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MSBIO - Math/Science Program, Biology Option, A.S.

Program Title

Math/Science Program, Biology Option, A.S.

Program Code


Program Description

Students wishing to transfer to biology or pre-medical studies should choose this option which combines biology and related scientific studies with liberal arts requirements. Bachelor's degree graduates enter medical, veterinary, dental or graduate schools or take positions as biologists, laboratory technicians and researchers.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

- Employ the scientific method of inquiry to gather and use information for the express purposes of critical thinking, information analysis, and problem solving
- Interpret basic biological concepts
- Use appropriate technology


General Education: 30-32 Credits

As described in the General Education section of the catalog and identified below

General Education Note:

*One course is recommended from the Cultural and Global Awareness knowledge area.

Career Studies: 18 Credits as Follows:

All career studies courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or higher.

  • course - General Biology I Credits: 4

  • course - General Biology II Credits: 4

  • course - Organic Chemistry I Credits: 5

  • course - Organic Chemistry II Credits: 5

Career Studies: 8 Credits From Among the Following:

All career studies courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or higher.

  • course - Invertebrate Zoology Credits: 4 *

  • course - Vertebrate Zoology Credits: 4 **

  • course - Marine Biology Credits: 4 ***

  • course - Ecology and Field Biology Credits: 4 * (1)

  • course - Microbiology Credits: 4

  • course - Cell and Molecular Biology Credits: 4

Electives: 2-4 Credits

  • Recommended:

    • course - Introduction to Data Science and Applied Statistics Credits: 4

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60


(1) BIOL208 requires a prerequisite of MATH131 in addition to BIOL102. Prerequisites or corequisite: MATH151 or MATH152

*Offered Fall Term only

**Offered Spring Term only

***Offered Summer Term only

Suggested Sequence

The following sequence is an example of how this degree can be completed in two years. This sequence is based on satisfaction of all Foundational Studies requirements and prerequisites and presumes a Fall Term start date. An individual’s program may vary depending on transfer institution, career objectives, or individual needs. See a counselor for other options and to monitor your progress.

Semester 1: Fall Term

Total Credits: 15

Semester 2: Spring Term

  • course - General Biology II Credits: 4

  • course - General Chemistry II Credits: 5

  • course - English Composition: Writing and Research Credits: 3

  • Humanities Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Semester 3: Fall Term

Total Credits: 15-16

Semester 4: Spring Term

Total Credits: 14-16