The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer program provides students with a foundation in core principles of biological sciences, including scientific reasoning, cell/molecular biology, principles of genetics, evolution, organismal, and ecology in preparation for transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in biology at a university. Students at the four-year university have the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor’s degree specializing in areas such as anatomy and physiology, botany, cell and molecular biology, clinical science, ecology, environmental biology, field biology, marine biology, microbiology, organismal biology, or zoology. A bachelor’s degree in biology may lead to opportunities in graduate/professional school or careers in research, biotechnology, dentistry, pharmacy, medicine, and veterinary medicine among many other diverse fields.


Biology, Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T)
Biological Sciences, Associate in Science (AS)

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The Life Science Department offers courses that help prepare students for the following programs:

  • Botany Research
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Ecology Research
  • Fish and Wildlife Administration
  • Fishery Biology Research
  • General Natural Resources Management
  • Licensed Vocational Nursing
  • Medical Technologist
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant Programs
  • Radiology
  • Registered Nursing
  • Wildlife Biology Research

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, careers in science occupations are projected to grow 5% in the next 10 years, a rate faster than the average for all other occupations. The growth will equate to 68,200 new jobs. The following are careers that require an associate degree in Biology: 

  • Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
  • Biological Technicians
  • Botany Research
  • Ecology Research
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
  • Fish and Wildlife Administration
  • Fishery Biology Research
  • General Natural Resources Management
  • Lab Technician
  • Medical Technologist
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Wildlife Biology Research
To explore potential jobs in this field of study, we strongly urge you to visit LBCC Career Center. Working with a career counselor, we will assess your strengths, skills, interests, and accomplishments to help you identify internship opportunities and career goals that match your educational and professional needs.


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Where can I find Biology Tutors?

The Multidisciplinary Success Center has science specific tutors who provide individualized tutoring. Students can sign up for half an hour time slot.

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Where do students majoring in Biology transfer?

Many students who have earned an associate degree in biology transfer to a University to continue their studies in a biological science program. Former students now attend California Universities such as UC Berkeley and California State University, Long Beach.

For more information, please visit LBCC Transfer Center.

What is the difference between the Biological Science degree and the Biology degree?

The local Biological Science degree has three different emphases: Terrestrial and Sustainability, Marine Science, and Health Science. A student interested in focused course work in any of these areas may consider earning the local degree. The Biology degree is a transfer degree that satisfies the transfer requirements needed to attend a CSU.

Do I need to major in Biology to apply to Medical school or any other Allied Health program?

No, medical schools and other Allied Health programs do not require an applicant to earn a degree in Biology. However, these programs do require an applicant to complete a series of prerequisite science courses either prior to applying or before beginning the program.