Bakersfield College


Human Biology Associate of Science Degree

Courses required for the Human Biology Associate of Science degree include biology and chemistry courses necessary for transfer to allied health programs such as nursing, physical therapy, Physician Assistant, and radiology. Please refer to the Suggested Program information and check with a counselor concerning specific degree requirements to specific programs and transfer institutions. Please note that many of the courses have prerequisites that are best taken in the appropriate order to ensure success. Students transferring to a four-year institution for a Bachelor of Science in Biology generally take the CHEM B1A, B1B sequence.

Program Learning Outcomes

The successful student will be able to:

  • identify medical problems and apply appropriate and effective solutions.
  • analyze a clinical situation using anatomical terminology, select the correct technology to use for further examination, analyze and determine a diagnosis when a pathology is described, create a plan of action.
  • demonstrate proficiency using a microscope.

Career Opportunities:

Nursing, physical therapy, medical technologist, and physician assistant.

To Achieve the Associate of Science Degree

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 18 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.

Total Units: 18

Required Courses

Course # Name Units
BIOL B32 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BIOL B33 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
BIOL B16 General Microbiology 5.0

Electives — Select 5 units from the following:

Course # Name Units
BIOL B21 Special Projects in Biology 1 2.0
CHEM B2A Introductory General Chemistry 4.0
CHEM B11 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry 5.0
CHEM B1A General Chemistry I 5.0
CHEM B1B General Chemistry and Chemical Analysis 5.0
MEDS B60 Medical Terminology 3.0
NUTR B10 Elementary Nutrition 3.0

Note: Students transferring for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing should consult the university of choice as to which chemistry sequence meets transfer needs