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Degree Plans - Biology (AS)

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Biology is a science centered around the study of life and living organisms. The Associate of Science in biology is designed for students wishing to complete the first two years of college biology education and then transfer to a 4-year institution.

Our curriculum also prepares you to work professionally in areas centered around biology. These include health professions that require an advanced degree such as medicine, dentistry, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant and veterinary medicine, as well as various research fields.

Catalog Year
Degree Type
Field of Study
Available Online
Available Hybrid
Degree Plan
Major Courses 24 Credits

BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I*

BIOL 1407 Biology for Science Majors II*

CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I*

CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II*

CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I

PHYS 1401 College Physics I*

* (Also counts as TJC core class)

TJC Core Curriculum 36 Credits
In addition to the Major Courses, the student is required to take 36 credit hours from the TJC Core Curriculum. These courses must not duplicate courses taken to fulfill the major course requirement. Major Courses: 24
TJC Core Curriculum: 36
Total Semester Hours: 60

Recommended Course Sequence:

First Semester Credit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I 4
CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I 4
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
Second Semester Credit Hours
ENGL 1302 Composition II OR
ENGL 2311
BIOL 1407 Biology for Science Majors II 4
CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II 4
MATH 1316 Plane Trigonometry OR MATH 2412 3
EDUC 1300 Learning Framework OR COSC 1301 3
Third Semester Credit Hours
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
HIST 1301 United States History I 3
PHYS 1401 College Physics I 4
CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I 4
Fourth Semester Credit Hours
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
HIST 1302 United States History II OR HIST 2301 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR SPCH 1321 3
xxxx x3xx Lang., Philosophy and Culture Core 3
xxxx x3xx Social and Behavioral Sciences Core 3
Total Semester Hours 60

Δ Classes chosen in major must be different from courses used for Core requirements.

*From the core choices, BIOL 1406 and 1407, CHEM 1411 and 1412 and PHYS 1401 are Major Courses for the Biology Degree. Two of the above listed classes will count toward core requirements. The others will apply toward the major.

To receive the degree, you must (a) make a minimum grade of “C” in all required math and science courses, and (b) have an overall GPA of 2.0 or greater.

Students interested pre-professional areas (Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, etc.) are encouraged to meet with a TJC academic advisor and an advisor at their intended transfer institution to review course requirements and customize their degree plan accordingly.