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. Thirty-two units in the major (BIOL 230/BIOL 240, CHEM 115/CHEM 215/CHEM 216, MATH 226, and the 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.

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: 24-33 Units

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

  • Lower-Division Requirements (3 units): CHEM 130
  • Major Upper-Division Requirements/GWAR (17-22 units)
  • Major Upper-Division Electives (4-8 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
CHEM 130 General Organic Chemistry (Major Lower-Division) 3
GE Area C 3
GE Area D 3
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
University Elective 3
Second Semester
BIOL 355 Genetics (Major Upper-Division) 1 3
Physiology Course - Select One 2 5-7
Physiology Lab or University Elective 3
Major Elective (4-8 units) - Take One 4 3-4
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
Third Semester
Cell Biology Course - Select One 5 4-8
Cell Biology Lab or University Elective 3
Ecology Course - Select One 6 3-4
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
University Elective 2
Fourth Semester
Evolutionary or Organismal Biology Course - Select One 7 3-5
Major Elective (4-8 units) - Take One 3 3-4
Biology GWAR course 8 3
or University Elective if requirement already met
University Electives - Take Two 6
 Total Units60