Bakersfield College

Biology

Biology

Associate of Science Degree for Transfer

The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Biology or similar major.

Program Learning Outcomes

The successful student will be able to:

  • be able to demonstrate proficiency using a microscope.
  • be able to research a topic, design experiments, synthesize and evaluate the information they find and will be able to justify and express their opinion on virtually any topic using the Scientific Method.

Requirements for AA-T or AS-T degrees:

The completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including the following:

  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University – Breadth Requirements.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units in a major area of emphasis, as determined by the district.
  • The obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • The completion of all courses required for the major with a ‘C’ or better. A ‘P’ (Pass) grade is not acceptable for courses in the major.

Additionally, the Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer allows students to learn the fundamental principles and practices of biology in order to create a solid foundation for their future personal, academic, or vocational endeavors. The Associate in Science in Biology Degree for Transfer also provides solid preparation that is appropriate for a variety of scientific disciplines.

Biology is the study and application of principles of cell biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, anatomy and physiology as it relates to humans and other organisms. Laboratory and field trip activities emphasize the integrated and interdependent nature of living systems. Course work trains students to use observation and investigation to identify questions and pursue answers using the scientific method. Graduates with baccalaureate degree may pursue jobs in a variety of fields including; biochemistry, biotechnology, botany, ecology, entomology, genetics, health, immunology, medicine, molecular biology, oceanography, pharmacy, teaching, wildlife management, zoology and related clinical fields. Biology majors may choose to specialize in research based on a particular organism or an aspect of biology related to those listed above.

Career Opportunities:

Biochemistry, biotechnology, botany, ecology, entomology, genetics, health, immunology, medicine, molecular biology, oceanography, pharmacy, teaching, wildlife management and zoology.

Total Units: 32


Required Courses

Course # Name Units
BIOL B3A General Biology I 5.0
BIOL B3B General Biology II 5.0
List A - 22 Units
CHEM B1A General Chemistry I 5.0
CHEM B1B General Chemistry and Chemical Analysis 5.0
and
MATH B6A Analytic Geometry/Calculus I 4.0
and
PHYS B2A General Physics-Mechanics and Heat 4.0
PHYS B2B General Physics-Sound, Light, Electricity Magnetism, Modern Physics 4.0
or
PHYS B4A Mechanics and Wave Motion 4.0
PHYS B4B Heat, Electricity and Magnetism 4.0
Category CSU IGETC
Units in Major 32 32
General Education 33 31
Possible double counting of GE's 10 10
Degree Total 60 60

*SCIGETC - special GE for STEM

Note: Some UC campuses now require calculus-based physics for biology majors and other particular courses. If you are planning to transfer to a UC campus, contact their admissions office for advice.

Recommended Sequence

Semester 1 (17 Units)
Course # Name Units
BIOL B3A General Biology I 5.0
CHEM B1A General Chemistry I 5.0
MATH B6A Analytic Geometry/Calculus I 4.0
  Area 3A or 3B Arts or Humanities elective 3.0
Semester 2 (16 Units)
PHYS B4A Mechanics and Wave Motion 4.0
MATH B6B Analytic Geometry/Calculus II 4.0
CHEM B1B General Chemistry and Chemical Analysis 5.0
COMM B1 Public Speaking 3.0
Summer
ENGL B1A Expository Composition (Recommended to obtain UC Transfer Agreement or “TAG”) 3.0
  2 years of foreign language at HS or 1 semester at BC  
Semester 3 (16 or 17 Units)
PHYS B4B Heat, Electricity and Magnetism 4.0
BIOL B3B General Biology II 5.0
ART B1 Art Appreciation 3.0
PHIL B9 Critical Thinking and Advanced Composition 3.0
  or  
ENGL B2 Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking (Optional) 4.0
CHEM B30A Organic Chemistry for Science Majors I 5.0
  (Visit Transfer Counselor)  
Semester 4 (12 Units)
ANTH B2 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3.0
  or  
SOCI B1 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
PSYC B1A General Psychology 3.0
POLS B1 American Government: National, State and Local 3.0
HIST B18 History of California (Optional) 3.0
CHEM B30B Organic Chemistry for Science Majors, II 5.0
  (Visit Transfer Counselor)  
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