Biological Sciences

Degree Offered: Associate in Science

Credits Required: 60/61 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

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As a Biological Sciences major, you will investigate and develop an understanding of the life processes of humans, animals and plants. Work in this field will contribute to the general flow of scientific progress.

After graduation, students are prepared to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete their studies in such majors as biology, forestry, forensic science, pre-medicine, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary.


Program Outcomes:  

Graduates will be able to

  1. Effectively utilize the scientific method and to critically analyze scientific literature to address a biological question.  
  2. Acquire a broad-based fundamental knowledge of biological principles spanning the hierarchy of biological systems--chemical, molecular, cellular, organismal, and population/community.  
  3. Develop a set of quantitative and technical skills that will enable them to be successful contributors to science and society.  

 Biological Sciences is a day only program.

Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 17/18 Credits

BIOL 101General Biology I 4.00
CHEM 101General Chemistry I 4.00
CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00
 TAOC Category Three - 3/4 credits 

Second Semester - 15 Credits

BIOL 102General Biology II 4.00
CHEM 102General Chemistry II 4.00
LITR 210Concepts of Literature 3.00
 TAOC Category Three - 4 credits 

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 14 Credits

BIOL 215Microbiology 4.00
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I Students will complete Organic Chemistry I and II at an accredited institution.4.00
COMM 201Public Speaking 3.00
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00

Fourth Semester - 14 Credits

BIOL 205Ecology 4.00
CHEM 202Organic Chemistry II Students will complete Organic Chemistry I and II at an accredited institution.4.00
PHIL 110Introduction to Ethics 3.00
PHIL 101Introduction to Philosophy 3.00
SOCI 101Principles of Sociology 3.00

Course Descriptions

BIOL 101 - General Biology I

The science of biology with emphasis on cellular physiology, cell structure, mitosis, and meiosis, basic genetics development, and organismic biology. 3-2-4

CHEM 101 - General Chemistry I

This course involves an understanding of the principles of measurement, chemical equations, stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, periodic relationships, and the chemistry of the common elements. Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or 1 year high school chemistry with the appropriate letter grade or Corequiste: MATH129 or MATH130. 3-2-4

CIST 100 - Introduction to Information Tech

A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3

WRIT 101 - English Composition

Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.

BIOL 102 - General Biology II

This is a continuation of BIOL101 with emphasis on taxonomy, evolution, ecology, and animal behavior. Field study will be an integral part of the semester’s work. Prerequisite: BIOL 100 (non-Biology majors) or BIOL101 (Biology majors) 3-2-4

CHEM 102 - General Chemistry II

This is a continuation of CHEM101 with special emphasis on chemical reaction, chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, electro chemistry, acid base chemistry, and reduction oxidation reactions. General concepts of organic chemistry will also be reviewed. Prerequisite: CHEM101 3-2-4

LITR 210 - Concepts of Literature

This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department.

BIOL 215 - Microbiology

Microscopic forms of life are considered with emphasis on bacteriology as it applies to numerous areas in industry, health, and sanitation. Laboratory activities consist of staining and culturing techniques as are used in identification of various organisms and analysis of water, food, and dairy products. The microscope will be used for observation of microbes. Prerequisite: BIOL102 or BIOL115 or BIOL202 3-2-4

CHEM 201 - Organic Chemistry I

This course examines the structure, reactivity and chemical properties of organic molecules. Specific topics of study include nomenclature, of functional groups, conformational analysis of acyclic and cyclic molecules, stereochemistry, as well as mechanistic and chemical reactions for various classes of organic molecules (alkanes, alkenes, alkynes). This course is intended for students who are majoring in science or health-relalted disciplines and are intending to transfer to a 4 year institution. Prerequisite CHEM102. 4-4-4

COMM 201 - Public Speaking

The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. 3-0-3

PSYC 101 - General Psychology

This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3

BIOL 205 - Ecology

Interaction of organisms in their environment are studied with emphasis on population dynamics, species interactions and ecosystem energetics. The laboratory will emphasize an analytical approach to ecology with field study. Prerequisite: BIOL102 or BIOL115 or BIOL202 3-2-4

CHEM 202 - Organic Chemistry II

This course continues to describe the structures, reactivity and chemical properties of organic molecules. Specific topics of study include nomenclature of complex molecules, analysis of spectroscopic data, and description of aromatic molecules using molecular orbital theory, describing multistep syntheses and predicting products of chemical reactions and relating organic chemistry to biomolecular systems. This course is intended for students who are majoring in science or health-related disciplines and are intending to transfer to a 4 year institution. Prerequisite CHEM201. 4-4-4

PHIL 110 - Introduction to Ethics

This course provides an introduction to problems of moral philosophy. First we examine the problems intrinsic to making judgments which include value claims (as opposed to facts). Second, we examine the historical solutions to these problems and the ethical theories that they give rise to. Finally, we seek to apply these abstract ethical theories to a variety of particular contemporary moral issues. 3-0-3

PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy

This is a survey course designed to encourage the student to rediscover philosophical issues of historical importance and to develop philosophical techniques. 3-0-3

SOCI 101 - Principles of Sociology

This course provides the student with a general survey of the theories and concepts utilized in the field of sociology which contribute to a basic understanding of modern society and its structures. Key elements addressed within the course include the three foundational theoretical perspectives utilized in sociology, Functionalism, Conflict Theory and Symbolic Interactionism, the process of socialization, social institutions, such as family, marriage and religion, as well as an introduction to the basic research methods utilized in the field. 3-0-3