Liberal Arts: Biology

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 ARTS IN LIBERAL ARTS:  BIOLOGY

FIRST YEAR
FALL SEMESTERCLLABCR
BIOL107N Principles of Biology I -OR-      
BIOL105N Biology in Focus I
3 3 4
CHEM130N General Chemistry I -OR-      
PHYS130N Physics I 3 3 4
ENGL101N College Composition 4 0 4
General Education Core:  Quantitative Literacy* 4 0 4
        16
SPRING SEMESTERCLLABCR
BIOL108N Principles of Biology II - OR -      
BIOLxxxN Biology Elective 3 3 4
CHEM131N General Chemistry II OR - 3
PHYS131N Physics II 3 3 4
General Education Core:  Quantitative Literacy* 4 0 4
General Education Core:  Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness** 3 0 3
General Education Core:  English/Communications 3 0 3
        18
SECOND YEAR
FALL SEMESTERCLLABCR
BIOL215N Microbiology  3 3 4
BIOL260N Scientific Inquiry OR - 2 1 3
BIOL220N Ecology OR - 3 3 4
BIOLxxxN Biology Elective 3 3 4
PSYC101N Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
General Education Core:  History/Political Science 3 0 3
General Education Core:  Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness** 3 0 3
        15/17
SPRING SEMESTERCLLABCR
BIOL270N Advanced Topics in Biology OR - 3 2/3 3/4
BIOL280N Biology Capstone Experience 2 5 4
BIOL230N Genetics OR - 3 3 4
BIOLxxxN Biology Elective 3 2/3 4
General Education Core:  Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness** 3 0 3
General Education Core:  Behavioral Social Science OR History/Political Science 3 0 3
        16/17
Total 65-68 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

Upon the completion of the degree in Liberal Arts, a graduate is able to: 

  1. Communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, and evaluate critically what they hear and read.
  2. Demonstrate comprehension and skill with research methods and scientific inquiry.
  3. Apply the logic of mathematical reasoning and demonstrate proficiency in computational methods and mathematical concepts and applications.
  4. Apply critical thinking skills to solve problems, to evaluate arguments and chains of reasoning, and to interpret information.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to use contemporary information technology to gather information resources for personal and professional obligations.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of and reasoning ability about contemporary ethical issues and values.
  7. Embrace the importance of cultural diversity and the role of a global perspective in modern society.

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.