Biological Science Area of Concentration Degree

Associate of Science
Biological Sciences Program

The biological science area of concentration in one of the life sciences. Working closely with a counselor or adviser, students will be able to tailor their program of study to fit the needs of most, if not all, colleges and universities offering a degree in biology or the biological sciences. Also, students planning to transfer to a four-year institution prior to attending medical, dental, veterinary, physical therapy, podiatry, or chiropractic school will find all or most of the prerequisite courses needed for admission to these professional schools. Finally, students planning to transfer to pharmacy, medical technology, or optometry school programs that accept students after two years of undergraduate education will find all the courses needed for admission into these programs.

Students are strongly advised to work closely with a biology or chemistry faculty member or an academic transfer counselor in order to select courses that will prevent or minimize the loss of credits upon transfer.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Identify, describe, and explain basic biological concepts
  • Use an interdisciplinary approach to explain and solve life science concepts (from knowledge learned in biological, chemical, and physical sciences and mathematics).
  • Utilize the scientific method to analyze problems in the life sciences.

Program Advising Guide

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process.

Transfer Opportunities

MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. See all transfer agreements.


Career fields for biological science majors include occupations like biological technician, biostatistician, bioinformatics scientist, molecular and cellular biologist, epidemiologist, or medical and clinical laboratory technologist. Some may require a bachelor's or advanced degree.


Suggested Course Sequence: Biological Sciences

A suggested course sequence for Biological Sciences majors follows.

A suggested course sequence for Biological Sciences majors follows.

Suggested Course Sequence

A suggested course sequence for full-time students follows. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester

  • MATH 181 - Calculus I  4 semester hours  (MATF)    
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD) **

Second Semester

  • MATH 181 - Calculus I  4 semester hours
  • OR

  • Program elective 4 semester hours †,††
  • English foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF) ***
  • Humanities distribution 3 semester hours (HUMD)

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

  • BIOL 222 - Principles of Genetics  4 semester hours
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD)**
  • Program elective 4 semester hours †, † †
  • Program elective 3 semester hours †, † †
  • English foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)

* ENGL 101/ENGL 101A, if needed for ENGL 102/ENGL 103 or program elective

**Behavioral and Social Science Distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.

*** If ENGF has already been taken, then choose an arts distribution course (ARTD).

† Program electives: (Program elective range from 2-5 credits. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer institution when selecting program electives. It is recommended that in a 2 semester chemistry sequence, both courses be taken at the same institution, e.g. CHEM 203 & CHEM 204.) BIOL 202, BIOL 210, BIOL 212, BIOL 213, BIOL 217, BIOL 226, BIOL 228, BIOL 230, BIOL 252, BIOT 120, CHEM 203, CHEM 204, CMSC 140, CMSC 203, CMSC 204, MATH 171, MATH 182, MATH 280, MATH 282, PHYS 161, PHYS 203, PHYS 204, PHYS 233, PHYS 234, PHYS 262, PHYS 263, SCIR 297

†† Students planning to transfer to UMCP should take MATH 170 , and should choose as electives: BIOL 252, CHEM 203, CHEM 204 and MATH 171. Students that enter calculus ready should consider taking PHYS 233 and PHYS 234.

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