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Life Science - A.A. Degree (Transfer)

An Arts and Sciences Area of Study

Application Code 49

For curriculum information, contact the Science, Engineering, and Technology Division—Room ST-248—443-518-1600.

Recent advances in molecular biology and genetics have expanded the employment opportunities for biologists. Training in the life sciences prepares students for diverse occupations including employment in research or industrial laboratories, fish and wildlife programs, zoos, museums, and aquaria. This curriculum prepares students for further study in specialty areas including agriculture, botany, entomology, horticulture, microbiology, zoology, molecular biology, genetics, ecology, physiology, and marine biology. In addition, some students use this curriculum as preparation for pre-medical or pre-allied health programs. The life science curriculum focuses on the fundamental scientific principles and problem-solving techniques which are essential for future success as a biologist. The college has articulated this area of study with the biotechnology (biochemistry major track) program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County which leads to a B.A. degree. This program also transfers to other colleges. Students interested in this curriculum are advised to check the requirements of the institution to which they intend to transfer.

Suggested Semester 1

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL-121College Composition

3

BIOL-101General Biology I

4

CHEM-101General Inorganic Chemistry I

4

MATH-181Calculus I

4

-or higher core course

Suggested Semester 2

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-102General Biology II

4

CHEM-102General Inorganic Chemistry II

4

PHYS-103Fundamentals of Physics I

4

-OR

PHYS-110General Physics I (Calculus)

4

-Arts & Humanities Core Group A

3

Suggested Semester 3

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-201Genetics

3

BIOL-202Genetics Laboratory

1

CHEM-201Organic Chemistry I

4

-Arts & Humanities Core Group B

3

-Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Group A

3

-Arts & Sciences Elective

1

Suggested Semester 4

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-205Cell Biology

4

CHEM-202Organic Chemistry II

4

-Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Group B

3

-Elective*

4

*Electives - Select 4 credits from the following:

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-200Microbiology

4

BIOL-208Biodiversity

4

BIOL-213Computational Biology

3

CMSY-141Computer Science I

4

MATH-182Calculus II

4

PHYS-104Fundamentals of Physics II

4

PHYS-111General Physics II (Calculus)

4

-Arts & Sciences Elective

1

Total Credit Hours: 60

A graduate should be able to

  1. 1. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of life science concepts in preparation for transfer to a four-year institution or for a career in life science.
  2. 2. Utilize technical and/or laboratory skills for experimentation and data collection in preparation for undergraduate research or a career in life sciences.
  3. 3. Identify, understand, evaluate, and apply ethical reasoning to questions or issues in the life sciences.
  4. 4. Apply appropriate processes to solve problems in the life sciences.