Academic Catalogs

Biology, Associate in Science Degree for Transfer

Biology is the study of living organisms from the macro level to the molecular level. Examples of biological science fields encompassed by biology are ecology, evolutionary biology, zoology, botany, cell, and molecular biology, genetics, marine science, and biotechnology. Many of the core concepts studied in biology also directly relate to various health care disciplines such as anatomy, immunology, microbiology, and physiology.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Explain three fundamental processes present in biology such as metabolism, homeostasis, growth, reproduction, development, genetics or organism physiology.
  2. Given the appropriate laboratory setting, design and apply the process of science to address a hypothesis.
  3. Communicate biological concepts effectively in written and/or oral forms.
  4. Find, select and evaluate scientific information present in primary research literature, mass media, online or other sources.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units. A minimum of 12 units must be in residence at Coastline College.
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an Associate Degree for Transfer major as detailed in the catalog.
  4. Certified Completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth - Coastline’s Option 2 General Education pattern), OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC - Coastline Option 3 General Education pattern).
Course Title Units
Required Core:
BIOL C180Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL C185Diversity of Organisms5
List A: Suppporting science and mathematics
Chemistry Requirement:
CHEM C180General Chemistry A4
CHEM C180LGeneral Chemistry A Lab1
CHEM C185General Chemistry B4
CHEM C185LGeneral Chemistry B Lab1
Mathematics Requirement:
MATH C180Calculus 15
Physics Requirement:
Algebra Based Physics: Mechanics
and Algebra Based Physics: Electricity and Magnetism
or PHYS C185
Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics
and Calculus Based Physics: Electricity and Magnetism
List B: Additional major preperation4-5
Organic Chemistry A
and Organic Chemistry A Lab
Introduction to Statistics
General Microbiology
Total Required for the Major36-37
CSU General Education or IGETC pattern37-39
Total Units60