Biology

Centralia College offers two associate degrees for students wishing to transfer to a Biology program at a four-year institution. The degrees support different goals, require different levels of math, English, and communications courses. An advisor can help you choose the right degree path for you.

biology iconWhich degree is right for you?

There are several issues you should consider when choosing between these degree paths.

Math Requirements - The Track 1: Associate of Science degree requires at least Calculus II, plus an additional quarter of either calculus or statistics. The Track 2: Associate in Biology degree requires Calculus I. 

Communications Requirements - The Track 1: Associate of Science degree requires half as many credits in Communications and Humanities/Social Sciences as the Track 2: Associate in Biology degree. 

Transfer Considerations - Each transfer school and program is different. Consider the program you wish to enter and choose the degree track that best meets those transfer requirements. 

Track 1 - Associate in Science

This program is for students who wish to complete a bachelor’s degree in such disciplines as general or molecular biology, zoology, microbiology, genetics, entomology, botany, horticulture, soil science, phycology, ecology, marine science, fisheries or wildlife management.

Recommended Science Electives: BIOL& 241, 242, 243 Human A & P w/Lab series I-III CHEM& 261, 262, 263 Organic Chemistry w/Lab I-III; PHYS& 221, 222, 223; Engineering Physics I-III

Track 1 Education Plan 

Fall Quarter

  • BIOL& 221 Majors Ecology/Evolution - 5 credits
  • CHEM& 161 General Chemistry w/Lab I - 6 credits
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • BIOL& 222 Majors Cell/Molecular - 5 credits
  • CHEM& 162 General Chemistry w/Lab II - 6 credits
  • MATH& 151 Calculus I - 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • BIOL& 223 Majors Organismal Physiology - 5 credits
  • CHEM& 163 General Chemistry w/Lab III - 6 credits
  • MACH& 152 Calculus II - 5 credits

Fall Quarter

  • Biology/Chemistry/Physics Sequence* - 5-6 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 3 credits

Winter Quarter

  • Biology/Chemistry/Physics Sequence* - 5-6 credits
  • MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics OR MATH& 163 Calculus III - 5 credits
  • Humantities Distribution - 5 credits

 Spring Quarter

  • Biology/Chemistry/Physics Sequence* - 5-6 credits
  • Social Science OR Humanities Distribution - 5 credits
  • Elective - 5 credits

* Biology majors should select organic chemistry or physics for second year sequence.

 

Track 2 - Associate in Biology

This program is for students who wish to complete a bachelor’s degree in such disciplines as general or molecular biology, zoology, microbiology, genetics, entomology, botany, horticulture, soil science, phycology, ecology, marine biology, fisheries biology, or wildlife management. This program assumes a student is prepared to start college-level math and English courses.

 Track 2 Education Plan

Fall Quarter

  • CHEM& 161 General Chemistry w/Lab I - 6 credits
  • ENGL& 101 English Compostition I - 5 credits
  • MATH& 141 Pre-Calculus I OR Humanities Distribution - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • CHEM& 162 General Chemistry w/Lab II - 6 credits
  • ENGL& 102 Composition II OR ENGL& 235 Technical Writing - 5 credits
  • MATH& 142 Pre-Calculus II OR Social Science Distribution* - 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • CHEM& 163 General Chemistry w/Lab III - 6 credits
  • MATH& 151 Calculus I - 5 credits
  • Humanities Distribution** - 5 credits

* Students requiring Pre-Calculus I (MATH& 141) or Pre-Calculus II (MATH& 142) should complete these now. These students would use one of the second-year electives for a third Social Science and another second-year elective for a third Humanities distribution course. Other students should satisfy a Social Science or Humanities elective.

** Recommended electives include a full year sequence of organic chemistry or additional math classes, such as statistics or additional calculus.

Fall Quarter

  • BIOL& 221 Majors Ecology/Evolution - 5 credits
  • Humanities Distribution - 5 credits
  • Elective** or Social Science Distribution* - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • BIOL& 122 Majors Cell/Molecular - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Elective** or Humanities Distribution* - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 3 credits

Spring Quarter

  • BIOL& 223 Majors Organismal Physiology - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Elective - 5 credits

* Students requiring Pre-Calculus I (MATH& 141) or Pre-Calculus II (MATH& 142) should complete these now. These students would use one of the second-year electives for a third Social Science and another second-year elective for a third Humanities distribution course. Other students should satisfy a Social Science or Humanities elective.

** Recommended electives include a full year sequence of organic chemistry or additional math classes, such as statistics or additional calculus.

 

Biology Courses

Surveys the structures and functions of cells and organisms. Explores basic genetic and evolutionary processes. Outlines the characteristics of life, its history, and biodiversity.

Presents the structure, organization, and life functions of the human; cells, tissues, and organ systems; development from embryo to adult; aging and disease; human evolution and ecology.

Investigate the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, sensory, endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: BIOL& 170.
Explore the biological diversity of a region. Identify the dominant organisms, describe their interactions with their physical, chemical, and biological environments. Focus on field trips. Prerequisite: instructor permission.
Cooperative Work Experience allows students to apply classroom learning to on-the-job settings. Credit is earned for new and continued learning taking place in the work environment. Reaching set learning objectives and development of positive work habits are emphasized. The Cooperative Education Faculty Coordinator, the student employee, and the worksite supervisor identify the learning objectives. 30-360 hours on-the-job per quarter. Instructor’s permission is required. Corequisite: Enrollment in a Work Experience Seminar is required of co-op students. You may take the Work Experience Seminar before or in the same quarter as the co-op course.
Ecology, evolution, taxonomy and phylogeny, diversity of life forms. First course in a three-quarter series (BIOL& 221, 222, 223). Prerequisite: High school biology or BIOL& 100 and MATH 098 or equivalent.
Metabolism and energetics, structure and function of biomolecules, Mendelian and molecular genetics, biotechnology, cell structure and function. Second course in a three-quarter series (BIOL& 221, 222, and 223). Prerequisites: High school biology or BIOL& 100; CHEM& 121 or CHEM& 161 recommended.
Plant and animal comparative anatomy and physiology. Final course in a three-quarter series (BIOL& 221, 222, and 223). Prerequisite: BIOL& 221 or 222 or instructor permission.
 
Investigate interactions between structures and functions essential for human health. Levels include macromolecules, membranes and the cell, tissues, integument, skeleton and articulations, skeletal muscles, nerves, and central nervous system. First quarter of a two-quarter sequence. Prerequisite: High school biology and chemistry or BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 170 and CHEM& 121.
Investigate the interactions between structure (anatomy) function (physiology) essential for human health. Investigate organization and function of the sensory, endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: BIOL& 241 or instructor permission.
Investigate the inheritance of human characteristics and the regulation of gene expression. Trace the development of major organ systems in utero and fetal development. Trace the physiological and anatomical transformations in older individuals. Prerequisite: BIOL& 242 or instructor permission.
 
Introduction to physical and chemical factors affecting marine organisms: the various marine habitats, the animals and plants which inhabit them, and human exploitation of marine resources. Field trips to local marine habitats.
Understand the morphology, physiology, metabolism, genetics, and evolution of microbes. Explore the interactions of pathogenic microbes and human health. Review processes that inhibit microbial disease. Develop skills of culturing, identifying, and manipulating microbes. Prerequisite: one college chemistry course.
Design a research project, set up experiments, collect data in the lab or in the field, and/or analyze data. Each credit hour requires 33 hours of activity per quarter. Prerequisite: instructor permission.