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Biological Science

A.S. Degree


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Program Learning Outcomes: After completing the Biological Science major a student wil be able to:

  • discuss the scientific method and utilize the scientific method in further understanding of their bodies and the world at large.
  • develop basic laboratory skills, which they will be able utilize in further investigations.
  • identify structures of selected organisms and relate structure to biological function.

Students transferring to a four year institution will be prepared for additional study in the following areas:

Biology, botany, ecology, entomology, forestry, genetics, marine biology, microbiology, medical technology, molecular biology, nursing, physical therapy, pre-dental, pre-medicine, pre-veterinarian, zoology

Biological Science A.S. Degree

Students completing the courses will have satisfied requirements for physical and biological sciences. See the Gavilan general education requirements on page 38.

Recommended preparation for the major requirements listed.

1. One year of high school chemistry or CHEM 30A Elementary Chemistry or BIO 1, CHEM 30A or BIO 10 or equivalent.

2. At a minimum be eligible to enter ENGL 250 and ENGL 260.

3. Two years of high school math or MATH 233.

Major Requirements:

CHEM 1A/B General Chemistry 5-5 units

BIO 1 General Biology 4 units

BIO 4 General Zoology 4 units

BIO 5 General Botany 4 units

PHYS 2A/B General Physics 4-4 units

Total Units for Major: 30 UNITS

Plus completion of general education requirements units vary

Total Units Required for A.S: minimum of 60 UNITS

Recommended Electives:

MATH 1A/B, ECOL 1, BIO 8, 9, 15 (only if taken before BIO 7 and BIO 9)