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Biology

Get a foundation in biology and an Associate of Science to transfer to any Colorado 4-year university.

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Are you interested in living things and what makes them work? Studying biology at ACC will give you a foundation in the science of life and living organisms. Plus, getting your AS will give you the first 60 credits toward your BS at any Colorado university or toward a degree or certification in healthcare or other related fields.

Jenai Rutledge
Department Chair
Biology
jenai.rutledge [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

With your AS in Biology you'll be able to:

  • 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.

CIP 240199 (BIOD)

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.

For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (36 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways -approved CO3 course (GTCO3)
Mathematics (5 credit hours)
Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Arts & Humanities courses (GTAH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4)
History (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (GT-HI1)
Social and Behavioral Science (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Science courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, or GT-SS3)
Natural and Physical Sciences (10 credit hours)
Additional Required Courses (20 credit hours)

Please Note: If these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor's degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

Note(s):

*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)(e), general education courses taken online are guaranteed to satisfy core course (gtPathways) requirements at all Colorado public institutions of higher education.

Elective Courses (4 credit hours)

Elective credit must be completed from the following lists of approved prefixes or courses to bring the total credit hours to 60.

Guaranteed Transfer
Any course in the following prefixes

Any course in the following prefixes except Special Topics (275) and Independent Study (285): AST (100 or higher), BIO (100 or higher), CHE (100 or higher), EGG (100 or higher), MAT (121 or higher, except 155 or 156), PHY (111 or higher), or any foreign language (111 or above).

Total: 60 credit hours

All courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to be considered for transfer to another Colorado institution. Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Job Potential

A degree in biology can open doors to you in professional fields including healthcare, engineering, industry, animal care, research, arts, legal, government, and environmental fields. Although some professions require further studies, a degree in biology is an excellent stepping stone into many exciting and rewarding careers. A few sample professions include: