Bachelor of Science in Biology: Concentration in Physiology – 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
MATH 124
Elementary Statistics 1
or Calculus II
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
or University Elective if A4 met in transfer
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer 2
GE Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) or Humanities: Literature (C3) 3
Second Semester
BIOL 350 Cell Biology 3
BIOL 355 Genetics 3 3
CHEM 340
Biochemistry I
or General Biochemistry
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 612
Human Physiology
or Animal Physiology
Human Physiology Laboratory - GWAR
or Animal Physiology Laboratory - GWAR
Major Physiology Core – See List 3
Major Physiology Elective 4 3
Upper Division GE: UD-C or UD-D 3
Fourth Semester
Major Physiology Core – See List 3
Major Physiology Electives 4 7-8
Upper Division GE: UD-C or UD-D 3
or University Elective
 Total Units60

BIOL 458 may be substituted for MATH 124/MATH 227.


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 Physiology electives in consultation with an advisor; electives must meet specific criteria.

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 next 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.
  • Students entering this major with the AS-T in Biology are not required to fulfill SF State Studies or Complementary Studies requirements.                                         

Biology – Physiology Major: 34–40 Units

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

University Electives: Zero Units or More

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.

Major Physiology Core

BIOL 525Plant Physiology3
BIOL 616Cardiorespiratory Physiology3
BIOL 617Environmental Physiology3
BIOL 618Biology of Aging3
BIOL 620Endocrinology3
BIOL 621Reproductive Physiology3
BIOL 622Hormones and Behavior3
BIOL 640Cellular Neurosciences3
BIOL 642Neural Systems Physiology3