NCCC College Catalog 2023-2024 
    Dec 09, 2023  
NCCC College Catalog 2023-2024

Biology, AS (65 credit hours)

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*This Program Path sunsets starting Fall 2024

*The Program Path starting Fall 2024 is To Be Determined

The Associate of Science with an emphasis in Biological Science at NCCC offers undergraduate training in biology. Emphasis may include botany and zoology, as well as preparation for professional schools such as nursing, allied health, pre-med, and veterinary medicine.


The student will need to demonstrate proficiencies in reading, English, and mathematics based on the Mandatory Placement Policy, or by taking the recommended/ required classes. Some of the courses in this curriculum have specific prerequisites.

Program Path Sequence

The listing that follows is a recommended sequence of courses for full-time students. The student should consult with an advisor for information specific to their academic situation.

For More Information Contact A Program Advisor:

Dr. Steve Yuza, 620-432-0423

Michael Campbell, 785-248-2805

Eric Row, 785-248-2828

Advising Staff, 620-432-0311

(Fall) Semester I (Spring) Semester II
BIOL 251 Biology I 3 cr hrs   BIOL 255 Biology II 3 cr hrs  
BIOL 252 Biology I Lab 2 cr hrs   BIOL 256 Biology II Lab 2 cr hrs  
CURR 100 First Year Seminar 1 cr hrs   ENGL 289 English Composition II 3 cr hrs  
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3 cr hrs   HPER 150 Lifetime Fitness 1 cr hrs  
MATH 113 College Algebra 3 cr hrs   CSIS 100 Computer Concepts & Applications 3 cr hrs  
Social and Behavioral Science Electives  3 cr hrs Arts and Humanities Electives  3 cr hrs
  Arts and Humanities Electives  3 cr hrs
Total Credit Hours: 15 Total Credit Hours: 18


(Fall) Semester III (Spring) Semester IV
MATH 150 Analytic Geometry And Calculus I 5 cr hrs   CHEM 225 College Chemistry II 3 cr hrs  
PSYC 155 General Psychology 3 cr hrs   CHEM 226 College Chemistry II Lab 2 cr hrs  
COMM 207 Fundamentals Of Speech 3 cr hrs   Social and Behavioral Science Electives 3 cr hrs
CHEM 215 College Chemistry I 3 cr hrs   Arts and Humanities Electives  3 cr hrs
CHEM 216 College Chemistry I Lab 2 cr hrs   Program Elective 5 cr hrs
Total Credit Hours: 16 Total Credit Hours: 16
Total Program Path Credits for Associate of Science Degree: 65

General Education (GE) Courses

In order to graduate with a college degree, all students are required to take certain general education courses. These include English composition, speech, wellness, science, art and humanities, mathematics, computer systems, and social and behavioral science.

Program Core Courses

BIOL 251 Biology I /BIOL 252 Biology I Lab , CHEM 215 College Chemistry I /CHEM 216 College Chemistry I Lab , BIOL 255 Biology II /BIOL 256 Biology II Lab , CHEM 225 College Chemistry II /CHEM 226 College Chemistry II Lab , MATH 150 Analytic Geometry And Calculus I .

Program Elective Courses

BIOL 115 Environmental Life Science /BIOL 116 Environmental Life Science Lab , BIOL 205 Prehistoric Life , BIOL 299 Independent Study , PHYS 100 Introductory College Physics I /PHYS 130 Introductory College Physics I Lab .

Program Outcomes

Students will develop an understanding of the following:

  1. Scientific method and the history of science.
  2. Metric system and microscopy.
  3. Basic chemistry of life.
  4. Cellular structures and functions.
  5. Mitosis and meiosis.
  6. Patterns of inheritance.
  7. Cellular respiration and photosynthesis.
  8. Organismal classification.
  9. Principles of ecology.

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