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Biology is a diverse subject that can cover many specialized fields. We offer courses in many biological sciences, from Anatomy to Zoology. We also provide useful courses for those who plan to go into medical or nursing careers. Our Biological Sciences degree programs meet the transfer requirements for many different kinds of fields.

TRANSFER AND MAJOR REQUIREMENTS in Biological Sciences are available in the Counseling Center. Transfer students planning to major in Biology, Botany, Zoology, Ecology, Microbiology, Anatomy, Physiology, Forestry, Wildlife Management, Natural Resources, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Optometry and Pharmacy should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements.

Biology for Transfer

A.S.-T Degree

This program provides students with a strong foundation in biology.  Upon completion of this degree, students will be able to apply the scientific method to design, conduct experiments, and test hypotheses; conduct scientific literature review, critically evaluate, and interpret biological information; outline the organization and integration of biological systems; apply laboratory and/or field skills necessary to answer biological questions; and, as an informed and responsible individual, evaluate contemporary biological issues that have social and/or ethical implications.

The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer degree (AS-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in biology, or a major deemed similar by a CSU campus.  Students earning an associate degree for transfer and meeting the CSU minimum transfer admission requirements are guaranteed admission with junior standing within the CSU system. Students are also given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 additional prescribed units to earn a bachelor’s degree.

To earn the Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, including both of the following:

  • completion of all courses required for the major with grades of “C” or better; and
  • completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (IGETC for STEM) pattern.(Students transferring to a CSU campus must complete Area 1C Oral Communication to be eligible for admission.)

NOTE: The California State University General Education Breadth pattern (CSU GE) is NOT an option for this degree.

It is highly recommended that, prior to transferring, students complete courses that satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

RESTRICTION: International coursework from non-United States regionally accredited institutions cannot be applied to associate degrees for transfer.

Biological Sciences

AS Degree

The Biological Science curriculum provides students with the opportunity to meet the requirements for transferring to four-year colleges in the areas of Agriculture, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Chiropractic, Clinical Lab Technician, Curator, Dental Hygiene, Dentistry, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Nutrition/Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Plant Science, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Premedical, Nursing, Range Management, Veterinary Medicine, Wildlife/Fisheries Biologist and Zoologist, or entry level positions in related fields. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. Students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

  • Sierra College Associate Degree Requirements;
  • California State University General Education Breadth pattern;
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

Watershed Ecology

A.S. Degree

The Watershed Ecology Technician’s (WET) program offers courses leading to an associate in science degree. Watershed ecology includes the study of all aspects of the environment including organisms within an entire watershed-the land area draining into the major creeks and river systems. The program can serve as the basic preparation for entry-level positions with organizations and governmental agencies that perform a variety of environmental studies. Students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

  • Sierra College Associate Degree Requirements;
  • California State University General Education Breadth pattern;
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

Watershed Ecology Gainful Employment Information

Watershed Ecology

Certificate of Achievement

Watershed ecology includes the study of all aspects of the environment including organisms within an entire watershed-the land area draining into the major creeks and river systems. The certificate program can serve as the basic preparation for entry-level positions with organizations and governmental agencies that perform a variety of environmental studies. A certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.

For more information, please visit the unofficial Biological Sciences web pages.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Apply the scientific method to design, conduct experiments, and test hypotheses.
  • Conduct scientific literature review, critically evaluate, and interpret biological information.
  • Outline the organization and integration of biological systems.
  • Apply laboratory and/or field skills necessary to answer biological questions.
  • As an informed and responsible individual, evaluate contemporary biological issues that have social and/or ethical implications.

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Charles Dailey Part-time Instructor, Emeritus, Zoology

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Harriet Wilson Part-time Instructor, Emeritus, Microbiology

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Jim Wilson Part-time Instructor, Emeritus, Biology

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