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.
  • • Demonstrate use of a variety of different instruments and techniques to collect, organize, evaluate and present data

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

Course Credits
BIOL121
Biological Principles I E
4
BIOL122
Biological Principles II E
4
BIOL220
Principles of Ecology E
4
BIOL228
Microbiology 9,E
4
CHEM121
Chemistry I A,E,6,7
4
CHEM122
Chemistry II E
4
CHEM221
Organic Chemistry I E
5
CHEM222
Organic Chemistry II E
5
COMP110
English Composition I A,E,2,10
3
COMP111
English Composition II 2,4,10,E
3
MATH122
Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry A,B,E,H,6
3
MATH125
Pre-Calculus C,E,H,6
4
COMM110
Effective Speaking 4,5,E
3
Social Sciences/Diversity 3,8,F 3
Arts/Humanities 1,D 3
Electives G 4-6
Total Credit Hours 60-62

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

Course Credits
BIOL121
Biological Principles I E
4
CHEM121
Chemistry I A,E,6,7
4
COMP110
English Composition I A,E,2,10
3
MATH122
Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry A,B,E,H,6
3
Total Credit Hours 14

Second Semester

Course Credits
CHEM122
Chemistry II E
4
COMP111
English Composition II E,2,4,10
3
BIOL122
Biological Principles II E
4
MATH125
Precalculus C,E,H,6
4
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
CHEM221
Organic Chemistry I E
5
BIOL228
Microbiology 9,E
4
COMM110
Effective Speaking 4,5,E
3
Social Science/Diversity 3,8,F 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
CHEM222
Organic Chemistry II E
5
BIOL220
Principles of Ecology E
4
Arts/Humanities D,1 3
Electives G 4
Total Credit Hours 16

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.
F Choose from any of the following choices: COMM111, ECON111, GEOG110,HIST111, HIST112, HIST113, HIST114, HIST151, HIST152, MUSC103, POLI111, PSYC110, SOCI110, SOCI120
G Choose any courses
H Students planning to continue on to a Baccalaureate degree program are strongly urged to continue their math studies through Calculus II

1 Satisfies Arts/Humanities.
2 Satisfies Critical Thinking.
3 Satisfies Diversity.
4 Satisfies Information Literacy.
5 Satisfies Oral Communication.
6 Satisfies Quantitative Literacy.
7 Satisfies Scientific Literacy.
8 Satisfies Social Sciences.
9 Satisfies Technological Competence.
10 Satisfies Writing.

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.