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DEGREE: AS-T – Biology
Code #2012

Note to Transfer Students:
The Associate Degree for Transfer program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a campus of the California State University (CSU). Other than the required core, the courses you choose to complete this degree will depend to some extent on the selected CSU for transfer. In addition, some IGETC requirements can also be completed using courses required for this associate degree for transfer major (known as “doublecounting”). Meeting with a counselor to determine the most appropriate course choices will facilitate efficient completion of a student’s transfer requirements. For students wishing to transfer to other universities (UC System, private, or out-of-state), the Associate Degree for Transfer may not provide adequate preparation for upper-division transfer admissions, because many universities require more lower division courses than those in this degree. Even the CSU's that accept this transfer degree may likely require additional lower division courses to achieve the Bachelor degree. It is critical that students meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for the major, as programs vary widely in terms of the required preparation.

Program Description:
The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer Degree is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Biology or a similar major. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system. The Associate in Science in Nutrition and Dietetics for Transfer is comprised of lower division coursework typically required by CSU institutions. Students must complete the following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements (Pursuant to SB1440, §66746):

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University.
  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  • Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • A grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Completion of the AS-T degree may not prepare students to transfer to University of California biology programs that may have different requirements. If a student intends to transfer to University of California, additional courses in chemistry, physics, and math may be required.

Associate in Science for Transfer Degree
The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer (AS-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (IGETC for STEM).

DEGREE: A.S. Biology: Biology Concentration Option
Code #1451

¹It is important to check with a counselor as transfer schools vary widely in terms of the required courses.

Associate Degree
The Biology: Biological Sciences, Biology Concentration Option Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See CRC graduation requirements.

DEGREE: A.S. Biology: Health Science/Pre-Professional Option

¹It is important to check with a counselor as both transfer schools and professional schools vary widely in terms of the required courses.

Associate Degree
The Biology: Biological Sciences, Health Science / Pre-Professional Option Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See CRC graduation requirements.

DEGREE: A.S. Biology: Pre-Nursing Option

¹This degree is designed for students intending to transfer to a nursing program at a 4-year college or university. It does not prepare the student for immediate employment as a nurse. Students earning a nursing degree will need to complete several lower division nursing classes after transferring.

Associate Degree
The Biology: Biological Sciences, Pre-Nursing Option Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See CRC graduation requirements.