2018-2019 Pierce College Catalog 
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2018-2019 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology (DTA/MRP)

This pathway is applicable to students planning to prepare for upper division Bachelor’s degree majors in Biology. Many students transfer to baccalaureate institutions after completing the Associate Degree Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA); this pathway does not alter that agreement or the possibility that students may continue to follow this path. This Biology MRP streamlines and facilitates preparation for upper division course work in Biology across the state.

Degree Outcomes  

General Degree Requirements

  • Minimum of 90 earned credits in courses numbered 100 or above is required to complete the AA-DTA degree. The 90 credits must include at least 60 Core Requirement credits, 15 General Transferable Elective (GTE) credits, and 15 General Elective credits.
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I  - required
  • COLLG 110 College Success  required during the first or second quarter of attendance
  • Earn the lesser of (at least) 20 college level credits or 25% of the credits applicable to the degree or certificate at Pierce College
  • Cumulative college-level grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher is required
  • 1.5 grade (C-) or better for all Core Requirement and GTE courses is required unless stated otherwise
  • “Pass” (P) grades, independent study and cooperative work experience/work-based learning credits may be used for general elective credits only
  • Once a course has been successfully completed, credits earned may be used in only one category

Core Requirements

Communications (10 Credits)

ENGL& 101 requires a 2.0 or higher grade. Second communications course requries a 1.5 or higher grade.

Quantitative Skills (5 Credits)

Requires a 1.5 or higher grade.

Intermediate algebra proficiency leading to a pre-calculus math course is required. Intermediate algebra proficiency may be deonstrated by successful completion of a calculus and/or statistics course for which intermediate algebra is a prerequisite.

*Statistics may substitute for Calculus 1 at some institutuions; students are encouraged to check with the transfer institution early in the decision process to confirm requirements.

Humanities (15 Credits)

Requires a 1.5 or higher grade. Select from at least two disciplines. Nor more than five credits from performance skills and no more than five credits are allowed in world language.

Humanities Performance/Skills

Social Sciences (15 Credits)

Requires a 1.5 or higher grade. Select from at least two disciplines.

General Electives (15 Credits)

Minimum grade of 1.0 is required. Additional college-level courses so that the total credits earned is a least 90 credits. May include pre-requisites for major courses, additional coursework, or specific general education or other university requirements. A maximum of three PE activity credits can be applied to this degree.

Total Credits 90

Program Code: ABT

Last Revision - July 2018


  • Admission application deadlines vary; students must meet the deadline for the university or universities to which they plan to apply for transfer admission.
  • Certain schools may have additional university-specific requirements that are not prerequisites to admission to the Biology major but will need to be completed prior to graduation. Contact with advisors from individual schools for institutional requirements is highly recommended since this DTA may not meet every institution specific graduation requirement.
  • Certain schools may have additional university-specific requirements for admission to the institution that are not prerequisites specifically identified in the DTA requirements. 
  • In order to better prepare for successful transfer, students are encouraged to consult with the institution(s) to which they wish to transfer regarding the humanities and social science courses that best support or may be required as prerequisites to their Biology curriculum.
  • Students should check with the transfer institution prior to taking any further biology courses beyond the one-year sequence. Some colleges require all continuing biology courses be taken at the 300 level.