Biology, Associate in Science



Program Code: 0211


When you think of life on earth, your first thoughts are probably about familiar animals. That is only a small sample of the types of life on our planet, which include plants, bacteria, fungi, and animals in a vast array of body forms and types. Biology is the study of life, individual organisms, their communities, and the systems, cells, and processes that make up living matter. With an AS degree you can transfer to a four-year college as a junior, obtain your bachelor’s degree and work in fields like biochemistry, genetics, marine biology, zoology, ecology and much more.

This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing Biology. This pathway does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an Associate in Science (AS) degree. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below. Following this pathway will help you get your associate degree, which will increase your chances of transfer to Bachelor’s-level programs of study. Choose Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) courses to fulfill general education requirements whenever possible. Visit and speak with your college advisor to learn more about IAI.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
PSYCH 201 General Psychology 1 3
MATH 140 College Algebra 1 4
BIOLOGY 121 Biology I 1 5
Semester 2
ENGLISH 102 Composition 1 3
BIOLOGY 122 Biology II 1 5
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course (HD) 1 3
Semester 3
Pathway Elective 2 4
MATH 125 Introductory Statistics 1 4
Humanities course 1 3
CHEM 201 General Chemistry I 1 5
Semester 4
Fine Arts course 1 3
Pathway Elective 2 4
Pathway Elective 2 4
CHEM 203 General Chemistry II 2 5
 Total Hours61

General Education Requirement


Pathway Elective

Pathway ElectiveS

BIOLOGY 122Biology II5
BIOLOGY 226Human Structure and Function I4
BIOLOGY 227Human Structure and Function II4
BIOLOGY 241Genetics3-4
BIOLOGY 242Evolution2-3
BIOLOGY 251Molecular Biology I4
BOTANY 201General Botany I4
CHEM 121Basic Chemistry I 14
CHEM 203General Chemistry II5
CHEM 205Organic Chemistry I6
CHEM 207Organic Chemistry II6
CHEM 212Survey of Organic & Biochemistry4
Select one of the following:6-8
College Algebra
and Plane Trigonometry
Pre Calculus 2
MATH 207Calculus & Analytic Geometry I5
MATH 208Calculus & Analytic Geometry II5
MCROBIO 233General Microbiology4
PHYSICS 221Mechanics, Waves, and Heat5
PHYSICS 222Electricity, Light and Modern Physics5
PHYSICS 235Engineering Physics I: Mechanics & Wave Motion5
PHYSICS 236Engineering Physics II: Electricity & Magnetism5
PHYSICS 237Engineering Physics III: Heat light and Modern Physics5

CHEM 121 Basic Chemistry I should only be taken if the student needs it for admittance into CHEM 201 General Chemistry I.


MATH 143 Pre Calculus should only be taken if the student needs it for admittance into MATH 207 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I.

Choose your courses with your College Advisor.