Degree Program Requirements

Common Core Requirements

Common Core Categories Courses Credits
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-101: English Composition I 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-102: English Composition II 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1B. MA-441: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I1 4
REQUIRED CORE: 1C. BI-201: General Biology I 4
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A. World Cultures & Global Issues (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2B. SP-211: Speech Communication  3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2C. Creative Expression (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2D. Individual & Society (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E. CH-151 General Chemistry I  4.5
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E. CH-152: General Chemistry II  4.5

Major Requirements

Courses Credits
BI-202: General Biology II 4
BI-203: Cell Biology 3
Subtotal 7

Major Electives

Select courses from the following list for a total of 7-161 credits:

Courses Credits
BI-235: Human Anatomy 4
BI-356: Principles of Genetics 4
BI-357: Bioinformatics 3
BI-421: Human Physiology 4
BI-453: Biotechnology 5
BI-456: Introduction to Biological Research 4
BI-461: Microbiology 4
BI-554: Research Laboratory Internship 2
Subtotal 7-161

Additional Requirements for the Major

Courses Credits
MA-119: College Algebra1 3
MA-121: Trigonometry1 1
MA-440: Pre-Calculus Mathematics1 4
HE-101: Introduction to Health Education
HE-102: Health, Behavior, and Society
One credit in PE-400, PE-500, or DAN-100 series (one credit courses only) 1

Total Credits Required


1Depending on their math placement, students may be required to complete MA-119, MA-121, and/or MA-440 (with a C or better) prior to MA-441. Students who are not required to complete one or more of those courses must take additional Major Elective biology courses to reach 60 credits.

All students must successfully complete two (2) writing-intensive classes (designated “WI”) to fulfill degree requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes for Academic Programs

A.S. in Biology

General Education Outcomes

A robust general education is founded on the knowledge, concepts, methods, and perspectives that students gain through the study of many academic disciplines. These disciplinary studies stimulate intellectual inquiry, global awareness, and cultural and artistic appreciation: they equip students to make informed judgments and remain engaged beyond the classroom. To that end, QCC promotes educational activities that allow students to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms
  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

To support these institutional general education outcomes, the academic departments-;through their programs-may also assess the ability of students to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
  • Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
  • Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Approved by the Academic Senate on February 13, 2018.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in factual knowledge, conceptual understanding, and methodology required for transfer to the junior year in a baccalaureate program in biology, biological sciences or natural sciences.
  2. Disciplinary learning:
    1. Apply mathematics concepts to solve problems in biological sciences.
    2. Demonstrate proficiency in acquiring, processing, and analyzing scientific information in all its forms, as related to biology.
    3. Proficiently convey information specific to the biological sciences, through scientific writing and oral presentation.
    4. Use current technology or experimental techniques to supplement the fundamental concepts and methodology used in the field of biology.
    5. Work collaboratively to acquire and analyze data, or solve problems in the biology related field.
    6. Demonstrate an understanding of ethics in science and responsible conduct of research while analyzing their results and writing lab reports.

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