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Biology, A.S. (031.3) ♦

Allegheny, Boyce, North, South
Associate of Science

A program that prepares the student with a broad college background and skills in biology for transfer to a four-year institution.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Describe the fundamental principles of the biological sciences.
  2. Apply basic research methods and proper technique to ethically conduct experiments and report data.
  3. Communicate effectively in writing using proper scientific terminology and concepts.
  4. Use critical thinking and problem solving skills to analyze biological problems and the impacts on society.

Graduates may earn a Bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field.

Degree Requirements

Total: 17–18 Credits

Total: 15 Credits

Total: 16–17 Credits

Total: 16–18 Credits

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 64–68

1 Required as part of TAOC (Transfer and Articulation Oversight Committee). If you are not intending to transfer to an institution that is participating in the state-wide articulation agreement, students may substitute MAT 108 - Intermediate Algebra  or any higher level mathematics course.

2 For students who are not intending to transfer to a TAOC participating-institution, students are required to meet with a transfer counselor to select three (3) restricted Biology electives based upon the four-year institution where the Bachelor’s degree will be earned.

Restricted Electives

For students transferring to a TAOC participating institution, students are required to choose three (3) restricted Biology electives from among the following:

Transfer Opportunities

The keystone icon indicates that this particular CCAC program is a Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Center (TAOC) approved Associate Degree program. All credits earned in this program are accepted by any state system college in Pennsylvania that offers a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, including California University of Pennsylvania , Carlow University , Clarion University of Pennsylvania , Edinboro University of Pennsylvania , Indiana University of Pennsylvania  and Slippery Rock University .

Other articulation agreements are available for students to complete the Associate Degree and transfer to Point Park University , Robert Morris University  and Westminster College . It is important that students consult with a counselor early in their program to develop a course plan most appropriate for the school to which they intend to transfer. See www.ccac.edu/articulation for details.