Associate of Science Degree in Biological Science

After completing an Associate of Science degree in Biology, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the scientific method by applying to a laboratory problem
  • Demonstrate proper use of laboratory equipment, techniques and/or technology commonly employed in the field of biology
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and observational skills by applying knowledge of biological principles and concepts to a novel problem

Required Core Classes

Course Number Course Title Units
BIOL 41 Principles of Animal Biology 5 units
BIOL 42 Principles of Plant Biology 5 units
BIOL 43 Principles of Cells 5 units
BIOL 45 Microbiology 5 units
BIOL 47 Human Anatomy 5 units
BIOL 48 Human Physiology 5 units

Electives

Select either CHEM 1A and CHEM 1B OR CHEM 30A and CHEM 30B

Course Number Course Title Units
CHEM 1A General Chemistry 5 units
CHEM 1B General Chemistry 5 units 
CHEM 30A Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 units 
CHEM 30B Fundamentals of Chemistry 3 units 
Total Major Units   21–25 units

To be awarded an A.S. Degree in the above, a student must complete:

  1. All the major requirements
  2. Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements

Students should choose those general education requirements which may apply both toward graduation requirements of the college and toward the bachelor’s degree requirement at the four-year institution to which he/she plans to transfer.

Associate of Science Degree in Ecology, Biodiversity, and Conservation

The goals of the Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation transfer degree are to educate students in diverse areas of ecological and environmental science in order to understand conservation of the biodiversity found in the natural world. Students will receive a broad overview of topics such as ecological patterns, biodiversity, extinction, conservation, and evolution. The degree may exceed 60 units if students select higher unit courses.

Through this transfer degree, the student will develop the ability to think logically, analyze data, apply critical thinking and scientific methodology, and develop problem-solving skills necessary for success in any field of study. The Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation major is transferable to four-year universities where students have the opportunity to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Environmental Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Marine Biology, Evolution and Ecology, Integrative Biology, Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity, Environmental Science, Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, Conservation Biology, Wildlife Management, Conservation and Resource Studies.

Career Options

  • Agricultural Biologist
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Botanist
  • Entomologist
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Fish and Game Technical Aide
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Forester
  • Horticulturist
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Ecologist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Marine Biologist
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Park Naturalist/Ranger
  • Research Assistant
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Researcher
  • Scientific Illustrator
  • Educator
  • Technical/Science Writer
  • Naturalist
  • Park Management
  • Veterinarian
  • Wildlife Specialist
  • Zoo Curator
  • Zoologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Policy and Management
  • Green Technology

After completing an A.S. in Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the scientific method by applying to a laboratory problem.
  • Apply proper use of laboratory equipment, techniques and/or technology commonly employed in the field of biology.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and/ or observational skills by applying knowledge of biological principles and concepts to a novel problem.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between the structure of a biological component (such as an organism or ecological system) and its function.
  • Analyze and illustrate how evolution by natural selection can be seen at every level in the hierarchy of life.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how biological systems depend on obtaining, converting and releasing energy and matter
  • Evaluate and demonstrate ability to make informed decisions pertaining to the environment.

Required Core Courses: 14-20 units

Course Number Course Title Units
BIOL 2 Environmental Biology 3 units
OR
BIOL 37 Evolution – Life on Earth 3 units
OR
BIOL 38 Biodiversity and Extinction: Hotspots, Crisis, and Conservation 3 units
BIOL 12 Introduction to Ecology and Wildlife 4 units
BIOL 13 Natural History of California 3 units
OR
BIOL 14 California Plants and Animals 4 units
BIOL 41 Principles of Animal Biology 5 units
AND
BIOL 42 Principles of Plant Biology 5 units
OR
BIOL 40 Organismal Biology 4 units

List A: 2 Courses Different from Above

Course Number Course Title Units
BIOL 2 Environmental Biology 3 units
BIOL 13 Natural History of California 3 units
OR
BIOL 14 California Plants and Animals 4 units
BIOL 18 Marine Biology 4 units
BIOL 22 Genetics 4 units
BIOL 24 Contemporary Biology 3 units
BIOL 35 Biology of Birds 4 units
BIOL 36 Animal Behavior 3 units
BIOL 37 Evolution - Life on Earth 3 units
BIOL 38 Biodiversity and Extinction: Hotspots, Crisis and Conservation 3 units
BIOL 43 Principles of Cell Biology 5 units
BIOL 55 Biology of Sex 3 units
BIOL 56 Ecology of the Sierra Nevada 3 units
OR
BIOL 58 Field Ecology 3 units
BIOL 59 Climate Change 3 units

List B: Minimum 2 courses (one may come from List A)

Course Number Course Title Units
ANTH 1 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3 units
ANTH 3 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3 units
ARCH 60 Green Building and Sustainable Design 3 units
CHEM 1A General Chemistry 5 units
CHEM 1B General Chemistry 5 units
CHEM 12A Organic Chemistry 5 units
CHEM 12B Organic Chemistry 5 units
CHEM 30A Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 units
CHEM 30B Fundamentals of Chemistry 3 units
COMM 8 Interpersonal Communication 3 units
GEOG 1 Intro Physical Geography 3 units
GEOL 1A Physical Geology 4 units
GEOL 15 Geology of California 3 units
GEOL 20 Field Geology 2 units
HIST 14 History of the Native North Americans 3 units
MATH 3A Calculus and Analytical Geometry 5 units
MATH 10 Elementary Statistics 4 units
OCEA 10 Introduction to Oceanography 4 units
PMGT 15B Natural and Cultural Resource Interpretation 3 units
PMGT 16A Introduction to Geospatial Technology 3 units
PMGT 16B Mobile GIS 3 units
PHYS 4A Engineering Physics - Mechanics 5 units
PHYS 4B Engineering Physics - Electricity and Magnetism 5 units
PHYS 4C Engineering Physics-Light, Heat and Waves 5 units
PHIL 3 Introduction to Ethics 3 units
PHIL 17 Logic and Critical Reasoning 3 units
PSYC 1 General Psychology 3 units
PSYC 17 Introduction to Social Psychology 3 units
SOCI 1 Introduction to Sociology 3 units
SOCI 2 Social Problems 3 units
Total Major Units 25-40 units
last published: 5/21/18