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Porterville College

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Biology (AS-T)

The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer Degree prepares students for a seamless transfer to a California State University. Students completing the Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer Degree will have an introductory foundation for the field of biology through the study of molecular biology, energy transfer, cells, organismal structure, physiology, and diversity, heredity, evolution, ecology, the philosophy of science, methods of scientific inquiry, and experimental design. Students with a bachelor’s degree in biology are qualified for a variety of government and industry positions or, with appropriate credentials, high school teaching. Students with a bachelor’s degree in biology are prepared to enter many professional programs, such as medical, dental, pharmacy or law schools. Students may enter graduate schools to obtain a master’s or doctorate degree in preparation for careers in research and/or education.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer Degree will be able to:

  1. Apply the scientific method by proposing hypotheses based on observations, testing hypotheses, and analysis of experimental data to develop a conclusion.
  2. Evaluate results from laboratory activities and scientific research.
  3. Use scientific terminology appropriately.
  4. Describe biological processes, levels of organization, inheritance, evolution, and ecological relationships.

Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to earn the Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer Degree:

1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

  • A. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.
  • B. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.

2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major. A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.

Core Courses (10 units)

Complete the following courses to total 10 units:

BIOL P105 – Introductory Biology (5 units)

BIOL P106 – Introductory Biology (5 units)

List A: Supporting Science and Mathematics (22 units)

CHEM P101A – General Chemistry (5 units)

CHEM P101B – General Chemistry 2 (5 units)

MATH P103 – Calculus 1 with Analytic Geometry (4 units)

PHYS P102A – General College Physics (4 units) AND PHYS P102B – General College Physics (4 units)

OR PHYS P104A – Physics for Scientists and Engineers (4 units) AND PHYS P104B – Physics for Scientists and Engineers (4 units)