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.
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 Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:
- Apply the scientific method to investigating and evaluating biological phenomenon and summarize results in written scientific format;
perform laboratory techniques, including microscopy, with a high level of expertise without assistance or instruction;
synthesize evolutionary mechanisms, trends, and history with biodiversity;
- integrate the levels of biological organization including cell mechanisms, anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, and evolution;
- investigate human interactions with all levels of biological processes emphasizing the principles of ecosystem, community, population ecology, and global human impacts;
- apply principles of math, chemistry and physics to the study of biology;
- independently apply biological knowledge and critical thinking skills to the observation and exploration of natural phenomena; and
- apply knowledge of biological organisms and principles in advanced courses in order to transfer to four year institutions.