Feb 02, 2023  
2022-2023 Lane Community College Catalog 
2022-2023 Lane Community College Catalog

Biology, AST

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Associate of Science Transfer (AST) - Biology

This degree is dependent on students selecting and working with their transfer institution early in the program. Contact an academic advisor for help determining a degree plan.

Length: 90 credits

Program Contacts

Estimated Cost: $15,408

  • Resident Tuition: $11,925*
  • Technology Fees: $1,170
  • General Student Fees: $813**
  • Online Course Fees: *** (if applicable)
  • Books / Course Materials: $1,500****

Costs provided are estimates only. Learn more and view current tuition and fee information at https://www.lanecc.edu/costs-admission/tuition-fees-and-payments/credit-tuition

General Education degree costs are based on 90 credits and 6 terms.

*Resident tuition is based on all program requirements (general education, core, directed electives).

**General Student fees are paid once each term, depending on whether you are taking classes on Main Campus, or at one of the outreach centers or by distance learning. 

***Online Course fees: $10.00 per course, maximum of $50.00 per course

****Books and materials will vary by class. Please refer to your program or course for specific information on book and material charges. Open Educational Resources (OER) may be available to take the place of more expensive textbooks, reducing the overall cost of taking the class. For more information on classes using free and low-cost materials, visit https://inside.lanecc.edu/oer or email oer@lanecc.edu

Program Learning Outcomes

This program outlines specific course requirements for students who plan to transfer to a four-year public university in Oregon and earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Students should work with an academic advisor to ensure they fulfill the requirements for this program and for their intended transfer institution. Students seeking alternative accepted pathways should consult with an academic advisor. 

Lane degrees and certificates are aligned with Lane’s Institutional Learning Outcomes and Oregon learning outcomes. View our State General Education Learning Outcomes.


  1. Complete a total of 90 credits of college-level coursework (24 credits must be completed at LCC). 
  2. General Education courses must be a minimum of 3 credits. Elective courses may be any number of credits.
  3. Biology Major requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better. P/NP is not accepted. All other courses may be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass.
        Note - Grade requirements may differ by transfer institution. Work with your academic advisor. 
  4. Maximum 16 credits P may be used toward degree. This limit does not include courses only offered P/NP.
  5. Cumulative GPA must be at least 2.0 at the time the degree is awarded.

Program Requirements

Core Transfer Map Requirements (29-33 credits)

Must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better, or Pass.

These meet Core Transfer Map (CTM)  requirements.  To earn this notation on a transcript, students must meet these requirements along with a minimum of 30 credits.

Writing (4 credits)

Mathematics (5 credits) 

  • Fulfilled by MTH 251 found in the Major Requirements section  

Arts & Letters (6-8 credits)

Social Science (6-8 credits)

Natural Sciences (8 credits)

  • Fulfilled by BI 211 and BI 212 found in the Major Requirements section  

Cultural Literacy Requirement 

Additional General Education (4 credits)

Must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better, or Pass.

Writing (4 credits)

Major Requirements (42-45 credits)

Must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better. Pass not accepted.

Calculus (10 credits - 5 of the 10 will be applied to Core Transfer Maps)

Biology (12 credits - 8 of the 12 will be applied to Core Transfer Maps)
Students must complete full biology series at the same institution

Chemistry (18 credits) - laboratory required 

Pick ONE sequence from the following (15-18 credits)


Must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better, or Pass

Any college-level courses that bring total credits to 90 credits, with the following limitations:

  • Up to 12 credits of Career Technical Education. See the list of Course Types by Prefix . Policies on accepting career-technical credits vary at four-year institutions in Oregon. Consult an academic advisor about taking these courses as electives.
  • Up to 18 credits of Cooperative Education may be included as electives. Cooperative Education courses identified as Career Technical Education courses count toward the 12-credit maximum for Career Technical Education.
  • Up to 12 credits of Individual Music Lessons (MUP).
  • Maximum 12 credits of activity courses (PE, PEAT, PEO, D) may be included within the entire degree, with the exception of D 160, 251, 256, and 260.
  • Transfer institution requirements. Consult Lane’s Academic Advising department for a list of recommended coursework. Transfer institution requirements may change without notice.

Recommended Electives by Institution

Oregon State University

University of Oregon 

  • Pick a 2nd sequence from Chemistry, or Physics (listed above).
  • Additional General Education as needed by UO. See list of LCC courses that transfer - General Education Course Equivalencies to UO . Connect with UO to determine exactly what to take.

Portland State University 

  • Pick a 2nd sequence from Chemistry, or Physics (listed above).
  • Additional General Education as needed by PSU. Connect with PSU to determine exactly what to take.

For all other Oregon universities, please connect with your desired transfer institution to determine any additional requirements that can be completed at the community college. 


  • This program follows Associate of Arts (AAT) / Associate of Science (AST) Requirements  requirements unless otherwise specified.
  • Students must complete all required courses to earn this degree. Equivalent courses of 3 credits or higher may be transferred in and used to meet core or major requirements. To earn a Core Transfer Map (CTM) transcript notation, students must complete required courses and have a minimum of 30 CTM credits. 
  • Students considering pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-pharmacy programs should consider the Organic Chemistry sequence. Courses in the sequence must be taken at the same institution.
  • College-level courses are numbered 100 or higher. Courses numbered 001-099 identify developmental courses (e.g. RD 090), with the exception of ENG 110, 116, 117; MTH 100, RD 115, WR 110, 120, and WR 115  (taken before summer 1999), which are also considered developmental.
  • University second language admission requirements for transfer students graduating high school 1997 or later include one of the following:
    • Two terms of the same college-level second language with an average grade of C- or above
    • Two years of the same high school-level second language with an average grade of C- or above
    • Satisfactory performance on an approved second language assessment of proficiency
    • Demonstrated proficiency in American Sign Language meets second language admission requirements
  • Credit-by-Exam and Credit-by-Assessment may comprise no more than 25% of total degree credits.
  • Only the Academic Requirements Review Committee (ARRC) may waive a college-related instruction requirement. Petitions are available from Enrollment Services at https://www.lanecc.edu/administration/enrollment-services/general-education-substitution-and-waiver-petition.
  • Repeatable courses may be used once to meet a Core Transfer Map requirement. Any additional allowable repeats may be used to meet Elective requirements.
  • Some courses are included on more than one Core Transfer Map list. These courses may be used only once to meet a specific Core Transfer Map requirement. Please contact your academic advisor for details.
  • Courses numbered 197, 198, 199, 280, 297, 298, or 299 count as electives and do not meet  Core Transfer Map requirements. Courses numbered 199 and 299 are experimental and may later be reviewed and approved to meet Core Transfer Map requirements.

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