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2019-2020 College Catalog

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Life Science - A.A. Degree (Transfer)

AN ARTS AND SCIENCES AREA OF CONCENTRATION

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, bioinformatics, 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. 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 141Foundations of Biology I: Cells, Energy, and Organisms

4

CHEM 101General Inorganic Chemistry I

4

MATH 181Calculus I

4

or higher core course

Suggested Semester 2

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL 142Foundations of Biology II: Ecology and Evolution

4

CHEM 102General Inorganic Chemistry II

4

PHYS 103Fundamentals of Physics I

4

OR

PHYS 110General Physics I (Calculus)

4

Gen Ed Core Arts & Humanities Core Group A

3

Suggested Semester 3

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL 201Genetics

3

BIOL 202Genetics Laboratory

1

CHEM-201Organic Chemistry I

4

Gen Ed Core Arts & Humanities Core Group B

3

Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Group A

3

Elective Arts & Sciences Elective

1

Suggested Semester 4

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL 205Cell Biology

4

CHEM 202Organic Chemistry II

4

Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Group B

3

Elective Elective*

4

*Electives - Select from the following:

Courses are grouped into two areas, but students are free to select courses from both areas.

Biological Sciences

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL 200Microbiology

4

BIOL 208Biodiversity

4

BIOL 211General Botany

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

URSC 101Introduction to Undergraduate Research

1

URSC 201Undergraduate Research Experience I

1

URSC 202Undergraduate Research Experience II

1

URSC 203Undergraduate Research III

1

Elective Arts & Sciences Elective

1

Bioinformatics

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL 213Computational Biology

3

CMSY 141Computer Science I

4

CMSY 171Computer Science II

4

MATH 182Calculus II

4

MATH 220Discrete Structures

3

MATH 250Linear Algebra

4

URSC 101Introduction to Undergraduate Research

1

URSC 201Undergraduate Research Experience I

1

URSC 202Undergraduate Research Experience II

1

URSC 203Undergraduate Research III

1

Elective Arts & Sciences Elective

1

Total Credit Hours: 60

A graduate should be able to

  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. Utilize technical and/or laboratory skills for experimentation and data collection in preparation for undergraduate research or a career in life sciences.
  3. Identify, understand, evaluate, and apply ethical reasoning to questions or issues in the life sciences.
  4. Apply appropriate processes to solve problems in the life sciences.