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Biology A.S.

Department: Biology

Total Credit Hours: 61-64 credits

This Associate of Science in Biology degree program prepares students to transfer to a four-year college or university to major in biology. Because requirements vary at each four-year college or university, students should check with their advisor and the institution they plan to transfer to ensure they are enrolled in the correct courses.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, biological scientists in the state of Missouri earn an annual mean wage of $67,280. Nationally, exceptional performers can earn in excess of $115,980.

Required Courses

SCC Institutional Requirements

  • Complete specific program requirements as listed below.
  • Complete a minimum of 15 credit hours at SCC.
  • Earn a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
General Education Requirements (35-37 credits)
Mathematics MAT 180 or 210** Calculus and Analytic Geometry I or Survey Calculus** 4-5
Communication ENG 101
ENG 102
SPE 101 or
SPE 110**
English Composition I
English Composition II
Oral Communications or
Interpersonal Communication**
Social Science HIS 101, 102, 115, 270, POL 101, or 102 US History or American Government 3
Natural Science BIO 150
CHM 115
General Biology I
General Chemistry I
Humanities Elective See course descriptions in catalog** 3
Elective Humanities or Social Sciences Elective or BIO course numbered 200+ or CHM 222** See course descriptions in catalog** 3-4
Core Course Requirements (26-27 credits)
Biology BIO 151 General Biology II 5
Chemistry CHM 116
CHM 240
CHM 241
CHM 243
General Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry lab
Physics PHY 150/153
PHY 151/154
General Physics I with lab
General Physics II with lab
For first time college students. COL 101 College Success Seminar 1
Total Required Hours: 61-64 credits

+ Humanities/Social Science Electives - Typical social science courses include history, political science, sociology, psychology and economics. Humanities courses typically include literature, philosophy, and non-applied art, music and theater courses. Check transfer school's requirements before choosing these courses.

^ This elective includes the Humanities/Social Science Electives but can also be used for any other course required by the transfer institution. Check transfer school's requirements before choosing this course.

* The Academic Skills Assessment or appropriate ACT scores are required before enrolling in Math or English classes.

** Check with transfer institution to see which course is required for the desired biology degree.

- COL 101 is a SCC requirement for all first time college students.

Suggested Schedule Planning

First Semester (15-16 credits)
PHY 150/153 General Physics I and Lab (Fall only) 4
CHM 115 General Chemistry I 5
ENG 101 English Composition I* 3
HIS/POL U.S. History or American Government 3
COL 101 College Success Seminar 1
Second Semester (13-14 credits)
MAT 180 or 210 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I or
Survey Calculus*
PHY 151/154 General Physics II and Lab (Spring only) 4
CHM 116 General Chemistry II 5
Third Semester (17 credits)
CHM 240 Organic Chemistry I 3
SPE 101 or 110 Oral Communication or
Interpersonal Communication **
BIO 150 General Biology I 5
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
Humanities elective+ 3
Fourth Semester (16-17 credits)
CHM 241 Organic Chemistry II (Spring only) 3
CHM 243 Organic Chemistry Lab (Spring only) 2
BIO 151 General Biology II 5
Social Science elective+ 3
Elective^ 200+ level biology course or CHM 222 3-4
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 61-64 credits 61-64

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