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The Associate of Science degree is designed for students who want an emphasis in natural sciences such as biology and chemistry, as well as mathematics, physics, and allied health professions. We help students develop a broad and applicable skill set. Biology graduates have a reputation of being professional, critical thinkers; skills that are sought after in today's workforce. Individuals with a strong foundation in Biology will benefit in any career. Starting at PPSC means getting a degree that is guaranteed to transfer in the state of Colorado.

An Associate of Science Degree (AS) is a Guaranteed Transfer Degree. This two-year degree will transfer to any four year state school in Colorado.

  • An AS Degree with Designation (DwD) in Biology ensures transferring students have met the requirements of the first two years of a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences.
  • An AS Degree (without designation) allows increased options of science elective courses for specific fields of interest but still allows transfer of credits to a university.
  • An Associate of General Studies Degree (AGS) provides students with a personalized educational plan. It allows the blending of both career & technical and transfer courses without the constraints of specialization. Receiving institutions will accept all applicable credits earned within ten years of transfer.
  • An Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) is often chosen by career & tech oriented students who are not necessarily planning on transferring to a four-year institution. AAS students typically enter the workforce after two years of occupational training, but many credits from the AAS degree will transfer to 4-year institutions if the student wishes to continue their education.

Students should check specific curriculum requirements for the degree or certificate program at the institution to which they are transferring or applying.

 

The Associate of Science Degree with Designation in Biology is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year school and pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. The Statewide Transfer Agreement will allow students to transfer to a Colorado public four-year school and complete their degree with an additional 60 credit hours.

Your personalized schedule will be best determined by meeting with an Academic Advisor

Math Requirements: Student should place into or above MAT 1340

English Requirements: Student should place into or above ENG 1021

  • ENG 1021 English Composition I (3)
  • MAT 2410 Calculus I (5)
  • CHE 1111 General College Chemistry I w/Lab (5)
  • HIS 2000 History of Science & Technology  (3) or GT Course from HI1

Total 16 Credit Hours

  • ENG 1022 English Composition II (3)
  • CHE 1112 General College Chemistry II w/Lab (5)
  • BIO 1111 General College Biology I w/Lab (5)
  • PHI 1012 Ethics or PHI 1013 Logic or PHI 2018 Environmental Ethics (3) or GT Course from AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4

Total 16 Credit Hours

  • PHY 1111 Physics: Algebra-Based I w/Lab (5) or PHY 2111 Physics: Calculus-Based I w/Lab (5)
  • BIO 1112 General College Biology II w/Lab (5)
  • ECO 2045 Environmental Economics (3) or GT Course from SS1, SS2, SS3
  • COM 2300 Intercultural Communication (3) or GT Course from SS1, SS2, SS3

Total 16 Credit Hours

  • PHY 1112 Physics: Algebra-Based II w/Lab (5) or PHY 2112 Physics: Calculus-Based II w/Lab (5)
  • LIT 1015 Introduction to Literature I (3) or GT Course from AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4
  • BIO 2124 Genetics (4) or Associate of Science Approved Elective - See an Advisor

Total 12 Credit Hours

Biological Sciences Disciplines

Examples of curricula for the following disciplines can be seen by visiting the links under Colorado Four Year Institutions below:

Transfer Options

The Statewide Transfer Agreement will allow students to transfer to a Colorado public four-year school and complete their Bachelor's degree with an additional 60 credit hours. Transfers from PPSC should be reviewed prior to transfer to ensure that credits transfer within the new institution's Bachelor's degree requirements.

Colorado Four Year Institutions with Guarantee Transfer Agreements: