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Campus: Boulder County Campus, Larimer Campus, Westminster Campus, and Online Learning

Biology - A.S.

The curriculum for this Degree with Designation assumes students enter FRCC prepared to take Calculus (MAT 201) and Chemistry (CHE 111). Prerequisite coursework the student needs might not be applied towards graduation, due to limited space for elective credits. See an advisor for details.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements

Written Communication

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENG 121English Composition I


ENG 122English Composition II


Total Credit Hours:6

Students may also complete ENG 122 and a gtPathways approved CO3 course


Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 201Calculus I


Total Credit Hours:5

Arts and Humanities

Select two gtPathways Arts & Humanities courses (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4)

Total Credit Hours:6


Select one gtPathways course (GT-HI1)

Total Credit Hours:3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Select two gtPathways Social and Behavioral Sciences courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, or GT-SS3)

Total Credit Hours:6

Natural and Physical Sciences

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO 111General College Biology I with Lab


CHE 111General College Chemistry I with Lab


Total Credit Hours:10

Additional Required Courses

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO 112General College Biology II with Lab


CHE 112General College Chemistry II with Lab


PHY 111Physics: Algebra-Based I with Lab


PHY 112Physics: Algebra-Based II with Lab


Total Credit Hours:20

Students are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising prior to registration regarding the acceptability of online science courses if they anticipate transferring to a 4-year institution or completing graduate work in the sciences or health professions. It should be noted that per Colorado Revised Statute, §23-1-125(1)(e), general education courses taken online are guaranteed to satisfy core course (gtPathways) requirements at all Colorado public institutions of higher education.


  • Select 4 credits from the approved list of electives or log into eWOLF to see elective requirements in DegreeCheck.
  • Selection of elective credits should be done with a Front Range advisor and your intended transfer institution.
Total Credit Hours:4

Participating Colorado Public Four-Year Institutions of Higher Education

  • Adams State University [B.S. Biology; Cellular & Molecular Biology, Organismal Biology, & Wildlife Biology emphases]
  • Colorado Mesa University [B.S. Biological Sciences; Biology concentration]
  • Colorado State University-Ft Collins [B.S. Biological Sciences]
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo [B.S. Biology]
  • Fort Lewis College [B.S. Biology; General Biology option]
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver [B.S. Biology]
  • University of Colorado Boulder [B.A. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology]
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs [B.S. Biology]
  • University of Colorado Denver [B.S. Biology]
  • University of Northern Colorado [B.S. Biological Sciences; Cell & Molecular Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Pre-Health & Biomedical Sciences emphases]
  • Western State Colorado University [B.A. Biology; Cell Biology/Pre-medicine, Environmental Biology & Ecology, General Biology, Pre-allied Health emphases]

The receiving institutions listed above in this agreement will accept all applicable credits earned within ten years of transfer to the receiving institution. Credits earned more than ten years earlier will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Please view the official agreement here.

Total Credit Hours: 60