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Biology (BIOL)

Degrees & Certificates

The following Biology degrees and certificates are offered:

DEGREE
A.S. — Biology: Biological Sciences
Biology programs at FLC seek to prepare lower division students for transfer to higher education institutions, entry into vocational programs, or science-related employment. All programs seek to develop critical thinking skills while fostering a lasting appreciation of biology.

Required Program (Units)
BIOLOGY CONCENTRATION OPTION

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 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 (0.5 - 4)
CHEM 420 Organic Chemistry (5)
   CHEM 421 Organic Chemistry (5)
   INDIS 360 Sustainability: Your Future on Planet 
Earth (3)
   MATH 350 Calculus for the Life and Social 
Sciences I (3)
   MATH 351 Calculus for the Life and Social 
Sciences II (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 Learnign 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.


HEALTH SCIENCE / PRE-PROFESSIONAL OPTION
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)
CHEM 420 Organic Chemistry (5)
CHEM 421 Organic Chemistry (5)
MATH 350 Calculus for the Life & Social Sciences I (3) and
MATH 351 Calculus for the Life & Social Sciences II (3) or
 MATH 400 Calculus I (5) and
 MATH 401 Calculus II (5) (6-10)
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) and
 PHYS 431 Heat, Waves, Light & Modern Physics (4) (8-12)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 49-57

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 Learnign 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.
- 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.


PRE-NURSING OPTION

BIOL 430 Anatomy and Physiology (4-5)1
or BIOL 442 General Microbiology and Public Health (5)
BIOL 431 Anatomy and Physiology (5)
BIOL 440 General Microbiology (4) 
CHEM 305 Introduction to Chemistry (5)
CHEM 306 Introduction to Chemistry (5)
FCS 324 Human Development: A Life Span (3)
NUTRI 300 Nutrition (3)
PSYC 300 General Principles (3) or
PSYC 320 Social Psychology (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 four-year 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.

TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED: 33-57
(Depending on option selected)

Updated 10/01/14

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