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General Biology, Associate in Arts Degree

Banner code:  2_AA_BIOL
Control number: 18354
Financial aid: Eligible

This Associate in Arts degree in General Biology is designed to allow students to study a variety of topics in cell and molecular biology, animal and plant diversity, and receive additional STEM preparation. The coursework prepares students to use the scientific method, critical thinking, and applied reasoning to analyze real world situations.   

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Compare different life forms that inhabit earth regarding modes of reproduction, metabolism, and adaptation.
  2. Describe the various interrelationships that exist between life forms and also the interactions that occur in different ecosystems on earth.
  3. Relate how the theory of evolution unifies the significant principles of biological science.
  4. Correctly perform various experiments and activities in biology lab classes, including the proper use of different types of standard biology lab equipment.
  5. Apply critical thinking and analytical skills to correctly interpret data.
  6. Explain biological concepts, theories, current research or other related topics clearly and concisely in the form of lab reports, essays, formal written papers or oral presentations.
  7. Explain how biology correlates with other sciences such as chemistry, astronomy, ecology, geology or physics.

Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

(See GWC website for the most up-to-date information on Associate Degree Requirements.)

  1. Completion of General Education Requirements by one of the following methods:
    1. Completion of a minimum of 18 units as listed under Areas A through E, including the Cultural Diversity Requirement.
    2. Completion of a minimum of 39 units of CSU General Education requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education Breadth.
    3. Completion of a minimum of 34 (UC) or 37 (CSU) units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in IGETC.
  2. Completion of a Major or Area of Emphasis—a minimum of 18 units.
  3. Completion of additional elective units to a total of 60 units.
  4. 2.0 overall Grade Point Average at GWC and 2.0 overall Grade Point Average for all colleges attended.
  5. At least 12 units completed at GWC.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
BIOL G180Cell and Molecular Biology5
CHEM G180General Chemistry A5
CHEM G185General Chemistry B5
Select one of the following:5-8
BIOL G186Diversity of Organisms5
BIOL G182
BIOL G183
Zoology
and Botany
8
Select one of the following:5
MATH G170Precalculus5
MATH G180Calculus 15
Major Total25-28
GE Pattern (Local, CSU GE-Breadth, or IGETC)18-39
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
CHEM G180General Chemistry A5
MATH G170Precalculus5
or MATH G180 Calculus 1
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
Area E: Lifelong Learning & Self-Development course3
Units17
Course Title Units
Semester 2
BIOL G180Cell and Molecular Biology5
CHEM G185General Chemistry B5
Area C: Arts & Humanities course3
Elective coursework for a total of 3 units3
Units16

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
Area D: Social & Behavioral Sciences course3
Area E: Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development or Area A: English Language, Area B: Natural Sciences, Area C: Arts & Humanities, Area D: Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Elective coursework for a total of 9 units9
Units15
Course Title Units
Semester 4
Cultural Diversity requirement #3
Elective coursework to reach a minimum of 60 units1-4
Select one of the following:5-8
BIOL G182
BIOL G183
Zoology
and Botany
8
BIOL G186Diversity of Organisms5
Units9-15
Total minimum units required60