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 the current Bulletin year 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
Select One: 3-4
Elementary Statistics  
Calculus II  
Forensic Genetics: Math Matters  
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
or Plant Molecular Physiology Laboratory
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

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.