Associate in Science, Biological Sciences Biology, Pre-Medical Profession Emphasis

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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 Pathways

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer pathway options.

A list of available transfer options for the Biology, Pre-Medical Profession 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

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.

Biological Technicians

$35,792

Biologists

$76,566

Dentists

$168,353

Optometrists

$120,897

Pharmacists

$128,340

Physician Assistants

$101,373

Podiatrists

$146,122

Veterinarians

$96,741

* 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 should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
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
17-22
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
Plane Trigonometry or Precalculus 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)
(General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) Critical course SQ 4
SB or HU or COM course Any Social-Behavioral Sciences (SB) or Humanities, Arts, and Design (HU) or Oral Communication Course 3
CPD150 Strategies for 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
15-16
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 MA 4–5
(CHM152 and
CHM152LL)
(General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory) SQ 4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
18
BIO205 or
BIO220
Microbiology or Biology of Microorganisms SG 4
PHY111 or
PHY121
General Physics I or University Physics I: Mechanics SQ 4
SB or HU or COM Any Social-Behavioral Sciences (SB) or Humanities, Arts, and Design (HU) or Oral Communication Course 3
(CHM235 and
CHM235LL)
(General Organic Chemistry I and General Organic Chemistry I Laboratory) 4
SB or HU or COM Any Social-Behavioral Sciences or Humanities, Arts, and Design or Oral Communication Course 3
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
14-17
PHY112 or
PHY131
General Physics II or University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism SQ 4
HU or SB Any Social-Behavioral Sciences (SB) or Humanities, Arts, and Design (HU) Course 3
CHM236 General Organic Chemistry IIA 3
CHM236LL General Organic Chemistry IIA Laboratory 1
HU or SB Any Social-Behavioral Sciences (SB) or Humanities, Arts, and Design (HU) Course 3
Literacy Literacy & Critical Inquiry L Requirement maybe met by SB or HU or COM course selected in previous terms 0–3
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
4-9
MAT182 or
MAT187
Plane Trigonometry or Precalculus MA 0–5
(CHM151 and
CHM151LL)
(General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory) Critical course SQ 4

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
8
BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I Critical course Gateway course SQ 4
(CHM152 and
CHM152LL)
(General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Laboratory) SQ 4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7
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
7-8
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT220 or
MAT221
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
7
SB or HU or COM Any Social-Behavioral Sciences (SB) or Humanities, Arts, and Design (HU) or Oral Communication Course 3
(CHM235 and
CHM235LL)
(General Organic Chemistry I and General Organic Chemistry I Laboratory) 4
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
7
SB or HU or COM Any Social-Behavioral Sciences (SB) or Humanities, Arts, and Design (HU) or Oral Communication Course 3
(CHM236 and
CHM236LL)
(General Organic Chemistry IIA and General Organic Chemistry IIA Laboratory) 4
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
7
BIO205 or
BIO220
Microbiology or Biology of Microorganisms SG 4
SB or HU or COM Any Social-Behavioral Sciences (SB) or Humanities, Arts, and Design (HU) or Oral Communication Course 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7
PHY111 or
PHY121
General Physics I or University Physics I: Mechanics SQ 4
SB or HU Any Social-Behavioral Sciences (SB) or Humanities, Arts, and Design (HU) Course 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
7
SB or HU Any Social-Behavioral Sciences (SB) or Humanities, Arts, and Design (HU) course Recommend selecting a course that satisfies L and SB, or L and HU 3
PHY112 or
PHY131
General Physics II or University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism SQ 4

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
0-3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry L Requirement maybe met by SB or HU or COM course selected in previous terms 0–3

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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