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Biology Transfer Major, AS - Academic Plan


Total Credits = 60

The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at any public four-year college and university (hereafter referred to as receiving institutions) that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. Studying biology at ACC will provide a foundation in the basics of biology, chemistry, physics, and math necessary to conduct higher level study of living organisms and natural systems.

Program Outcomes

  • Approach and examine issues related to biology from an evidence-based perspective.
  • Employ scientific methodologies to develop hypotheses, design approaches to evaluate them, and critically interpret data to form conclusions.
  • Select and apply contemporary technologies to solve problems or compile information, and communicate scientific information clearly and logically.
  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge of biological concepts related to evolution, classification, ecology, molecular biology, biodiversity and structure and function in plants, animals and microbes.
  • Perform proper procedures and techniques in the laboratory and utilize equipment safely.

Recommended Course Sequence (Full-Time)

Recommended Course Sequence (Part-Time)

Year 1 - Summer


  • *This course requires college level readiness as measured by Accuplacer, ACT, or SAT scores; approved high school course work that is less than five years old; or successful completion of appropriate college-readiness course.
  • AAA 1001 – College 101: Student Experience is required for all new college students seeking degrees or transfer.
  • Course availability is subject to change.
  • Electives: Select any Guaranteed Transfer course or any of the following (excluding Special Topics, Independent Study, Capstone, and Internships): AAA 1001, AAA 1009, AST (1000 or higher), BIO (1000 or higher), CHE (1000 or higher), CIS 1018, CSC 1019, CSC 1026, CSC 1060, CSC 1061, CSC 2065, CSC 2000, CSC 2025, CSC 2033, CSC 2036, CSC 2040, EGG (1000 or higher), any Foreign Language courses (including ASL) numbered 1011 or higher, HNR 1000, HNR 2089, HWE 1050, HWE 1062, HWE 1065, MAT 1340 (or higher, except MAT 1220/MAT 1230), or PHY 1111 (or higher).
  • Follow the Recommended Course Sequence on the following pages of this document.
  • In order to meet program requirements, students registered for ENG 1021 or ENG 1031 must also register for ENG 0094 unless they can demonstrate otherwise meeting the ENG 0094 standard through assessment testing, prior college coursework, or recent High School coursework. See an Advisor for details.
  • Recommended courses may be listed above for certain electives; consult with the Academic Advising Office (advising [at] arapahoe [dot] edu or 303.797.5664) for additional elective recommendations.
  • Refer to 2023/2024 catalog for specific requirements and important information about this degree.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising prior to registration regarding the acceptability of online science courses if they anticipate transferring to a 4-year institution or completing graduate work in the sciences or health professions. It should be noted that per Colorado Revised Statute, 23-1-125(1)€, general education courses taken online are guaranteed to satisfy core course (gtPathways) requirements at all Colorado public institutions of higher education.
  • The Colorado Department of Higher Education website has additional information about this statewide agreement.