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2022 - 2023 Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Catalog 
2022 - 2023 Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Transfer Major, AS

Campus: Clinton, Muscatine, and Scott Community Colleges

Biology is a science focused on the study of life and living organisms. The transfer major in Biology has been designed to provide a broad education with an emphasis in the sciences of biology and chemistry, mathematics, the social sciences, and liberal arts/humanities. This program is for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution with a major related to the life sciences.

Transfer Institutions: Iowa State University, State University of Iowa, Northern Iowa University, Clarke University, Iowa Wesleyan University, Mount Mercy University, St. Ambrose University, and University of Dubuque. Some of these institutions may have additional requirements. Please see your advisor for more information.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Biology Transfer Major program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the process of science and its importance to society.
  2. Explain the importance of foundational experiments in biology. 
  3. Explain the relationship between biological structure and function.
  4. Describe how organisms obtain and transform matter and energy.
  5. Explain how the information necessary to form biological structures is stored, utilized, and transmitted.
  6. Distinguish the major biological taxa.
  7. Describe the evolutionary mechanisms that generate biological diversity.
  8. Explain how organisms interact with and affect their environments.
  9. Design and conduct an experiment and analyze and interpret experimental data.

Plan of Study

Discipline Requirements

Take the following courses:

Discipline relevant courses required for Transfer Major

General Education Requirements

Communications (9 credits required)

SPC-112 is recommended for the Biology Transfer Major.

Select a Composition I course (3 credits)

Select a Composition II course (3 credits)

Select a Speech course (3 credits)

Arts and Humanities (6 credits required)

Select one course from any two of the following categories.

Select a Humanities course (3 credits)

Select a Fine Arts course (3 credits)

Cultural Historical Perspectives (3 credits required)

Social Sciences (3 credits required)

Mathematics and Natural Sciences (2 credits required)

Select a Mathematics and Natural Sciences course (2 credits)

Computer Skills (3 credits required)

Students may choose to demonstrate computer skills proficiency by exam and complete an elective in lieu of a computer skills course.

Select a Computer Skills course (3 credits)

Electives (up to 14 credits required)

Additional math or science is recommended for students intending to transfer.

Students choose electives according to their needs and interests and the requirements of their intended transfer college to complete the 62 credit hours required of an Associate of Science degree. While electives generally are chosen from any Arts and Science course numbered above 100, a maximum of 4 credit hours in SDV courses and 16 credit hours in career technical courses may be applied toward an AS. 

Biology Transfer Major, AS: 62 credits total

Non-discrimination Statement / Equal Educational Opportunities

It is the policy of Eastern Iowa Community College District not to discriminate in its programs, activities, or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential family, parental or marital status, as required by the Iowa Code §§216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).

If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact EICC’s Equal Employment Opportunity Officer/Equity Coordinator, Eastern Iowa Community College District, 101 West Third Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801, 563-336-5222, equity@eicc.edu or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730- 1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.