Associate in Science Code 1520
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.
Associate in Science Sequence
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
BIOL 105 — General Biology I (5)
CHEM 101 — General Chemistry I (4)
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
MATH 108 — Statistics for General Education (3)
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)
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)
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.