Program Overview

The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer (AS-T) prepares students for seamless transfer to a CSU to obtain a degree in Biological Sciences or a closely related discipline. Additionally, this degree allows student to learn the fundamental principles and practices in Biology in order to create a solid foundation and solid preparation that is appropriate for a variety of scientific disciplines. The AS-T courses for Biology are intended to provide a solid foundation for the student who wishes to pursue further study at the baccalaureate level and for some graduate level programs, or enter a pre-professional or professional program in a health-related field.

The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in Biology or a closely related discipline at a California State University (CSU) campus. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the California State University system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the degree will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree. In addition to the AS-T Biology courses, students should refer to the requirements of prospective institutions or seek advice from discipline faculty or counselor to prepare for upper division coursework.

To earn an Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer (AS-T), students must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 CSU " transferable semester units;
  2. Earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.0 in all CSU " transferable coursework;
  3. Complete a minimum of 18 semester units in a "AS-T" major. Note: All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or better or a "P" if the course is taken on a "pass " no pass" basis;
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education " Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

Please note: For further information, please meet with a Skyline College Counselor.

Program Requirements

Core Courses (10 units) Units
BIOL 215 Organismal Biology: Core I 5 units
BIOL 230 Introduction to Cell Biology: Core II 5 units
Supporting Science and Mathematics (23 units) Units
CHEM 210 General Chemistry I 5 units
CHEM 220 General Chemistry II 5 units
MATH 251 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 5 units
MATH 241 Applied Calculus I 5 units
PHYS 210 General Physics I 4 units
PHYS 220 General Physics II 4 units
PHYS 250 Physics with Calculus I 4 units
PHYS 260 Physics with Calculus II 4 units
Total Required Major Units: 33

General Education - certified completion of one of the following:

  • California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth) for STEM,
  • OR
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC/CSU) pattern for STEM.

Elective courses: If applicable, additional courses to meet the minimum 60 CSU transferable units requirement.

A total of 9-10 major course units may be double counted to apply to meet general education requirements. This degree does not require the Skyline Associate Degree Requirements.

Students are recommended to complete additional major preparation for a target CSU campus prior to transfer:

CHEM 234 + 237

Organic Chemistry 1

5 units

CHEM 235 + 238

Organic Chemistry II

5 units

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Requirements for more information.