Award: Associate of Sciences Degree
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Tami Imbierowicz, 443-412-2122, or Jaclyn Madden, 443-412-2046, (August 15 Ė June 15); and or Admissions, 443-412-2019, (year-round) .

This program offers biology students courses in natural and physical sciences in preparation for a wide array of career opportunities. Biological scientists study the origin, development, characteristics, and life processes of plant, microbial, and animal life and their relationships to the environment. They may conduct basic research aimed at increasing our knowledge of living organisms or applied research in medical and industrial settings. A major in the biological sciences is recommended for students interested in pursuing further study in biology, biotechnology and related fields, botany, zoology, microbiology, forestry, molecular and cellular biology, genetics, marine biology, high school biology teaching, and more. This program provides an excellent foundation for studies in pre-professional fields such as pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and pre-veterinary sciences.

Upon completion of the Associate of Sciences Degree, Area of Concentration in Arts and Sciences, Biology, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain and apply the fundamental principles of biology.
  2. Perform laboratory experiments and projects (collect, report and analyze data) by applying theoretical concepts and the scientific method.
  3. Demonstrate safe laboratory skills.
  4. Recognize and discuss the ethical issues in the discipline.
  5. Locate, identify, evaluate and use scientific information effectively.
  6. Apply computational skills in reasoning, estimation, problem-solving, and analysis.
  7. Use appropriate grammatical forms in both oral and written formats to effectively communicate ideas and concepts.

Program Electives
(Select to complete 60 credits)
 BIO 107General Zoology 4
 BIO 110Introduction to Plant Sciences 4
 BIO 124Foundations of Biotechnology 3
 BIO 125Laboratory Methods for Biotechnology 1
 BIO 191Independent Study: Biology 1
 BIO 192Independent Study: Biology 2
 BIO 193Independent Study: Biology 3
 BIO 202Biodiversity 3
 BIO 203Anatomy and Physiology I 4
 BIO 204Anatomy and Physiology II 4
 BIO 205Microbiology 4
 BIO 210Nutrition 3
 MATH 203Calculus I 4
 MATH 204Calculus II 4
 General Elective 1-4

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should check the requirements of that institution. If they are significantly different from the courses listed, students should consult with an advisor for academic guidance. It may be that a curriculum in General Studies should be followed.

This program provides the first two years of a Bachelorís degree in biology. Employment for those with a Bachelorís or Masterís degree in biology is expected to continue to increase due to the increased opportunities in biotechnology research and development and molecular biology research and use in medicine. In addition, more biological scientists will be needed to conduct the ever expanding research related to health and environmental issues.


Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
BIO 120General Biology I 4
CHEM 111General Chemistry I 4
ENG 101English Composition 3
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
Physical Education Elective 1
 Semester Total15
Second Semester Credits
BIO 121General Biology II 4
CHEM 112General Chemistry II A 4
MATH 109Precalculus Mathematics  
MATH 203Calculus I 4
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
 Semester Total15
Third Semester   Credits
CHEM 207Organic Chemistry I 4
Program Elective *4
PHYS 101Introductory Physics I  *4
BIO 208Genetics 4
 Semester Total16
Fourth Semester Credits
CHEM 208Organic Chemistry II 4
PHYS 102Introductory Physics II  *4
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Total14

* Students may elect to take PHYS 200, PHYS 203, and PHYS 204 in place of PHYS 101/102 to meet transfer needs. If the student takes PHYS 204, Calculus II (MATH 204) must be taken as a program elective. It is recommended that students take PHYS 200 concurrent with PHYS 203.

Note: The following codes identify courses which satisfy the General Education Degree Requirements:
  Behavioral/Social Science  Arts/Humanities
  Biological/Physical Science  English Composition
  Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues  Mathematics
  Biological/Physical Laboratory Science
TO SATISFY THE DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT: Associate degree students must complete one 3-credit diversity course . It is recommended that students select one of the 3-credit , , course electives from those that also appear on the approved list of diversity course graduation requirements.