Biological Sciences - Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)


The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree with a focus in biology is designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology. Lower-division coursework in physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics prepares students to transfer to a four-year university for upper-division biology coursework. Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from their transfer institution will be well equipped for graduate school and careers in biomedical fields, industry, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations requiring a broad-based education in science, mathematics, and communication. Those graduates may enter such fields as conservation or environmental science, science writing, education, botany, forest or marine science, veterinary medicine, agricultural research, pharmaceuticals, human medicine, or other life science careers such as research in microbiology, biotechnology, bio-informatics, or genetics.

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of general education courses, students will be able to:

Arts & Letters

  1. Interpret and engage in the arts & letters, making use of the creative process to enrich the quality of life; and
  2. Critically analyze values and ethics within a range of human experience and expression to engage more fully in local and global issues.

Cultural Literacy

  1. Identify and analyze complex practices, values, and beliefs and the culturally and historically defined meanings of difference.


  1. Explain the relationship between human behavior and health.


  1. Use appropriate mathematics to solve problems; and
  2. Recognize which mathematical concepts are applicable to a scenario, apply appropriate mathematics and technology in its analysis, and then accurately interpret, validate, and communicate the results.

Science or Computer Science

  1. Gather, comprehend, and communicate scientific and technical information in order to explore ideas, models and solutions and generate further questions;
  2. Apply scientific and technical modes of inquiry, individually, and collaboratively, to critically evaluate existing or alternative explanations, solve problems, and make evidence-based decisions in an ethical manner; and
  3. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of scientific studies and critically examine the influence of scientific and technical knowledge on human society and the environment.

Social Science

  1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior; and
  2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live.

Speech/Oral Communication

  1. Engage in ethical communication processes that accomplish goals;
  2. Respond to the needs of diverse audiences and contexts; and
  3. Build and manage relationships.

Writing and Information Literacy

  1. Read actively, think critically, and write purposefully and capably for academic and, in some cases, professional audiences;
  2. Recognize and articulate the need for information, and then locate, evaluate, and ethically utilize that information to communicate effectively; and
  3. Demonstrate appropriate reasoning in response to complex issues.

Entrance Requirements

While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Education/Foundational
Choose three credits 13
Choose one course4
Recommend: MTH 112 or higher
Oral Communication:
Choose one course3-4
WR 121Academic Composition4
WR 122Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition4
or WR 227 Technical Writing
General Education/Discipline Studies
Cultural Literacy:
One course from the following categories must be designated as cultural literacy on the Discipline Studies list (credits count once).
Arts and Letters:
Choose three courses chosen from at least two prefixes9-12
Social Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes12-16
Science/Math/Computer Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science12-20
Recommend: BI 211, BI 212, BI 213 and CH 221 2
Choose any course numbered 100 or above that brings the total credits to 90 quarter hours. This may include up to 12 credits of Career and Technical Education courses designated by COCC as acceptable.39
Total Credits90-106

Advising Notes

Oregon public universities with a biology major include: Eastern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, University of Oregon, Western Oregon University.

BI 211 Principles of Biology, BI 212 Principles of Biology, and BI 213 Principles of Biology should be taken at the same institution to avoid transfer issues; see advisor for details.

Consider CH 241 Organic Chemistry I, CH 242 Organic Chemistry II, and CH 243 Organic Chemistry III as an alternative to PH 201 General Physics I, PH 202 General Physics II, and PH 203 General Physics III in the electives; see advisor for details.

Oregon State University: recommend COMM 111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking, WR 227 Technical Writing, and HHP 295 Health and Fitness from the recommended foundational curriculum options and CH 241 Organic Chemistry I, CH 242 Organic Chemistry II, CH 243 Organic Chemistry III, MTH 251 Calculus I, and MTH 252 Calculus II from electives options.

University of Oregon: recommend WR 122 Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition from the recommended foundational curriculum options.

Eastern Oregon University, Portland State University, and Southern Oregon University: recommend MTH 243 Introduction to Probability and Statistics I as an elective if room in the program.

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:

    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.

    • Options for additional standards:

      • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

  • Additional Requirements:

    • None

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First TermCredits
Mathematics (recommend MTH 112 or higher)4
Health (3 credits with HHP or HHPA prefix)3
WR 121Academic Composition4
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend CH 221)5
Second Term
WR 122
Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition
Technical Writing
Elective (recommend CH 222)5
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Elective (recommend MTH 251)4
Third Term
Elective (recommend CH 223)5
Elective (recommend MTH 252)4
Oral Communication:3-4
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Fourth Term
Discipline Studies Lab Science (BI 211)5
Elective (recommend CH 241 or PH 201)5
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Fifth Term
Discipline Studies Lab Science (BI 213)5
Elective (recommend CH 242 or PH 202)5
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Sixth Term
Discipline Studies Lab Science (BI 212)5
Elective (recommend CH 243 or PH 203)5
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
 Total Credits92-100

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