Bachelor of Science in Biology: Concentration in Cell and Molecular 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
CSC 210
Introduction to Computer Programming
or Calculus II
CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry I 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
or University Elective if A4 met in transfer
US History 1 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
GE Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) or Humanities: Literature (C3) 3
Second Semester
BIOL 350 Cell Biology 3
BIOL 355 Genetics 2 3
CHEM 335 Organic Chemistry II 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
Third Semester
BIOL 351GW Experiments in Cell and Molecular Biology - GWAR 4
BIOL 357 Molecular Genetics 3
CHEM 349 General Biochemistry 3
Upper Division GE: UD-C or UD-D 3
University Elective 1-2
Fourth Semester
Major Upper Division Electives 3 11
University Elective or UD-C or UD-D if needed 3
University Elective 1
 Total Units60

Some GE Area UD–C: Upper Division Arts and/or Humanities courses also satisfy US History. Check the Class Schedule


BIOL 355 satisfies GE Area UD–B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences.


Select upper division electives in consultation with an advisor. At least one elective course must have an upper division lab component.

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): US History requirement if not completed prior to transfer
  • 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.
  • Students entering this major with the AS-T in Biology are not required to fulfill SF State Studies or Complementary Studies requirements.                                       

Biology – Cell and Molecular Biology Major: 37 Units

Completed: BIOL 230/BIOL 240, MATH 226, all PHYS, and CHEM 115/CHEM 215/CHEM 216.

  • Lower Division requirements (7 units): CHEM 233; CSC 210 or MATH 227.
  • Major Upper Division Requirements/GWAR (19 units)
  • Major Upper Division Electives (11 units) – upon advisement; includes lab component. See note 4 above.

University Electives: Two 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. UD GE and the major.