Biology A.S. (BIOS)

*This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.*

The Biology program is intended for students who plan to transfer in the following areas of study: Allied Health, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomechanical Engineering, Chiropractic, Dentistry, Ecology, Environmental Biology, Genetics, Marine Biology, Medical Technology, Medicine, Molecular Biology, Optometry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, or related areas.

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

• understand concepts, laws, and principles of natural science and apply them to the solution of problems.

• demonstrate critical thinking/problem-solving abilities.

• demonstrate good experimental techniques, including making observations and measurements, constructing a hypothesis and designing an experiment to test it, and analyzing and interpreting experimental results.

• demonstrate effective communication skills, including the writing of laboratory reports based on experiments.

• demonstrate effective teamwork and work ethics through group laboratory projects.

• demonstrate the ability to apply mathematical skills to the level of at least college algebra.

• demonstrate an ability to work with computers, including word processing and spreadsheet applications.

• demonstrate competency in use of the international system of units.

• demonstrate effective library research skills.

• have a general education base for the social sciences and humanities.

• have a foundation for continuing learning and the competencies necessary to solve new problems as they arise.

• have a background sufficient to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a Bachelor of Science degree.

Transfer information for this program is on file in the Transfer Center. For more information, contact an academic advisor or counselor.

Biology A.S. (BIOS)
First Semester   Credits
BIO 110 General Biology I 4
CHE 111 General Chemistry I 4
ENG 105 College English I 3
MAT 160* College Algebra I 3
ENG 111 Speech 3
  Semester Total 17
Second Semester    
BIO 111 General Biology II 4
CHE 112 General Chemistry II 4
ENG 106 College English II 3
MAT 165* College Trigonometry 3
Elective** Social Science 3
  Semester Total 17
Third Semester    
CHE 205 Organic Chemistry I 4
Elective*** Biology 4
Elective Humanities 3
Elective***** Math/Science 3-4
  Semester Total 14-15
Fourth Semester    
CHE 206 Organic Chemistry I 4
Elective*** Biology 4
Elective** Social Science 3
Elective**** Humanities 3
  Semester Total 14
  Credit Total 62-63

Students should check with transfer four-year college or university for the most appropriate course.

*MAT 160, 165, 170, 190, 195, or higher, are appropriate math selections.

**Social Science Electives must be chosen from the following list: ECO 201, ECO 202, HIS 123, HIS 124, HIS 130, HIS 131, PSC 230, PSY 140, PSY 145, PSY 145, PSY 240, PSY 242, SOC 150, SOC 151, SOC 258.

***Students must select BIO 137, 205, 216, or 220.

****Humanities Electives must be chosen from the following list: ART 101, ENG 201, ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 205, ENG 206, ENG 210, ENG 211, FRN 105, FRN 106, GRM 105, GRM 106, MUS 101, PHI 201, PHI 205, SPN 105, SPN 106.

*****MAT courses must be 150 or higher, Science course (AST, BIO, CHE, PHY) must be numbered higher than 111. Students interested in pursuing continued education in plant science or horticulture should speak to a faculty advisor and check with the transfer institution about appropriate electives.