Biology Degree

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

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The major is designed to meet some of the common lower-division requirements for a major in Biology. For Students who plan to transfer, completion of the CSU General- Breadth or IGETC general education pattern is encouraged. It is highly recommended that students meet with a counselor because major and general education requirements vary for each college/university. These courses also fulfill general education requirements for allied health, biological sciences, physical sciences, computer science, and engineering.

Career Opportunities

Biologists work as laboratory technologists, x-ray and respiratory technologists, physical therapists, physicians, nurses, and researchers in the medical field; as foresters, wildlife and fisheries biologists, field ecologists, ethnobiologists, botanists, entomologists, and others in field biology and ecology; as veterinary technicians, researchers, and doctors in veterinary medicine; as agronomists, plant pathologists, enologists, and pest management specialists in agriculture; as educators in K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities; and in many other careers. Note: Students planning to transfer to four-year institutions are advised to meet with a counselor for general education requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • use the scientific method to pose questions and test hypotheses about the natural world.
  • evaluate the design, analysis, and interpretation of scientific experiments.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the process of biological evolution by the mechanism of natural selection.
  • use and understand biological laboratory techniques and safety protocols.
  • recognize and define a core set of biological terms and principles.
  • compile and analyze data generated through experimentation.