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Biological Sciences, Associate in Science

Curriculum SCI.BIS.AS (U230A26)

(Total Program Credits: 60)

Biological Science majors may find careers available in biological research, teaching, state and federal government departments, such as environmental protection agencies, park services, departments of natural resources or in private industries, such as forest products, agriculture and food products.

Students planning to major in Biological Sciences must be ready to take RHT 101◊, MAT 111◊ and have had at least one unit of high school Biology and one unit of high school Chemistry. Students meeting these qualifications may then take the following sequence of Science and Mathematics courses along with the appropriate general education courses.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Science Degree (Biological Sciences) emphasis, the graduate will be able to:

  • solve problems based on scientific inquiry via the scientific method;
  • present biological concepts with correct biological terms;
  • explain biological processes at the molecular, cellular and organismal level;
  • illustrate the relationship between structure and function in evolutionary biology;
  • discuss the ecological relationships between organisms and their environments; and
  • evaluate primary scientific literature to recognize quality research.

(Fall 2021)

Placement Measures MAT, RHT, and COL sequence placement will be determined by an Academic Advisor. Contact your Academic Advisor before registering for courses.
Developmental education courses do not transfer. They assist students in the path towards college credit.

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIS 150Principles of Biology I #

4 credits

CHM 140General Chemistry I #

5 credits

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3 credits

General education/Social and Behavioral Science

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101◊ and RHT 102◊.

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIS 151Principles of Biology II #

4 credits

 

CHM 141General Chemistry II #

5 credits

OR

PHY 101General Physics (Mechanics, Heat & Sound) #

5 credits

 

MAT 170Elementary Statistics #

4 credits

RHT 102Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101◊ and RHT 102◊.

Semester Three: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 131Calculus & Analytic Geometry I #

5 credits

 

CHM 234Organic Chemistry I #

5 credits

OR

PHY 102General Physics (Electricity, Magnetism, Optics & Modern Physics) #

5 credits

 

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

General education/Humanities

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Semester Four: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
CHM 235Organic Chemistry II #

5 credits

OR

Other Program Electives

4-5 credits

 

Program electives

4-5 credits

OR

Other BIS course

4-5 credits

 

General education/Fine Arts

3 credits

General education/Social and Behavioral Science

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:14-16

GECC Note: Take one additional Humanities or Fine Arts and one additional Social and Behavioral Science course, to be eligible for the General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) Credential.

Program electives (4-5):

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIS 101Human Biology

4 credits

BIS 105Environmental Biology

4 credits

BIS 222Principles of Microbiology #

4 credits

BIS 240Human Anatomy & Physiology I #

4 credits

CHM 141General Chemistry II #

5 credits

CHM 234Organic Chemistry I #

5 credits

CHM 235Organic Chemistry II #

5 credits

PHY 101General Physics (Mechanics, Heat & Sound) #

5 credits

PHY 102General Physics (Electricity, Magnetism, Optics & Modern Physics) #

5 credits

(Select courses that meet the BS requirements of your transfer college.)

Graduation Requirements

General Education requirements:

AS degree                                                                                  Subtotal: 37-41

Biological Sciences courses or other
electives toward the AS degree                               Subtotal: 19-23

General Education requirements by discipline:

  • Communications: Three courses (nine semester hours).
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: Two courses (six semester hours), with at least one course selected from Humanities and at least one course from the Fine Arts;
  • Social and Behavioral Science: two courses (six semester credits), with courses selected from at least two disciplines.

    Graduation from an Illinois college or university requires satisfactory completion of one or more courses incorporating Human Diversity, which may be taken as a Humanities and Fine Arts or Social and Behavioral Science course.

  • Mathematics: Two courses (six to nine semester hours).
  • Physical and Life Science: Three courses (10-11 semester hours), with at least one course selected from the Life Sciences and one course from the Physical Sciences and including at least one laboratory course.

Foreign Language encouraged if transferring to a four-year institution.

See BIS course descriptions

Chairperson: Gabriel Guzman, Ext. 3312; email: gabrielguzman@triton.edu