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Biology Transfer Pathway (AS) - 60 credits

Why Choose Biology?

Biology can provide a background or foundation for a variety of professions in difference scientific fields. This program will start you on a path that will lead to the career goal you in the scientific field you are pursuing.

Skills Acquired

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Biology programs include topics such as:

  • Evolution of organisms
  • Cell biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Laboratory science
  • Ecology
  • Human biology

Careers in Biology

Projected Job Growth

Here is the projected job growth for a variety of professions that use skills from bioscience (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics):

Employment of biochemists and biophysicists is projected to grow 19% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 15% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
Employment of medical scientists is projected to grow 13% between 2012 and 2022.
Employment of biological technicians is projected to grow 10% from 2012 to 2022.
Employment of microbiologists is projected to grow 7% from 2012 to 2022.
Employment of zoologists and wildlife biologists is projected to grow 5% from 2012 to 2022.
Employment of conservation scientists and foresters is projected to grow 3% from 2012 to 2022.

Types of Jobs

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Individuals who are interested in biology have options for many different professions. Here is a list of some of those professions:

  • Zoologists and Wildlife biologists
  • Biologicial Technicians
  • Biochemists and Biophysicians
  • Conservation Scientists and Foresters
  • Medical Scientists
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists
  • Microbiologists

 

Average Pay

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average median national pay for the following positions are:

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists - $57,710 annually ($27.75 per hour)
Biological Technicians - $39,750 annually ($19.11 per hour)
Biochemists and Biophysicians - $81,480 ($39.17 per hour)
Conservation Scientists and Foresters - $61,100 ($29.38 per hour)
Medical Scientist - $76,980 ($37.00 per hour)
Environemental Scientists and Specialists - $63,570 ($30.56 per hour)
Microbiologists - $66,260 ($31.86 per hour).

Degrees in Biology

The Biology AS offers students an opportunity to focus on gaining course credits that directly transfer to a biology bachelor's degree program at Minnesota State Universities. The entire curriculum has been carefully designed to meet bachelor's degree program requirements for transfer students planning initial study at a Minnesota State college. Students planning to transfer to non-Minnesota State universities are advised to consult with their intended transfer institution to determine transferability of the courses in this curriculum.

Normandale offers coursework typically required for majors in:

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Ecology
  • Evolution and behavior
  • Genetics and cell biology
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant biology

The Biology (Minnesota State Transfer Pathway) AS offers students an opportunity to focus on gaining course credits that directly transfer to a biology bachelor's degree program at Minnesota State universities. The entire curriculum has been carefully designed to meet bachelor's degree program requirements for transfer students planning initial study at a Minnesota State college. Students planning to transfer to non-Minnesota State universities are advised to consult with their intended transfer institution to determine transferability of the courses in this curriculum.

Core Courses - 17 credits

Each of the following courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher:

Code Title Credits
BIOL 1501 Principles of Biology I 5
BIOL 1502 Principles of Biology II 4
BIOL 2205 Genetics 4

Complete one of the following courses:

Code Title Credits
BIOL 2206 Ecology 4
BIOL 2207 Cell Biology 4
BIOL 2208 Biology of Microorganisms 4

Additional Required Courses - 43 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
COMM 1101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
or COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
CHEM 1061 Principles of Chemistry 1 5
CHEM 1062 Principles of Chemistry 2 5

Choose two of the following:

Code Title Credits
MATH 1100 College Algebra and Probability 4
MATH 1150 Trigonometry 4
MATH 1500 Pre-Calculus 5
MATH 1510 Calculus 1 5

  • Complete one course from MnTC Goal 5
  • Complete one course from MnTC Goal 6
  • Complete one course from MnTC Goal 7, 8, 9 or 10.
    With careful planning, courses used to satisfy Goals 5 and 6 may also be counted for Goals 7, 8, 9 or 10.
  • Complete additional courses to reach 60 credits total.

Other Degree Requirements

  • If needed, complete additional courses to reach 60 credits total. 
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.  

Coursework in this degree program satisfies a portion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)