Biology - Science with Biology Concentration
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Biology

Associate in Science

Minimum of 61-68 credit hours
Biology students strive to understand the fundamental processes of life. Their studies cover everything from plants and animals to fungi and bacteria. Courses cover a wide variety of subjects including microbiology, botany, ecological systems, comparative vertebrate anatomy, zoology, genetics and physiology. Within the biology concentration, students can focus on specialized areas such as environmental science, botany and zoology. A science degree with a concentration in biology gives a student the thorough academic background needed to pursue additional education at a four-year college or university. Once the student graduates with a bachelors degree, career opportunities become available in areas such as ecology, education, pollution control, medical technology, medicine, research, forestry, wildlife management, dentistry and pharmacology.

  • Course Sequence
    Course ID Course name Credits Type Min Gd
    Suggested Freshman 1st Semester
    SCL 1001 Success in College and Life 1 Life Skills  
    ENGL 1113 English Composition I 3 Gen Ed  
    HIST 1483 U.S. History to 1877  OR Gen Ed  
    HIST 1493 U.S. History 1877 to Present 3 Gen Ed  
    BIO 1124 General Biology I (Majors) 4 Major  
    MATH 1513 College Algebra for Business, Life Sciences and Social Sciences 3 Gen Ed  
    Suggested Freshman 2nd Semester
    ENGL 1213 English Composition II 3 Gen Ed  
    POLSC 1113 American Federal Government 3 Gen Ed  
    BIO 1134 General Biology II (Majors) 4 Gen Ed  
    CHEM 1115 General Chemistry I 5 Major  
    Suggested Sophomore 1st Semester
    PHYS 1114 College Physics I 4 Gen Ed  
    HUM Humanities Elective 3 Gen Ed  
    FA BIO Faculty Approved Biological Science Elective 4-5  Major  
    CHEM 1215 General Chemistry II 5 Gen Ed  
    Suggested Sophomore 2nd Semester
    HUM Humanities Elective 3 Gen Ed  
    PSY 1113 General Psychology  OR Gen Ed  
    SOC 1113 Introduction to Sociology 3 Gen Ed  
    BIO SUPP ELEC Biology Support Electives  10 Support  
  • Course Grouping

    Major Courses: (13 credit hours); Biology Core: BIO 1124; CHEM 1115; 4 credits chosen from the following major electives: BIO 2114, BIO 2125, BIO 2234, BIO 2404, and CHEM 2114

     General Education Courses: (37 credit hours) English: ENGL 1113; ENGL 1213; History: HIST 1483 or HIST 1493; Political Science: POLSC 1113; Biology: BIO 1134; Chemistry: CHEM 1215; Physics: PHYS 1114, Humanities: Six credit hours; Social Science: PSY 1113 or SOC 1113; Mathematics: MATH 1513

     Life Skills Courses: (1 credit hour) Life Skills: SCL 1001

     Support Courses: (10 credit hours) Computer Science: AHP 1013, ACCT 2113, BIO 1023, BIO 2203, BIO 2215, BIO 2404, CHEM 2114, CHEM 2122,  COM 2213, CS 1103, MATH 1613, MATH 1743, MATH 2013, PHYS 1214, PSY 2403, or any 5 credit hour GRMN, FREN, or SPAN course.

     * Course choice depends on the specific program for which the student is applying.  See prerequisite course list of the receiving institution.



  • Program Notes

    Notes: This program is designed for students planning to continue their education at a four-year college or university. See the front general section for information and requirement about University Parallel/Transfer Programs.

    This program is designed for students planning to continue their education at a four-year college or university.
  • Course Descriptions

    Biological Science

    BIO 1124 - General Biology I (Majors)
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203 or adequate placement score or by meeting determined placement measures; MATH 0403 or adequate math placement test score.
    4CREDITS

    An introductory course required for all biological science majors and pre-health profession students. The fundamental principles of biology are described using a cellular approach. Students gain knowledge regarding the chemical basis of life, structural characteristics of cells to include a discussion of energetics, metabolism and genetics. Evolution and ecology are also discussed in order to provide an understanding of both the diversity of living organisms and the living world. Students recognize, discuss and correctly apply fundamental biological principles influencing their personal relationship with other life forms. A discussion of the scientific method, logical (deductive) reasoning, hypothesis testing and some common fallacies and misconceptions that cloud scientific explanations of the natural world are included. Laboratory work, an integral and required part of the course, will enhance the student’s understanding of fundamental biological concepts as well as scientific procedures, laboratory technical skills, dissection and statistical analysis.

    BIO 1134 - General Biology II (Majors)
    Prerequisites: BIO 1124
    4CREDITS

    This second course in the General Biology series for majors in the biological sciences and related fields, takes organismal approach to studying bacterial, plant and animal diversity, and relates how various morphological features function. A discussion of the scientific method, logical (deductive) reasoning, hypothesis testing and some common fallacies and misconceptions that cloud scientific explanations of the natural world are included. Students discuss Darwinian natural selection as a mechanism for evolutionary change with emphasis on systematics in order to understand evolutionary relationships between the major classes of plants and animals. Laboratory work, an integral and required part of the course, includes a variety of dissections and hypothesis testing exercises.

    Chemistry

    CHEM 1115 - General Chemistry I
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures; MATH 1513 or MATH 1533, or both MATH 0403 and High School Chemistry or CHEM 1123. A grade of
    5CREDITS

    This course is designed for science and engineering majors. The course covers nomenclature, atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, acid/base and other aqueous reactions, states of matter, phase changes, gas laws, and an introduction to thermochemistry. Laboratory experience is an integral part of the course.

    CHEM 1215 - General Chemistry II
    Prerequisites: CHEM 1115 with a grade of "C" or better; MATH 1513 or MATH 1533 with a grade of “C” or better.
    5CREDITS

    This course is a continuation of CHEM 1115 with emphasis on thermochemistry, intermolecular forces, properties of solutions, acid/base properties, kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry. Laboratory is an integral part of the course.

    Electives

    BIO SUPP ELEC - Biology Support Electives
    Prerequisites: None
    10CREDITS

    10 credit hours of support electives from the following: AHP 1013, ACCT 2113, BIO 1023, BIO 2203, BIO 2215, BIO 2404, CHEM 2114, CHEM 2122, COM 2213, CS 1103, MATH 1613, MATH 1743, MATH 2013, PHYS 1214, PSY 2403, or any 5 credit hour GRMN, FREN, or SPAN course.

    FA BIO - Faculty Approved Biological Science Elective
    Prerequisites: None
    3CREDITS

    Faculty approved Biological Science elective

    HUM - Humanities Elective
    Prerequisites: None
    3CREDITS

    Humanities elective

    English

    ENGL 1113 - English Composition I
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    The student will write well-developed compositions which demonstrate the principles of unity, coherence, and organization and which contain specific details and vivid language. The students will locate library material and incorporate researched materials into compositions.

    ENGL 1213 - English Composition II
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1113 taken within the last year, with strong encouragement for immediate continuation.
    3CREDITS

    In this advanced writing course, students will create essays that explore and evaluate a variety of issues and perspectives suggested by fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and other types of cultural texts. Students will refine and augment the writing techniques they learned in ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103 to develop well- reasoned, well-structured arguments in a clear, fluid, and engaging prose style.

    History

    HIST 1483 - U.S. History to 1877
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    After analyzing events in American history from 1400 to 1877 in such areas as revolution, geographic and social mobility, political reform, government precedents and war, students will be able to identify patterns of present day mobility, describe governmental operations in their society and help resolve conflict in society based on the student’s search for change, precedents, and conflict in the American past. A general education requirement.

    HIST 1493 - U.S. History 1877 to Present
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    After analyzing events in American history from 1877 to the present in such areas as geographic and social mobility, political reform, government precedents and war, students will be able to identify patterns of present day mobility, describe governmental operations in their society and help resolve conflict in society based on the student’s search for change, precedents, and conflict in the American past. A general education requirement.

    Mathematics

    MATH 1513 - College Algebra for Business, Life Sciences and Social Sciences
    Prerequisites: MATH 0403 or adequate math placement test score; ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    The student will demonstrate an understanding of the general concepts of relation and function and specifically of polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions; the ability to solve systems of equations by utilizing matrices and determinants; and the ability to solve practical problems using algebra.

    Physics

    PHYS 1114 - College Physics I
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures and MATH 1513 or higher or APPM 1223, within the last two years or by evaluation. § Criteria for evaluation is in division office.
    4CREDITS

    Students will demonstrate their understanding of useful concepts of kinematics and dynamics, energy and momentum, waves and sound, fluids and thermodynamics by (1) developing numerical and graphical descriptions of physical phenomena, (2) numerically predicting the results of physical occurrences, and (3) applying laboratory skills to analyze real situations. Numerical computations will utilize algebra and basic trigonometry where appropriate.

    Political Science

    POLSC 1113 - American Federal Government
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    A study of the principles, structure, processes and functions of the United States federal government.

    Psychology

    PSY 1113 - General Psychology
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    A survey of the major areas of study in psychology such as motivation, learning, physiology, personality, social psychology, abnormal behavior, perception, memory, cognition/thought, and treatment.

    Sociology

    SOC 1113 - Introduction to Sociology
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    The student will identify the sociological dimensions of human behavior by analyzing the concepts of society, culture, socialization, institutions, social stratification and social change.

    Success in College and Life

    SCL 1001 - Success in College and Life
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0106 or adequate reading/writing assessment scores
    1 CREDIT

    Students will learn best practices for academic, career, and personal success. Students will discover their individual strengths, interests, and values to create a personalized plan; select and utilize resources that are applicable to their growth and success; and engage as active and responsible members of the academic community. This course should be taken during a student's first semester of college work at Oklahoma City Community College and is a required course in degree plans to satisfy the Life Skills requirement.

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