2018-2019 Pierce College Catalog 
    
    Mar 31, 2023  
2018-2019 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology and Biomedical Sciences Healthcare Career Pathway Course Map


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Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field and for transfer to a four-year institution. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career.  The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. If you want to change a course on this map you must speak with an advisor to assure you meet all degree requirements. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time.  While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete an Associate in Biology DTA/MRP  Degree, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements.  Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

Important note about transfer: colleges and universities may change their requirements at any time, so this map is not a guarantee of transfer. You will need to check transfer requirements with your intended four-year school. 

1. College Success


  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.

2. General Chemistry Prep


  • Course purpose: This class will provide the necessary mathematics preparation for the Majors Chemistry sequence (CHEM& 161-163).  This class is only waived if a student has taken CHEM& 121 and earned a 3.0 or better, or if a students is taking MATH& 151 or higher. 

3. Math Course Recommendation


Choose one group.

Group A


Group B


Action Item: Meet with Advisor


Use your Success Network!  In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.  

4. General Biology w/Lab


  • Course purpose: Overview of biological concepts to prepare for upper level biology courses, and lab experience.  This class is the foundation from which all the 200-level Biology courses are built upon.  You will learn about a survey of biological studies, how to properly use a microscope, and other important lab techniques.

5. Chemistry Course Recommendation


Take one course each quarter until sequence is finished.

6. English Composition 1


Action Item: Apply for Graduation


Way to go!  It is time to apply for graduation.  Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details.  https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

7. Humanities Course Recommendation


Choose three courses.

  • Course purpose: This course will prepare a biology or biomedical sciences student to practice evaluating their own personal moral concerns, as well as social concerns on various moral issues.

  • Course purpose: A knowledge of how biological forms look like by drawing or observation of models is key to understanding their function. Additionally, appreciating how normal structures look like will help understand the effect of abnormal morphologies on function. This is an entry-level drawing course.

  • Course purpose: A knowledge of how biological forms look like by drawing or observation of models is key to understanding their function. Additionally, appreciating how normal structures look like will help understand the effect of abnormal morphologies on function. This is a studio/lab course covering the various basic processes of fine art printmaking.

  • Course purpose: A knowledge of how biological forms look like by drawing or observation of models is key to understanding their function. Additionally, appreciating how normal structures look like will help understand the effect of abnormal morphologies on function. This is a photography course for the beginning student.

  • Course purpose: You will learn how our actions align with our beliefs and how this alignment contributes to the global community.

  • Course purpose: You will explore key questions about the foundations and structure of science from the perspective of humanities.

· World Language (1)


8. Biology Course Recommendation


Take one course each quarter until sequence is finished.

9. Social Science Course Recommendation


Choose three courses.

10. English Composition II


Total Credits 93-98


Program Code: ABT


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