Biology, AS

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This major introduces students to hypothesis-driven science and hands-on research through required coursework and supervised research laboratory internship. Students who complete the program are prepared for successful transfer to a four-year college and ultimately graduate or medical school.

Are You Interested In...

  • Different types of life forms, such as animals, plants, fungi, or even dinosaurs?
  • Visiting natural history museums, aquariums, or zoos?
  • Watching operations and dissections?
  • Watching programs on the health and behaviors of humans and other animals?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Foundational knowledge of biology and chemistry
  • Experience writing and presenting about scholarly topics
  • Hands-on use of modern biology lab equipment and an understanding of the science behind them
  • Basic lab protocols and best practices
  • Presenting scientific knowledge and data

What makes this major unique?

The biology major is based on the first two years of a 4-year college experience. The major provides a strong foundation in biology and chemistry for successful transfer to a 4-year college and can serve as a stepping stone for careers in nursing, health sciences, public health, and advanced biology.

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Career Possibilities

  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Biological Technician
  • Agricultural and Food Science Technician
  • Research Assistant/Technician
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Biological Engineer
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Zoologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Food Scientist
  • Biomedical Research Scientist
  • Clinical health: Physician/ Physician’s Assistant/ Nurse/ Physical Therapist/ Pharmacist/ Dentist/ Veterinarian
  • College Professor

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 13 credits

  • English: 6 credits
      • ENG101 English Composition I – 3 credits
      • (ENA101 depending on placement scores)
      • ENG102 Writing through Literature – 3 credits
  • Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits
    Select one of the following courses:
    • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
    • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry (depending on placement scores)
  • Life & Physical Sciences: 4 credits
    • SCB201 Fundamentals of Biology I (STEM) – 4 credits


B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 20 credits

Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category. Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World
  • Students are required to select one Urban Study course to complete college requirements.


Students are advised to take SCC201/SCC202 as the scientific world flexible core and the additional flexible core as the courses are prerequisites for SCC251 and SCB257. Note: The scientific world and additional flexible core courses are 4 credits each. To complete the 20 credits degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed in the program handbook.

Courses Credits
NSF101 First Year Seminar for Natural Sciences 2
Science: 9 Credits
SCB202 General Biology II 4
SCC251 Organic Chemistry I 5
SCC252 Organic Chemistry II 5
SCB252 Fundamentals of Biotechniques 3
SCB255 Cell Biology [capstone] 4
Unrestricted Elective 4

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