Biological Sciences - AS

Associate in Science in Biological Sciences

The Associate in Science in Biological Sciences is designed for students interested in acquiring a solid foundation in basic biology, evolutionary theory, and the scientific method. This program is appropriate for students seeking entry-level positions in the life sciences.

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.
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 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
Select 8.0 units from the following courses:
Code Class Units
NTR 015 Human Nutrition (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
BIO 047 Human Anatomy (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5.0
ANT 001 Biological Anthropology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
BIO 004 Microbiology (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5.0
BIO 010 Introduction to Biology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
BIO 010L Introduction to Biology Lab (1.0 Lab) 1.0
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 016 Marine Biology (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 4.0
BIO 017 Genetics and Society (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
BIO 017H Genetics and Society - Honors (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
BIO 019 Oceans: Life in the Sea (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
BIO 025 Environmental Biology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
BIO 030 Tropical Ecology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
BIO 030L Tropical Ecology Field Studies (1.0 Lab) 1.0
BIO 032 California Plants and Animals (3.0 Lecture/1.0 Lab) 4.0
BIO 048 Human Physiology (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5.0
BIO 048H Human Physiology - Honors (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 5.0

Required Units for the Major

Required unts for the major 18.0
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 the life sciences is required for many careers, including work in the allied health professions, biotechnology, horticulture, land management, and education.