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Biological Science Transfer AS

Last updated 4/3/2014

Associate in Science Code 1520

Program Contacts:
QC Campus

Todd Linscott, 309-796-5242, linscottt@bhc.edu
East Campus
Katie Rushing-Anderson, 309-854-1813, andersonka@bhc.edu


Students planning to major in biology at a four-year institution should follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Science curriculum. The completion of the course of study outlined will satisfy graduation requirements of Black Hawk College. Since universities may require specific courses for a biology major, students should consult with the Counseling Office at Black Hawk College and/or an academic advisor at the transfer university as soon as possible.

Students taking the recommended courses will receive instruction in the basic concepts of math, chemistry and biology, as well as acquiring the laboratory skills necessary for upper division studies in biology. In the biological sciences today, a good background in chemistry is especially important. The biology portion of the suggested curriculum will include molecular and cellular biology as well as the unifying concepts in biology such as development, ecology, and evolution. In the sophomore year, the student may select from such courses as botany, zoology, genetics, or environmental biology, depending upon his/her interest and career goals. The study of biology gives a person an appreciation of the biology of his/her own body, of other life forms, and of the earth’s environment.

Students successfully completing this curriculum, as well as more advanced studies, may wish to consider such careers as teaching, research, museum work, environmental protection, or such applied areas as agriculture, wildlife management, horticulture, health related careers, or forestry.

Biological Science Transfer AS
Associate in Science Code 1520
Associate in Science Sequence
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
BIOL 105 — General Biology I (5)
CHEM 101 — General Chemistry I (4)
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
MATH 108 — Statistics for General Education (3)

Second Semester
BIOL 106 — General Biology II (5)
CHEM 102 — General Chemistry II (4)
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
Non-Western Elective (3)
SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communications (3)

Third Semester
CHEM 203 — Organic Chemistry I  or  (5)
PHYS 101 — College Physics I
MATH 124 — Calculus I (4)
Humanities  and  Fine Arts - 2 courses (6)
Social and Behavioral Science (3)

Fourth Semester
1Elective (4)
Social and Behavioral Science - 2 courses (6)
Humanities  or  Fine Arts (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

1Suggested Elective: CHEM 204  or  PHYS 102

This curriculum meets the Illinois Articulation Agreement General Education Requirements for the Associate’s degree.

Courses for this program include: »

BIOL 105 General Biology I
5 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 3 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Students must be eligible for (as determined by COMPASS score or other assessment) or currently enrolled in college level Math and English courses (100-level or greater).
For science and pre-professional majors and those with strong interest in science. This course includes the principles of cellular and molecular biology, including the chemistry of life, metabolism, photosynthesis, classical and molecular genetics, genetic regulation, and cellular reproduction. IAI: L1 900L; BIO 910

BIOL 106 General Biology II
5 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 3 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: BIOL 105 or instructor consent.
For science and pre-professional majors and those with strong interest in science. This course includes principles of organismic population and community biology including reproduction, development, homeostasis, behavior, ecology, and evolution. IAI: BIO 910

CHEM 101 General Chemistry I>
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 3 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry or CHEM 110; or the completion of MATH 112 “C” or better, Math 118 “C” or better, or Math 123 “C or better, or by Algebra assessment.
Fundamental principles of stoichiometry, periodicity, atomic structure and thermochemistry with applications to gases, liquids, solids and solutions. IAI: P1 902L; CHM 911

CHEM 102 General Chemistry II
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 3 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: CHEM 101.
Continuation of CHEM 101. Equilibrium calculations, electrochemistry, acid-base theory, coordination compounds, inorganic chemistry. IAI: CHM 912

CHEM 203 Organic Chemistry I
5 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 3 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: CHEM 101.
Synthetic and mechanistic features of hydrocarbons, alkyl halides and alcohols, including nomenclature.
IAI: CHM 913

CHEM 204 Organic Chemistry II
5 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 6 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: CHEM 203.
Continuation of CHEM 203. Emphasis on functional group reactions and mechanisms with spectrochemical interpretations. IAI: CHM 914

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

MATH 108 Statistics for General Education
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Appropriate initial placement score (within the last 6 months) or MATH 086 or 090 or 091 “C” or better and Math 085.
General education course in basic principles and procedures of statistics including levels of measurement, graphic presentation, descriptive measures of central tendency and dispersion, inferential statistics and hypothesis testing, analysis of variance and regression. Course includes use of appropriate technology and interpretation of statistical data reported in subject matter literature. IAI: M1 902

MATH 124 Calculus I with Analytic Geometry
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or MATH 118 or MATH 112 and MATH 116 “C” or better.
First semester calculus including analytic geometry, with emphasis on functions, limits, continuity, derivative and some of its applications, differentials, antiderivatives, and the definite integral. IAI: M1 900-1, MTH 901

PHYS 101 College Physics I
5 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 3 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 112 or equivalent or instructor consent.
For students majoring in a field other than pre-engineering, mathematics or physics. Theory of mechanics, heat and sound. Graduation credit not permitted for both PHYS 101 and 201. IAI: P1 900L

PHYS 102 College Physics II
5 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 3 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: PHYS 101.
Theory of magnetism, electricity, light and topics from atomic and nuclear physics. Graduation credit not permitted for both PHYS 102 and 202.

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900