Pathways to Transfer

Associate Degree for Transfer

Biology for Transfer

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The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer degree
at Los Medanos College prepares students to transfer into a curriculum at a CSU to pursue a baccalaureate degree in biology. The ADT in Biology will introduce students to many areas of study including cytology, biochemical cycles, proteonomics, genenomics, reproduction, embryonic development, ecology, comparative anatomy and physiology and evolution.  

To achieve the Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer degree from Los Medanos College students 

(1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.

(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.

(2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0." ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.  

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Utilize the scientific method to develop hypotheses, conduct scientific experiments, critically analyze experimental data, and communicate results through written reports and oral presentations.
  2. Identify and/or describe the correlation between structure and function in living organisms including the functional roles of the internal and external structures of cells, the basic relationship between DNA, proteins, and the transmission of traits, and the similarities and differences between metabolic processes and structures of diverse living organisms that allow them to exhibit distinctive characteristics of life.
  3. Explain how evolution provides a framework for understanding the unity, diversity, and interdependency of living organisms.
  4. Evaluate aspects of ecology and the interactions among the life forms on Earth - including the implications of human economic and cultural practices on the Earth's natural resources. Ultimately students will comprehend the numerous ethical implications and applications of bioscience concepts in their everyday lives.

Required Core:


Principles of Biology: Cellular Processes 

5 Units

BIOSC-021 Principles of Biology: Organismal 5 Units

List A:


General College Chemistry

5 Units

CHEM-026 General College Chemistry 4 Units
MATH-210 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 5 Units


MATH-140 Applied Calculus 4 Units



College Physics I

4 Units

PHYS-036 College Physics II 4 Units


PHYS -040 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4 Units
PHYS -041 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4 Units 

Total Units for the major  32 units
Total Units for the degree  60 units


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