Liberal Arts: Biology

Day/Evening Program

The Associate in Arts Degree in Biology offers students the opportunity to explore an array of science courses which span the fields of biology, chemistry, mathematics, physical science, and physics.  Students receive a strong foundation in the scientific method and the physical world.

Biology prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and to pursue further study in the fields of biology, chemistry, physical science, physics, health careers, laboratory work, scientific research, teaching, or pharmaceuticals.

Because requirements vary at four-year colleges and universities, students should work closely with their academic advisors to make sure they enroll in courses appropriate for the institutions to which they plan to transfer.

ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE:  BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

FIRST YEAR
FALL SEMESTERCLLABCR
BIOL107N Principles of Biology I* -OR-      
BIOL105N Biology in Focus I**
3 3 4
CHEM130N General Chemistry  3 3 4
MATH120N Precalculus* 4 0 4
ENGL101N College Composition 4 0 4
        16
SPRING SEMESTERCLLABCR
BIOL108N Principles of Biology II* - OR - Science/Math Elective** 3 3 4
CHEM131N General Chemistry II* ** 3
MATH106N Statistic I** 4 0 4
General Education Core:  English/Communications 3 0 3
        15
SECOND YEAR
FALL SEMESTERCLLABCR
BIOL215N Microbiology  3 3 4
BIOL220N Ecology** - OR -
Science/Math Elective***
3 3 4
PSYC101N Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
General Education Requirement:  History/Political Science 3 0 3
        14
SPRING SEMESTERCLLABCR
BIOL230N Genetics**
3 3 4
BIOL270N Advanced Topics in Biology -OR-
3 2/3 3/4
XXXXxxxN Science/Math Elective*** 3 3 3/4
General Education Elective (or Core Requirement):  Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness** 3 0 3
Open Elective or Science/Math Elective*** 3 3 3/4
        16/19
Total 61-64 Credits

All students in the biology concentration are required to complete the following courses:  BIOL107N Principles of Biology I.  Two physical science courses of the same series:  CHEM130N General Chemistry I/CHEM131N General Chemistry II, or PHYS130N Physics I/PHSY131N Physics II, or PHYS230N Calculus-Based Physics I/PHYS231N Calculus-based Physics II.
BIOL215N Microbiology
BIOL260N Scientific Inquiry
BIOL270N Biology Capstone Experience
*Two college level MATHxxxN courses. 

Recommended:  BIOLxxxN Science Electives (BIOL108N Principles of Biology II, BIOL230N Genetics, BIOL201N Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I/BIOL202N Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II, BIOL220N Ecology.)

MATHxxxN Math Electives (MATH210N Calculus I/MATH211N Calculus II)

HUMAxxxN Humanities Electives (PHIL109N Introduction to Philosophy, HUMA110N Critical Thinking Skills, HUMA130N Music Composition.)

LNGNxxx World Language Electives (2 courses of the same language) 

Students are recommended to consult with advisors at both Nashua Community College and the college(s) to which they wish to transfer for guidance about course selection.  Careful planning is required to ensure that mathematics and science courses will fulfill bachelor degree requirements. 

Program Outcomes

After completion of general education courses, the student will meet the following outcomes:

  1. The student will communicate effectively and fluently; read with comprehension; listen, speak and write competently.

  2. The student will develop skills in reflection, analysis, logical reasoning, and evaluation to formulate judgments, reach conclusions, and solve problems.

  3. The student will evaluate and utilize quantitative and qualitative data and apply mathematical and scientific principles and methods.

  4. The student will utilize technology to locate, evaluate, organize, and utilize information accurately and responsibly.

  5. The student will acquire knowledge and skills to function effectively as informed and responsible citizens.

  6. The student will acquire knowledge and skills that will enable respect for diversity as well as an awareness of global interdependency.

In addition, a student graduating with a Concentration in Biology is also able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical principles of a range of disciplines in the physical and biological sciences.

  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate mathematics to problems found in the physical and biological sciences.

  3. Demonstrate a wide variety of laboratory techniques in the physical and biological sciences.

  4. Generate and maintain accurate lab documentation, including a laboratory notebook.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and draw conclusions from generated scientific data, and be able to present and defend the findings.