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Associate in Biology DTA/MRP

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

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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 fouryear 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 courses numbered 100 or above which include General Education courses. At least 25 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: Common course numbers are in boldface italics.

1. Communications Skills (10 cr.)

  • English 101 required; an ENGL& 101 Learning Community combined with a science or other required course is recommended.
  • English 103 or 104

2. Quantitative Skills (5 cr.)

  • Mathematics 151 (Calculus I)

3. Integrative Learning Experiences

Integrative learning experiences include Learning Communities and Integrative Experiences.

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.

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

Two Learning Communities are required; the third integrative learning experience can be another Learning Community OR an Integrative Experience.

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.

Areas of Study
A. Natural Sciences (30 cr.)
  • Biological Science 211, 212, 213 or 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 AA-DTA degree Culture distribution list from at least two disciplines, with no more than 10 credits from one discipline. These courses may also satisfy Interdisciplinary and Skills Designated course 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 Social Science distribution list from at least two disciplines, with no more than 10 credits from one discipline. 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). These courses may also satisfy Interdisciplinary and Skills Designated course requirements.

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: Physics 114, 115, 116 or 221, 222, 223 or 124/134, 125/135, 126/136, 231/241, 232/242, 233/243
  • Statistics: Math 146

7. Recommended Courses

  • Communication Studies 210, 220, 230 (5 cr.)
  • PE 100 (1 cr.)
  • A maximum of five non-transferable "gray area" credits may be applied toward the 90-credit minimum for the degree.