Bakersfield College

Biology - General Biology

Biology - General Biology Associate in Science

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 biology degrees 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 in Biology include many fields of biology, medical school, dental school and veterinary school.

To Achieve the Associate in Science
Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded a Biology - General Biology Associate in Science degree.

To Transfer Coursework
A minimum of 20 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • demonstrate proficiency using a microscope.
  • research a topic, design experiments, synthesize and evaluate information they find, and justify and express their opinion on virtually any topic using the scientific method.

Total Units: 20

Required Courses

Course Number Title Units
BIOL B3A General Biology I 5.0
BIOL B3B General Biology II 5.0
CHEM B1A General Chemistry I 5.0
CHEM B1B General Chemistry and Chemical Analysis 5.0


Course Number Title Units
BIOL B16 General Microbiology 5.0
BIOL B21 Special Projects in Biology 1-2.0

**The courses and unit values on this page are representative of the typical values and courses required by this program. They are taken from the most current catalog, and therefore may not be accurate for the degree or certificate requirements for some students, depending on your year of catalog rights. Please refer to your appropriate catalog or see a counselor for accurate degree requirements.

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