Bachelor of Arts in Biology – BIOL Associate Degree for Transfer Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in 2017–2018 with an AS-T in Biology. Thirty-two units in the major (BIOL 230/BIOL 240, CHEM 115/CHEM 215/CHEM 216, MATH 226, required PHYS sequence) and 33 units of lower division GE requirements have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
CHEM 130 General Organic Chemistry 3
Major Upper Division Requirement – Select Any BIOL GWAR Course 1 3-4
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
or University Elective if A4 met in transfer 1
 
US History 2 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
 
GE Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) or Humanities: Literature (C3) 3
 Units15
Second Semester
BIOL 355 Genetics 3 3
Major Upper Division Requirement – Select Physiology Course – See List 4 3
Major Upper Division Requirement – Select Physiology Lab OR Upper Division Elective 4,5 2-3
Upper Division GE: UD-C or UD-D 3
GE Area D: Social Sciences (D1) or U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units15
Third Semester
Major Upper Division Requirement – Select Cell Biology Course – See List 4 3
Major Upper Division Requirement – Select Cell Biology Lab OR Upper Division Elective 4,5 2-4
Major Upper Division Requirement – Select Ecology Course 5 3-4
Upper Division GE: UD-C or UD-D 3
University Elective 1-4
 Units15
Fourth Semester
Major Upper Division Requirement – Evolutionary or Organismal Biology Course 5 3-5
Major Upper Division Elective 5 2-4
University Elective or UD-C or UD-D if needed 3
University Electives 3-7
 Units15
 Total Units60
1

If ENG 214 equivalent not taken before transfer, take GWAR course in a subsequent semester. Biology B.A. students may take any BIOL GWAR course; view all BIOL GWAR course options at http://biology.sfsu.edu/content/gwar

2

 Some UD-C courses also satisfy US History -check Class Schedule

3

 BIOL 355 satisfies UD GE (B)

4

Take either a physiology lab or a cell biology lab concurrently with its associated lecture course (2-4 units)

5

 Select course in consultation with an advisor

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 40 units minimum at the upper division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 12–21 Units                                             

  • ENG 214 or equivalent A4 course (0–3 units) if not taken before transfer
  • American Institutions (0–6 units): See bullet.
  • Lower division GE (6 units) – Area C (3 units in any subarea) and Area D (3 units; D2 satisfies US History if needed; D3 satisfies US/CA Government requirement if needed)
  • Upper division GE (6 units to do): 1) Major course satisfies UD-B. 2) Take UD-C and UD-D courses. See notes.
  • B.A. Biology students satisfy Complementary Studies by taking courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics that are required for the major.                                          

General Biology Major: 24–33 Units

BIOL 230/BIOL 240, MATH 226, all PHYS, CHEM 115/CHEM 215/CHEM 216 met in transfer.

  • Lower Division requirements (3 units): CHEM 130
  • Major Upper Division Requirements/GWAR (17–22 units)
  • Major Upper Division Electives (4–8 units)

University Electives: Four or More Units

Depends on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, and course choices at SF State. Some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g. both in UD GE and the major. Upper division electives recommended in order to meet the minimum 40-unit requirement.

Major Upper Division requirement – Select Physiology Course

BIOL 442Microbial Physiology3
BIOL 525Plant Physiology3
BIOL 612Human Physiology3
BIOL 630Animal Physiology3

Major Upper Division requirement – Select Cell Biology Course

BIOL 350Cell Biology3
BIOL 401General Microbiology3
BIOL 435Immunology3
BIOL 453General Parasitology3
CHEM 349General Biochemistry3