Life Sciences/Biology

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Life Sciences (Biology)

Credits required 66 - 67

Dean

Sarmad Saman, sarmad.saman@bristolcc.edu

Program Contact

Michael Sipala, Coordinator of Life Sciences, michael.sipala@bristolcc.edu

Program Code: LFBI
Concentration Code: BI

Program Goals Statement

This program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a 4-year institution and major in Biology or another Life Science field.  The goal is to provide students with the necessary skills and background to be successful at a 4-year institution.

Program Information

  • This program is designed to prepare students for transfer to a 4-year institution to major in Biology or another Life Science Field, and will give them a foundation for work in Pre-med, Pre-vet and other Health Science fields.
  • Students will take a variety of transferable General Studies courses, as well as select Biology Elective courses in their area of interest.
  • After completion of the degree, students have a strong foundation in Biology that will allow them to be successful in their next program.

After BCC

  • With an Associates in Science - Life Science/Biology degree, students will be able to transfer to a 4-year institution with a solid background in Biology that will allow them to take upper level Biology classes at their next institution.  Also, they will have completed many General Studies requirements that should transfer to their new school.
  • BCC participates in the Statewide MassTransfer program and has developed many program-to-program transfer articulation agreements which guarantees admission and credit transfer.
  • For a complete listing of eligible MassTransfer programs and current articulation agreements, visit the Transfer Affairs website at www.bristolcc.edu/transfer. 

Degree Requirements

Program Courses

BIO 121Fundamentals of Biological Science I

4 credits

BIO 122Fundamentals of Biological Science II

4 credits

BIO 230Seminar in Scientific Literature and Research Design

3 credits

CHM 113Fundamentals of Chemistry I

4 credits

CHM 114Fundamentals of Chemistry II

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:19

General Courses

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

And choose two of the following

MTH 214Calculus I

4 credits

MTH 152College Algebra

3 credits

MTH 172Precalculus with Trigonometry

4 credits

And choose one of the following

HST 111The West and the World I

3 credits

HST 112The West and the World II

3 credits

HST 113United States History to 1877

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:36

Program Electives - Choose 12 credits from the following (at least 2 must be lab courses)

AGR 114Sustainable Agriculture I

4 credits

AGR 115Sustainable Agriculture II

4 credits

BIO 126Introduction to Biotechnology

3 credits

BIO 127Introduction to Biotechniques

4 credits

BIO 129Field Biology

4 credits

BIO 130The Biology and Behavior of Birds

4 credits

BIO 154Human Physiology

4 credits

BIO 205Animal Behavior

4 credits

BIO 220Introduction to Nutrition

3 credits

BIO 232Marine Biology

4 credits

BIO 233Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

BIO 234Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits

BIO 235Fundamentals of Ecology

4 credits

BIO 239Elements of Microbiology

4 credits

BIO 240Cell Biology

4 credits

BIO 241Pathophysiology

3 credits

BIO 250Introduction to Immunology

4 credits

CHM 225Biochemistry

4 credits

CHM 235Organic Chemistry I

4 credits

CHM 236Organic Chemistry II

4 credits

PHY 211General Physics I

4 credits

PHY 212General Physics II

4 credits

SCI 115Science and Care of Plants

4 credits

SCI 119Coastal Science

4 credits

SCI 240Introduction to Oceanography

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:97

Elective Courses - Choose 2 Behavioral/Social Sciences

Any GVT OR any SOC

Elective Courses - Choose 1 Technical Literacy

CIS 110Basic Computing Skills

3 credits

CAD 101Computer Aided Drafting

3 credits

EGR 103Computer Skills for Engineers and Technicians

3 credits

Elective Courses - Choose 1 Multicultural Perspective

ENG 217Writings from the Margins of Contemporary American Literature

3 credits

ENG 257Contemporary African-American Women'sWriting

3 credits

ENG 259Native American Novels

3 credits

HST 113United States History to 1877

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

HST 252African-American History

3 credits

HST 259History of North American Indian Peoples

3 credits

HST 265Immigration and Ethnicity in American History

3 credits

MassTransfer A2B Courses

Life Sciences Biology is a MassTransfer A2B Mapped Program with some Massachusetts State Universities. When choosing electives, complete an A2B Program Search at www.mass.edu/masstransfer to determine available transfer institutions and to ensure all credits will be transferred and applied to your degree. To complete the Life Sciences Biology A2B Program, the following Foundational Courses are required: 

BIO 121                Fundamentals of Biological Science I                                                     4 credits

BIO 122                Fundamentals of Biological Science II                                                    4 credits

CHM 113              Fundamentals of Chemistry I                                                                  4 credits

CHM 114              Fundamentals of Chemistry II                                                                 4 credits

MTH 172              Precalculus with Trigonometry                                                                4 credits

In addition, students are required to take a minimum of Seven (7) Major Elective Credits from the list below to satisfy the A2B requirements.

CHM 235Organic Chemistry I

4 credits

CHM 236Organic Chemistry II

4 credits

PHY 211General Physics I

4 credits

PHY 212General Physics II

4 credits

MTH 214Calculus I

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:20

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

BIO 121Fundamentals of Biological Science I

4 credits

CHM 113Fundamentals of Chemistry I

4 credits

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

BIO 122Fundamentals of Biological Science II

4 credits

CHM 114Fundamentals of Chemistry II

4 credits

MTH 152College Algebra

3 credits

Or

MTH 172Precalculus with Trigonometry

4 credits

Technical Literacy Elective

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

BIO 230Seminar in Scientific Literature and Research Design

3 credits

History Elective

3 credits

Behavioral/Social Science Elective

3 credits

MTH 172Precalculus with Trigonometry

4 credits

Or

MTH 214Calculus I

4 credits

Program Elective

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

Program Elective

3 credits

Program Elective

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

Multicultural Perspective Elective

3 credits

Behavioral/Social Science Elective

3 credits

 

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