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Associate in Biology DTA/MRP

Transfers to: CWU, EWU, UW, WSU, WWU, Western Governor’s University, and WA private colleges.

Purpose

This degree is intended to prepare students to transfer to Washington’s public four-year colleges and universities and many private colleges with junior standing and the majority of the prerequisites for a Biology major completed.

Selecting and planning courses with a science advisor is strongly recommended to ensure a seamless transition to a Biology major program at a specific university or four-year college. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in order to major in a specialized program, such as veterinary medicine or pharmacology, should research the prerequisite requirements at the four-year schools and work very closely with their science advisor to plan the appropriate coursework.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 90 credits in transferable courses numbered 100 or above which include General Education courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. At least 25 college-level credits must be earned at SVC with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Additional General Education Requirements (GERs) must be completed at the four-year school where the student transfers.

Note: Courses with an ampersand (&) are Common Course Numbering courses.

1. Communications Skills (10 cr.)

  • English &101 required; an ENGL &101 Learning Community combined with a science or other required course is recommended.
  • English &102 or 103

2. Quantitative Skills (5 cr.)

  • Mathematics &151 (Calculus I)

3. Integrative Learning Experiences

  • Two Integrative Learning Experiences (ILE) are required. One ILE must be a Learning Community. The second ILE may be another Learning Community or an Integrative Experience.
  • A Learning Community (LC) is the integrated combination of two or more courses from different areas of inquiry (e.g. sociology and literature, or physics and math, or speech and economics, or composition and philosophy). Learning Communities are indicated in the course schedule.
  • Integrative Experiences (IEs) are curricular or co-curricular experiences designed by faculty in which students demonstrate their ability to integrate information, concepts, analytical frameworks, and skills from two or more areas of inquiry in a purposeful project or experience. Integrative Experiences that are classes are indicated in the course schedule; co-curricular IEs are indicated in promotion and advising for the experience or project. Students may design a Learning into Action IE under the guidance of the supervising faculty member.

Note: Learning Communities specifically designed for this degree may be offered; consult your advisor for information.

4. Diversity Requirement

At least one Diversity Intensive course is required. Students should use the SVC online quarterly class schedule search or consult their faculty advisor or counselor to identify courses that fulfill this requirement.

5. Distribution Requirements (60 cr.)

Select credits from three areas of study: Natural Science, Social Science and Humanities. These courses may also satisfy Integrative Learning Experience requirements. A specific course may be credited toward no more than one distribution requirement.

Distribution Areas
A. Natural Sciences (30 cr.)
  • Biological Science &221*, &222*, &223*
  • Chemistry &161*, &162*, &163*
B. Social Sciences (15 cr.)

Students are encouraged to consult with their faculty advisor or counselor regarding the SVC courses that best support or may be required as prerequisites to their Biology curriculum at their intended transfer college.

Select courses from the degree Social Science distribution list from at least two disciplines, with no more than 10 credits from one discipline. These courses may also satisfy Integrative Learning Experience requirements.

C. Humanities (15 cr.)

Students are encouraged to consult with their faculty advisor or counselor regarding the SVC courses that best support or may be required as prerequisites to their Biology curriculum at their intended transfer college.

Select courses from the AA-DTA degree Humanities distribution list from at least two disciplines, with no more than 10 credits from one discipline. These courses may also satisfy Interdisciplinary course requirements.

No more than 5 credits may be applied in world languages at the 100 level. No more than 5 cr. may be applied in performance/skill studio courses (*indicates studio courses).

6. Electives (15 cr.)

Students are encouraged to consult with their faculty advisor or counselor regarding the SVC elective courses that best support or may be required as prerequisites to their Biology curriculum at their intended transfer college.

Electives should include any college-level math prerequisites needed for Math &151 (Math &141 or &142) as well as courses that will prepare for the Biology major based on the transfer college selection. Examples include:

  • Full year sequence of organic chemistry for majors: Chemistry &241, &242, &243 and labs &251, &252
  • Full year sequence of physics for science majors: PHYS &124*/&134, &125*/&135, &126*/&136 OR &231*/&241, &232*/&242 , &233*/&243
  • Statistics: Math &146

7. Recommended Courses

  • Communication Studies &210, &220, or &230 (5 cr.)
  • PE 100 (1 cr.)

Note: A maximum of five non-transferable “gray area” credits may be applied toward the 90-credit minimum for the degree.