Program Overview

An Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer (AS-T) from Skyline College is intended for students who are interested in transferring to a California State University (CSU) campus with a major in Biology, or similar major. This degree allows students to learn the fundamental principles and practices in Biology in order to create a solid foundation and solid preparation to pursue further study for a variety of scientific disciplines at the baccalaureate level and for some graduate level programs, or to enter a pre-professional or professional program in a health-related field.

Students completing an AS-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree. This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or college/university that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a Skyline College counselor for further information on university admissions and transfer requirements. A grade of "C" or better, or "Pass" if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis, is required for each course applied to the major. Major course requirements may also be applied to meet general education requirements.

To earn an AS-T degree, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 CSU transferable units;
  2. Earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework;
  3. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. A "P" (Pass) grade is also an acceptable grade for courses in the major if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. Students should consult with their counselor before enrolling in a major course on a Pass/No Pass basis, as some CSUs may have limitations on which major courses can be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) for STEM or the Intersegmental General Education Curriculum (IGETC) for STEM pattern.

The CSU GE-Breadth for STEM and IGETC for STEM patterns allow students to defer six (6) units of lower-division GE courses until after transfer. This includes one course each from CSU GE Areas C and D, and one course each from IGETC Areas 3 and 4. Before transfer, these deferred lower-division courses must be replaced with calculus and/or major science courses required by the major. One remaining lower-division GE course in both CSU GE Areas C and D, and IGETC Areas 3 and 4, will be completed after transfer.

Note:

Students planning to transfer to a CSU (California State University) campus MUST complete an Oral Communication (COMM) course (CSU Minimum Admissions Requirement). Oral Communication courses are noted in the following GE areas: CSU GE (Area A1) or IGETC (Area 1A).


Students do not need to complete the Skyline College Associate Degree requirements. For further information, please consult 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
List A (23 units) Units
CHEM 210 General Chemistry I 5 units
AND
CHEM 220 General Chemistry II 5 units
MATH 251 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 5 units
OR
MATH 241 Applied Calculus I 5 units
PHYS 210 General Physics I 4 units
AND
PHYS 220 General Physics II 4 units
OR
PHYS 250 Physics with Calculus I 4 units
AND
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 for STEM pattern (CSU GE-Breadth for STEM),

OR

  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum for STEM (IGETC for STEM)

The CSU GE-Breadth for STEM and IGETC for STEM patterns allow students to defer six (6) units of lower-division GE courses until after transfer. This includes one course each from CSU GE Areas C and D, and one course each from IGETC Areas 3 and 4. Before transfer, these deferred lower-division courses must be replaced with calculus and/or major science courses required by the major. One remaining lower-division GE course in both CSU GE Areas C and D, and IGETC Areas 3 and 4, will be completed after transfer.

Advising Note: Students planning to transfer to a CSU (California State University) campus MUST complete an Oral Communication (COMM) course (CSU Minimum Admissions Requirement). Oral communication courses are noted in the following GE areas: CSU GE (Area A1) or IGETC (Area 1A).

Up to (9 - 12) major course units may be double counted to apply to meet general education requirements. This degree does not require the Skyline College Associate Degree requirements.

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

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