A.S. - Transfer Degree

This program is designed for those students pursuing a career in biological sciences. Students who wish to pursue a pre-med preparation should follow this program as well. It is recommended that all students who wish to enter other related fields, such as medical technology or pre-professional health science (pre-dental, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, and pre-veterinary) should also follow this program and consult with an Academic Advisor for the appropriate courses and sequences for their particular field. Students may also be interested in the A.S. degree in Environmental Sciences with Biology Emphasis.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in biology that will prepare them for transfer to the university and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the principles of scientific inquiry, methodology, research, and experimentation.
  • Demonstrate competence in standard laboratory safety, instrumentation, technology, and techniques when used in a biological sciences.
  • Use the scientific method to define a problem, propose solutions through research, investigate the problem through experimentation, collect and analyze quantitative data, and present these findings.
  • Apply fundamental concepts of biology including organization, chemistry of life, cellular functions, genetics, evolution, biological diversity, animal systems, plant systems, and ecology.
  • Apply fundamental concepts of microbiology including diversity, cell structure, cell metabolism, viral interactions, pathogenicity, and the role of microorganisms in industry, agriculture, and medicine.
  • Demonstrate and understanding of fundamental concepts of anatomy and physiology including terminology, organization, homeostatic regulation, interactions among body systems, and its application to human health.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking, scientific terminology, and communication (written and oral) in the biological sciences.
  • Discuss the role of biology in greater economic, social, political, and historical context.

Program Map

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

Visit Academic Planning to get started on your personalized Academic Plan, or schedule an appointment with the Advising Office.

Program Requirements Based on Fall/Spring rotation  (AGEC-S certificate also included)

First Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
BIO 181 General Biology I 4 Major Requirement
MAT 150183
MAT 151 & 183
MAT 187
College Algebra w/ ReviewPlane Trigonometry
College Algebra: Standard & Plane Trigonometry
Precalculus *

Pre-requisite for MAT 220
(counts towards general electives)
ENG 101 
ENG 107
Freshman Composition I 3 GE-Composition
ART Choose one course from Arts 3 GE-Arts
HUM Choose one course from Humanities 3 GE-Humanities
  * MAT 187 has a pre-requisite of MAT 121 or MAT 150 or MAT 151 18-20  


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Second Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
BIO 182 General Biology II 4 Major Requirement
MAT 220 Calculus I with Analytic Geometry 5 GE-Mathematics
ENG 102 
ENG 108
Freshman Composition II 3 GE-Composition
SOC Choose one Writing Intensive course from Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences (Writing Intensive)


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Third Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
BIO 205 Microbiology 4 Departmental Requirement
CHM 151 General Chemistry I 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences
PHY-111 College Physics I (or choose one course from this list) 4 Departmental Requirement
SOC Choose one Writing Intensive course from Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences (Writing Intensive)


  • If transferring, apply to universities

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Fourth Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
CHM 152 General Chemistry II 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences
PHY 112 College Physics II (or choose one course from this list) 4 Departmental Requirement
ENV 230 Foundations of Environmental Science (or choose BIO 218 or BIO 254) 4 Departmental Requirement
MAT 270 Applied Statistics 4 Departmental Requirement


Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Attend Etiquette Lunch
  • Meet with Career Services
  • Apply for university scholarship opportunities  
Open the program map above to view the recommended classes to complete the program. You can also print the program map using the button above.

Transfer Information

Arizona State University BS, BA Biology (multiple program options) None
Northern Arizona University BS, BSED Biology (multiple program options) None
University of Arizona  BS, BA Biology (multiple program options) 2nd or 4th Semester Proficiency (depends on program)

Transfer Tools

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AZTransfer will provide you with more information and tools on how to transfer to ASU, NAU, and UofA.

Need help with transferring?  The AWC Transfer Services office can provide you with individualized help to explore degree pathways and specific university requirements.  Visit their website or schedule an appointment with a transfer specialist.