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Biology Major (AS) Life Sciences Total Units: 42.5

Term Effective: Fall 2008

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2009

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Previous Versions:

Biology - effective Spring 2007
Biology - effective Fall 2004

Description:

The Biology major is designed for students who are pursuing transfer to four year programs in the biological sciences, including general biology, cell or molecular biology, organism biology, marine biology, botany, zoology, ecology, environmental sciences, evolution, genetics, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and agricultural sciences. The major is also designed for students planning to pursue careers in dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, or physical therapy. It is not designed, however, to meet the needs of students interested in pursuing studies in allied health fields. Please see a counselor for assistance in choosing an appropriate major, or to begin this program.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:
1. Apply the scientific method to investigating and evaluating biological phenomenon and summarize results in written scientific format;
2. perform laboratory techniques, including microscopy, with a high level of expertise without assistance or instruction;
3. synthesize evolutionary mechanisms, trends, and history with biodiversity;
4. integrate the levels of biological organization including cell mechanisms, anatomy, physiology, genetics, ecology, and evolution;
5. investigate human interactions with all levels of biological processes emphasizing the principles of ecosystem, community, population ecology, and global human impacts;
6. apply principles of math, chemistry and physics to the study of biology;
7. independently apply biological knowledge and critical thinking skills to the observation and exploration of natural phenomena; and
8. apply knowledge of biological organisms and principles in advanced courses in order to transfer to four year institutions.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Biology program are:

  • Complete 42.5 units from
    • Biology Major Requirements
    • Biology Major Elective Requirements
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Biology Major Requirements - complete 39.5 units
CourseDescriptionUnits
BIO 2.1 Fundamentals of Biology (Cell and Molecular)5.0
BIO 2.2 Fundamentals of Biology (Evolution, Genetics, and Zoology)5.0
BIO 2.3 Fundamentals of Biology (Botany and Ecology)5.0
BIO 10 Introduction to Principles of Biology4.0
BIO 55 Biology Forum0.5
Complete a combination totaling at least 10.0 units from the following:
CHEM 1A and CHEM 1B
CHEM 4A and CHEM 4B
10.0
Complete a combination totaling at least 7.0 units from the following:
PHYS 2A and PHYS 2B and PHYS 3A
PHYS 2A and PHYS 2B and PHYS 3B
PHYS 40 and PHYS 41
7.0
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.0 units from the following:
MATH 1A Calculus, First Course5.0
MATH 8A Brief Calculus I3.0
MATH 15 Elementary Statistics with Computer4.0
MATH 27 College Algebra and Trigonometry5.0
 
Biology Major Elective Requirements - complete 2.0 units
CourseDescriptionUnits
Complete any combination totaling at least 2.0 units from the following:
BIO 12 Basic Concepts of Ecology3.0
BIO 13 Human Biology3.0
BIO 14 Current Issues in Biology3.0
BIO 15 The Future of Rainforests3.0
BIO 20 Human Genetics3.0
BIO 25 Marine Biology4.0
BIO 26 Biology of Marine Mammals4.0
BIO 31 Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation2.0
BIO 85.1 Pepperwood Natural History: Physical Environment2.0
BIO 85.2  Pepperwood Natural History- Biotic Environment2.0
BIO 89 Ecological Restoration4.0
BOTANY 60 Field Botany4.0
BOTANY 61 Living Among The Oaks1.0
BOTANY 62 Coast Redwood Ecology and Management1.5
BOTANY 63 Sonoma County Woodlands1.0
BOTANY 64 Plants of the Northern Sierra1.0-2.0
BOTANY 65 Sonoma County Spring Flowers1.5
BOTANY 67 Vegetation and Flora of the Pepperwood Preserve2.0
CHEM 12A Organic Chemistry5.0
CHEM 8 Introductory Organic Chemistry5.0
Any CIS course not used as a core course2.0
 
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.0 units
CourseDescriptionUnits
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.0 units from the following:
LIR 10 Introduction to Information Literacy1.0
LIR 30 Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects1.0

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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