Associate in Science Degree

Biological Sciences

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The following curriculum is designed to satisfy the basic lower division requirements for biological sciences majors at senior institutions. Potential majors at senior institutions for students who earn an Associate in Science degree and follow the recommendations below include botany, genetics and ecological, evolutionary, molecular, or general biology. Students enrolling in this curriculum are urged to meet with an academic advisor each semester to review course selections and transfer plans.

Advising: Email advising@kcc.edu or phone 815-802-8500.

Program administrator: Dr. Frederick Cooper, email fcooper@kcc.edu, phone 815-802-8758

Laboratory Science General Education (2 courses)
Credit hours: 8

  • * BIOL 1514 - General Biology I
  • * CHEM 1514 - General Chemistry I

Biological Science courses
Credit hours: 16

IAI Major (2 courses)

  • * BIOL 1524 - General Biology II
  • * CHEM 1524 - General Chemistry II

Additional Biological Science (2 courses)

    Choose two courses from the following six options:

  • * CHEM 2714 - Organic Chemistry I
  • * CHEM 2724 - Organic Chemistry II
  • * PHYS 1514 - General Physics I
  • * PHYS 1524 - General Physics II
  • * PHYS 2614 - Physics I
  • * PHYS 2624 - Physics II

Communications General Education (3 courses)
Credit hours: 9

A minimum grade of C is required in *ENGL 1613 and *ENGL 1623.

  • * ENGL 1613 - English I
  • * ENGL 1623 - English II
  • * SPCH 1553 - Introductory Speech

Mathematics (2-3 courses)
Credit hours: 9

Choose both IAI mathematics courses from one of the following sequences:

  1. * MATH 1774 - Statistics and *MATH 2515 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  2. * MATH 2515 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I and *MATH 2524 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry II

Humanities General Education (3 courses)
Credit hours: 9

Choose three IAI humanities courses, with at least one course from general humanities and at least one course from the fine arts or interdisciplinary category.

Social and Behavioral Science General Education (3 courses)
Credit hours: 9

Choose three IAI social and behavioral science courses from at least two different prefixes.

Electives (2-5 courses)
Credit hours: 4

Choose four (4) credit hours from any transfer-level elective area. A maximum of four (4) credit hours can come from physical education activity courses. Note: Select a biological science (BIOL prefix) or *MATH 2524 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry II. Note: Courses such as *BIOL 2714 - Microbiology and *BIOL 2644 - Anatomy and Physiology I sometimes can be transferred to a four-year school for credit for health career majors, but seldom transfer as credit for biology majors. Consult transfer university to determine appropriate electives.

MINIMUM CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR COMPLETION – 64

*Course has prerequisite.

Biological Sciences A.S.—Suggested course sequence


Fall
* BIOL 1514 4 cr.hrs.
* CHEM 1514 4 cr. hrs.
* ENGL 1613 3 cr. hrs.
* Mathematics course 4-5 cr. hrs.

Spring
* BIOL 1524 4 cr. hrs.
*CHEM 1524 4 cr. hrs.
* ENGL 1623 3 cr. hrs.
* Humanities course 3 cr. hrs.
* Social and Behavioral Science course 3 cr. hrs.

Fall
* SPCH 1553 3 cr. hrs.
* Biological Science Major course 4 cr. hrs.
* Mathematics course 4-5 cr. hrs.
* Humanities course 3 cr. hrs.
* Social and Behavioral Science course 3 cr. hrs.

Spring
* Biological Science Major course 4 cr. hrs.
* Humanities course 3 cr. hrs.
* Social and Behavioral Science course 3 cr. hrs.
* Electives 4 cr. hrs.

*Course has prerequisite.

Use The Transfer Guide

To see how your courses transfer, log on to U.Select at http://www.transfer.org/. U.Select is an online tool that will help you view program requirements, course equivalencies, and see how courses you have taken or plan to take transfer to another college or university.