Associate in Science, Biological Sciences Biological Sciences Emphasis

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Biology is all around us. Simply put, it’s the scientific study of life — from the smallest organisms that can only be seen under a microscope to the organs and tissues that make up the human body to entire ecosystems like the Amazon rainforest. A keen understanding of biology lays the groundwork for a successful career in medicine. 

MCC’s courses in biology, anatomy, and chemistry are the first steps to a challenging and rewarding career as a biologist, physician, dentist, optometrist, veterinarian, or pharmacist. Your career in medicine starts here. 

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Science, Biological Sciences (AS)
Academic Plan Code
8602
Total Credits Required
60-74
Catalog Year
2019-2020

Transfer Options

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer options.

A list of available transfer options for the Biological Sciences Emphasis program
Transfer Partner Degree Type Transfer Program
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science Biological Sciences
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science Biology: Biomedical Sciences
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science Biochemistry Medicinal Chemistry
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science Health Solutions: Medical Studies
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science Biology
Grand Canyon University Bachelor of Science Biology with Emphasis in Pre-Medicine
Grand Canyon University Bachelor of Science Biology with Emphasis in Pre-Pharmacy
Grand Canyon University Bachelor of Science Biology with Emphasis in Pre-Physician Assistant

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Explain the relationship between structure and function at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels.
  • Apply fundamental theories of physical and life sciences to explain the diversity of living things and modes of energy exchange.
  • Apply the scientific method to investigate fundamental and novel questions regarding natural phenomena.
  • Utilize technology to conduct experiments and collect, analyze, and communicate data.
  • Adhere to standard safety protocols when performing experiments and collecting data.
  • Critically evaluate the internal and external validity of scientific studies to inform decisions.
  • Effectively communicate orally, visually, and in writing in an articulate, respectful and culturally responsive manner.
  • Collaborate with diverse individuals to solve problems.
  • Demonstrate dependability, adaptability, and persistence to set and achieve goals.
  • Integrate social and ethical responsibility in decision making and actions.
  • Serve the community by assisting in the care of underserved populations.

Career Opportunities

If you have a strong desire to help people through healing and research, a career in medicine might just be the challenge you’re looking for. With an education in biology, opportunities to make a difference are everywhere. 

Successful completion of the Associate in Science, Biological Sciences program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. The options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

All the pathway map options share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses, term credit totals, and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I Critical course Gateway course SQ 4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT182 or
MAT187 or
MAT220 or
MAT221
Plane Trigonometry or Precalculus or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I Students should take their math in term 1, whether or not it is MAT187 or MAT182 or MAT220.
MAT182 carries the MA Value
MA 3–5
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
or
(CHM150 and
CHM151LL)
or
CHM150AA or
CHM151AA
(General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or (General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or General Chemistry I or General Chemistry I Critical course SQ 4–5
HU Humanities, Arts, and Design 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO182 General Biology (Majors) II SG 4
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I MA 4–5
(CHM152 and
CHM152LL)
or
CHM152AA
(General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory) or General Chemistry II SQ 4
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L or SB 0–3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO205 or
BIO220
Microbiology or Biology of Microorganisms SG 4
PHY111 or
PHY121
General Physics I or University Physics I: Mechanics SQ 4
Meet with transfer specialist

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Arts, and Design 3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3
Literacy or
Elective
Literacy & Critical Inquiry or Elective Recommend selecting a course that satisfies [L] and [SB] or [L] and [HU] or [L] and (COM) or [L] and CRE101 requirements simultaneously. 3

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT182 or
MAT187 or
MAT220 or
MAT221
Plane Trigonometry or Precalculus or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I Students should take their math in term 1, whether or not it is MAT 187/182 or MAT 220 MA 4–5
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
or
(CHM150 and
CHM151LL)
or
CHM150AA or
CHM151AA
(General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or (General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) or General Chemistry I or General Chemistry I Critical course SQ 4–5
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I Critical course Gateway course SQ 4
(CHM152 and
CHM152LL)
or
CHM152AA
(General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory) or General Chemistry II SQ 4
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
BIO182 General Biology (Majors) II SG 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I MA 4–5

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication Recommend selecting a course that satisfies COM and SB or COM and L requirements simultaneously SB or L or SB 0–3
Meet with transfer specialist

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Arts, and Design 3
Meet with transfer specialist

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO205 or
BIO220
Microbiology or Biology of Microorganisms SG 4
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PHY111 or
PHY121
General Physics I or University Physics I: Mechanics SQ 4
HU Humanities, Arts, and Design 3
Meet with transfer specialist

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
L or
Elective
Literacy & Critical Inquiry or Elective L Requirement maybe met by SB or HU or COM course selected in previous terms or Recommend selecting a course that satisfies [L] and [SB] or [L] and [HU] or [L] and (COM) or [L] and CRE101 requirements simultaneously. 3

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, Biology - Pre-Med

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, Biology - Pre-Med option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3 (CHM235 and
CHM235LL)
(General Organic Chemistry I and General Organic Chemistry I Laboratory) 4
4 PHY112 General Physics II SQ 4
4 (CHM236 and
CHM236LL)
(General Organic Chemistry IIA and General Organic Chemistry IIA Laboratory) 4


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Grand Canyon University, Biology - Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, and Pre-Pharmacy

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Grand Canyon University, Biology - Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, and Pre-Pharmacy option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3 (CHM235 and
CHM235LL)
(General Organic Chemistry I and General Organic Chemistry I Laboratory) 4
3 BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I SG 4
3 BIO205 or
BIO220
Microbiology or Biology of Microorganisms SG 4
4 PHY112 General Physics II SQ 4
4 (CHM236 and
CHM236LL)
(General Organic Chemistry IIA and General Organic Chemistry IIA Laboratory) 4
4 BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II SG 4
4 L Literacy & Critical Inquiry Recommend selecting a course that satisfies [L] and [SB] or [L] and [HU] or [L] and (COM) or [L] and CRE101 requirements simultaneously. 0–3


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, Grand Canyon University, Pre-Physician Assistant

The additional courses required by this pathway map option have already been inserted into the pathway map above. For your reference, those additional courses are also listed below, separated by term.

Full-time

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken if the Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, Grand Canyon University, Pre-Physician Assistant option (Full-time) has been selected
Term Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3 (CHM230 and
CHM230LL)
or
(CHM235 and
CHM235LL)
(Fundamental Organic Chemistry and Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory) or (General Organic Chemistry I and General Organic Chemistry I Laboratory) SQ 4
3 BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I SG 4
3 MAT206 or
PSY230
Elements of Statistics or Introduction to Statistics CS 3
4 (BIO205 and
BIO220)
(Microbiology and Biology of Microorganisms) SG 8
4 BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II SG 4
4 L or
Elective
Literacy & Critical Inquiry or Elective Recommend selecting a course that satisfies [L] and [SB] or [L] and [HU] or [L] and (COM) or [L] and CRE101 requirements simultaneously. 3


If you are interested in other options for this degree, a list of all pathway map options is also available.

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Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Science in Associate in Science, Biological Sciences (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=133831).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019