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Biology Degree & Transfer Pathway

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This AS degree program and Transfer Pathway offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Biology bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities.

The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

    • Bemidji State University
    • Metropolitan State University: Biology BA
    • Minnesota State University, Mankato: Biology BS
    • Minnesota State University, Moorhead
    • Southwest Minnesota State University: Biology BA
    • St. Cloud State University: Biomedical Science BS
    • Winona State University: Biology - Allied Health BS, Biology - Cell & Molecular BS, Biology - Ecology BS, Biology - Environmental Science BS
  • By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning goals:

    1.  Demonstrate comprehension of biological systems at all levels of biological organization;
    2. Apply the scientific method within course investigations;
    3. Communicate biological data, analyses, and interpretations orally and/or in writing; and
    4. Demonstrate application of critical thinking in classroom, field, and laboratory studies.
    • A minimum of 60 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
    • Some students may need preparatory courses in the areas of English, mathematics or reading. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward this degree.
    • Satisfy residency requirements. 
    • A minimum grade of C must be earned in all program requirements.
    • Completion of specific degree requirements.
    • To receive your diploma, you must apply to graduate.
    • The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice.
  • BIOL 1106 Principles of Biology I 4
    BIOL 1107* Principles of Biology II 4
    BIOL 2202* Genetics 4
    *Course has prerequisite. See course schedule or catalog description.
  • BIOL 2201* Microbiology 4
    BIOL 2208* Cell Biology 4
    BIOL 2209* General Ecology 4
       *Course has prerequisite. See course schedule or catalog description.
  • Choose at least 14 credits from Additional Math and Science Electives (Check with receiving institution to determine best elective choices for desired program.):

    BIOL 1103 Environmental Science Lecture 3
    BIOL 1133 Environmental Science Lab 1
    BIOL 2201* Microbiology 4
    BIOL 2206* Animal Biology 4
    BIOL 2207* Plant Biology 4
    BIOL 2208* Cell Biology 4
    BIOL 2209* General Ecology 4
    BIOL 2230** Directed Research in Biology 2
    CHEM 2061* Organic Chemistry I 5
    CHEM 2062* Organic Chemistry II 5
    MATH 1114* Introduction to Statistics 4
    MATH 1400* Calculus I 5
    MATH 1401* Calculus II 5
    PHYS 1317* General Physics I 5
    PHYS 1318* General Physics II 5
    PHYS 1327* College Physics I 6
    PHYS 1328* College Physics II 6

    *Course has prerequisite. See course schedule or catalog description.
    **Course requires instructor permission.

  • 30 credits

    Complete at least 30 credits in courses from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), including all courses listed. You must complete at least one course in six (6) of the 10  goals. One course may satisfy more than one goal, but the course credits may only be counted once.

    1. Communication  
      ENGL 1120* OR ENGL 1121 4
      CMST 2220 OR CMST 2215 OR CMST 2220 3
    2. Critical Thinking (met by ENGL 1120 OR 1121)
    3. Natural Science
      CHEM 1061* 4
      CHEM 1062* 4
    4. Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
      MATH 1200 or higher* 3 - 5
      Choose MATH elective (higher than MATH 1200) 4 - 5
    5. History/Social/Behavioral Sciences
      Choose course totaling three (3) credits 3
    6. Humanities/Fine Art
      Choose course totaling three (3) credits 3
    7. Human Diversity 
    8. Global Perspective
    9. Ethical/Civic Responsibility
    10. People and the Environment
    *Course has prerequisite. See course schedule or catalog description.
  • The following two-year Pathway Plan is suggested for full-time students. Part-time students will need more time to complete this pathway. For assistance with pathway planning, students should schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. See also the college catalog Appendix for course offering information.
    Semester  One     Semester Two  
    BIOL 1106   4       BIOL 1107* 4
    CHEM 1061*   4   CHEM 1062 4
    MATH 1200*  3-5   MATH Elective 3-5
    Gen. Ed./MnTC  3-4   Gen. Ed./MnTC 3-4
    TOTAL  14-15   TOTAL  14-15 

     

    Semester Three     Semester Four  
    BIOL 2202* 4      Restrictive Biology Elective
    OR Additional Math/Science
    Elective
    4-6
    Restrictive Biology Elective
    OR Additional Math/Science
    Elective
    4-6   Additional Math/Science
    Elective
    4-6
    Gen. Ed./MnTC 7-8   Gen. Ed./MnTC 7-8
    TOTAL  15-16   TOTAL  15-16

     

  • *Some occupations may require advanced education

    • Animal Scientist
    • Bio-Engineer
    • Biochemist
    • Dietitian
    • Ecologist
    • Food Scientist
    • Health Officer
    • Marine Biologist
    • Medical Doctor
    • Molecular Biologist
    • Neurobiologist
    • Oceanographer
    • Science Illustrator
    • Toxicologist
    • Veterinarian
    • Water Quality Technician
    • Wildlife Biologist
    • Zoologist

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