Biology (AS) Biological Sciences Total Units: 44.0

Term Effective: Fall 2004

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Spring 2007

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.


The Biology major is designed for students who are pursuing transfer to four year programs in the biological sciences, including general biology, cell or molecular biology, organism biology, marine biology, botany, zoology, ecology, environmental sciences, evolution, genetics, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and agricultural sciences. The major is also designed for students planning to pursue careers in dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, or physical therapy. It is not designed, however, to meet the needs of students interested in pursuing studies in allied health fields. Please see a counselor for assistance in choosing an appropriate major, or to begin this program.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Biology program are:

  • Complete 44.0 units from
    • Biology Major Requirements
    • Biology Major Elective Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Biology Major Requirements - complete 40.00 units
BIO 2A Fundamentals of Biology5.00
BIO 2B Fundamentals of Biology5.00
BIO 3 Fundamentals of Biology (Cell and Molecular)5.00
BIO 10 Introduction to Principles of Biology4.00
BIO 55 Biology Forum1.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 10.00 units from the following:
Complete a combination totaling at least 7.00 units from the following:
PHYS 2A and PHYS 2B and PHYS 3A
PHYS 2A and PHYS 2B and PHYS 3B
PHYS 40 and PHYS 41
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
MATH 1A Calculus, First Course5.00
MATH 8A Brief Calculus I3.00
MATH 15 Elementary Statistics with Computer4.00
MATH 27 College Algebra and Trigonometry5.00
Biology Major Elective Requirements - complete 3.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
BIO 12 Basic Concepts of Ecology3.00
BIO 15 The Future of Rainforests3.00
BIO 25 Marine Biology4.00
BIO 26 Biology of Marine Mammals4.00
BOTANY 60 Field Botany4.00
CHEM 8 Introductory Organic Chemistry5.00
CHEM 12A Organic Chemistry5.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10 Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30 Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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