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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
jenai.rutledge [at]

What You'll Learn

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

  • Explain and apply the scientific method
  • Identify, read, understand and process information presented in scientific literature; and use and properly cite it within your own research
  • Understand biological background concepts
  • Explain and apply proper laboratory safety procedures, correct use of equipment and proper lab technique

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.


*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

Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Job Potential

Starting your education with an AS in Biology can help you on your path to your career goals. Check out just a few career options available to you as you study biology.