Bachelor of Science in Biology: Concentration in Marine Science – 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: 15–18 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 satisfy US History; D3 courses satisfy US/CA Government.
  • Upper-Division GE (9 units) - 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 – Marine Biology Major: 32-36 Units

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

  • Lower-Division Requirements (4 units): BIOL 231, CHEM 130
  • Major Upper-Division Requirements  (22-25 units)
  • Major Upper-Division Electives (6-7 units) – upon advisement.

University Electives: 18 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.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
BIOL 231 Advising for Success as a Biology Major (Major Lower-Division) 1
CHEM 130 General Organic Chemistry (Major Lower-Division) 3
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
GE Area C 3
University Elective - Take Two 6
Second Semester
BIOL 355 Genetics (Major Upper-Division) 1 3
BIOL 458 Biometry (Major Upper-Division) 4
Oceanography Elective - Select One 2 3-4
GE Area D 3
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities 3
Third Semester
BIOL 337 Evolution (Major Upper-Division) 3
GWAR Option - Select One 3 3-4
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences 3
University Elective - Take Two 6
Fourth Semester
Major Upper-Division Electives (6-7 units) 4 6-7
University Elective - Take Two 6
 Total Units60