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2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Studies A.A. with Area of Concentration in Biology

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Associate of Arts | BIOL.AA | Transfer Program
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Program Description

This is a recommended program of study for students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology or a career in medicine, veterinary medicine, or physical therapy.

Graduates of the Biology Concentration will be able to:

  • Investigate natural phenomena through experimentation, using the scientific method.
  • Identify interactions among biotic and abiotic factors in ecosystems.
  • Explain the key principles of modern evolutionary theory and its importance throughout the field of biology.
  • Identify prevailing theories of the origins of organic molecules and life.
  • Explain the central dogma of biology and how genetic information is transmitted across generations.
  • Evaluate relationships between structure and function at the various levels of biological organization.
  • Apply key concepts from chemistry and mathematics to solve biological problems.
  • Report scientific findings using proper terminology and formatting, and in adherence to ethical standards.

General Education Courses (32 Credits)

The list of general education courses appears in the General Education List . Some programs recommend or require specific courses to fulfill general education requirements. Please check your program’s sequence of study for this information.

General Electives (8 Credits) - choose two of the following:

Sequence of Study - Biology Concentration A.A.

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not  include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation  for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

1st Semester

Total: 15 Credits

2nd Semester

Total: 15 Credits

3rd Semester

Total: 15 Credits

4th Semester

  • General Education Humanities course other than Speech at the 2000 level  3 Credits (Humanities) *
  • General Education Social Science course other than History at the 2000 level  3 Credits (Social Science) *
  • Choose from “General Electives” 4 Credits (Elective) 1, 2, 3
  • 3 Credits (Program Requirement)
  • 2 Credits (Program Requirement)

Total: 15 Credits

Program Total: 60 Credits

1 Two semesters of calculus (MAT-2410  and MAT-2420 ) are required for admission to biology programs at some transfer institutions, including the UMCP Limited Enrollment Programs. Students eligible for calculus should take MAT-2410  as the general education math requirement and MAT-2420  as one of the program electives.

2 Students pursuing careers in physical therapy should take BIO-2050  and PHY-1010  as their two program electives.

3 One of the program electives must be at the 2000 level.

Asterisk (*) denotes a general education course.


Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the  same program. Refer to ARTSYS at and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.

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