Associate of Science

The Associate of Science Degree with a field of study in Biology offers students the opportunity to take a core curriculum of general education courses with an emphasis in Biology.

Many exciting career opportunities are available in the biological sciences. Students should bear in mind that many of the career areas listed require training beyond the Associate of Science degree and some will require a post graduate degree.

  • Agriculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Dentistry
  • Dietary Research
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Marine Science
  • Medicine
  • Medical Research
  • Microbiological Research
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Science Education
  • Toxicology
  • Veterinary Science
  • Wildlife Biology


Field of Study - 18 credit hours
BIOL 1406Biology for Science Majors I4
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
BIOL 2401Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 2421Microbiology for Science Majors 14
CHEM 2423Organic Chemistry I 14
STC Core Curriculum - 42 credit hours
Complete 42 credit hours of required Core Curriculum including the following: 242
Life and Physical Sciences
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
College Algebra (or higher)
Component Area Option
Introduction to Physical Fitness and Wellness
Total Credit Hours62

For BIOL 2421 Microbiology for Science Majors and CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I, 3 credit hours are scheduled for field of study and 1 credit hour is scheduled to meet the general core education requirements (Component Area Option).


In addition to the courses in the Field of Study, the student is required to take 42 credit hours from the STC Core Curriculum.


Recommended Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
Select one of the following: 4
College Algebra  
Pre-Calculus Math  
Calculus I  
BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I 4
Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric 3
CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I 4
Creative Arts Elective - Core Curriculum 3
BIOL 1407 Biology for Science Majors II 4
 Credit Hours14
Third Semester
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 3
KINE 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness and Wellness 1
 Credit Hours4
Fourth Semester
HIST 1301
United States History I
or Mexican-American History I
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II 4
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
 Credit Hours14
Fifth Semester
HIST 1302
United States History II
or Mexican-American History II
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
BIOL 2421 Microbiology for Science Majors 4
CHEM 2423 Organic Chemistry I 4
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours