Degree Requirements

The three associate degrees in biology require completion of the courses listed below. Additional general education and graduation requirements for the associate degree are listed in the catalog. The Associate Degree requires a minimum of 60 units.

Certificate of Performance: Applied Biotechnology*

The Applied Biotechnology Certificate of Performance Award is authorized and issued by the Biology Department to recognize student achievement in the field of biotechnology. It is not intended to nor will it be recognized as, an official state approved program. It is intended to recognize students who have successfully demonstrated competence in intensive laboratory techniques and soft skills necessary to meet entry-level employment requirements of the biotechnology industry.

Courses required for the CertificateUnits
BIOL 206, Biotechnology Implementation
6
BIOL 91,   Employment Skills In Biotechnology or
4
BIOL 109, Preparation for Biotechnology   5 

Total: 10-11

*A Certificate of Performance is a departmental award that does not appear on the student’s transcript. All courses must be completed within the San Diego Community College District.

Associate in Science Degree: Biology: Transfer Track

Courses Required for the MajorUnits
BIOL 210A Introduction to the Biological Sciences I
4
BIOL 210B, Introduction to the Biological Sciences II
4
CHEM 200, General Chemistry I
3
CHEM 200L, General Chemistry I Laboratory
2
CHEM 201, General Chemistry II
3
CHEM 201L, General Chemistry II Laboratory
2
MATH 121, Basic Techniques of Applied Calculus I and
MATH 122, Basic Techniques of Calculus II or
MATH 150, Calculus Analytical Geometry I


5 - 6

Total: 23 - 24

Recommended electives: Biology 100 (Mesa & Miramar), 101, 110, 115, 130, 180, 200, 205, 215, 230, 232, 235, 250 (Mesa), 290, 296.

Associate in Science Degree: Biology: Allied Health Track

Consult the Nursing Education faculty (City College) or a counselor to verify current course requirements for associate degree and baccalaureate nursing program preparation.

Courses Required for the MajorUnits
BIOL 107, General Biology - Lecture & Laboratory
4
BIOL 205, General Microbiology
5
BIOL 230, Human Anatomy
4
BIOL 235, Human Physiology
4
CHEM 100, Fundamentals of Chemistry
3
CHEM 100L, Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory
1

Total: 21

Recommended electives: Biology 101, 130, 180, 215; Chemistry 130, 130L.

Associate in Science Degree: Biology: Applied Biology Track

This is a degree which prepares students for entry-level employment in the biotechnology industry.

Courses Required for the MajorUnits
BIOL 109 Preparation for Biotechnology   5
BIOL 205 General Microbiology
5
BIOL 206 Biotechnology Instrumentation
6
CHEM 200 General Chemistry I - Lecture
3
CHEM 200L General Chemistry I - Laboratory
2
CHEM 201 General Chemistry II - Lecture
3
CHEM 201L General Chemistry II - Laboratory2
CISC 181 Principles of Information Systems4

Total: 30

Recommended electives: Biology 200, 235, Physics 180A, 180B, 181A, 181B.