Bachelor of Science in Biology: Concentration in Zoology – BIOL Associate Degree for Transfer Roadmap

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This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in 2017–2018 with an AS-T in Biology. Thirty-two units in the major (BIOL 230/BIOL 240, CHEM 115/CHEM 215/CHEM 216, MATH 226, required PHYS sequence) and 33 units of lower division GE requirements have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
CHEM 130 General Organic Chemistry 3
Major Upper Division Requirement – also satisfies University GWAR – See List 1 3-4
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 1 3
or University Elective if A4 met in transfer
US History 2 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
GE Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) or Humanities: Literature (C3) 3
Second Semester
BIOL 355 Genetics 3 3
BIOL 458 Biometry 4
Upper Division GE: UD-C or UD-D 3
GE Area D: Social Sciences (D1) or U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
Third Semester
BIOL 337 Evolution 3
Major Upper Division Requirement – See List A 4 3
Major Upper Division Requirement – See List B 4,5 3-4
Upper Division GE: UD-C or UD-D 3
University Elective 3
Fourth Semester
Major Upper Division Requirement – See List C 4,6 3-4
Major Upper Division Electives 4 8
University Electives or UD-C or UD-D if needed 4-5
 Total Units60

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 40 units minimum at the upper division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 12–21 Units

  • ENG 214 or equivalent A4 course (0–3 units) if not taken before transfer
  • American Institutions (0–6 units): See next bullet.
  • Lower division GE (6 units) – Area C (3 units in any subarea) and Area D (3 units; D2 satisfies US History if needed; D3 satisfies US/CA Government requirement if needed)
  • Upper division GE (6 units to do): 1) Major course satisfies UD-B. 2) Take UD-C and UD-D courses. See notes.
  • Students entering this major with the AS-T in Biology are not required to fulfill SF State Studies or Complementary Studies requirements.                                         

Biology – Zoology Major: 35 Units

BIOL 230/BIOL 240, MATH 226, all PHYS, CHEM 115/CHEM 215/CHEM 216 met in transfer.

  • Lower Division requirements (3 units): CHEM 130 if not met in transfer
  • Major Upper Division Requirements/GWAR (21 units)
  • Major Upper Division Electives (11 units) – upon advisement. See note 4.

University Electives: Three or More Units

Depends on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, and course choices at SF State. Some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g. both in UD GE and the major.

Major Upper Division Requirement – Also Satisfies University GWAR

BIOL 475GWHerpetology - GWAR3
BIOL 478GWOrnithology - GWAR4
BIOL 529GWPlant Ecology - GWAR4
BIOL 570GWBiology of Fishes - GWAR4

Major Upper Division Requirement A

BIOL 350Cell Biology3
BIOL 357Molecular Genetics3
BIOL 380Evolutionary Developmental Biology3
BIOL 382Developmental Biology3
BIOL 453General Parasitology3
BIOL 600Animal Behavior3
BIOL 612Human Physiology3
BIOL 620Endocrinology3
BIOL 621Reproductive Physiology3
BIOL 630Animal Physiology3

Major Upper Division Requirement B

BIOL 482Ecology4
BIOL 530Conservation Biology3
BIOL 532Restoration Ecology3
BIOL 534Wetland Ecology4
BIOL 577Ecological and Environmental Modeling4
BIOL 580Limnology3
BIOL 582Biological Oceanography4
BIOL 585Marine Ecology3

Major Upper Division Requirement C

BIOL 460General Entomology4
BIOL 461Insect Taxonomy4
BIOL 464Medical Entomology3
BIOL 555Marine Invertebrate Zoology4