Biology

Transfer Major

Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Department
Founders 112 • Phone: 968-8305

Curriculum Code No. 1003

The Biology major provides an understanding of fundamental biological concepts. This major is for students planning to earn a baccalaureate degree in biological science or seeking employment as a technician in areas such as ecology, environmental health and sanitation, pollution control, plant science, or animal science.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • Explain the unity of life.
  • Describe the evidence to support the principle of descent from a common ancestor.
  • Explain the use and distribution of energy in living systems.
  • Construct tables and graphs from collected data and interpret these compilations.
  • Describe the relationship between inheritance, variation and evolution.

Prospective students with academic deficiencies should be aware that they will need additional time to acquire the necessary academic background. Prerequisites and corequisites for required courses must be followed.

Degree Course Requirements

BIOL121 Biological Principles I E 4
BIOL122 Biological Principles II E 4
BIOL220 Principles of Ecology E 4
BIOL228 Microbiology E 4
CHEM121 Chemistry I A,E 4
CHEM122 Chemistry II E 4
CHEM221 Organic Chemistry I E 5
CHEM222 Organic Chemistry II E 5
COMP110 English Composition I A,E,1 3
COMP111 English Composition II 2,E 3
MATH122 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry A,B,E,3 3
MATH125 Pre-Calculus C,E 4
COMM110 Effective Speaking 5,E 3
Cultural Perspectives D 3
INTG285 Integration of Knowledge E,4 3
Personal Health D 2
Social Perspectives D 3
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Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credits hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

BIOL121 Biological Principles I E 4
CHEM121 Chemistry I D,E 4
COMP110 English Composition I A,E,1 3
MATH122 Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry A,B,E,3 3
14

Second Semester

CHEM122 Chemistry II E 4
COMP111 English Composition II E,2 3
BIOL122 Biological Principles II E 4
Cultural Perspectives D 3
Personal Health D 2
16

Third Semester

CHEM221 Organic Chemistry I E 5
MATH125 Precalculus C,E 4
BIOL228 Microbiology E 4
Social Perspectives D 3
16

Fourth Semester

CHEM222 Organic Chemistry II E 5
BIOL220 Principles of Ecology E 4
COMM110 Effective Speaking 5,E 3
INTG285 Integration of Knowledge E,4 3
15

A Placement testing required.
B MATH140 may be substituted.
C MATH141 may be substituted.
D Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen.
E Course requires prerequisite.

1 Satisfies College Writing Level I.
2 Satisfies College Writing Level II.
3 Satisfies College level Mathematics or Science.
4 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.
5 Satisfies Creative Expression

Students who do not seek the Associate of Arts Degree may earn the legend, “Major Requirements Satisfied”, on their transcripts by successfully completing all the courses listed in the major except COMP110, COMP111, three credits in cultural perspectives, six credits in social perspectives, two credits in personal health, and three credits in integration of knowledge. Credits exceeding the required minimum cannot be used to satisfy required credits in other course requirements.