Description:

The Associate of Science (A.S.) in Biology degree program is for students who wish to pursue baccalaureate studies in the biological sciences or plan to fulfill prerequisite courses for pre-pharmacy school or for programs such as pre-veterinary, pre-medical, and pre-dental. To enable seamless transfer, this curriculum is designed to parallel the first two years of study offered in biology programs at other colleges and universities.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Summarize the major physical and chemical concepts and processes essential to living things including the maintenance of homeostasis, the energy transformations occurring within and between organisms, and the interactions among living organisms and their environment.
  • Describe the mechanisms of reproduction and heredity, from both classical (Mendelian) and molecular perspectives, and link genetic influences to evolutionary processes and adaptation.
  • Appropriately use current scientific terminology and evaluate the merit of scientific data using critical thought.
  • Explain the levels of organization in biology, including the chemical, cellular, histological, and organismal levels, and explain the dynamics of populations, ecosystems and the biosphere.
  • Utilize the Scientific Method for the development of hypotheses, the proper design of experiments, the competent use of equipment, the collection and analysis of data, and the integration of scientific literature.
  • Compare and contrast the major groups of microbes, protists, plants, and animals.

Program Entry Requirements:

This is a select program. Students who enter the program must have completed one year of high school biology and chemistry within the last ten years and received a grade of C or better. In the absence of these requirements, students must take BIOL 106 and/or CHEM 110, although these courses cannot count toward the degree. Additional science and mathematics courses are desirable. In order to enter the program, students must be at the ENGL 101 and MATH 162 placement levels.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the A.S. degree in Biology, students must successfully complete a minimum of 65 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 (“C” average). Students must pass all biology courses with a grade of “C” or better.

To ensure appropriate course selections, students should consult an academic advisor. Students wishing to transfer this A.S. degree to a particular college or university should, with the help of an advisor, review that institution’s requirements and/or existing articulation agreements with the College so that program courses may be chosen appropriately. The recommended course sequence follows.

Associate of Biology Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester

  • CHEM 121 - College Chemistry I
  • CIS 103 – Applied Computer Technology
  • ENGL 101 - English Composition I
  • MATH 162 - Precalculus II
  • Social Science Elective
Second Semester
  • BIOL 123 - Principles of Biology I
  • CHEM 122 - College Chemistry II
  • ENGL 102 – The Research Paper
  • Humanities Elective
  • Directed Elective
Third Semester
  • BIOL 124 - Principles of Biology II
  • CHEM 221 – Organic Chemistry I
  • MATH 171 - Calculus I
  • Biology Elective (choose one):
    • BIOL 211 - Genetics or
    • BIOL 241 - Principles of Microbiology or
    • BIOL 255 - Biotechnology I: Basic Laboratory Techniques in Biotechnology
    • BIOL 281 - Biochemistry I
Fourth Semester
  • CHEM 222 - Organic Chemistry II
  • ENGL 115 – Public Speaking
  • Biology Elective (choose one):
    • BIOL 211 - Genetics or
    • BIOL 241 - Principles of Microbiology or
    • BIOL 255 - Biotechnology I: Basic Laboratory Techniques in Biotechnology
    • BIOL 281 - Biochemistry I
  • Directed Elective

General Education Requirements:

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement, the Interpretive Studies requirement and the American/Global Diversity requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive, one course that is designated Interpretive Studies and one course that is designated American/Global Diversity. The same course may be used to fulfill more than one of these requirements.

Program taught in:
  • English

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