Associate in Science in Biological Sciences

This program allows students to develop a degree plan with an emphasis in the biological sciences. Students must work closely with their transfer institutions and their SFCC advisers to ensure the best transition to four-year schools.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Formulate hypotheses used in scientific inquiry.
  • Solve scientific problems experimentally,

conceptually and quantitatively.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of concepts and information in the life sciences.
  • Interpret and explain processes in living organisms from the molecular to the ecological scale.
  • Apply evolutionary theory to biological problems.


Class Requirements


Communications (9 hrs.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 112         Composition and Literature (3)


ENGL 216         Technical Writing (3)

Any SPCH course (3)

Mathematics (4 hrs. min.)

MATH 121       College Algebra (4)


MATH 135       Introduction to Probability

and Statistics (3)

Laboratory Science (8 hrs.)

CHEM 121       General Chemistry I (3)

CHEM 121L    General Chemistry I Lab (1)

CHEM 122       General Chemistry II (3)

CHEM 122L    General Chemistry II Lab (1)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6-9 hrs.)

Humanities and Fine Arts (6-9 hrs.)

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
15 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)



BIOL 201          Cell Biology (3)

BIOL 201L       Cell Biology Lab (1)

BIOL 202          Genetics (3)

BIOL 202L       Genetics Lab (1)

MATH 162       Calculus I (4)


MATH 180       Elements of calculus I (4)

PHYS 121         General Physics I (3)

PHYS 121L      General Physics I Lab (1)

PHYS 122         General Physics II (3)

PHYS 122L      General Physics II Lab (1)

Approved science elective (4)



Approved electives (3)

Six credit hours of the A.A. and A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)

NOTE: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement on Page 8.


2019 Spring Commencement Live Streaming

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