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Biology Transfer Degree Program

Biology Student Looking Through MicroscopeThis program area provides general instruction in the life sciences to prepare students for transfer programs in a wide variety of fields including biology, environmental science, and medical sciences.

A student’s class choices should be chosen with their area of emphasis and transfer institution in mind.  See your advisor for enrollment information and transfer institution requirements.

Most students who decide to major in Biology at a four-year institution will plan a course of study that will lead to an Associate in Science Degree.

To complete an associate degree the program emphasis credit hours and the general education credit hours, which must be taken from the list approved by the General Education Committee, must total at least 64 credit hours.

Recommended Courses

    Credit Hrs.
BIOL-101 General Biology 5
BIOL-206 Biology I: Cellular and Molecular Biology 5
BIOL-208 Biology II: Organismic Biology 5
BIOL-203 Anatomy and Physiology 5
BIOL-204 Microbiology 5

 

Description of Courses

BIOL-101. General Biology. 5 Hours. This is an introductory course designed to teach the relationship of humans to other living things, as well as the basic chemistry, physics and physiology associated with living things. This course is appropriate for both majors and non-majors who wish to further their education concerning life (bios) in general. The course includes three credit hours of lecture and two credit hours of  lab.

BIOL-103. Environmental Science. 5 Hours. A basic ecological approach to the diversity of life forms in various environments, and the impacts of human activities on these environments will be studied. Causes of and solutions to air and water pollution, soil erosion and pest problems, loss of biodiversity, deforestation,
energy depletion and possible climate changes are featured. It includes discussion of remedy techniques,
risk assessment and environmental legislation. Laboratory activities and field trips demonstrate principles discussed in class. The course includes three credit hours of lecture and two credit hours of lab.

BIOL-105. Principles of Heredity. 3 Hours. This course focuses on the laws and theories of heredity with emphasis on man. It will include the study of the structure and function of genes and the process by which
genes are transferred from one generation to the next.

BIOL-111. Wildlife Biology. 3 Hours. An introduction to important wild mammal, bird and fish species and the
ecological principles upon which wildlife conservation management is based. Habitat needs and  manipulations, animal behavior, hunting and fishing regulations and protection of endangered wildlife are included. Three hours lecture per week, plus 8 two-hour field studies of wildlife in various habitats. Offered as needed.

BIOL-113. Environmental Science: Honors. 5 Hours. A basic ecological approach to the diversity of life  forms in various environments, and the impacts of human activities on these environments will be studied. Causes of and solutions to air and water pollution, soil erosion and pest problems, loss of biodiversity, deforestation, energy depletion and possible climate changes are featured. It includes discussion of remediation techniques, risk assessment and environmental legislation. Laboratory activities and field trips
demonstrate principles discussed in class. Students will read and discuss various conflicting opinions on
environmental problems and solutions. The course includes three credit hours of lecture and two credit hours of lab. Prerequisites: Enrollees must be members of the CCC Honors Program, or obtain permission from the Honors Program Coordinator.

BIOL-203. Anatomy and Physiology. 5 Hours. This course covers the study of the structure and functions of the parts of the human body. The course includes three credit hours of lecture and two credit hours of lab. Prerequisite: General Biology or permission of instructor.

BIOL-204. Microbiology. 5 Hours. This is a beginning course in the study of microorganisms, designed to acquaint the student with various forms of bacteria, fungi, protozoa and algae. Morphology, life cycles, metabolism and economic importance of microorganisms are stressed. The course includes three credit hours of lecture and two credit hours of perequisite: General Biology or permission of the instructor.

BIOL-205. Field Biology. 3 Hours. This course uses lecture and field techniques used in classification,
identification and ecology of the regional flora, fauna and geological features of the region. Field work will also concentrate on study of fresh water systems including field studies of bacteria, fungi and parasites and the significance of the various groups. Methods of collection and treating specimens for isolation will be
included.

BIOL-206. Biology I: Cellular and Molecular Biology. 5 Hours. This is the first in a series of two introductory biology classes designed for majors to fulfill an introductory biology requirement. Coursework includes the study of basic biological principles, basic chemistry, cell structures and functions, metabolism, photosynthesis, cellular reproduction, genetics, and biotechnology. By studying these areas, the student is
exposed to the major fields of biological study.

BIOL-208. Biology II: Organismic Biology. 5 Hours. This is the second in a series of introductory biology classes designed for majors to fulfill their introductory biology requirement. Coursework includes the study of evolution, behavior and ecology, the diversity of life, and plant structure and function. By studying these areas, the student is exposed to the major fields of biological study. Prerequisite: Biology I: Cellular and
Molecular Biology or permission of instructor.

BIOL-210. Pathophysiology. 3 Hours. This course is designed for the study of the human body. Aspects
specifically covered in this course will include the body functions and abnormalities resulting from various
human diseases. Prerequisite: General Biology or permission of instructor.