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Associate in Science - Pre-Major
Biology and Biology Education

Curriculum Description

The Associate in Science degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 64 and a maximum of 65 semester hours of college transfer courses. (Ref. 23 NCAC 2E 0204) Within the degree program, the institution shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and the basic use of computers.

Courses are approved for transfer through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. Community college graduates who have earned 64 semester hours of academic credit in approved transfer courses with a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale will receive at least 64 semester hours of academic credit upon admission to a university. Courses may also transfer through bilateral agreements between institutions. Courses offered through bilateral agreements may not transfer to all receiving institutions.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow the plan should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Science

A1040A
NC CIP: 24.0101
Day and Evening
POS Approved: Fall 2013

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ WBL Credit
Fall Semester
CHM 151 General Chemistry I 3 3 0 4
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 0 3
___ ___ Mathematics Core I ** ** 0 3
___ ___ Communication Core 3 0 0 3
   
    9 3 0 13

Spring Semester
BIO 111 General Biology I 3 3 0 4
CHM 152 General Chemistry II 3 3 0 4
___ ___ Composition Core 3 0 0 3
___ ___ History Core 3 0 0 3
___ ___ Mathematics Core II ** ** 0 3
   
    12 6 0 17

Fall Semester
BIO 112 General Biology II 3 3 0 4
CHM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3 3 0 4
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts ** ** 0 3
___ ___ Literature Core 3 0 0 3
   
    9 6 0 14

Spring Semester
CHM 252 Organic Chemistry II 3 3 0 4
PED 110 Fit and Well for Life 1 2 0 2
___ ___ Biology Core * * * 4
___ ___ Biology Core or Professional 3 3 0 4
___ ___ Social/Behavioral Science Core 3 0 0 3
___ ___ PED Elective-activity course 0 3 0 1
___ ___ Social/Behavioral Science Core 3 0 0 3
   
    13 11 0 21

Total Credit Hours: 65

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)

Additional Information

This template has been developed by university and community college faculty as a blueprint for guiding community colleges in developing programs for students who intend to major in Biology and Biology Education. Students who successfully complete this course of study and who meet the requirements for admission to the university may be eligible to apply for admission to the major with junior standing.

See Associate in Science A10400 and your academic advisor for additional Core and Professional courses.

Required:

BIO 111; BIO 112, BIO 120, or BIO 130; CHM 151; CHM 152; MAT 171 or higher; PED 110; PED activity course (1 credit hour);

Communication Core:

One 3 Credit Hour Course

Note:

A minimum of fourteen (14) SHC of college transfer courses in mathematics, natural sciences or computer science is required.

One of the following sequences of courses is recommended:

CHM 251 and 252 Organic Chemistry I & II (8 SHC) or

PHY 151 and 152 College Physics I & II (8 SHC) or

#PHY 251 and 252 General Physics I & II (8 SHC)

Four (4) hours of approved biology college transfer courses are recommended.

Four (4) additional hours of approved college transfer courses are required from mathematics, natural sciences or computer science.

Only students who place into MAT 272 (Calculus II) may choose PHY 251 and 252.

See your academic advisor for an Individualized Learning Plan for this pre-major.

**Hours will vary depending on course selection.