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 (Major Lower-Division) 3
Select One (Major Lower-Division): 3-4
Forensic Genetics: Math Matters  
Elementary Statistics (B4)  
Calculus II  
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
GE Area C 3
GE Area D 3
Second Semester
BIOL 350 Cell Biology (Major Upper-Division) 3
BIOL 355 Genetics (Major Upper-Division) 1 3
BIOL 612
Human Physiology (Major Physiology Core)
or Animal Physiology
CHEM 340
Biochemistry I (Major Upper-Division)
or General Biochemistry
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
Third Semester
Select One (Physiology Lab): 2-4
Plant Molecular Physiology Laboratory  
Human Physiology Laboratory - GWAR 2  
Animal Physiology Laboratory - GWAR 2  
Physiology Core Courses (6 Units Total) - Take One 3 3
Major Upper-Division Electives (9-11 Units Total) - Take One 4 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
University Elective 3
Fourth Semester
Physiology Core Courses (6 Units Total) - Take One 3 3
Major Upper-Division Electives (9-11 Units Total) - Take Two 4 6-8
University Elective 3
 Total Units60

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 30 units minimum at the upper-division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 15 Units

  • American Institutions (0-6 units): US History, US Government, CA Government.
  • Lower-Division GE (6 units) – Area C (3 units in any subarea) and Area D (3 units). D2 courses also satisfy US History; D3 courses also satisfy US/CA Government.
  • Upper-Division GE (9 units): Courses may satisfy both American Institutions and Upper-Division GE if approved for multiple areas.
  • 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: 3 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.