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Biology Associate of Science

My Academic Plan

Courses are displayed to show the fastest path to your degree and should be completed in the order listed. If you are unable to complete all courses listed in a semester, complete as many courses in this sequence as your schedule allows. If you have questions or concerns about your MAP, please see your Pathways Advisor.

There are multiple ways to pursue a degree in biology. It is very important to work with your Pathways Advisor to develop the best academic plan based on where you are starting, and where you are hoping to transfer.

For students who want to complete a degree in biology and are academically prepared to take college chemistry (CHE 111) and calculus (MAT 201), the AS in Biology may be the most direct path to a Bachelor’s degree in this field. The requirements for biology degrees at transfer institutions are highly variable. Therefore, a general AS degree may be a better fit. It is strongly recommended that you meet with your Pathways Advisor to create the best academic plan for you.

Program Description

This program is designed for students transferring to a four-year university to complete their BS degree in Biology. It allows students to complete the first two years of the BS degree at the community college. Students explore physics, chemistry and biology. Biology is the study of life and living beings, including their types, growth, structure, evolution, and where and how they live. Modern biology is very broad and it has many smaller areas, including the study of animals, plants, cells, genes, and other life science topics. This program introduces students to Biology and it includes courses that are common to all four-year institutions in Colorado. Careers often require a BS degree or higher. Career paths for Biology degree holders include pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinary, physical therapy, dentistry, and many scientific arenas. The Associate of Science (AS) degree in Biology prepares students to complete the second half of a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology at a four-year university.

Learn more about this program.

First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENG 121English Composition I: GT-CO1

3

BIO 111General College Biology I w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

GT- AHAny Arts & Humanities (GT-AH) Course

3

GT- SSAny Social Sciences (GT-SS) Course

3

Total Credit Hours:14
 

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENG 122English Composition II: GT-CO2

3

BIO 112General College Biology II w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

CHE 111General College Chemistry I w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

GT- HI1Any History (GT-HI1) Course

3

Total Credit Hours:16
 

Third Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ELECTIVE Any Approved Elective List or Any GT-SC1

4

CHE 112General College Chemistry II w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

PHY 111Physics: Algebra-Based I w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

Total Credit Hours:14
 

Fourth Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
PHY 112Physics: Algebra-Based II w/Lab: GT-SC1

5

MAT 201Calculus I: GT-MA1

5

GT- SSAny Social Sciences (GT-SS) Course

3

GT- AHAny Arts & Humanities (GT-AH) Course

3

Total Credit Hours:16
 

Total Credit Hours: 60

Important Program Notes:

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), BIO 111 and CHE 111 are the Natural & Physical Sciences (GT-SC1) required courses.

You should be MAT 201 and CHE 111 ready. If you are not prepared for MAT 201 or CHE 111, you should take the needed prerequisites, MAT 121, MAT 166 or CHE 101, in your first semester.

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), you may complete ENG 121 (GT-CO1) and ENG 122 (GT-CO2) OR ENG 122 (GT-CO2) and gtPathways-approved CO3 course (GT-CO3).

Per the Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement (STAA), if BIO 112, CHE 112, PHY 111, and/or PHY 112 are not required for the major at a receiving 4-institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor's degree as elective credit toward graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

You are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising prior to registration regarding the acceptability of online science courses if you 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 (GT Pathways) requirements at all Colorado public institutions of higher education.

You must complete 60 credits to earn your Associate of Arts degree. You should not exceed 62 creditsYou may want to check with your advisor to monitor your completion progress and select your electives.