Biological Science

Course Requirements
ID Title Class Lab Credits
Fall Semester (year 1)
SCI101R Biology: Chemical & Cellular Basis of Life 3 3 4
SCI140R Chemistry I 3 3 4
MATH110R Functions and Modeling I 4 0 4
ENGL102R College Composition 3 0 3
Spring Semester
SCI102R Biology: Adaptation, Evolution and Ecosystems 3 3 4
SCI141R Chemistry II 3 3 4
MATH120R Functions and Modeling II 4 0 4
ENGLxxxR English Elective 3 0 3
Summer Semester 
XXXxxxR Humanities/Fine Arts/World Language Elective 3 0 3
Fall Semester
SCI130R Physics I 3 3 4
MATH210R Calculus I 4 0 4
SCI2xxR Biological Science Elective (Anatomy & Physiology I or Microbiology) 3 3 4
MATH106R Statistics 4 0 4
Spring Semester 
SCI2xxxR Biological Science Elective (Anatomy & Physiology II or Genetics) 3 3 4
SCIxxxR Biological Science or Mathematics Elective (Microbiology or Statistics) 3 3 4
SCIxxxR Biological Science Capstone 3 3 4
XXXxxxR Social Science Elective 3 0 3

For more information about this program, please contact Julie Robinson at or 603-542-7744 x5407.

The Associate of Science (A.S.) in Biology degree program will provide a pathway of transfer for students who wish to pursue baccalaureate studies in the biological sciences while offering them a mathematics and science background that allows for a variety of career opportunities in the related fields. Furthermore, upon graduation with an Associate of Science degree in Mathematics and Science, RVCC students will be prepared to enter the workforce in positions such as laboratory and field technicians.  Students who participate in the program will learn to think critically, reason logically, appreciate the nature and practice of science, and understand and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research. 

Built on a cohesive program of study that stresses the connections between STEM majors (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the program design is based upon national standards for majors in Biological science.  It includes rigorous and diverse curriculum, accomplished faculty, support for the students and administrative support.   Some additional highlights of the program include:  biomedical research and biomedical technology embedded into several of the core biological science laboratory curricula; an annual RVCC Science symposium where students present data from their own hypothesis-based research; “Science talks” - seminars presented by active scientists; Science club run by the Biological science students and faculty; extracurricular opportunities/trips to increase exposure to the scientific community; and an active research laboratory.   

The Biological science concentration emulates the first two years of a four-year college and university degree.  All students are required to take at least 64 credits to complete the degree of Associates in Science.  Of these credits, 32 are general education requirements, and an additional 32 are specific to concentration requirements.  Suggested course sequencing for this concentration are as follows:


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