Associate of Science
The Associate of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science is for students who are interested in studying the intersection between humans and the natural world. Environmental Science integrates fields within the biological and physical sciences. Individuals who complete their associate degree in Environmental Science can work as technicians in governmental or private organizations.
• Critically analyze scientific information.
• Conduct scientific research or experimentation in a professional manner.
• Communicate scientific findings in a professional manner.
• Demonstrate knowledge in three major areas of biology: cellular and molecular biology (including genetics), ecology and evolution, and organismal biology.
Students must have completed 60 credits and earn an overall 2.0 GPA to meet graduation requirements. Students must receive a “C” or better in all major required courses. Students who wish to transfer to the Erie campus to complete a Baccalaureate degree must maintain a 2.5 GPA.
A laboratory course that elucidates concepts taught in BIO 146 from a largely experimental perspective.
A course in algebra fundamentals, topics include sets, relations, functions, exponents and radicals, equations, inequalities, and polynomial and rational functions.
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Introduction to the biology of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, including the structure and function of membranes and organelles, especially mitochondria and chloroplasts. Also included are studies of the molecular structure and function of DNA, with emphasis on the organization of the eukaryotic genome, transcription and translation.
One (1) 200-Level Biology Level Elective