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Gain the education and training you need to build a solid foundation for pursuing a bachelor's degree in the biological sciences. In the Associate of Science (A.S.) Biology program, students get a hands-on, highly interactive education in current scientific technology, major physical and chemical concepts and more. In addition, students who are planning to go on to a pre-med program such as pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinary or pre-dental can fulfill many prerequisite courses through the College's Biology program. This selective program is designed to parallel the first two years of study toward a biology degree at many colleges and universities, providing a seamless transition.

The Academic Passport, a policy of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), guarantees admission to any of the 14 PASSHE universities to a student with an earned AA or AS degree from a Pennsylvania public community college. A university can stipulate that the associate's degree contain at least 30 credits of liberal arts courses. The Academic Passport does not guarantee admission to specific majors.

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Biological Technician – est. salary $48,061*
Microbiologist – est. salary $64,087*
Environmental Science and Protection Technician – est. salary $45,592*

EMSI Data, 2017; Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area; *these jobs may require a bachelor's degree or higher.

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Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Biology degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
CHEM 121 - College Chemistry I 4 credits Fulfils major prerequisite; Must earn a grade of “C” or better to take CHEM 122.
Within the major, this must be taken during the first 20 credits.
Major Course
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology 3 credits   Technology Competency
ENGL 101 - English Composition I 3 credits   ENGL 101
MATH 162 - Precalculus II 3 credits Within the major, this course must be taken within the first 20 credits Mathematics
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology 3 credits   Social Science Elective Fulfills all of the Major Academic Approaches (American/Global Diversity, Interpretive Studies, and Writing Intensive)
  • This program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program after earning their associate’s degree
  • Follow this course schedule each semester and you’ll earn your associate’s degree in two years
  • Make sure you discuss your first semester schedule and your educational plan with an advisor or counselor when you register.

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
BIOL 123 - Principles of Biology I 4 credits Fulfils major prerequisite.
Must earn a grade of “C” or better to take BIOL 124.
If you do not pass BIOL 123 within two semesters you are not progressing in the major.
Major Course
CHEM 122 - College Chemistry II 4 credits Must earn a grade of “C” or better or get permission of Chemistry department head to take CHEM 221 Major Course
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper 3 credits   ENGL 102 Information Literacy
FREN 101 - Introductory French or
HUM 101 - Cultural Traditions or
SPAN 101 - Elementary Spanish
3 credits   Humanities Elective
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology 3 credits   Directed Elective

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
BIOL 124 - Principles of Biology II 4 credits Must earn a grade of “C” or better Major Course
CHEM 221 - Organic Chemistry I 5 credits Must earn a grade of “C” or better or get permission of Chemistry department head to take CHEM 222 Major Course
MATH 171 - Calculus I 4 credits   Major Course

BIOL 211 - Genetics or
BIOL 241 - Principles of Microbiology or
BIOL 281 - Biochemistry I

4 credits Must earn a grade of “C” or better Concentration Elective

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
CHEM 222 - Organic Chemistry II 5 credits   Major Course
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking 3 credits   Directed Elective
BIOL 211 - Genetics or
BIOL 241 - Principles of Microbiology or
BIOL 281 - Biochemistry I
4 credits Must earn a grade of “C” or better Concentration Elective
PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy 3 credits   Directed Elective
  • Congratulations, this is your final semester! Don’t forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Finalize your transfer plans:
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship
  • Visit Career Connections to learn about internships and your future career possibilities

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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