Biology, Science Transfer Pattern, Associate of Science

This degree pattern is designed to help students transfer to colleges and universities that offer a baccalaureate degree with a major in Biology. Beyond the General Education requirements and options, this pattern should be considered in light of the requirements of the selected transfer institution. Students should consult with a transfer coordinator or an advisor for information about specific requirements.

Biology is the study of living organisms, their structure, life processes, and their interactions with each other and their environment. A major in the biological sciences is recommended for students interested in pursuing further study in biology, botany, zoology, ecology/environmental sciences, microbiology, agriculture, forestry, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics or marine biology. This pattern also provides an excellent foundation for studies in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry and pre-veterinary medicine and may qualify students for positions as biology laboratory technicians. The sequence of courses may be taken on a full-time or a part-time basis. Some classes are offered both day and evening.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this transfer pattern, students will be able to:

  1. apply biological principles required for entry into general biology, botany, zoology, ecology/environmental sciences, microbiology, agriculture, forestry, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, or marine biology and professional health programs such as pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary medicine;
  2. make and record observations and accurate measurements in an investigative laboratory setting using the scientific method;
  3. communicate the results of laboratory investigations, orally and in writing, in a thorough and accurate manner;
  4. use technology to gather and analyze data and/or to perform biologically relevant calculations;
  5. utilize biological terminology to explain, orally and in writing, the molecular perspective of biology;
  6. develop and apply biological and scientific literacy to everyday life;
  7. apply biological principles as they relate to cells and organisms of the three biological domains;
  8. apply the principles of evolution and genetics as they relate to cells and organisms of the three biological domains; and
  9. apply concepts of chemistry to biological questions.

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60*

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Important Information

Short Description

Biology is the study of living organisms, their structure, life processes, and their interactions with each other and their environment. A major in the biological sciences is recommended for students interested in pursuing further study in biology, botany, zoology, ecology/environmental sciences, microbiology, agriculture, forestry, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics or marine biology. 

Type of Credential

Associate of Science (A.S.) in Science
Transfer Pattern - Biology

Program Code

P 130

Contacts and Additional Information

Coordinators for Biological Sciences:

Catonsville Coordinator: August 15 - June 15
Encarni Trueba
443-840-4682 or etrueba@ccbcmd.edu

Dundalk Coordinator: August 15 - June 15
Robin Minor
443-840-3756 or rminor@ccbcmd.edu

Essex Coordinator and Department Chair (all campuses): year-round
Christine DeStefano
443-840-2673 or cdestefano@ccbcmd.edu

Assistant Dean for Science (all campuses): year-round
David O'Neill
443-840-2663 or doneill@ccbcmd.edu

Additional Information:

Courses Needed for This Transfer Pattern*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 30 Credits

General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education Courses. One course must be a Diversity Course.

  • Arts and Humanities 3 Credit(s).
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 6 Credit(s).

Program Requirements and Electives - 30 Credits

Program Requirements:
Program Electives:

Choose 18 credits.

Most 4-year Biology programs require a second Math class, and either the Organic Chemistry or Physics sequence. Science electives, and other elective courses, should be selected to meet transfer institution requirements.

Notes

*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

**In order to take CHEM 131, students must have done one of the following:

  • Completed CHEM 107 and CHEM 108 with a grade of C or better, OR
  • Passed the Chemistry placement exam and completed or tested out of (ENGL 052 and RDNG 052) or ACLT 052, and MATH 083, OR
  • Received permission from the Physical Sciences department chair.

***In order to take PHYS 151, students must have completed MATH 251 with a C or higher and done one of the following:

  • Completed high school Physics, OR
  • Completed PHYS 101 with a grade of C or better, OR
  • Received permission from the Physical Sciences department chair.