Associate of Science Degree with Designation

Recommended basic skills standards are

The study of biology prepares one for a variety of fields including the traditional ones–biology teacher, doctor, nurse, or conservationist. New fields have developed in several life science areas such as paramedicine, cellular biology, wildlife management, and forestry. It is strongly recommended that students consult with an advisor for the specific requirements in these fields.

Students are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising prior to registration regarding the acceptability of online science courses if they anticipate transferring to a four-year institution or completing graduate work in the sciences or health professions. It should be noted that per Colorado Revised Statute, §23-1-125(1)(e), general education courses taken online are guaranteed to satisfy core course (GT Pathways) requirements at all Colorado public institutions of higher education.

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1


ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2





ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2


ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3





HIS 265

Writing About History: CO3



Five (5) credit hours

MAT 201

Calculus I: MA1


Arts and Humanities

Six (6) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4)


Three (3) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (HI1)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences courses (SS1, SS2, SS3)

Natural and Physical Sciences

Ten (10) credit hours

BIO 111

General College Biology I w/Lab: SC1


CHE 111

General College Chemistry I w/Lab: SC1


Additional Required Courses

Twenty (20) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

BIO 112

General College Biology II w/Lab: SC1


CHE 112

General College Chemistry II w/Lab: SC1


PHY 111

Physics: Algebra-Based I w/Lab: SC1


PHY 112

Physics: Algebra-Based II w/Lab: SC1



Four (4) credit hours selected from the AS approved course list.

Total Credit Hours


Additional information available on the Biology Department website at