This degree program is intended for students who plan to continue their education beyond the associate degree; it provides an excellent foundation for studies in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, and pre-veterinary medicine. A major in the biological sciences is recommended for students interested in pursuing further study in biology, botany, zoology, ecology, microbiology, agriculture, forestry, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, and marine biology.

Biology provides a broad-based curriculum in the biological sciences and helps students meet the requirements for other degree programs. If students choose to pursue a four-year degree, the core courses in this program  provide the basic competencies, knowledge, and skills. It prepares students for careers in biological science; provides the skills, methods, and knowledge needed for further study; and promotes an appreciation of the sciences.


Curriculum Abbreviations

  • CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
  • LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
  • CR – Number of credit hours for the course

First Year

Fall Semester
BIOL 111CGeneral Biology I1324
CHEM 103CGeneral Chemistry I324
ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
INDL 101CSTEM in the First Year Experience2303
MATH 124CCollege Algebra or higher-level math3404
Spring Semester
BIOL 112CGeneral Biology II1324
CHEM 104CGeneral Chemistry II324
COMM 125C/ ENGL 125CCommunication and the Literature of Science and Technology or   
ENGL xxxCEnglish elective303
PHIL 242CContemporary Ethical Issues4303
PHYS 133CPhysics I (Algebra-based)324

Second Year

Fall Semester

BIOL 202CMicrobiology1334
BIOL xxxCBiology elective13-40-23-4
MATH 251CStatistics404
PHYS 135CPhysics II (Algebra-based)324
Spring Semester
BIOL 211CGenetics1324
BIOL 260CCell Biology1334
BIOL 290CSenior Capstone Project and Seminar1324
BIOL xxxCBiology elective13-40-23-4
Total Credits61-62

1Indicates major field courses

2Meets Social Science requirement

3Excluding MATH 129C

4Meets Humanities/Language/Fine Arts requirement

  • High school Biology with a lab with a C or higher
  • High school Chemistry with a lab with a C or higher
  • Algebra I or higher with a C or higher


  • Students will communicate effectively.
    • Students will employ vocabulary pertinent to biological sciences.
    • Students will complete research and use peer-reviewed sources of literature.
  • Students will use critical thinking.
    • Students will apply the scientific method. 
    • Students will connect principles of natural sciences to biological issues.
  • Students will demonstrate the application of scientific technology.
    • Students will practice lab and field safety procedures.
    • Students will utilize current technology to collect, analyze, and present data.
  • Students will express quantitative and qualitative scientific knowledge.
    • Students will explain the significance of research results.
    • Students will analyze theoretical principles across a broad range of sub-disciplines in biological sciences.


Students who complete this program can enter into the following professions (not an inclusive list): biological technician, forest or conservation technician, and medical or clinical laboratory technician.

Other possible positions include veterinary technician, medical assistant, plant science technician, and sales associate for medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, and biological materials.

Students who graduate from this program have the skills necessary to work in the field as a biological science technician.

Students complete a capstone project over two consecutive semesters. This hands-on experience strengthens their ability to apply theory to the development of practical solutions to real-world problems.

2022 Capstone Projects

2022 Capstone Projects

Students complete a capstone project over two consecutive semesters. This hands-on experience strengthens their ability to apply theory to the development of practical solutions to real-world problems.

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