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    Jul 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Sciences, A.A.

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Biology, the study of living organisms, is an extremely large and diverse field. Career opportunities exist in many areas such as research, government agencies (conservation, environmental protection, etc.), industry, sales, and teaching at all educational levels. In addition, the biology curriculum provides the pre-professional foundation for many of the health career areas. Bachelor’s biological science programs are diverse. Some programs emphasize cell and molecular biology, while others emphasize organismal, ecological, and evolutionary biology. Research universities offer specific programs of study, optional tracks, or specializations within biology. Students should decide the direction or specialization within biology as early as possible, preferably by the beginning of sophomore year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the Associate in Arts degree prior to transfer.

Suggested Curriculum

I. General Education Core (41)

Area A: Communication (9 credits)

Area B: Humanities and Fine Arts (9 credits)

Select three courses from the list for Area B  with at least one course from humanities and one course from fine arts.

Area C: Mathematics (5 credits)

Area D: Physical and Life Sciences (9 credits)

Area E: Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 credits)

Select three courses in at least two different disciplines from the list for Area E .

II. Area of Concentration/Major Field (19)

III. Electives (2)

Select additional courses from the list of Courses Approved for Transfer  or contact the universities you are considering.

Courses such as microbiology and human anatomy and physiology sometimes will transfer for credit in allied health majors, but most often do not transfer as biology major credit.

*Students are advised to complete the two course biological sciences sequence before transferring.  Students who complete only one course may have to repeat that course, since material may be arranged differently by another institution.

Required A.A. Degree Program Total: 62 credits

Each college and university has its own major requirements and transfer policies. Consult the schools you are considering and a PSC advisor to discuss courses and their transferability.

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