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Associate in Science, Emphasis in Biological Sciences

 

The Associate in Science (AS), Emphasis in Biological Sciences provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in biological sciences and/or are preparing for application to professional graduate programs in various medical fields. With a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career as a biological research lab or field technician. With a graduate degree, students may pursue a number of careers, including but not limited to, bioinformatic scientists, molecular and cellular biologists, ecologists, wildlife conservationists and environmental scientists, marine biologists, secondary school (grades 7-12) teachers and university professors, pharmaceutical developer, food safety investigator, geneticists, physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, dentists, and optometrists and veterinarians.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Science, Emphasis in Biological Sciences (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8602
Total Credits Required
60-74
Catalog Year
2020-2021
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Explain the relationship between structure and function at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels.
  2. Apply fundamental theories of physical and life sciences to explain the diversity of living things and modes of energy exchange.
  3. Apply the scientific method to investigate fundamental and novel questions regarding natural phenomena.
  4. Utilize technology to conduct experiments and collect, analyze and communicate data.
  5. Adhere to standard safety protocols when performing experiments and collecting data.
  6. Critically evaluate the internal and external validity of scientific studies to inform decisions.
  7. Effectively communicate orally, visually and in writing in an articulate, respectful and culturally responsive manner.
  8. Collaborate with diverse individuals to solve problems.
  9. Demonstrate dependability, adaptability and persistence to set and achieve goals.
  10. Integrate social and ethical responsibility in decision making and actions.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric

$206,040

There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Biologists
* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Additional courses that are specific to your selected option will be highlighted with a blue border.

Note: You will have to select one of the options below to view available course sequences.

Full-time Sequence

To view course sequences, select one of the pathway map options above.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
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Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
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Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
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Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
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Part-time Sequence

To view course sequences, select one of the pathway map options above.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
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Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
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Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
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Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
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Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
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Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
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Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
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Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
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Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
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Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Science in Associate in Science, Emphasis in Biological Sciences (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=133831).


At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2018-20195/29/2018 – 5/27/2019