Associate in Science, Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences - AS

The Associate in Science (AS), Biological Sciences provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in biological sciences and/or are preparing for application to professional graduate programs in various medical fields. With a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career as a biological research lab or field technician. With a graduate degree, students may pursue a number of careers, including but not limited to, bioinformatic scientists, molecular and cellular biologists, ecologists, wildlife conservationists and environmental scientists, marine biologists, secondary school (grades 7-12) teachers and university professors, pharmaceutical developer, food safety investigator, geneticists, physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, dentists, and optometrists and veterinarians.

Details

Major Code: 
8602
Award: 
Associate in Science, Biological Sciences
Total credits required: 
60-74
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

Admission to graduate/professional programs is competitive. GPA in science courses (as well as cumulative GPA) is often an important selection criterion. Understanding of course content is important in preparation for exams such MCAT, DAT, PCAT and GRE that are generally weighted in admissions rankings.

At Scottsdale...

Academic Program: 

The Associate in Science (AS) degree is designed for students who are interested in the field of biology and prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. If students follow the correct transfer path, they enter transfer partner universities as junior.  Students may choose to pursue an AS in Biology with a Pre-Physician Assistant Emphasis for careers as biological technicians or physician assistants or a Pre-Medical Profession Emphasis for careers as physicians, biological scientists, dentists, optometrists, pharmacists, podiatrists, and veterinarians.  Many of SCC’s biology courses are required for Nursing careers.

An exciting program at SCC, in partnership with Northern Arizona State University (NAU), is the Bachelor of Science in Biology.  Students complete all four years at SCC, the first two years as SCC students and the last two years as NAU students, and are awarded both a B.S. in Biology from NAU and an A.S. from SCC.  The B.S. in Biology prepares students for careers and advanced study in wildlife management, conservation, zoology, veterinary science, agriculture, forestry, biological technology, or a variety of medical professions. 

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats:  in-person, hybrid, on-line, day, evening, full-time and part-time.

How long will it take?

The minimum time to complete the Associate in Science degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who have no pre-existing college credit. 

The minimum time to complete the future Bachelor of Science in Biology will be 8 full time (12-17 credit hours) semesters.

Cost

Currently, the program cost for an Associate of Science degree for Biology students is $5,160. This includes tuition and course fees for all courses required for the transfer degree. Books and course fees in other classes outside of the program are not calculated. However, to assist our students, many courses utilize Open Educational Resources and/or low cost textbooks to minimize textbook costs.

Courses at SCC in biology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and chemistry will help prepare you for a career in biological sciences or as a physician assistant.  The Pre-Physician Assistant or the Pre-Medical Professional Pathway Maps can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Program Curriculum

  • Mapping scheduled for 2018-19 academic year

General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with an Academic Advisor.
Program Learning Outcomes
  • Explain the relationship between structure and function at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels. (BIO181, BIO182, BIO201, BIO202, BIO205, BIO220, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CHM230, CHM235, CHM235LL, CHM236, CHM236LL)
  • Apply fundamental theories of physical and life sciences to explain the diversity of living things and modes of energy exchange. (BIO181, BIO182, BIO201, BIO202, BIO205, BIO220, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CHM230, CHM235, CHM235LL, CHM236, CHM236LL, PHY111, PHY112)
  • Apply the scientific method to investigate fundamental and novel questions regarding natural phenomena. (BIO181, BIO182, BIO201, BIO202, BIO205, BIO220, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CHM230, CHM235, CHM235LL, CHM236, CHM236LL, MAT206, MAT220, MAT221, PHY111, PHY112, PSY230)
  • Utilize technology to conduct experiments and collect, analyze and communicate data. (BIO181, BIO182, BIO201, BIO202, BIO205, BIO220, CHM150AA, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CHM230LL, CHM235LL, CHM236LL, MAT206, MAT220, MAT221, PHY111, PHY112, PSY230, [FYC], [HU], [L], [MAT], [SB], [C], [G/H], (COM), (CRE))
  • Adhere to standard safety protocols when performing experiments and collecting data. (BIO181, BIO182, BIO201, BIO202, BIO205, BIO220, CHM150AA, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CHM230LL, CHM235LL, CHM236LL, PHY111, PHY112)
  • Critically evaluate the internal and external validity of scientific studies to inform decisions. (BIO181, BIO182, BIO201, BIO202, BIO205, BIO220, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CHM230, CHM235, CHM235LL, CHM236, CHM236LL, MAT206, MAT220, MAT221, PHY111, PHY112, PSY230, [L], [C], [G/H])
  • Effectively communicate orally, visually and in writing in an articulate, respectful and culturally responsive manner. (BIO181, BIO182, BIO201, BIO202, BIO205, BIO220, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CHM230, CHM235, CHM235LL, CHM236, CHM236LL, MAT206, PHY111, PHY112, PSY230, [FYC], [HU], [L], [MAT], [SB], [C], [G/H], (COM), (CRE))
  • Collaborate with diverse individuals to solve problems. (BIO181, BIO182, BIO201, BIO202, BIO205, BIO220, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CHM230, CHM235, CHM235LL, CHM236, CHM236LL, PHY111, PHY112, [FYC], [HU], [L], [MAT], [SB], [C], [G/H], (COM), (CRE))
  • Demonstrate dependability, adaptability and persistence to set and achieve goals. (BIO181, BIO182, BIO201, BIO202, BIO205, BIO220, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CHM230, CHM235, CHM235LL, CHM236, CHM236LL, MAT206, MAT220, MAT221, PHY111, PHY112, PSY230, [FYC], [HU], [L], [MAT], [SB], [C], [G/H], (COM), (CRE))
  • Integrate social and ethical responsibility in decision making and actions. (BIO181, BIO182, BIO201, BIO202, BIO205, BIO220, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CHM230, CHM235, CHM235LL, CHM236, CHM236LL, MAT206, PHY111, PHY112, PSY230, [FYC], [HU], [L], [MAT], [SB], [C], [G/H], (COM), (CRE))
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:24-25
BIO181General Biology (Majors) I4
BIO182General Biology (Majors) II4
BIO205Microbiology (4) OR
BIO220Biology of Microorganisms (4)4
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
OR
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry (5) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry (4)4-5
CHM152General Chemistry II (3) AND
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
OR
CHM152AAGeneral Chemistry II (4)4
PHY111General Physics I4
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:12-20
Complete all courses in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64).
Sub-plan 1: Biology major and Pre-Professional (Transfer to ASU, NAU, UA for bachelor`s degree)
Total Credits:12
PHY112General Physics II4
CHM235General Organic Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM235LLGeneral Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)4
CHM236General Organic Chemistry IIA (3) AND
CHM236LLGeneral Organic Chemistry IIA Laboratory (1)4
Sub-plan 2: Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, and Pre-Pharmacy sub-plan (Transfer to GCU)
PHY112General Physics II4
CHM235General Organic Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM235LLGeneral Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)4
CHM236General Organic Chemistry IIA (3) AND
CHM236LLGeneral Organic Chemistry IIA Laboratory (1)4
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Sub-plan 3: Pre-Physician`s Assistant
BIO201Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (4)3-4
CHM230Fundamental Organic Chemistry (3) AND
CHM230LLFundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory (1) OR
CHM235General Organic Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM235LLGeneral Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)4
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-SCredits: 22-38
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).

A single course with both the [HU] and [L] designations may be used to satisfy both of these areas.

A single course with both the [SB] and [L] designations may be used to satisfy both of these areas.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.
Recommend selecting a course that satisfies [L] and [SB] or [L] and [HU] or [L] and (COM) or [L] and CRE101 requirements simultaneously.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 4-5
MAT220Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5) OR
MAT221Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4)4-5
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 0
Met by BIO181 and BIO182 in Required Courses Area.
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education in the Historical [H] or Global [G] area.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.