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Biology

Curriculum pathway leading to an Associate in Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences for students seeking a transfer degree to a 4-year institution:

Dean: Dr. Edward Kremer

Biology Coordinator: Dr. Curtis Smith

The Biology Department provides coursework that allows students substantial flexibility in biologically based career options while instilling an appreciation for the complexity and diversity of life. Our biology laboratory courses prepare students with the hands on skills necessary to pursue professional positions in the medical field, industry, and research. In biology lecture courses, students learn the mechanisms, theory, history, and philosophy of each biological science. The most fundamental goals of teaching and learning in biology are to develop an appreciation for the study of life, to enhance scientific literacy, and to foster a desire for continued acquisition of knowledge.

Since the transferability of courses will vary depending on the specific four-year institution, it is strongly recommended that if students are intending to transfer to a four-year institution, they must consult with the transfer institution and with their respective KCKCC advisor before enrolling in order to determine the transferability of their courses. It is the student's responsibility to follow the transfer requirements established by his/her transfer institution.

General Education Requirements

College Requirement - All first time degree-seeking students who score 73 or above on the COMPASS reading exam are required to take HUDV0100, First Year Experience. All degree-seeking students who score below 73 on the COMPASS reading exam will take HUDV0101, Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning. (See exemptions)

Course Number
Course Title
Hours
HUDV Requirement:
HUDV0100 First Year Experience or
1
HUDV0101 Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning
2
Total
1-2
 
Basic Skill Requirements:
ENGL0101 Composition I
3
ENGL0102 Composition II*
3
SPCH0151 Public Speaking or
SPCH0153 Interpersonal Communication
3
Total
9
 
Humanities Requirements (6 credit hours from at least 2 disciplines including: Art, History, Literature, Modern Language, Music, Philosophy or Theatre)
  Humanities Core Elective
3
  Humanities Core Elective
3
Total
6
 
Social and Behavioral Science Requirements (6 credit hours from at least 2 disciplines)
  Social Science Core Elective
3
  Social Science Core Elective
3
Total
6
 
Mathematics and the Natural and Physical Science Requirements
BIOL0135 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology
4
CHEM0111 College Chemistry I and Lab*
5
MATH0105 College Algebra or Above*
3-5
Total
12-14
 
Total General Education Requirements
34-37
 
Biology Requirements:
BIOL0225 Diversity of Organisms
5
BIOL0240 Introduction to Genetics
4
BIOL0261 Microbiology*
3
BIOL0262 Microbiology Lab*
2
CHEM0112 College Chemistry II and Lab*
5
CHEM0211 Organic Chemistry I*
3
CHEM0213 Organic Chemistry I Lab* (recommended)
2
NASC0231 General Physics I*
5
Total
29
 
Total required for Associate in Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences in Biology Degree
63-66

*See course description for prerequisite.
**Mathematics sequence is contingent upon previous high school mathematics background and transfer institution. Students should confer with an adviser to determine correct placement.