Biology (AS) Biological Sciences Total Units: 42.5

Term Effective: Spring 2011

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: Fall 2013

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.

Previous Versions:

Biology - effective Fall 2010
Biology - effective Spring 2010
Biology - effective Fall 2009
Biology - effective Fall 2008
Biology - effective Spring 2007
Biology - effective Fall 2004


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 Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply the scientific method to investigating and evaluating biological phenomenon and summarize results in written scientific format;
  2. perform laboratory techniques, including microscopy, with a high level of expertise without assistance or instruction;
  3. synthesize evolutionary mechanisms, trends, and history with biodiversity;
  4. integrate the levels of biological organization including cell mechanisms, anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, and evolution;
  5. investigate human interactions with all levels of biological processes emphasizing the principles of ecosystem, community, population ecology, and global human impacts;
  6. apply principles of math, chemistry and physics to the study of biology;
  7. independently apply biological knowledge and critical thinking skills to the observation and exploration of natural phenomena; and
  8. apply knowledge of biological organisms and principles in advanced courses in order to transfer to four year institutions.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Biology program are:

  • Complete 42.5 units from
    • Biology Major Core Requirements
    • Biology Major General Electives
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Biology Major Core Requirements - complete 39.50 units
BIO 2.1Fundamentals of Biology (Cell and Molecular)5.00
BIO 2.2Fundamentals of Biology (Evolution, Genetics, and Zoology)5.00
BIO 2.3Fundamentals of Biology (Botany and Ecology)5.00
BIO 10Introduction to Principles of Biology4.00
BIO 55Biology Forum0.50
Complete a combination totaling at least 10.00 units from the following:
General Chemistry5.00
CHEM 1B ORGeneral Chemistry5.00
General Chemistry with Quantitative Analysis5.00
CHEM 4BGeneral Chemistry with Quantitative Analysis5.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 7.00 units from the following:
General Physics Lecture Part I3.00
General Physics Lecture Part II3.00
PHYS 20L ORGeneral Physics Lab Part I1.00
General Physics Lecture Part I3.00
General Physics Lecture Part II3.00
PHYS 21L ORGeneral Physics Lab Part II1.00
Classical Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers5.00
PHYS 41Waves, Optics and Thermodynamics for Scientists & Engineers4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
MATH 1ACalculus, First Course5.00
MATH 8ABrief Calculus 13.00
MATH 15Elementary Statistics4.00
MATH 27College Algebra and Trigonometry5.00
Biology Major General Electives - complete 2.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 2.00 units from the following:
BIO 12Basic Concepts of Ecology3.00
BIO 13Human Biology3.00
BIO 25Marine Biology4.00
BIO 26Biology of Marine Mammals4.00
BIO 31Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation2.00
BIO 85.1Pepperwood Natural History: Physical Environment2.00
BIO 85.2 Pepperwood Natural History- Biotic Environment2.00
BOTANY 60Field Botany4.00
CHEM 8Introductory Organic Chemistry5.00
CHEM 12AOrganic Chemistry5.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30Introduction 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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