Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

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Biology

ALLEGHENY, BOYCE, NORTH, SOUTH 
Associate of Science (031.3)

This is a program that prepares students with a broad college background and skills in biology for transfer to a four-year institution.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Describe the fundamental principles in the biological sciences.
  2. Apply the principles of the scientific method.
  3. Communicate effectively using scientific terminology.
  4. Recognize contributions of science and scientists to humanity's present and future welfare.
  5. Critically analyze the implications and consequences of the field of biology

Graduates may earn a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field.

See also programs in Chemistry , Mathematics & SciencesPre-Health Professions and  Physics.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 64–68

First Semester

Course #     

Course Name

Credits

BIO-151 

General Biology 1 

4

CHM-151

General Chemistry 1

 4

ENG-101 

English Composition 1 

3

MAT-111

College Algebra 1

3

 

Computer Information Technology Elective 

3–4

 

Total Credits

17–18

   

Second Semester

BIO-152 

General Biology 2 

4

CHM-152

General Chemistry 2

4

ENG-102

English Composition 2 

3

MAT-142     

Pre-Calculus 1

4

 

Total Credits

15

Third Semester

CHM-201

Organic Chemistry 1

4

SPH-101

Oral Communication

3

    

Humanities Elective

3

 

Restricted Elective23

34

 

Social Science Elective

3

 

Total Credits

16–17

Fourth Semester

CHM-202

Organic Chemistry 2 

4

   

Humanities Electives

3

 

Restricted Elective23 

 6–8

 Social Science Elective

3

 

Total Credits 

16–18

 

1Required as part of TAOC (Transfer and Articulation Oversight Committee). If you are not intending to transfer to an institution that is participating in the  state-wide articulation agreement, students may substitute MAT-108, Intermediate  Algebra or any higher level mathematics course.

Restricted Electives

2For students transferring to a TAOC participating institution, students are required to choose three (3) restricted Biology electives from among the following:

BIO-121Principles of Sustainability

3

BIO-201  Botany

4

BIO-207Genetics

4

BIO-230Research Methodology & Quality Assurance   

3

3For students who are not intending to transfer to a TAOC participating-institution, students are required to meet with a transfer counselor to select three (3) restricted Biology electives based upon the four-year institution where the bachelor's degree will be earned.

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