Natural Sciences or Mathematics AS: Biology Option

Code: AS.NSM.BIO

The Associate of Science in Biology prepares students to enter various biology and biology related programs leading to a bachelor’s degree in four year colleges and universities.  Students in the program take a year of General Biology and two additional upper level courses in Biology plus a foundation of supporting Mathematics, Science and General Education courses. Students also acquire laboratory skills that are necessary for upper division studies in the biological sciences.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Express the organization and classification principles employed in biological sciences.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the physiological and biochemical processes in a variety of organisms and the interrelationships of living systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the developmental processes which occur in various organisms.
  • Develop a heightened understanding of the unity, variety and evolution of life, and recognition of the importance of the stewardship and preservation of biological diversity.
  • Acquire laboratory competence by developing and refining technical and analytical skills.
  • Critically examine information and discover new knowledge through rigorous scientific reasoning.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

BIO-101General Biology I

4

CHM-140General Chemistry I

3

CHM-141General Chemistry - Lab

1

MAT-180Precalculus: College Algebra and Trigonometry

4

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Second Semester

  Humanities Elective**  

BIO-203General Biology II

4

CHM-240General Chemistry II

3

CHM-241General Chemistry II - Lab

1

MAT-150Statistics I

3

-or

MAT-280Calculus I

4

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:17-18

Third Semester

BIO  Biology Elective*** 4
  Natural Science Elective 4
  or  
MAT/CIS Mathematics or Computer Science Elective**  
  Humanities Elective** 3
  Social Science Elective** 3
  Free Elective‡ 3

Total Credit Hours:17

Fourth Semester

BIO  Biology Elective*** 4
  Humanities Electives** 6
  Social Science Elective** 3
COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

Total Credit Hours:16

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Humanities Electives**

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:6

Social Science Elective**

One general education course selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Natural Science Elective**  
  or  
MAT/CIS  Math or Computer Science Elective**  
MAT-180Precalculus: College Algebra and Trigonometry

4

CHM-140General Chemistry I

3

CHM-141General Chemistry - Lab

1

Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 30

Program Requirements

BIO  Biology Electives† 8
BIO-101General Biology I

4

BIO-203General Biology II

4

CHM-240General Chemistry II

3

CHM-241General Chemistry II - Lab

1

MAT-150Statistics I

3

-or

MAT-280Calculus I

4

Total Credit Hours: 23-24

Program Support Requirements

  Two general education courses** to be selected from the following fields, with no more than one In any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN). 6
  One general education course** to be selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT). 3

Total Credit Hours: 9

Free Elective‡

Total Credit Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours: 65-66

Specific Program Notes

*If a student needs to complete CHM-100 Introduction to Chemistry before registering for CHM-140 General Chemistry I, CHM-100 can be used as the Natural Science Elective in the third semester.

**General Education Elective(s).

***Students must choose among the following courses: BIO-201, BIO-202, BIO-225, BIO-227, BIO-228, or BIO-229.

‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101; or WEX-101 (2 cr.) and a WEX experience course (1 cr.): WEX-111, WEX-114, WEX-115, WEX-116, or WEX-118; or a general education elective.