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Biology (AS) Biological Sciences Total Units: 44
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Term Effective: Spring 2007


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 (AS) program are:

  • Complete 44 units from
    • Biology Major Requirements
    • Biology Major Elective Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Biology Major Requirements - complete 40.00 units
BIO 3Fundamentals of Biology (Cell and Molecular)5.00
BIO 2AFundamentals of Biology5.00
BIO 2BFundamentals of Biology5.00
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 Lecture3.00
General Physics Lecture3.00
PHYS 3A ORGeneral Physics Lab1.00
General Physics Lecture3.00
General Physics Lecture3.00
PHYS 3B ORGeneral Physics Lab1.00
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 Elective Requirements - complete 3.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
BIO 12Basic Concepts of Ecology3.00
BIO 13Human Biology3.00
BIO 14Current Issues in Biology3.00
BIO 15The Future of Rainforests3.00
BIO 20Human Genetics3.00
BIO 25Marine Biology4.00
BIO 26Biology of Marine Mammals4.00
BOTANY 60Field Botany4.00
CHEM 12AOrganic Chemistry5.00
CHEM 8Introductory Organic 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 30Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00

Term Effective: Spring 2007

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 2008

Previous Versions:

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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