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Biology, A.S.

Location(s): AL, AN, LO, MA, NOL, WO


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CIP Code: 26.0101

NOVA Code: 6550

The curriculum is designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree program with a major in one of the following fields: agriculture, biology, botany, pre-dentistry, forestry, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-medicine, science education, pre-veterinary, or zoology.

Two Years


Total credits for the A.S. Degree in Biology: 60-61 credits


(62 credits if students decide to take MTH 161+162 instead of MTH 167)

Select any HIS courses listed under social/behavioral sciences in General Education Electives . Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet requirements of the transfer institution.

Students may begin the Biology AS with different levels of math preparation and so may start with Precalculus or Calculus. The following are possible sets of options for mathematics courses in the program:

  • Option 1- MTH 263 Calculus I + MTH 264 Calculus II + MTH 245 Statistics + lab science elective, for a total of 60 degree credits. Some universities do not require Calculus II; in this case students should take an additional lab science instead.
  • Option 2- MTH 167 Precalculus with Trigonometry + MTH 263 Calculus I + MTH 264 Calculus II + MTH 245 Statistics.  Students who begin with MTH 167 will take a total of 61 degree credits.
  • Option 3- MTH 161 Precalculus I and MTH 162 Precalculus II + MTH 263 Calculus I + MTH 264 Calculus II + MTH 245 Statistics.  Students who take MTH 161-162 will have to take MTH 264 and MTH 245 in the last semester, for a total of 62 degree credits.

See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives . Students must choose courses from two of the three areas listed. Credit will not be applied if student takes two courses from the same area. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet requirements of the transfer institution.

Students transferring to George Mason University who take BIO 120  must also take BIO 110 . BIO 110 will fulfill the physical or life science elective with lab (footnote #6). 

May substitute PHY 201 , or GOL 105   only if advisable by your transfer institution.

See physical and life science courses listed under General Education Electives . Student may also select BIO 110 BIO 205 , or BIO 256 . Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives . Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or faculty advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

 

Regardless of the combination of math and science courses, students must complete at least 60 credits applicable to this program.

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