Bakersfield College

Biology - Human Biology

Biology - Human Biology Associate in Science

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. Career opportunities in Biology include Nursing, physical therapy, medical technologist, and physician assistant.

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 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.

Program Learning Outcomes
Fourth semester Nursing students and second semester radiologic technology students will report biology prerequisite courses were important to their success thus far in the program. Students who successfully complete the allied health pathway will be accepted into the Nursing program (defined as NURS B1) and further, those students will persist and complete the Nursing program (defined as NURS B9 and B10).

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • 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.

Total Units: 18


Required Courses:

Course Number Title Units
BIOL B32 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4.0
BIOL B33 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4.0
BIOL B16 General Microbiology 5.0

Electives — for a total of at least 18 units

Course Number Title 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 to a four-year institution for a Bachelor of Science in Biology generally take the CHEM B1A, B1B sequence. 
Note: Students transferring for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing should consult the university of choice as to which chemistry sequence meets transfer needs.


Suggested Program for Biology Majors

This suggested program meets all Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum requirements. This program is a series of courses that community college students can use to satisfy lower-division general-education requirements at any California State University or University of California campus. It will permit a student to transfer to a campus of the CSU or the UC system without the need, after transfer, to take additional lower-division general-education courses to satisfy campus general education requirements. The program also meets or exceeds the minimum entrance requirements for most medical schools and other health professional programs. This program assumes you are academically prepared for university-level courses. Students requiring additional preparation in mathematics, reading or English will require at least one additional semester and should consult a counselor for advice. 

First Semester

Course Number Title Units
BIOL B3A General Biology I 5.0
CHEM B1A General Chemistry I 5.0
ENGL B1A Expository Composition 3.0
  Art or Humanities Elective 3.0

Second Semester

Course Number Title Units
BIOL B3B General Biology II 5.0
CHEM B1B General Chemistry and Chemical Analysis 5.0
ENGL B2 Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking 4.0
  -or-  
PHIL B9 Critical Thinking and Advanced Composition 3.0

Third Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
MATH B6A Analytic Geometry / Calculus I 4.0
PHYS B2A General Phsyics-Mechanics and Heat 4.0
COMM B1 Public Speaking 3.0
  Art or Humanities elective 3.0
  Social or Behavioral Science elective 3.0

Fourth Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
MATH B6B Analytic Geometry/Calculus II 4.0
PHYS B2B General Physics-Sound, Light, Electricity, Magnetism, Modern Physics 4.0
  Art or Humanities elective 3.0
  Social or Behavioral Science elective 3.0

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.


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