Courses & Programs

Biology

For students who want a strong foundation in the life sciences and who intend to pursue their interest in biology beyond the associates degree.

Stephanie Easler

Faculty, Biology

Science, Engineering & Math

Marieb 333

413.552.2861 (Tel)


What will you learn?

Designed to satisfy the freshman/sophomore curriculum for students intending to continue in the life sciences beyond the associate degree. Possible areas of concentration at the four-year college include: biology, genetics, botany, zoology, microbiology, biochemistry, marine biology, and wildlife conservation. Program flexibility allows students to follow their interests and to match coursework with the requirements of their selected transfer institution.

What will you do?

This program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. Careers in this field are quite varied and include:

  • Biology
  • Genetics
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Marine biology
  • Wildlife conservation

Learn more at What Can I Do With This Major?

60-63 total credits

32 credits General Education Requirements + 15 credits Program Requirements

Depending on course selection, 50% of this program can be completed online.


General Education Requirements

32 CREDITS
This course is the first half of the college composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, beginning research skills, and the writing process. Students will read, analyze, and cite a range of nonfiction texts. Students will produce several formal essays totaling approximately 3000 words. Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on English placement tests or C- or higher in ENG 095.
This course is the second half of the first-year composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, academic writing, research, and the writing process. Students will locate and evaluate both primary and secondary sources, and will gain skill in summarizing and synthesizing source material while employing MLA documentation. Texts will include a range of nonfiction (articles, essays, scholarly sources) and literary works. Students will produce at least 3000 words of formal written work, including a documented essay of at least 1250 words. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C-or higher.
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Humanities [C] Electives ART 101, ART 110, ART 121, ART 122, ART 123, ART 124, ART 131, ART 132, ART 140, ART 141, ART 276 (formerly 142), ART 145, ART 147, ART 148, ART 150, ART 151, ART 222, ART 272 (formerly 156), ART 231, ART 232, ART 235, ART 241, ART 242, ART 250, ART 253, ART 254, ART 255, ART 261, ART 262, ART 273, ART 274, ART 275, ASL 201, ASL 202, ASL 291, ASL 292, COM 121, COM 131, COM 150, COM 205, COM 214, COM 235, EMS 111, EMS 112, EMS 118, EMS 124, EMS 125, EMS 225, DFS 101, DFS 104, DFS 108 (formerly 106), DFS 205, ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 203, ENG 211, ENG 212, ENG 214, ENG 215, ENG 216, ENG 217, ENG 218, ENG 223, ENG 224, ENG 226, ENG 227, ENG 230, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 235, ENG 237, ENG 245, ENG 250, FRH 201, FRH 202, FRH 205, FRH 206, GER 205, HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 105, HIS 107, HIS 109, HIS 108, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, HIS 130, HIS 150, HIS 162, HIS 220, HIS 225, HIS 250, HIS 260, HON 206, HUM 206, MUS 100, MUS 105, MUS 106, MUS 107, MUS 110, MUS 126, MUS 140, MUS 150, MUS 208, MUS 209, MUS 250, MUS 259, MUS 260, PHI 100, PHI 101, PHI 103, PHI 110, PHI 120, PHI 130, PHI 140, PHI 230, SPA 201, SPA 202, SPA 203, SPA 204, SPA 205, SPA 206, SPA 110, SPA 210, SPA 211, SPA 212, SPA 214, THE 100, THE 110, THE 124, THE 125, THE 212, THE 213, THE 227, THE 235, THE 237
Humanities [C] Electives ART 101, ART 110, ART 121, ART 122, ART 123, ART 124, ART 131, ART 132, ART 140, ART 141, ART 276 (formerly 142), ART 145, ART 147, ART 148, ART 150, ART 151, ART 222, ART 272 (formerly 156), ART 231, ART 232, ART 235, ART 241, ART 242, ART 250, ART 253, ART 254, ART 255, ART 261, ART 262, ART 273, ART 274, ART 275, ASL 201, ASL 202, ASL 291, ASL 292, COM 121, COM 131, COM 150, COM 205, COM 214, COM 235, EMS 111, EMS 112, EMS 118, EMS 124, EMS 125, EMS 225, DFS 101, DFS 104, DFS 108 (formerly 106), DFS 205, ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 203, ENG 211, ENG 212, ENG 214, ENG 215, ENG 216, ENG 217, ENG 218, ENG 223, ENG 224, ENG 226, ENG 227, ENG 230, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 235, ENG 237, ENG 245, ENG 250, FRH 201, FRH 202, FRH 205, FRH 206, GER 205, HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 105, HIS 107, HIS 109, HIS 108, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, HIS 130, HIS 150, HIS 162, HIS 220, HIS 225, HIS 250, HIS 260, HON 206, HUM 206, MUS 100, MUS 105, MUS 106, MUS 107, MUS 110, MUS 126, MUS 140, MUS 150, MUS 208, MUS 209, MUS 250, MUS 259, MUS 260, PHI 100, PHI 101, PHI 103, PHI 110, PHI 120, PHI 130, PHI 140, PHI 230, SPA 201, SPA 202, SPA 203, SPA 204, SPA 205, SPA 206, SPA 110, SPA 210, SPA 211, SPA 212, SPA 214, THE 100, THE 110, THE 124, THE 125, THE 212, THE 213, THE 227, THE 235, THE 237
Humanities [C] Electives ART 101, ART 110, ART 121, ART 122, ART 123, ART 124, ART 131, ART 132, ART 140, ART 141, ART 276 (formerly 142), ART 145, ART 147, ART 148, ART 150, ART 151, ART 222, ART 272 (formerly 156), ART 231, ART 232, ART 235, ART 241, ART 242, ART 250, ART 253, ART 254, ART 255, ART 261, ART 262, ART 273, ART 274, ART 275, ASL 201, ASL 202, ASL 291, ASL 292, COM 121, COM 131, COM 150, COM 205, COM 214, COM 235, EMS 111, EMS 112, EMS 118, EMS 124, EMS 125, EMS 225, DFS 101, DFS 104, DFS 108 (formerly 106), DFS 205, ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 203, ENG 211, ENG 212, ENG 214, ENG 215, ENG 216, ENG 217, ENG 218, ENG 223, ENG 224, ENG 226, ENG 227, ENG 230, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 235, ENG 237, ENG 245, ENG 250, FRH 201, FRH 202, FRH 205, FRH 206, GER 205, HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 105, HIS 107, HIS 109, HIS 108, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, HIS 130, HIS 150, HIS 162, HIS 220, HIS 225, HIS 250, HIS 260, HON 206, HUM 206, MUS 100, MUS 105, MUS 106, MUS 107, MUS 110, MUS 126, MUS 140, MUS 150, MUS 208, MUS 209, MUS 250, MUS 259, MUS 260, PHI 100, PHI 101, PHI 103, PHI 110, PHI 120, PHI 130, PHI 140, PHI 230, SPA 201, SPA 202, SPA 203, SPA 204, SPA 205, SPA 206, SPA 110, SPA 210, SPA 211, SPA 212, SPA 214, THE 100, THE 110, THE 124, THE 125, THE 212, THE 213, THE 227, THE 235, THE 237
This course provides a rigorous introduction to the living processes within cells by exploring the chemical and molecular basis of life. Emphasis is placed on basic chemistry, cell structure, and the important types of biochemical reactions, which occur during growth, development, maintenance, and reproduction in cells. Particular detail is given to biochemical processes in human cells. Laboratory exercises supplement the lecture emphasizing the scientific method and inquiry based learning. 3 class hours and 3 laboratory hoursPrerequisite: ENG 101 Eligible and MTH 095 Eligible or Permission of Instructor.Note: This course is designed to prepare students for further study in biological science and health-allied programs. Credit cannot be received for more than one of these, except by permission of department chair: BIO 103, BIO 107.
Applies biological principles to a survey of the three domains of biological organisms. The biology of animals, plants, bacteria, fungi, protists, as well as viruses will be studied. Evolutionary and ecological relationships between the organisms studied will be used to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of these vital branches of biology. The importance of biological diversity to the functioning of the biosphere will be explored. Laboratories supplement lecture and allow students to investigate the structure and function of the organisms studied. Prerequisite: BIO 100 or BIO 101 or BIO 103 or BIO 107
Introductory plant biology. Lecture topics include the importance and necessity of plants to man; plant structure, diversity, ecology, propagation, and life cycles; and the historical development of species and communities. Laboratories are designed to augment lecture materials through a hands on approach to the study of plants; topics include the structure, physiology, and diversity of plants. Field trips may be added to introduce students to native plants and tropical exotic plants, and will require moderate walking over woodland terrain.
A basic science course that emphasizes the importance of animals and promotes their humane treatment. Covers the major animal groups, including ourselves, and provides an understanding of evolution, ecology, structures, and functions of animals and humans.

Program Requirements

15 CREDITS
This course is recommended as a preparation for future chemistry courses. A study of scientific method; chemical laws and theories; electronic, atomic, and molecular structure and their underlying experimental basis; chemical bonding; periodic table relationships; quantitative and stoichiometric relationships; thermochemistry; gas laws; liquid state; and solutions. Qualitative and quantitative laboratory work supports lecture discussion. Prerequisite: MTH 095 or MTH 099, with a grade of C- or higher, or equivalent self-paced level (SM18), or algebra placement test score of 82 or higher. High school chemistry is recommended.
A study of properties of solutions, electrolytes, ionization, oxidation-reduction, electrochemistry, kinetics, energy, thermodynamics, principles of chemical equilibria including ionic equilibria and solubility product, hydrolysis, acid-base theories, nuclear chemistry, and descriptive chemistry. Qualitative and quantitative laboratory work supports lecture discussion. Prerequisites: CHM 113 or CHM 121 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better.
Graphical description of data, measures of central tendency and variability, probability and probability distributions, central limit theorem, estimation of parameters, testing hypotheses, regression and correlation, analysis of variance, and other topics in statistical inference. Prerequisite: MTH 085 or MTH 099 with a grade of C- or better; or SM12, or adequate score on the Mathematics Placement Examination.
A college-level course including more advanced topics in algebra, functions, graphs, and problem solving. Prerequisite: MTH 095 or MTH 099 with a grade of C- or better; or completion Module 18 in the self-paced MTH 02X sequence, or adequate score on the Mathematics Placement Examination.
A study of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions as a preparation for calculus. Topics include graphs, operations, inverses, translation of graphs, equations and inequalities, mathematical modeling and other applications. Students may not receive credit for both MTH 107 and MTH 108. Prerequisites: MTH 104 with a grade of C- or better, or adequate score on the Mathematics Placement Examination
Functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, applications, the integral, the fundamental theorem of calculus.NOTE: MTH 162 Applied Calculus is not a substitute for MTH 113 and cannot be used as a prerequisite for MTH 114.Prerequisite: MTH 108 or adequate score on the Mathematics Placement Exam

13-16 CREDITS ELECTIVES


Select two courses from the following. At least one must be a 200-level course.

BIO 106  |  Introduction to Biotechnology [E]     
Credits: 4
Prerequisite:  Eligibility for MTH 095.

BIO 130  |  Conservation Biology [E]
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: None

BIO 229  |  Microbiology [E]
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: BIO 100 or BIO 103 or BIO 107 or BIO 110 or BIO 120.

BIO 215  |  Plants of New England [E]
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: A semester course in college biology or environmental science.

BIO 222   |  Vertebrate Field Biology [E]
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: BIO 104 or BIO 108 or BIO 120 or BIO 230.

BIO 223  |  Animal Behavior [E]
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: BIO 104 or BIO 108 or BIO 120 or VET 133.

BIO 230  |  Ecology [E]
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: A semester course in college biology or environmental science.

BIO 243  |  Genetics [E]
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in one of the following: BIO 100, 101, 103, 107, 110, 229 or 120.

Choose 5-8 credits, sufficient to complete the 60-credit graduation requirement.

Choose courses with the following prefixes: AST, BIO, CHM, EGR, ESC, ENV, MTH, PHS, SEM.


        

Suggested Electives: BIO 111 Human Biology; BIO 217 Human Anatomy and Physiology I; BIO 218 Human Anatomy and Physiology II are recommended or students interested in human biology and health careers.

Suggested course prefixes: AST; BIO; CHM; EGR; ESC; ENV; MTH; PHS; SEM. Check with transfer institution / counselor for specific requirements.

This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges universities. MassTransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.