The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer degree is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in Biology or a similar major at a CSU campus. For a current list of what majors (and what options or areas of emphasis within that major) have been designated as "similar" to this degree at each CSU campus, please refer to https://icangotocollege.com/associate-degree-for-transfer and seek guidance from a Ventura College counselor. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, although not necessarily to a particular CSU campus or major.
Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the Biology AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated “high-unit” major at a particular campus). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.
To earn an Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer degree, students must meet the following requirements:
- Complete 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
- The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC-CSU) or the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) requirements.
- A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
- Obtain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. While a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for admission, some transfer institutions and majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information.
- Obtain a grade of "C" or better or "P" in all courses required in the major or area of emphasis. Although a "P" grade is allowed (Title 5, Section 55063), it is recommended that students take their major courses with a letter grade ("A," "B," or "C") due to unit limitations on "P/NP" courses.
- Complete a minimum of 12 units in residence at Ventura College.
|Required Core (10 units):|
|BIOL V03||Introduction to Organismal Biology and Ecology||5|
|BIOL V04||Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology||5|
|List A: Complete all the following courses (25 units):|
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
|MATH V21A||Calculus with Analytic Geometry I||5|
Complete one (1) of the three (3) physics sequences listed:
& PHYS V02B
& PHYS V02BL
|General Physics I: Algebra/Trigonometry-Based|
and General Physics I Laboratory: Algebra/Trigonometry-Based
and General Physics II: Algebra/Trigonometry-Based
and General Physics II Laboratory: Algebra/Trigonometry-Based
& PHYS V03B
& PHYS V03BL
|General Physics I: Calculus-Based|
and General Physics I Laboratory: Calculus-Based
and General Physics II: Calculus-Based
and General Physics II Laboratory: Calculus-Based
& PHYS V05
& PHYS V05L
|Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers|
and Mechanics Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers
and Electricity and Magnetism for Scientists and Engineers
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers
|Total Required Major Units||35|
|CSU General Education or IGETC-CSU for STEM Pattern||31–33|
|Electives (CSU transferable units to reach 60)||2–4|
See a counselor or consult assist.org, especially if you plan to transfer to a UC campus or a college or university other than CSU.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Collect, analyze, and interpret data using the scientific method.
- Explain the characteristic themes and concepts that unify the discipline of biology.
- Locate, identify, evaluate, and discuss information from current primary and secondary literature on biological topics.