Bachelor of Science in Biology: Concentration in Cell and Molecular 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, 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: 12–18 Units

  • American Institutions (0-6 units): US History, US Government, CA Government. If not met in transfer, see next bullets.
  • Lower-Division GE (6 units) – Area C (3 units in any subarea) and Area D (3 units). D2 courses satisfy US History; D3 courses satisfy US/CA Government requirements.
  • Upper-Division GE (9 units): See Note 1. Also, courses may satisfy the US History or US/CA Government requirements, and UD-C or UD-D at the same time, 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 – Cell and Molecular Biology Major: 32-35 Units

Completed: BIOL 230/BIOL 240, MATH 226, all PHYS, and CHEM 115/CHEM 215/CHEM 216.

  • Lower-Division Requirements (4-7 units): Organic Chemistry sequence; BIOL 231
  • Major Upper-Division Requirements/GWAR (19 units)
  • Major Upper-Division Electives (9 units) – upon advisement; includes lab component. See list above.

University Electives: 13 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., UD GE and the major.

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): 1 3
General Organic Chemistry  
Organic Chemistry I  
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
GE Area C 3
University Elective - Take Two 6
Second Semester
BIOL 350 Cell Biology (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
BIOL 355 Genetics (Major Upper-Division Core) 2 3
Select One (Major Lower-Division Core): 1 3
Organic Chemistry II  
GE Area D 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
Third Semester
BIOL 337 Evolution (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
BIOL 351GW Experiments in Cell and Molecular Biology - GWAR (Major Upper-Division) 4
BIOL 357 Molecular Genetics (Major Upper-Division Core) 3
Select One (Major Upper-Division Core):  
Biochemistry I  
General Biochemistry  
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
Fourth Semester
Major Upper-Division Electives (9 units) 3 9
University Elective - Take Two 7
 Total Units60