Biology A.S. (BIOS)

Attention 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.

First Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
BIO 110 General Biology I 4
CHE 111 General Chemistry I 4
ENG 105 Research and Composition 3
Elective* Mathematics 3-4
ENG 111 Speech 3
Semester Total 17-18
Second Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
BIO 111 General Biology II 4
CHE 112 General Chemistry II 4
ENG 106 Introduction to Literature 3
Elective* Mathematics 3-4
Elective Social Science 3
Semester Total 17-18
Third Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
CHE 205 Organic Chemistry I 4
Elective+ Biology 4
Elective Humanities 3
Elective*** Math/Science 3-5
Semester Total 14-16
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
CHE 206 Organic Chemistry II 4
Elective+ Biology 4
Elective Social Science 3
Elective Humanities 3
Semester Total 14
Credit Total 62

Students should consult their advisor and transfer four-year college or university for the most appropriate courses.

*MAT electives the student must choose from include MAT 160, 165, 170, 190, 195 or higher.

**BIO electives the student must choose from include BIO 137, 205, 218 or 220.

***Math/Science electives the student must choose from include MAT courses 150 or higher or Science courses (BIO, CHE, PHY) numbered 112 or higher. (Note: MAT 188 and MAT 192 may not be used to fulfill this requirement.)