Biology, Associate in Science
A Science and Mathematics Option
Our understanding of biological processes has increased tremendously in recent years. This knowledge explosion has dramatically expanded the demand for biologists in both traditional fields as well as a number of exciting new areas that crossover into other related disciplines.
Upon completion of CCMâ€™s Biology Option of the Science and Mathematics Associate Degree in Science, students will be able to:
- Define and explain the key ideas and foundational concepts in the biological sciences.
- Demonstrate the correct use of biological instrumentation and proper laboratory and safety techniques.
- Explain and apply the scientific method including designing, conducting and analyzing experiments.
- Locate, analyze and evaluate scientific literature and synthesize the information obtained to effectively communicate scientific information in written or oral format.
- Identify and assess ethical issues as they pertain to the biological sciences.
- Solve problems in the biological sciences using appropriate mathematical concepts and technology.
- Identify the role played by the biological sciences as they relate to the individual and society.
Specialized Tracks Provide Flexibility
Each Track within the Biology Option is designed to provide the education, training and flexibility to suit your immediate and long-term goals. You can find the specific courses applicable to each of the Tracks on theÂ Curriculum Checksheet page of the CCM website.
Tracks within the Biology Option consist of:
- Traditional (Track 1) â€“ With a general scope, this is designed to satisfy the needs of most students since this Track provides a broad, but flexible, scope suitable to many educational and career paths.
- HeathÂ Related (Track 2) â€“ This is intended for students who are planning to transfer directly to professional schools such as nursing, occupational therapy, and physician assistant. Since course selection within this track is narrower than other tracks, timely consultation with a faculty advisor is critical.
- Preprofessional/Scientific (Track 3) â€“ Designed for those with above average aptitude and skills in science and mathematics, this more demanding track is suitable for students who desire to transfer to competitive baccalaureate programs or professional schools, or medical, veterinary, or dental school. It is essential that students seek advice from academic advisors as soon as possible.
- Environmental (Track 4) â€“ Intended to meet the needs of students interested in a career in the environmental field, this track integrates the biological and physical science and applies the concepts from those fields to the study of the environment and to solving environmental problems. Because this field is multifaceted and complex, it is critical for students to seek advisement as soon as possible.
- Nutrition (Track 5) â€“ The nutritional science field applies concepts from biology, chemistry, and the social sciences toward understanding the role of nutrition in optimal health, and uses that understanding to influence nutritional practices in all segments of the population.
- Biology Education (Track 6) â€“ This track is designed to prepare students for a career teaching biology. Please refer to theÂ Biology Education page for further information.