Associate in Science degree provides a solid foundation in the biological sciences for students who are seeking entry to nursing and related health occupations. Completion of this degree meets all Biology and Chemistry prerequisites for admission to the LVN and LVN-RN programs, and fulfills many of the lower-division requirements for a variety of baccalaureate degrees in Health Sciences. This degree is not intended for pre-medical, pre-dental, or pre-pharmacy students (see A.S. or AS-T in Biological Sciences instead).

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Students will describe the gross and microscopic structure of the major organs of the human body.
  • Students will describe homeostatic control mechanisms of the different body systems, and how they relate to the maintenance of good health.
  • Students will compare and contrast commensal, opportunistic, and pathological relationships between humans and microorganisms.
To earn this degree, students must meet the following requirements: 
  1. Completion of 60 degree applicable units with an overall GPA of 2.0.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in the major with a grade of C (or P) or better.
  3. Completion of the AS Graduation Requirements, CSU GE-B or IGETC.


  • 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.
  • Not all classes are offered each semester.
Required Core Curriculum Courses (15 units): 

BIO 048H can be taken in lieu of BIO 048

Code Class Units
BIO 004 Microbiology (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5.0
BIO 047 Human Anatomy (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5.0
BIO 048 Human Physiology (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5.0
Select a minimum of 9.0 units from the following:
Code Class Units
ANT 001 Biological Anthropology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
BIO 011 Human Biology (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 4.0
BIO 012 Emerging Infectious Diseases (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
BIO 014 Introductory Neuroscience (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
BIO 014H Introductory Neuroscience - Honors (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
BIO 017 Genetics and Society (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
BIO 017H Genetics and Society - Honors (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
BIO 022 Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health Workers (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 4.0
CHM 001A General Chemistry (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5.0
CHM 001AH General Chemistry I - Honors (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5.0
CHM 030A Fundamentals of Chemistry (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 4.0
CHM 060 Survey of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 4.0
HOC 001 Medical Terminology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
NTR 015 Human Nutrition (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
NTR 040 Nutrition and Disease (3.0 Lecture) 3.0

Required Units for the Major

Required unts for the major 24.0
plus completion of general education requirements
and electives as needed to reach 60 units.
Total required units 60.0
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Career/Transfer Opportunities

A solid background in human biology is required for many undergraduate majors and careers in the allied-health field.