Associate in Science, Biological Sciences Biology, Pre-Physician Assistant 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 in biological sciences or as a physician assistant. Physician assistants examine, diagnose, and treat patients alongside physicians, surgeons, and other health care workers. 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

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 medicine and research, a career in biological sciences or as a physician assistant 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.

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
Plane Trigonometry or Precalculus MA 0–5
CHM151 General Chemistry I Critical course SQ 3
CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory Critical course SQ 1
SB or HU or COM Any Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities, Arts and Design or Oral Communication Select PSY101 if completing PSY230 in term 3 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
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 General Chemistry II SQ 3
CHM152LL General Chemistry II Laboratory SQ 1
SB or HU or COM Any Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities, Arts and Design or Oral Communication Recommend Selecting a course that satisfies L and SB, or L and HU, or L and COM 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I SG 4
PHY101 or
PHY111
Introduction to Physics or General Physics I SQ 4
MAT206 or
PSY230
Elements of Statistics or Introduction to Statistics CS 3
CHM230 or
CHM235
Fundamental Organic Chemistry or General Organic Chemistry I SQ 3
CHM230LL or
CHM235LL
Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory or General Organic Chemistry I Laboratory SQ 1
SB or HU Social-Behavioral Sciences Area or Humanities Arts and Design If L value not completed already, recommend Selecting a course that satisfies L and SB, or L and HU 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
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO205 or
BIO220
Microbiology or Biology of Microorganisms SG 4
SB Social Behavioral Sciences 3
HU Humanities, Arts and Design 3
Literacy Literacy & Critical Inquiry Complete a Literacy and Critical Inquiry L value course if not already completed by double dipping with HU or SB or COM 0–3

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
Plane Trigonometry or Precalculus MA 0–5
CHM151 General Chemistry I Critical course SQ 3
CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory Critical course SQ 1

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 General Chemistry II SQ 3
CHM152LL General Chemistry II Laboratory SQ 1

Term 3

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

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
CHM230 or
CHM235
Fundamental Organic Chemistry or General Organic Chemistry I SQ 3
CHM230LL or
CHM235LL
Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory or General Organic Chemistry I Laboratory SQ 1
SB or HU or COM Any Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities, Arts and Design or Oral Communication Recommend Selecting a course that satisfies L and SB, or L and HU, or L and COM 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
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I SG 4
SB or HU or COM Any Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities, Arts and Design or Oral Communication Recommend Selecting a course that satisfies L and SB, or L and HU, or L and COM 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
MAT206 or
PSY230
Elements of Statistics or Introduction to Statistics CS 3
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Meet with transfer specialist

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO205 or
BIO220
Microbiology or Biology of Microorganisms SG 4
HU or SB Humanities, Arts and Design or Social and Behavioral Sciences Course 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PHY101 or
PHY111
Introduction to Physics or General Physics I Critical course SQ 4
HU or SB Humanities, Arts and Design or Social and Behavioral Sciences Course 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU or SB Humanities, Arts and Design or Social and Behavioral Sciences Course 3
Literacy Literacy & Critical Inquiry Complete a Literacy and Critical Inquiry L value course if not already completed by double dipping with HU or SB or COM 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