ADT in Biology

Biology is a natural science that focuses on living organisms, including their structure, function, growth and development, and evolution and adaptation to the environment. The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer Degree (AS-T) can be a stand-alone degree or serve as preparation for a curriculum in a four-year institution, leading to a baccalaureate degree in areas such as microbiology, organismal biology, cell and molecular biology.

Students who complete this degree will be guaranteed admission with junior status to the California State University system, and will be given priority admission to our local CSU campus.

Students receiving this transfer degree must meet the following requirements:

  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:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
    2. 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.

ADTs also require that students must earn a "C" (or "P") or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. 

Required courses:
BIOL 124Molecular and Cellular Biology5
BIOL 125Evolution, Ecology & Biodiversity5
CHEM 111General Chemistry I5
CHEM 112General Chemistry II5
PHYS 201Physics A: Mechanics4-5
or PHYS 111 College Physics A
PHYS 202Physics B: Thermodynamics and Electromagnetism4-5
or PHYS 112 College Physics B
MATH 190Calculus with Analytic Geometry l5
Total Units33-35

A.S.-Transfer Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Biology A.S.-Transfer Degree will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of biological concepts.
  2. Acquire scientific information from multiple sources including textbooks, the Internet, personal communication with professionals in the field, and educational computer software.
  3. Estimate and/or calculate the characteristics of biological systems and demonstrate an understanding of these calculations in order to better understand the natural processes that produce these characteristics. 
  4. Formulate scientific hypotheses in order to distinguish between scientific and non-scientific questions and methods.
  5. Develop an understanding of relevant biological processes as well as processes from related sciences (e.g. physics, geology, chemistry) and apply these processes to predict the properties of biological systems.
  6. Examine how human activity has contributed to positive and negative changes in the environment to better understand and discuss past, current, and future environmental issues.