Bachelor of Arts in Biology – BIOL Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) 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. 18 units in the major (BIOL 230/BIOL 240, CHEM 115, CHEM 215, MATH 226, PHYS 111, and PHYS 112) 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.

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: 15-21 Units                                             

  • American Institutions (0-6 units): Courses may satisfy both American Institutions and Upper-Division GE if approved for multiple areas.
  • 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 (9 units): Courses required for the major may double-count if approved for UD GE.
  • B.A. Biology students satisfy Complementary Studies by taking courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics that are required for the major.                                          

General Biology Major: 40 Units

BIOL 230/BIOL 240, MATH 226, PHYS 111, PHYS 112, CHEM 115, CHEM 215 met in transfer.

  • Lower-Division Requirements (4 units): BIOL 231, either CHEM 130 or CHEM 233 (Hidden prerequisite for CHEM 233 met in transfer)
  • Major Upper-Division Requirements/GWAR (16-23 units)
  • Major Upper-Division Electives (7-16 units)

University Electives: 7 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 to meet the minimum 40-unit requirement.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
BIOL 231 Advising for Success as a Biology Major (Major Lower-Division Core) 1
Select One (Major Lower-Division Core): 3
General Organic Chemistry (Major Lower-Division)
Organic Chemistry I
GE Area C 3
GE Area D 3
US History or U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if met in transfer
University Elective 3
Second Semester
BIOL 355 Genetics (Major Upper-Division Core) 1 3
Physiology or Cell Biology 3-4
Physiology or Cell Biology Laboratory 1-4
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
University Elective 3
Third Semester
BIOL 337 Evolution (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
Ecology, Evolution, or Organismal Biology - Take Two 6-9
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
University Elective (if needed to reach 15 units this semester) 0-3
Fourth Semester
Major Electives - Take as Needed 7-16
Biology GWAR course 2 3
or University Elective if requirement already met
University Electives - Take as needed to reach 16 units this semster 6
 Total Units60-67

Upper-Division General Education: Physical, and Life Sciences (UD–B) is satisfied upon completion of BIOL 355.


The following courses fulfill the GWAR requirement:

BIOL 351GW Experiments in Cell and Molecular Biology - GWAR (4 units)

BIOL 402GW General Microbiology Laboratory - GWAR (3 units)

BIOL 475GW Herpetology - GWAR (3 units)

BIOL 478GW Ornithology - GWAR (4 units)

BIOL 529GW Plant Ecology - GWAR (4 units)

BIOL 570GW Biology of Fishes - GWAR (4 units)

BIOL 586GW Marine Ecology Laboratory - GWAR (4 units)

BIOL 613GW Human Physiology Laboratory - GWAR (3 units)

BIOL 631GW Animal Physiology Laboratory - GWAR (4 units)