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Biology, Associate in Science Degree for Transfer

Banner Code: 3_AST_BIOL

Control Number: 37925

Financial Aid Eligible

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.

This Transfer Model Curriculum presumes completion of IGETC or CSU-GE Breadth for STEM, allowing for completion of 6 units of non-STEM GE work after transfer.
Required Core Options 1 and 2 represent Options 1-4 on the TMC.
List B – Additional Major Preparation if possible based on unit limitation and required articulation exists (0-4 units).
Select one (1) additional course that is articulated as a major preparation at a CSU.

Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) are open to all Coastline students. Students who do not plan on transferring to a California State University school should consult their Counselor regarding the benefits of an AA-T/AS-T degree based on their goals. Students earning an AA-T or AS-T and intending on transferring to a California State University school receive transfer admission benefits for specific majors at many California State University campuses. Visit the Transfer Information catalog page for more information.

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
Complete the following:
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 preparation
Choose at least one course or combination of courses, not to exceed a total of 5 units:4-5
Organic Chemistry A
and Organic Chemistry A Lab
Introduction to Statistics
General Microbiology
Units Required for Major36-37
CSU General Education or IGETC for STEM31-33
Total Units60

Biology ADT Program Map

This Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) program map is a recommended example of all major (program) requirements as well as general education requirements for two-year completion or transfer. This path may be altered to fit your individual academic needs. These two-year program maps were created by program faculty and counselors and demonstrate a recommended path to completion. Students are advised to meet with a Coastline Counselor for individualized program planning.

Your Path to Success

Follow this path to earn your ADT in Biology in 2 years.

Don’t forget to consult a counselor for an education plan!

See a graphic of the Biology Associate Degree for Transfer roadmap.

Course Title Units
1st Semester
MATH C180Calculus 15
ENGL C100Freshman Composition4
CHEM C180General Chemistry A4
CHEM C180LGeneral Chemistry A Lab1
COUN C105Strategies for College Success3
2nd Semester
ENGL C102Critical Reasoning, Reading, and Writing3
HIST C175United States History since 18763
CHEM C185General Chemistry B4
CHEM C185LGeneral Chemistry B Lab1
ANTH C100Cultural Anthropology3
CMST C110Public Speaking3
3rd Semester
BIOL C180Cell and Molecular Biology4
CHEM C220Organic Chemistry A3
CHEM C220LOrganic Chemistry A Lab2
PHYS C120Algebra Based Physics: Mechanics4
ART C102Contemporary Art History3
4th Semester
BIOL C185Diversity of Organisms5
PSCI C180American Government3
BIOL C122Bioethics3
PHYS C125Algebra Based Physics: Electricity and Magnetism4
SOC C233Racial and Ethnic Relations in America3