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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.

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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.

SPE 110**

SubjectCourseTitleCredits
General Education Requirements (35-37 credits)
Mathematics MAT 180 or Calculus and Analytic Geometry I or 4-5
MAT 210** Survey Calculus**
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
SPE 101 Oral Communications 3
SPE 110 Interpersonal Communication**
Social Science HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877 or 3
HIS 102 or U.S. History Since 1877 or
HIS 115 or U.S. History Since 1945 or
HIS 270 or History of Missouri or
POL 101 or American Government or
POL 102 State and Local Government
Natural Science BIO 150 General Biology I 5
CHM 115 General Chemistry I 5
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 General Chemistry II 5
CHM 240 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM 241 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 243 Organic Chemistry lab 2
Physics PHY 150/153 General Physics I with lab 4
PHY 151/154 General Physics II with lab 4
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.

Per College policy Individual students may be required to take COL 101.

Suggested Schedule Planning

CourseTitleCredits
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
Second Semester (13-14 credits)
MAT 180 or Calculus and Analytic Geometry I or 4-5
MAT 210 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 Oral Communication or 3
SPE 110 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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