• Biology


  • Catalog Year 2018-2019

    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
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI211 Principles of Biology I 5
    CH221 General Chemistry I 5
    WR121 English Composition 4
    Term Credits: 14
    Second Quarter
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI212 Principles of Biology II 5
    CH222 General Chemistry II 5
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking or WR227 Technical Report Writing 4
    Term Credits: 14
    Third Quarter
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI213 Principles of Biology III 5
    CH223 General Chemistry III 5
    Social Science requirement 3-4
    Term Credits: 13-14
    Fourth Quarter
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MTH251 Calculus I: Differential Calculus or
    MTH243 Statistics I (if transferring to PSU)
    5
    CH241 Organic Chemistry I 5
    COMM111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 4
    Course at the 200 level from CH, CS, G or PH2 5
    Term Credits: 19
    Fifth Quarter
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MTH252 Calculus II: Integral Calculus or
    MTH244 Statistics II (if transferring to PSU)
    5
    CH242 Organic Chemistry II 5
    Course at the 200 level from CH, CS, G or PH 5
    Arts & Letters requirement 3-4
    Term Credits: 18-19
    Sixth Quarter
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CH243 Organic Chemistry III 5
    Arts & Letters requirement 3-4
    Social Science requirement 3-4
    Health and Physical Education requirement 3
    Term Credits: 14-16

    1 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 Oregon public universities.
    2 PH201 General Physics I can be completed at MHCC in fall term and fulfills a PSU requirement.

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