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The Biology Department offers a degree program that combines basic biological courses with additional course work in chemistry, mathematics, and the liberal arts. The degree program prepares students primarily for advanced study at a four-year institution. Students should note that the Department has many articulation agreements with four-year colleges designed to facilitate transfer to these institutions.

Candidates for the program should present two years of high school algebra, one year of geometry or trigonometry, one year of biology, and one year of chemistry. High School Physics is also strongly recommended.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad base of knowledge in the biological sciences as indicated by their ability to utilize the terminology, concepts, and principles of biology in oral and written work.
  • describe the scientific method and apply it to hypothetical or laboratory problems.
  • describe the relationship between mankind and the natural world.
  • utilize critical thinking skills to understand and solve problems.
  • communicate effectively in oral and written formats.
  • demonstrate information literacy skills and the use of technology for gathering information.
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First Year

First Semester

BIO 111 - General Biology I
CHE 111 - General Chemistry I
ENG 101 - English Comp I
MAT 143 - Elementary Mathematical Analysis OR
MAT 171 - Unified Calculus

Second Semester

BIO 112 - General Biology II
CHE 112 - General Chemistry II
ENG 102 - English Comp II
MAT 144 - Elementary Mathematical Analysis II OR
MAT 172 - Unified Calculus II
Elective - General

Second Year

First Semester

Elective - Biology/Chemistry/Physics*
Elective - History**
Elective - Social Science**
Elective - Humanities (2)**

Second Semester

Elective - Biology/Chemistry/Physics*
Elective - Social Science**
Elective - Humanities**
Elective - Communications**
Elective - History**

Students are encouraged to take Bio 111 before Bio 112.

* Students who intend to continue as Biology majors at a four year institution are advised to substitute CHE 211 & 212 or PHY 101 & 102 for their Biology electives in semesters 3 and 4.

**At least one of these General Education electives must also be classified as a Diversity course.

Career Options

Graduates can prepare for a career in biology or for advanced study at a four-year institution. The Biology Department has many articulation agreements with four-year colleges designed to facilitate transfer to these institutions.

Program Information

Type of Program: Associate in Arts Degree

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