Biology Transfer Pathway AS

The Associate of Science Biology Transfer Pathway offers students an opportunity to earn course credits that directly transfer to a designated Biology bachelor’s degree program at Minnesota State universities. The entire curriculum has been carefully designed to meet bachelor’s degree program requirements for transfer students planning initial study at a Minnesota State college. Students planning to transfer to non-system universities are advised to consult with their intended transfer institution as early as possible to determine transferability of the courses in this curriculum.

The Biology Transfer Pathway AS will transfer to the following designated baccalaureate degree majors:  

  • Bemidji State University:  Biology – General Biology, BS Biology – Ecology, Biodiversity, and Evolutionary Biology, BS  Biology – Environmental Science, BS 
  • Metropolitan State University: Biology, BA 
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato: Biology, BA Biology, BS 
  • Minnesota State University, Moorhead: Biology, BA Ecology, BA 
  • Southwest Minnesota State University:  Biology Concentration, BA
  • St. Cloud State University: Biology, BA 
  • Winona State University: Biology, BA 

 

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2017 - 2018

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:1101
    Course Title:Principles of Biology I      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:This is the first course in a two-semester biology sequence. This course introduces students to the concepts of cell structure and function, cellular metabolism, heredity and genetics. This course is intended for students for biological and physical science majors or those planning to enter a professional program. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisite: CHEM 1061 or Concurrent Registration with CHEM 1061
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    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:1102
    Course Title:Principles of Biology II      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is the second in the two semester sequence of introductory biology. Topics include principles of evolution, ecology, biodiversity and an introduction to living systems. Utilization of preserved animal specimens is a required part of this course. One semester of college chemistry is recommended. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisite: BIOL 1101; or BIOL 1001 with instructor permission and concurrent enrollment in CHEM 1061
    Principles of Biology IIView03 4
    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:2360
    Course Title:Genetics      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:We will examine the organization, storage, maintenance, transfer, and expression of genetic information. Molecular data and Mendelian principles will be applied to understand genetics at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels. Skills of professional biologists will be practiced, such as reading primary literature, designing/carrying out experiments, and evaluating qualitative and quantitative data. Prerequisite: BIOL 1101 or BIOL 1001, and MATH 1150, with a C or better in each. Recommended: completion or coenrollment in BIOL 1102.
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    Program Course Electives
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:2610
    Course Title:General Ecology      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:We will examine the interrelationships of organisms and their environments, emphasizing the historic development of fundamental principles at the levels of individuals, population, community, and ecosystem through examination of theoretical and empirical findings. Skills of professional biologists will be practiced, such as reading primary literature, designing/carrying out experiments, and evaluating qualitative and quantitative data. Prerequisite: Prerequisite: BIOL 1102, and placement above MATH 1150 or successful completion of MATH 1150 or higher, with a C or better.
    General EcologyView03 4
    Course Subject: CHEM         Course Number:2061
    Course Title:Organic Chemistry I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:5

    Course Description:This course is a study of the covalent molecules associated with carbon, emphasizing the mechanism of the reactions and the stereochemistry of aliphatic, alicyclic, and olefinic molecules. Functional groups that will be studied include the saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons, alcohols, ethers and halides. The laboratory portion of the course includes a thorough study of the basic techniques for the isolation and purification of molecules isolated from natural products and from reaction mixtures. (4 hours lecture, 4 hours lab) Prerequisite: Chem 1062
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    Course Subject: CHEM         Course Number:2062
    Course Title:Organic Chemistry II      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:5

    Course Description:This course is a study of the mechanism of reactions of, and the structure of, all of the carbonyl compounds and their derivatives, and of the carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, heterocyclics, other natural products sequence reactions, unknown identification and original literature preparations. Spectroscopic analysis will be utilized throughout these experiments. (4 hours lecture, 4 hours lab) Prerequisite: Chem 2061
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    General Education Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: CHEM         Course Number:1061
    Course Title:Principles of Chemistry I      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is a study of the basic concepts of Chemistry, with an emphasis on atomic theory, stoichiometric relationships, kinetic-molecular theory, molecular structure, and chemical bonding as related to the gas and liquid and solid phases. The lab portion with experiments includes observation, data collection, and mathematical applications that support the concepts being studied in class. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Placement in this class will be determined by student college assessment score and/or successful completion of Math 1150 with a grade of C or better.
    Principles of Chemistry IView03 4
    Course Subject: CHEM         Course Number:1062
    Course Title:Principles of Chemistry II      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:A continuation of CHEM 1061, this course emphasizes chemical equilibrium, solution chemistry, acid-base chemistry, precipitation reactions, complex ion formation, oxidation-reduction, and electrochemical reactions. The laboratory portion includes experimental applications of the lecture topics: determination of cation and anion (qualitative) content of unknown mixture, kinetics, acid-base equilibria, solubility, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisite: Chem 1061
    Principles of Chemistry IIView03 4
    College Writing I
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1200
    Course Title:Gateway College Writing or      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    Gateway College Writing orView01 4
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1201
    Course Title:College Writing I      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    College Writing IView01 4
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1202
    Course Title:College Writing II      Goal Areas:01       Credits:2

    Course Description:This class focuses on the research process, textual analysis of primary and secondary sources, rhetorical strategies for argument and persuasion, and successful integration of sources into a longer academic paper utilizing MLA (or other, as appropriate) documentation format. The class may be disciplinary, interdisciplinary, or topical in content, as noted on the class registration site. Prerequisite: Engl 1200 or 1201 with a grade of C or higher
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    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:1150
    Course Title:College Algebra      Goal Areas:04       Credits:3

    Course Description:This college-level course continues the study of algebra conducted in the developmental algebra courses. Topics include polynomial, rational, inverse, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their applications. Additional topics include systems of non-linear equations, systems of linear equations, and matrices. Prerequisites: College math placement level or successful completion of Math 0970 or 0980 with grade of "C" or better
    College AlgebraView04 3
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:1210
    Course Title:Applied Statistics      Goal Areas:02,04       Credits:4

    Course Description:This course provides students with practical statistical tools for analyzing a variety of data. Students will learn how to choose which statistical test to implement, how to apply computer software to conduct tests, and how to interpret the statistical results. Topics include discussion of frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and variation, exploratory data analysis, probability, hypothesis testing and inferences about proportions and means (one and two populations), analysis of variance, correlation, linear regression, and nonparametric statistics. Prerequisites: College math placement above Math 1150 or successful completion of Math 1150 or higher with grade of "C" or better.
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    MnTC Electives
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    History and the Social/Behavioral Sciences (Goal Area 5) - 3 credits: ANTH1010(3), ANTH1130(3), ANTH1140(3), ECON1050(3), ECON1060(3), ECON1070(3), HIST1010(3), HIST1020(3), HIST1030(3), HIST1110(3), HIST1120(3), HIST1130(3), HIST1140(3), HIST1200(3), HIST1210(3), HIST1220(3), HIST1240(3), HIST1270(3), HIST1700(3), HIST1800(3), HIST1900(1), HIST2500(3), HIST2600(3), HIST2700(3), POLS1100(3), POLS1140(3), POLS1600(3), POLS1700(3), POLS2130(3), PSYC1110(3), PSYC1150(3), PSYC1160(4), PSYC1165(3), PSYC1170(3), PSYC1210(3), PSYC1220(3), PSYC1250(4), PSYC2110(3), PSYC2320(3), PSYC2330(3), PSYC2340(3), PSYC2350(3), SOC1110(3), SOC1710(3), SOC1750(3), SOC2110(3), SOC2200(3), SOC2210(3), SOC2410(3), SOC2730(3)
    The Humanities and Fine Arts (Goal Area 6) - 3 credits: AMST1010(3), AMST1020(3), AMST2210(3), AMST2220(3), ARBC1030(3), ART1040(3), ART1101(3), ART1102(3), ART1160(3), ART1170(3), ART1270(3), ART1301(3), ART1302(3), ART1310(3), ART1320(3), ART1340(3), ART1341(3), ART1361(3), ART1362(3), ART1401(3), ART1402(3), ART1770(3), ART1810(1), ART1820(2), ART2180(3), ART2190(3), ART2300(2), ART2611(3), ART2612(3), ART2640(3), ART2740(1), ART2750(1), ART2780(1), ART2781(1), ART2782(1), ART2800(1), ART2820(1), ART2860(1), ART2900(1), ART2970(1), ENGL1150(3), ENGL1250(2), ENGL1400(3), ENGL1450(3), ENGL1900(3), ENGL1950(3), ENGL2010(3), ENGL2020(3), ENGL2030(3), ENGL2270(3), ENGL2300(3), ENGL2310(3), ENGL2320(3), ENGL2330(3), ENGL2340(3), ENGL2350(3), ENGL2360(3), ENGL2370(3), ENGL2380(3), ENGL2390(3), ENGL2450(3), ENGL2460(3), ENGL2500(3), ENGL2550(3), ENGL2560(3), ENGL2580(3), ENGL2590(3), ENGL2900(3), ENGL2950(3), GCST1030(3), GERM1030(3), INTD1030(3), MUSC1130(1), MUSC1160(1), MUSC1170(1), MUSC1180(1), MUSC1200(3), MUSC1220(3), MUSC1241(3), MUSC1242(3), MUSC1300(3), MUSC1320(1), MUSC1350(3), MUSC1500(2), MUSC1501(2), MUSC1502(2), MUSC1510(1), MUSC1560(1), MUSC1600(2), MUSC1610(1), MUSC1800(2), MUSC1801(2), MUSC1802(2), MUSC1810(1), MUSC1830(1), MUSC1850(1), MUSC1860(1), MUSC1870(1), MUSC2010(2), MUSC2170(3), MUSC2180(3), MUSC2241(3), MUSC2242(3), MUSC2970(1), PHIL1010(3), PHIL1020(3), PHIL1030(3), PHIL1040(3), PHIL1060(3), PHIL1220(3), SPAN1030(3), SPAN2201(5), SPAN2202(5), TFT1200(3), TFT1210(3), TFT1250(3), TFT1260(3), TFT1270(3), TFT1280(3), TFT1290(3), TFT1310(3), TFT1320(3), TFT1350(3), TFT1500(3), TFT1510(3), TFT1520(3), TFT1531(3), TFT1532(3), TFT1540(3), TFT1600(1), TFT1610(1), TFT2010(3), TFT2500(3), TFT2950(1)
     
    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    15 Credits must be earned at NHCC
     
                                   Total Credit Required60
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    Under some circumstances, students may substitute Biology 1001 for Biology 1101 if the appropriate chemistry and mathematics prerequisites are met prior to enrolling in Biology 1102. Students who have completed Biology 1001 and 1002 under the previous NHCC course numbering system may substitute these courses for Biology 1101/1102.



    Students may take Math 1150 or HIGHER for this requirement. Students planning to transfer to a BA/BS program are advised to consult the mathematics requirements of the program and institution to which transfer is planned.
    It is recommended that MATH 1210 is taken. Students planning to transfer to a BA/BS program are advised to consult the mathematics requirements of the program and institution to which transfer is planned.



    *Credit total may increase if other mathematics courses are substituted.


  • Career Opportunities

    Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: www.iseek.org and www.bls.gov.

  • Transfer Information

    If you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

  • Degree Information

    The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree is intended for students whose primary goal is to complete the credentials for a specific career and/or prepare for transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree at a college or university with whom North Hennepin Community College has an articulation agreement. The A.S. degree provides a balance of general education courses and the required scientific, professional or technical courses in the degree program.

    A student shall:

    • Earn a minimum of 60 semester credits as required in the program, with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above in courses taken at North Hennepin Community College. Specific programs may have additional requirements or a higher minimum grade point average.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 semester credits at North Hennepin Community College. A student must complete at least 50% of career specific courses at North Hennepin Community College.
    • Earn 30 credits in at least 6 Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goal areas.
    • Earn 30 professional/technical credits.
    • Have four years to complete the graduation requirements as published in the catalog in effect at the time of their initial enrollment. Students taking more than four years to complete their graduation requirements may follow any catalog published during the four-year period preceding their graduation.

    Completion of an A.S. degree fulfills the Goal Area 2 requirement of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).


    Developmental Courses

    Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.


    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information

    North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 763-493-0555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.

  • Accreditation

    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
    Higher Learning Commission
    30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504
    1-800-621-7440

Contact Information

Admissions and Outreach Office
Educational Services Building
763-424-0724
admission@nhcc.edu