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Biology (AS) Biological Sciences Total Units: 41
Term Effective: Fall 2022


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 program, 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 knowledge of biological organisms and principles in advanced courses in order to transfer to four year institutions.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Biology (AS) program are:

  • Complete 41 units from
    • Biology Major Core Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Biology Major Core Requirements - complete 40.00 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
CHEM 3AGeneral Chemistry Part 1: Lecture3.00
CHEM 3ALGeneral Chemistry Part 1: Lab2.00
CHEM 3BGeneral Chemistry Part 25.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 7.00 units from the following:
PHYS 20AGeneral Physics Part I4.00
PHYS 20BGeneral Physics Part II4.00
Classical Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers5.00
PHYS 41Waves, Optics, and Thermodynamics for Scientists & Engineers4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
MATH 1ACalculus, First Course5.00
MATH 15Elementary Statistics4.00
MATH 27Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry6.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2022

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.

Previous Versions:

Biology - effective Fall 2020
Biology - effective Fall 2018
Biology - effective Fall 2017
Biology - effective Fall 2016
Biology - effective Fall 2013
Biology - effective Spring 2011
Biology - effective Fall 2010
Biology - effective Spring 2010
Biology - effective Fall 2009
Biology - effective Fall 2008
Biology - effective Spring 2007
Biology - effective Fall 2004

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.

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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