Associate of Science Degree - 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
Must include ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Theater: a Cultural Context
Pre-Calculus II
CHEM 121
CHEM 122
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II 2
Social Science3
Additional College Requirements
Diversity courses 2[3]
Science courses (2 units satisfied through required CHEM 121 & CHEM 122) 2[6]
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions courses 2[3]
Degree Requirements
BIOL 190
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
and Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
BIOL 191
Introduction to Organismal Biology
and Intro to Organismal Biology Lab
CHEM 241Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 242Organic Chemistry II3
MATH 181Calculus I4
PHYS 151General Physics I4
or PHYS 180
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
and Physics for Scientists/Engineers Lab I
STAT 152Introduction to Statistics3
Elective Requirements
Select nine units of the following:9
General Botany
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
General Microbiology
Current Topics in Infectious Disease
Selected Topics in Biology
Total Units60

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


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

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 4 3
MATH 127 Pre-Calculus II 3
STAT 152 Introduction to Statistics 3
Diversity/Fine Arts 4 3
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
BIOL 190 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology 4
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
English 4 3
MATH 181 Calculus I 4
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
Elective 4 4
Social Science/U.S. Nevada Constitutions 3 3
BIOL 191 Introduction to Organismal Biology 4
CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry I 3
 Semester Total14
4th semester
Elective 4 5
Humanities 3 3
CHEM 242 Organic Chemistry II 3
PHYS 151
General Physics I
or Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Physics for Scientists/Engineers Lab I
 Semester Total15
 Total Units60

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


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