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Biology Transfer Pathway

Award: Associate of Science
Total Credits for Award: 60.00

Admission Requirements:

Science courses in this program require achievement of the following minimum placements:

Students are accepted into this program for fall and spring semesters only.


Description:

The Biology Transfer Pathway AS offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Biology bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities*. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

Students planning to transfer outside of the Minnesota State System are advised to consult with their intended transfer institution to determine transferability of the courses in this curriculum.

*This transfer pathway in Associate of Science in Biology will transfer to the following majors:

  • Bemidji State University: Biology, BA or Biology, BS
  • Metropolitan State University: Biology, BA
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato: Biology, BS
  • Minnesota State University, Moorhead: Biology, BA
  • Southwest Minnesota State University: Biology, BA
  • St. Cloud State University: Life Sciences, BES
  • Winona State University: Biology-Allied Health, BS or Biology-Cell & Molecular, BS or Biology-Ecology, BS or Biology-Environmental Science, BS

 


Program Learning Outcome #1:  Relate biological concepts to ethical implications and social issues.

Program Learning Outcome #2:  Develop basic light microscopy skills and knowledge of other, advanced forms of microscopy.

Program Learning Outcome #3:  Critically analyze quantitative and/or qualitative scientific data.

Program Learning Outcome #4:  Navigate, read, and assess the credibility of scientific literature and communicate scientific results.

Program Learning Outcome #5:  Develop interest in and appreciation for the natural world.

Program Learning Outcome #6:  Apply biological themes and concepts to content across courses and disciplines: e.g. evolution, energy transformations, genetics, requirements for life, chemistry, relationships between living organisms, connections between levels of biological organiza.



COURSE REQUIREMENTS: FIRST SEMESTER: 

 COURSE #

 TITLE

 CREDITS

 BIOL 2200

 Biology 1

 4.00

 CHEM 1151

 Principles of Chemistry 1

 5.00

 ENGL 1110 or ENGA 1110

 College Composition

 3.00

 *MATH Course

 MATH 1110 or choose any MnTC Goal Area 4 college-level MATH course (MATH 1150, MATH 1180 or MATH 1190 are recommended)

 3.00 - 5.00

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

 15.00 - 17.00

*To complete the Biology Transfer Pathway students must complete a minimum of 6 -8 credits of college level mathematics coursework. All students pursuing this degree should work closely with their advisor to ensure proper selection of required program courses.





COURSE REQUIREMENTS: SECOND SEMESTER: 

  COURSE #

 TITLE

 CREDITS

 BIOL 2202

 Biology 2

 4.00

 CHEM 1152

 Principles of Chemistry 2

 5.00

 *CMST course

 Choose any CMST course that meets MnTC Goal Area 1

 3.00

 **MATH course

 MATH 1110 or choose any MnTC Goal Area 4 college-level MATH course (MATH 1150, MATH 1180 or MATH 1190 are recommended)

 4.00 - 5.00

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

 16.00 - 17.00

*All students pursuing this degree should work closely with their advisor and consult with the intended transfer institution to ensure proper selection of required general education coursework for transfer.

**To complete the Biology Transfer Pathway students must complete a minimum of 6-8 credits of college level mathematics coursework. All students pursuing this degree should work closely with their advisor and consult with the intended transfer institution to ensure proper selection of required Mathematics coursework for transfer.





COURSE REQUIREMENTS: THIRD SEMESTER: 

 COURSE #

 TITLE

 CREDITS

 General Education

 Choose any MnTC Goal Area 5 course

 3.00

 BIOL 2205

 Genetics

 4.00

 ENGL 1111

 Research and Composition for Change

 3.00

**Biology Program Electives

Choose 4-6 credits of Program Electives in any ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or PHYS courses that are not already required for the award

 4.00 - 6.00

 

 TOTAL CREDITS: 

 14.00 - 16.00

**To complete the A.S. degree in Biology, students are required to successfully complete a total of 10-14 program elective credits in any ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, or PHYS courses that are not already required for the award. Students should work closely with their advisor and consult with the intended transfer institution to select the 10-14 program elective credits.





COURSE REQUIREMENTS: FOURTH SEMESTER: 

 COURSE #

 TITLE

 CREDITS

 *BIOL 2235 Or

  *BIOL 2245

 Microbiology

 Ecology

 4.00

 General Education

 Choose any course from MnTC Goal Area 6

 3.00

 Biology Program Electives

 Choose 4-8 credits of Program Electives in any ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or PHYS courses that are not already required for the award

 4.00-8.00

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

 11.00 - 15.00

*Students may also take Cell Biology course to meet this requirement. Minneapolis College does not offer Cell Biology. Students interested in taking Cell Biology should work closely with their advisor to find a college or university that offers these courses.

General Education: To complete the A.S. degree in Biology, students are required to successfully complete coursework from six of the 10 goal areas of the MnTC. Students must complete MnTC Goal Area 1 (ENGA or ENGL 1110, ENGL 1111 and a CMST course, and three credits from Goal Areas 7, 8, 9 or 10. * MnTC 3 requires both lecture and lab. All students pursuing this degree should work closely with their advisor and consult with the intended transfer institution to ensure proper selection of required Minnesota Transfer Curriculum courses, and MnTC electives.

To complete the A.S. degree in Biology, students are required to successfully complete a total of 10-14 program elective credits in any ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, or PHYS courses that are not already required for the award. Students should work closely with their advisor and consult with the intended transfer institution to select the 10-14 program elective courses. 

The following courses are suggested for students who wish to transfer into a Biology baccalaureate degree: 

 COURSE #

 TITLE

 CREDITS

 BIOL 2224

 Anatomy

 4.00

 BIOL 2225

 Physiology

 4.00

 BIOL 2250

 Plant Biology

 4.00

 BIOL 2260

 Animal Biology

 4.00

 BIOL 2500

 Molecular Biology

 4.00

 CHEM 2204

 Organic Chemistry 1

 4.00

 CHEM 2224

 Organic Chemistry 1 Lab

 2.00

 CHEM 2205

 Organic Chemistry 2

 4.00

 CHEM 2225

 Organic Chemistry 2 Lab

 2.00

CHEM 2610 and CHEM 2620

 Biochemistry-Theory and Principles and Lab

 5.00

 CHEM 2722

 Undergraduate Research Methods

 2.00

 CHEM 2723

 Undergraduate Research Laboratory

 4.00

 PHYS 1131

 College Physics 1

 5.00

 PHYS 1132

 College Phyics 2

 5.00

 PHYS 1211

 Physics for Science and Engineering 1

 6.00

 PHYS 1221

 Physics for Science and Engineering 2

 6.00