• Biology


  • Catalog Year 2017-2018

    Biology is a tremendously diverse field of study devoted to examining life from microbes to elephants. Courses are tailored to allow graduating students to function as informed citizens or to move on to careers as practicing scientists, educators and health professionals.

    Curricular Outcomes

    At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate mastery of discipline-specific biological concepts
    • Demonstrate the ability to ask and answer questions using the scientific method by collecting and analyzing data during scientific investigations
    • Select, evaluate and utilize discipline-specific information and literature to explore topics
    • Demonstrate an ability to communicate scientific information
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between science and society

    The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a Bachelor of Science in the biological sciences at a college or university. To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options in the printed catalog.

    Students receiving financial aid must be seeking a certificate or degree and following official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

    Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

    Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer - Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI211 Principles of Biology I 5
    CH221 General Chemistry I 5
    MTH251 Calculus I: Differential Calculus1,2 5
    WR121 English Composition 4
    19
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI212 Principles of Biology II 5
    CH222 General Chemistry II 5
    MTH252 Calculus II: Integral Calculus 4
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
    18
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI213 Principles of Biology III 5
    CH223 General Chemistry III 5
    Social Science requirement3 3-4
    13-14
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CH241 Organic Chemistry I4,5 5
    COMM111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 4
    PH201 General Physics II6 or
    PH211 General Physics with Calculus II6
    5
    Humanities requirement3 3-4
    17-18
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CH242 Organic Chemistry II4,5 5
    PH202 General Physics II6 or
    PH212 General Physics with Calculus II6
    5
    Humanities requirement3 3-4
    Social Science requirement3 3-4
    16-18
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CH243 Organic Chemistry III4,5 5
    PH203 General Physics I 6or
    PH213 General Physics with Calculus III6
    5
    Health and Physical Education requirement3 3
    13

    1 Depending on destination university and degree program, students may be advised differently for mathematics requirement.
    2Students transferring to Portland State University (PSU) may take MTH243.
    3 This plan aligns with the Associate of Science; refer to degree requirements in the printed catalog.
    4 Depending on destination university and degree program, students may be advised differently for the organic chemistry requirement.
    5 This sequence replaces the 300-level Organic Chemistry requirement at colleges and universities. With an acceptable score on the ACS National Exam and a minimum of a "C" or better in each course, this sequence transfers as 11-15 credits of 300-level coursework to all OUS schools.
    6 Depending on destination university and degree program, students may be advised differently for the physics requirement.

    Transfer Schools’ Web Links

    Eastern Oregon University - Biology at EOU
    Oregon State University - OSU Department of Integrative Biology
    Portland State University - PSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Biology
    Southern Oregon University - SOU Biology
    University of Oregon - UO the Department of Biology