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2019-2020 Transfer Advising Guides [Archived Catalog]

Biology - AS to BS - The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) 2019-2020

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For the following concentrations:
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • General
  • Integrative Biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Plant Biology

Lower Division Requirements at the Alamo Colleges District for an AS degree

The courses in this section meet the requirements for an Associate of Science degree. The Graduation section in any catalog of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District lists additional Degree/Certificate Requirements.

Summer Pre-Courses

Semester I

Semester II

Semester III

Semester IV

Semester V

Semester VI

Applicable Transfer Credit Hours

This Transfer Advising Guide provides 71 college-level hours, of which 65 will transfer and apply, as MATH 1414 and 2 SCH of EDUC 1300 will transfer, but are NOT applicable towards the UTSA baccalaureate degree in Biology. 

Note: UTSA accepts a maximum of 66 college-level hours in transfer towards a baccalaureate degree.

Note: For the Alamo Colleges District this transfer advising guide is degree complete and field of study complete but NOT core complete.

Milestone Course(s)

*** denotes Milestone Course(s).

A milestone course is a course that is critical for success in this program as determined by the Faculty of the Alamo Colleges District.

Gateway Course(s)

### denotes Gateway Course(s)

Students pursuing this degree at UTSA must successfully complete each of the Gateway Courses with a grade of “C” or better in no more than two attempts.  A student who is unable to successfully complete these courses within two attempts, including dropping a course with a grade of “W” or taking an equivalent course at another institution (including any colleges of the Alamo Colleges District), will not be allowed to select this major at UTSA.

Field of Study Curriculum for Biology

§ denotes THECB Field of Study Curriculum Course

The Field of Study (FOS) curriculum for Biology is for students who are seeking a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with a major in Biology, including all biology specializations.  The field of study curriculum has been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

Additional information can be found at

Special Admission Requirements for UTSA Biology

Direct Admission Criteria

Freshman applicants entering UTSA will be directly admitted to the Department of Biology if they:

  • Meet all UTSA undergraduate admission requirements, and
  • Are ranked in the top 15 percent of their high school class and a minimum 1350 SAT* or 29 ACT score
  • Are Calculus I ready (

Transfer applicants entering UTSA will be directly admitted to the Department of Biology if they:

  • Meet all UTSA undergraduate admission requirements, and
  • Transfer the following or equivalent courses with a grade of “C” or better:
    • BIO 1404 Biosciences I
    • MAT 1023 College Algebra with Applications, or MAT 1073 Algebra for Scientists and Engineers

Admission Criteria for Applicants Who Do Not Meet Direct Admission Criteria

Applicants who do not meet the criteria for direct admission stated above will be admitted to University College under “Life and Health Sciences Studies” (XLHS.) Students will have two semesters to complete both the following courses with a grade of “C-“or better for admission to the major:

  • Biosciences I (BIO 1404), and
  • College Algebra (MAT 1023 or MAT 1073) or higher

Students who do not meet the above criteria within two semesters will be classified as undeclared (UND).


Academic Standing Policy for the B.S. Degree in Biology and the B.S. Degree in Microbiology and Immunology

The goal of the Department of Biology is to provide undergraduate students a program of study that maintains high standards, and that promotes graduation in four years. To achieve this goal, the academic standing policy of the Department of Biology is designed to identify those students most likely to succeed in their undergraduate biology education.

All majors in Biology or Microbiology and Immunology must maintain:

  • A minimum overall UTSA grade point average of 2.0
  • A minimum overall grade point average of 2.25 in all Biology courses (UTSA and transfer credit). Transfer students, in addition, must have a grade point average of at least 2.0 for all UTSA Department of Biology coursework.

Students who do not meet these requirements are placed on Department of Biology academic probation. Once on Department of Biology academic probation, students who do not meet the minimum requirements by the end of the next subsequent-enrolled long semester will be dismissed from the B.S. degree in Biology or the B.S. degree in Microbiology and Immunology and classified as undeclared (UND) in the University student record system. The student must choose a major other than Biology or Microbiology and Immunology. A biology minor is, however, available to all UTSA students who seek to complement a different academic major with a strong foundation in biology. Dismissed students may appeal one time for reinstatement to either B.S. degree program: such appeals will be granted only under extraordinary circumstances. See Life and Health Sciences Advising for required forms. All Biology majors and Microbiology and Immunology majors must have the required minimum grade point averages in order to receive the Bachelor of Science degree.

Additional UTSA Advising Notes

Things to do and remember upon Admission to UTSA:

  • Make an appointment with the academic advisor of the major, once accepted to UTSA, in order to clarify department, college and university policies and procedures, to review course sequencing and to help with identifying resources for academic success. A current listing of academic advising centers can be found at
  • Refer to the official source of information on specific courses within the UTSA requirements for this degree plan from the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog or visit the web site at
  • Information on Gateway Courses can be found at
  • Pay close attention to course sequencing and availability at UTSA as it will affect the time it takes to complete the degree program.

Using this Transfer Advising Guide with UTSA

This Transfer Advising Guide represents UTSA’s degree plan and is subject to change at the university’s discretion. It is intended for advising purposes only so students know exactly which courses they can take at any of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District and have the courses count towards degree requirements when they transfer to UTSA. It is highly recommended that students meet with their assigned academic advisor to review all graduation and transfer requirements listed in the Transfer Advising Guide.

The ultimate goal is to provide students with accurate information for transfer pathways while minimizing loss of credits in transfer. Students are encouraged to review UTSA’s requirements frequently.

Course numbers in italics are UTSA’s course numbers.

This Transfer Advising Guide is based upon The University of Texas at San Antonio’s 2018-2020 catalog and is subject to change.

The Alamo Colleges District Advising

Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor about courses and other educational concerns if they plan to pursue a two-year degree program, transfer to another college or university, or simply take a few selected courses. In addition to course and degree requirements, policies and procedures are subject to change; stay informed by meeting with an academic advisor regularly.

Many students who plan to transfer to a university are advised to fulfill the lower-division requirements for the university. With appropriate planning, your Alamo Colleges District team can help make the transfer experience a seamless process. It is the responsibility of all students to ensure that they take courses at the Alamo Colleges District that will be accepted by the senior institutions they wish to attend.

For more information contact your Alamo Colleges District team.

Release Date:

Released on August 9, 2019

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