Associate in Biology - Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)/Major Related Program (MRP)

Overview

Program Description

The Associate in Biology Degree is designed for persons interested in transferring to a four-year college or university.  Students who successfully complete degree requirements and elective courses recommended for their specific area of study will transfer to most four-year degree programs with junior standing. 

Program Outcomes

General education introduces students to the content and methodology of the major areas of knowledge – communication, the humanities and fine arts, the natural sciences, mathematics and the social sciences – and helps them develop the intellectual skills that will make them more effective life-long learners.  The College’s general education program is intended to meet the transfer requirements of four-year colleges and universities as outlined in the Intercollegiate Relations Commission Handbook.  South Puget Sound Community College prepares recipients of the Associate in Biology Degree to:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Think logically and critically
  • Evaluate and process quantitative and symbolic data
  • Understand themselves in relation to others in a multicultural world
  • Understand ethical responsibilities and consequences

Program Requirement

In planning this degree students need to work closely with their advisor and the transfer institution so that the science credits within the degree create a seamless passage to the transfer institution. Although the Associate Degree transfers to four-year colleges and universities in Washington State, it may not meet specific department requirements.  

A minimum of 90 credits is required, meeting the distribution in the table below. All courses taken must be at college level (numbered 100 or above).    A class can only count once toward General Education requirements.  For example, IIS 125 will satisfy either HUMANITIES or SOCIAL SCIENCE course requirements, but not both. A maximum of 5 credits in performance/skills courses may be applied to the humanities distribution requirement.  A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above in all college-level courses required. 

Additional Program Information

Educational Plan

Associate in Biology DTA/MRP


Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)/Major Related Program (MRP)
90 credits

Core Requirements

Communication

ENGL&101 English Composition I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops writing skills by focusing on strategies and techniques writers use to convey ideas, evaluate information, make a point, and participate in multiple discourse communities. Emphasizes both the process and the product of writing. This course was formerly known as WRIT 101, College Writing I. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement test scores OR appropriate completion of ENGL 095, ENGL 095X, or ENGL 098 OR concurrent enrollment in ENGL 110 with instructor's permission.
Distribution: AA, AAS, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, GER-CIS, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION, AAS-COMMUNICATION: Reading/Writing, AAS-READING-WRITING
ENGL&102 Composition II 5 Credits Search Schedule
Develops reading, writing and critical thinking skills at the advanced level. Teaches how to write academic papers by conducting research; analyzing, evaluating and constructing arguments; documenting sources and using appropriate writing conventions. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL& 101 with a "C" or better.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION
-OR-
ENGL&102C Composition II: Service Learning 5 Credits Search Schedule
With a specific focus on community service and social issues, develops reading and writing skills at the advanced level. Teaches how to write academic essays by conducting research; analyzing, evaluating and constructing arguments; documenting sources and using appropriate conventions. In addition to classroom contact, requires a community service commitment of twenty hours per term in a structured service program managed by the college. Offers the opportunity to work with human service, environmental and cultural enrichment organizations. This course was formerly known as ENGL 104. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL& 101 (formerly WRIT 101) with a "C" or better.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, COMMUNICATION, AA-AAS-T-COMMUNICATION

Quantitative
MATH&151 Calculus I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Differential calculus of single-variable functions. This course was formerly known as MATH 123. Prerequisite: MATH& 142 (formerly MATH 122) with a "C" or better.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE

Humanities
15 credits from 2 disciplines. No more than 5 credits in performance/skill courses. No more than 5 credits of foreign language at the first year level.
15 Credits in HUMANITIES

Social Science
15 credits from 2 disciplines.
15 Credits in SOCIAL SCIENCE

Chemistry
CHEM&161 General Chemistry w/Lab I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Focuses on general chemistry for engineering, biological science, physical science, pre-med, pre-dental, and math majors. This the first course in a three course sequence. CHEM& 139 is recommended for those needing to fulfill the prerequisite. Pererquisite: Concurrent enrollment in or completion of MATH& 141 with a grade of "C" or better, and completion of CHEM& 139 or CHEM& 121 with a grade of "C" or better, or a year of high school chemistry.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
CHEM&162 General Chemistry w/Lab II 5 Credits Search Schedule
Second quarter of a general chemistry sequence for engineering, biological science, physical science, pre-med, pre-dental, and math majors. Includes covalent bonds, molecular shapes, solutions and solids, colligative properties, rates of reaction and equilibrium. Introduction to organic chemistry. Stresses problem solving and critical thinking. 4 hours lecture/3 hours lab per week. This course was formerly known as CHEM 150 General Chemistry II. Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in CHEM& 161 or CHEM 140 and MATH& 141 or MATH 121.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
CHEM&163 General Chemistry w/Lab III 5 Credits Search Schedule
Third quarter of a general chemistry sequence for engineering, biological science, physical science, pre-med, pre-dental, and math majors. Includes acids and bases, solubility and complex ion equilibria, thermodynamics - entropy, reduction-oxidation reactions and electrochemistry and nuclear reactions and issues. Stresses problem solving and critical thinking. 4 hours lecture/3 hours lab per week. This course was formerly known as CHEM 160 General Chemistry III. Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in CHEM& 162 (formerly CHEM 150), MATH& 141 (formerly MATH 121).
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE

Biology

BIOL&211 Majors Cellular 5 Credits Search Schedule
The study of cell biology and genetics for biology majors and students in pre-professional programs. Includes biochemistry, cell structure, metabolism, molecular and Mendelian genetics. This course was formerly known as BIOL& 221, Majors Cell Biology. Recommended CHEM& 121 or CHEM& 161. May be concurrent. Prerequisite: None.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
BIOL&212 Majors Animal 5 Credits Search Schedule
A comparative study of the major animal groups including anatomy, physiology, development, and behavior within an evolutionary and ecological framework. For biology majors and students in pre-professional programs. This course was formerly known as BIOL& 222, Majors Organismal Physiology. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211 (formerly BIOL& 221).
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
BIOL&213 Majors Plant 5 Credits Search Schedule
A study of plant biology; including plant and fungi diversity, structure, ecology and evolution. For biology majors and students in pre-professional programs. This course was formerly known as BIOL& 223, Majors Ecology & Evolution. Prerequisite: BIOL& 212 (formerly BIOL& 222).
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, LAB, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE

Electives
These may include prerequisites for major courses (e.g. pre-calculus or statistics), additional major coursework, e.g. organic chemistry or physics or botany

**MATH& 141 and MATH& 142 may be waived based on appropriate placement testing.  If waived, an additional 10 credits of general education electives will be required to meet the 90 credit minimum.

MATH&141 Precalculus I 5 Credits Search Schedule
Covers functions and analytic geometry. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or a "C" or better in MATH 099 or equivalent.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE
MATH&142 Precalculus II 5 Credits Search Schedule
Covers trigonometric functions and their applications. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or a "C" or better in MATH& 141 or equivalent.
Distribution: AA, AS, DTA, NATURAL SCIENCE, QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-QUANTITATIVE, AA-AAS-T-NATURAL SCIENCE

Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised May 28, 2014