Associate of Science - Biology Emphasis

This is a two-year transferable program leading to an Associate of Science with an emphasis in biology. The curriculum includes a core of courses in the biological and physical sciences and mathematics. All courses recommended will partially satisfy the bachelor of science in biology at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Emphasis Outcomes

Students completing the emphasis will:

  • Apply principles of mathematics and physical sciences to laboratory practices and biological processes.
  • Explain concepts and theories in molecular structure and function, cellular processes, and genetics.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the structural and physiological functions of organisms, their ecological context, and the evolutionary relationships and hierarchical organization of biological diversity.
  • Demonstrate proficient use of standard laboratory equipment and follow safe laboratory practices; apply the method of scientific inquiry by designing a controlled experiment, and collecting, analyzing and interpreting data; and present findings in written and oral formats.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
English3-6
Must include ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Humanities3
Recommended:
World Religions
Mathematics3
Including:
Pre-Calculus I ((or higher)) 3
Science[6]
Required: 2
CHEM 121
CHEM 122
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
8
or CHEM 201
CHEM 202
General Chemistry for Scientists and Engineers
and General Chemistry for Scientists and Engineers II
Social Science3
Recommended: PSC 101, CH 203, or HIST 111
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 2[3]
Recommended:
World Religions
Science [6]
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions courses 2[3]
Recommended: PSC 101, CH 203, or HIST 111
Degree Requirements
BIOL 190
190L
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
and Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
BIOL 191
191L
Introduction to Organismal Biology
and Intro to Organismal Biology Lab
4
Chemistry: Choose from one of the following options: 44-8
Introductory Organic Chemistry
OR
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences Lab I
AND
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences Lab II
PHYS 151General Physics I4
or PHYS 180
180L
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
and Physics for Scientists/Engineers Lab I
Science GE Units (from CHEM 121 & CHEM 122 or CHEM 201 & CHEM 202)[2]
STAT 152Introduction to Statistics3
Elective Requirements
Select 11-18 units of the following:11-18
Introduction to Neuroscience
Introduction to Evolution and Adaptation
General Botany
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
General Microbiology
Independent Study in Biology
Introduction to Public Health Biology
Pre-Calculus II 3
Calculus I 3
Community and Lifecycle Nutrition
General Physics II 5
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
and Physics for Scientists/Engineers Lab II 5
Or any transferable college level units. 6
Total Units60
1

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114 the additional 3 required units will become elective units.

2

Course may also count toward additional degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.

3

 Math 181 is required for B.S. in Biology at UNR

4

CHEM 341/CHEM 342, at UNR, applies as CHEM 241/CHEM 241L & CHEM 242/CHEM 242L  

5

 PHYS 152 or PHYS 180L and PHYS 181L are required for a B.S. in Biology at UNR.

6

BIOL 100 cannot be used towards B.S. in Biology at UNR.  

Recommended courses are listed in the course sequence; however, other courses may apply. Please see an advisor or the department.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 4
English 8 3
MATH 126 Pre-Calculus I 3
STAT 152 Introduction to Statistics 3
Diversity/Fine Arts 7 3
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
BIOL 190
190L
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
and Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
4
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
English 8 3
MATH 127 Pre-Calculus II 3
 Semester Total14
3rd semester
Elective 8 4
Social Science/U.S. Nevada Constitutions 7 3
BIOL 191
191L
Introduction to Organismal Biology
and Intro to Organismal Biology Lab
4
CHEM 241
241L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences Lab I
4
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Elective 8 4
Humanities 7 3
CHEM 242
242L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences Lab II
4
PHYS 151
General Physics I
or Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Physics for Scientists/Engineers Lab I
4
 Semester Total15
 Total Units60
7

See approved General Education list for the AA/AS Degree.

8

See program recommendations or requirements.