Biology Curriculum

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Associate of Science | Learning Competencies

Associate of Science

First Year

  Course Title Credits
GenEd: CS  COLS 1000 Introduction to College Success: First-Year Seminar 3
GenEd: LAB  BIOL 1010*  General Biology 4
GenEd: STEM  CHEM 1020*  General Chemistry I 4
GenEd: QR MATH 1400+• -OR HIGHER-  College Algebra 3
      Semester Credits 14
  Course Title Credits
  BIOL 2022* Animal Biology (Spring Only) 4
  CHEM 1030* General Chemistry II 4
  MATH 1405*+ Pre-Calculus Trigonometry 3
GenEd: CW  ENGL 1010*+ English I: Composition 
Optional BIOL 1390*^ Scientific Research I (Spring Only) 4
      Semester Credits 14-18

Second Year

  Course Title Credits
  BIOL 2023* Biology of Plants and Fungi (Fall Only) 4
  MATH 2200* Calculus I 4
  PHYS 1110*  General Physics I (Fall Only) 4
GenEd: CA    Choose from approved Cultural Awareness courses. ANTH 1200 recommended. 3
GenEd: CV  CO/M 2010*  Public Speaking
      Semester Credits 18
  Course Title Credits
  PHYS 1120 General Physics II (Spring Only) 4
  STAT 2050*  Fundamentals of Statistics 4
Optional  BIOL 1390*^  Scientific Research I (Spring Only) 4
GenEd: AA    Choose from approved Aesthetic Analysis courses 3
GenEd: WY    Choose from approved U.S./Wyoming Constitution courses 3
      Semester Credits 14-18

Total Credits: 60-64

*This course has at least one prerequisite. Check the Course Descriptions section of the catalog to see the course prerequisites.

+If the placement test score is not adequate for course enrollment, students must complete the appropriate developmental course(s) before enrolling. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement with their advisor before planning out their full program schedules.

•If the student places into a higher level math or has completed a higher level math than required by the program, the student may request program applicable course substitutions in consultation with their advisor and faculty to fulfill the remaining credits needed to complete the degree.

^Program Comments
Students may take BIOL 1390 as an optional course; it need only be taken once. Research experience is recommended for any student planning on attending graduate school or professional school (medical, pharmacy, veterinary, etc.).


Learning Competencies

  1. Design or evaluate experiments testing predictions using controls and managing variables (control of variables).
  2. Use logic, statistics, probabilities, or proportions to determine an outcome (proportional and probability reasoning).
  3. Examine mutual/direct, inverse or lack of relationships between variables (correlation reasoning).
  4. Apply scientific principles to make observations, analyze patterns and trends to arrive at an explanatory generalization / testable hypotheses (inductive reasoning).
  5. Apply scientific principles to evaluate hypotheses by analyzing or reflecting on experimental data to reach a specific conclusion (deductive reasoning).
  6. Demonstrate an ability to gather, evaluate, synthesize, and apply primary scientific and technical literature. (scientific literacy)
  7. Identify the role science plays in historical and contemporary issues (human culture).
  8. Effectively communicate about sciences and its conclusions to multiple audiences (professional, peers, general public) in multiple formats (interpersonal, verbal, and written).
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the standards that define ethical scientific behavior (honesty, safety, social responsibility).