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Biology (BIOL)

Degree

The following Biology degree is offered:

DEGREE
AS — Biology: Biological Sciences

Required Program (Units)
BIOL 400    Principles of Biology (5)
BIOL 410    Principles of Botany (5)
BIOL 420    Principles of Zoology (5)
CHEM 400    General Chemistry (5)
CHEM 401    General Chemistry (5)
A minimum of 8 units from the following: 8
BIOL 323    Plants and People (4)
BIOL 350    Environmental Biology (3)
BIOL 380    Natural History Field Studies: Coastal Ecosystems (1)
BIOL 382    Natural History Field Studies: Desert Ecosystems (1)
BIOL 384    Natural History Field Study of Forest Ecosystems (1-4)
BIOL 386    Natural History Field Studies: Marine Ecosystems (1)
BIOL 388    Natural History Field Studies: River Ecosystems (1)
BIOL 389    Natural History Field Studies: Wetland Ecosystems (1)
BIOL 390    Natural History Field Study (.5-4)
CHEM 420    Organic Chemistry (5)
CHEM 421    Organic Chemistry (5)
INDIS 360    Sustainability: Your Future on Planet Earth (3)
MATH 400    Calculus I (5)
MATH 401    Calculus II (5)
PHYS 350    General Physics (4)
PHYS 360    General Physics (4)
PHYS 411    Mechanics of Solids and Fluids (4)
PHYS 421    Electricity and Magnetism (4)
PHYS 431    Heat, Waves, Light and Modern Physics (4)
STAT 300    Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 33

This A.S. degree may be obtained by completion of the Required Program, plus General Education Requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • apply acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities toward successful completion of coursework at transfer institutions. 
  • demonstrate knowledge of the language, facts, and concepts that serve as the foundation for working independently on more complex problems. 
  • employ appropriate information-gathering tools to investigate scientific matters. 
  • clearly communicate scientific information, both orally and in written form, to diverse audiences. 
  • demonstrate laboratory habits consistent with accepted practices for safety, documentation, and core techniques. 
  • analyze data sets, recognize the implications of disturbances to biological systems, and synthesize information to draw conclusions. 
  • differentiate between scientifically-derived knowledge, myth, and conjecture in professional or everyday encounters with information. 
  • recognize and discuss ethical implications of biological research when encountered in personal, community, and scientific issues. 
  • engage in free exchange of ideas to support creative problem solving.
  • evaluate former and proposed human activities, and, if necessary, recommend alternative actions that are environmentally sustainable.


DEGREE
AS - Biological Sciences: Pre-Nursing

Required Program (Units)

BIOL 440    General Microbiology (4)
    or BIOL 442    General Microbiology & Public Health (5) (4-51)
BIOL 430    Anatomy and Physiology (5)
BIOL 431    Anatomy and Physiology (5)
CHEM 305    Introduction to Chemistry (5)
CHEM 306    Introduction to Chemistry (5)
NUTRI 300    Nutrition (3)
PSYC 300    General Principles (3)
    or PSYC 320    Social Psychology (3) (3)
PSYC 370    Human Development: A Life Span (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 33-34

1See a counselor in reference to acceptance of Bio 442 for specific nursing programs

NOTE:  This degree is designed for students intending to transfer to a nursing program at a college or university. It does not prepare the student for immediate employment as a nurse. Students earning a nursing degree will need to complete several lower division nursing classes when transferring.

This A.S. degree may be obtained by completion of the Required Program, plus General Education Requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • utilize acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities toward successful completion of coursework at transfer institutions. 
  • demonstrate knowledge of the language, facts, and concepts that serve as the foundation for working independently on more complex problems.
  • employ appropriate information-gathering tools to investigate health-related matters. 
  • clearly communicate scientific information, both orally and in written form, to diverse audiences. 
  • demonstrate laboratory habits consistent with accepted practices for safety, documentation, and core techniques. 
  • demonstrate the ability to process information and make decisions based on the quality and relevance of the evidence. 
  • utilize knowledge of the physical, cognitive, and social factors affecting individuals to improve human interactions. 
  • differentiate between scientifically-derived knowledge, myth, and conjecture in professional or everyday encounters with information. 
  • recognize and discuss ethical implications of biological research when encountered in personal, community, and scientific issues. 
  • engage in free exchange of ideas to support creative problem solving.


DEGREE
AS-T - Biology

Required Program (Units)
BIOL 400    Principles of Biology (5)
BIOL 410    Principles of Botany (5)
BIOL 420    Principles of Zoology (5)
CHEM 400    General Chemistry I (5)
CHEM 401    General Chemistry II (5)
MATH 400    Calculus I (5)
PHYS 350    General Physics (4)
    and PHYS 360    General Physics (4)
    or PHYS 411    Mechanics of Solids and Fluids (4)
       and PHYS 421    Electricity and Magnetism (4) (8)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 38

The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer Degree program provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements for transfer to the California State University (CSU). Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system. Students should work closely with their Folsom Lake College counselor to ensure that they are taking the appropriate coursework to prepare for majoring in Biology at the institution they wish to transfer to because major and general education requirements may vary for each CSU, and the degree does not guarantee admission to a specific CSU campus.

This program has the following completion requirements:
1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    A. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
    B. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • apply acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities toward successful completion of coursework at transfer institutions.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the language, facts, and concepts that serve as the foundation for working independently on more complex problems.
  • employ appropriate information-gathering tools to investigate scientific matters.
  • clearly communicate scientific information, both orally and in written form, to diverse audiences.
  • demonstrate laboratory and field habits consistent with accepted practices for safety, documentation, and core techniques.
  • analyze data sets, recognize the implications of disturbances to biological systems, and synthesize information to draw conclusions.
  • differentiate between scientifically-derived knowledge, myth, and conjecture in professional or everyday encounters with information.
  • recognize and discuss ethical implications of biological research when encountered in personal, community, and scientific issues.
  • engage in free exchange of ideas to support creative problem solving.
  • evaluate former and proposed human activities, and, if necessary, recommend alternative actions that are environmentally sustainable.

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