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2024 - 2025 Catalog Year
Biology (Full-time)

Degree: Associate of Science
Division: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The Associate of Science in Biology is designed for students who are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university and pursue a baccalaureate degree program in Biology. The curriculum fulfills the freshman and sophomore general education requirements of most four-year colleges and universities. As part of this degree program, students must complete the requirements of the Ohio Transfer Module in order to graduate. Most Bachelor's degrees will require both Statistics AND Calculus (either traditional or applied), but only one math course is required to complete the BIOE.S.AS degree. There is a current articulation with Wright State University. Many students pursuing a pre-med program at WSU may pursue a BIO transfer option.

This Sample Program Pathway is designed to provide an example of course selections in a term by term sequence. Please see an Academic Advisor for a plan specific to your academic needs.

Fall Semester (First Year)
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Description: The first course of a two-semester university-parallel sequence for biology and science majors. Topics include scientific method; chemical and biochemical foundations; cell structure, function and reproduction; cellular respiration, photosynthesis, Mendelian genetics, chromosomal genetics, molecular genetics, protein synthesis, gene regulation, genomes, viruses and biotechnology. Three classroom, six lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: DEV 0015 or MAT 0600 and MAT 0100

Description: A university-parallel course in chemistry for the science major. The first half of a comprehensive first-year survey of chemistry. Topics include the basics of matter, atoms and molecules, chemical reactions, bonding, molecular geometry and gases. Students registering for this course should have previously taken high school chemistry or equivalent. Four classroom hours, three lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: MAT 0300 or MAT 1450 or MAT 1470 or MAT 1570 or MAT 1580 or MAT 2270 or MAT 2280 or MAT 2290

Corequisites: CHE 1251

Corequisites: CHE 1211

Description: This course uses calculus as a tool for modeling applications in the life sciences. Limits, derivatives, and integrals are introduced and applied in this context. Emphasis is placed on qualitative analysis and interpretation.

Notes: Depends on math placement. Recommended Math course for transfer. Can also take MAT 1470 College Algebra, MAT 1450 Statistics or MAT 2270 Calculus.

Prerequisites: MAT 1470 and Other (with a grade of C or better or satisfactory score on math placement test)

Description: This course is designed to help new students make a successful transition to Sinclair Community College. Topics include college resources; academic, career and personal services available through Sinclair; learning styles; the learning process; financial responsibility; stress and wellness; and computer literacy through eLearn and library resources.

Notes: Discuss with advisor


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Spring Semester (First Year)

Description: The second course of a two-semester university-parallel sequence for biology and science majors. Topics include Darwinian evolution, evolution of populations, origin of species, history of life on Earth, phylogeny and systematics, prokaryotes, protists, plants, fungi, animals and ecology. Three classroom, six lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: BIO 1171 or Approval of Department

Description: The second half of a university-parallel course in chemistry for the science or engineering major. Topics include liquids and solids, solutions, chemical reaction kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acid/base chemistry, electrochemistry, representative metals, metalloids and non-metals and organic chemistry. Four classroom hours, three lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: CHE 1211

Corequisites: CHE 1261

Corequisites: CHE 1221

Description: In English Composition I students learn reflective, analytical and argumentative writing strategies, incorporating sources and personal experience. Students will negotiate between public and private rhetorical situations and purposes to achieve academic literacy. They will write multiple drafts using a recursive writing process as they work toward fluency in style and mechanics.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 or Other (Placement Test Score)

Description: Applied computer tools to solve engineering technology problems, emphasizing the integration of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software and engineering research skills using the Internet. Applications of an integrated approach to research papers, engineering technology analysis, technical laboratory reports and technical presentations. One-half classroom, one and one-half lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: MAT 0100 or MAT 0600 or MAT 1110


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Fall Semester (Second Year)
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Description: Emphasis on Charles Darwin, speciation, fossils, radiometric dating, natural selection, mutations, macroevolution, mass extinctions, coevolution, sexual reproduction, human evolution and religious issues.

Notes: Fall / Summer Only

Description: General concepts in ecology and application to current environmental issues. Focus on evolutionary ecology, populations, communities, ecosystems and global ecology. Field experiences and lab techniques emphasizing data collection, analysis and interpretation. Three classroom, three lab hours per week.

Notes: Fall Only

Prerequisites: BIO 1111 or GEO 1102 or BIO 1171

Description: English Composition II, building on the skills in English Composition I, develops rhetorical literacy through research, critical reading and multigenre writing tasks. Through major and minor, cumulative and stand-alone assignments, students construct arguments and analyses, ethically incorporating academic sources while developing their own voices as writers and citizens.

Prerequisites: ENG 1101

Description: In this course, students will be encouraged to think independently, be expected to argue a point logically, and sharpen their critical thinking skills. More particularly, we will explore the geographies implicit in globalization and specifically think about our connections (and disconnections) to distant places, the uneven geographies of globalization (evident in both processes and outcomes), and how people's actions through social, economic, and political processes, produce and transform place. This course has a particular focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion asking how cultures are shaped by the intersections of a variety of factors (i.e. race, ethnicity, nationality, class, and religion among others) and providing a space to demonstrate empathy through considering how to understand and interpret others' worldview. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to thinking geographically through the understanding of how to use maps and the significance of place on identity.

Notes: Any Ohio Transfer Module Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective. View electives at:

Description: University-parallel course covering history and systems of psychology, behavioral research methods, physiology of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, memory, consciousness, cognition, personality, lifespan development, gender, social psychology, motivation, emotion, stress, mental disorders and therapies.

Notes: Any Ohio Transfer Module Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective. View electives at:

Prerequisites: DEV 0035


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Spring Semester (Second Year)
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Description: Fundamental principles, concepts and techniques of genetics. Lab work includes basic methods of genetic research and analysis. Three classroom, two lab hours per week.

Notes: Spring Only

Prerequisites: BIO 1111 or BIO 1171

Corequisites: BIO 2236

Corequisites: BIO 2235

Description: Major trends in the development of Western culture, emphasizing political, economic, social and cultural achievements from the seventeenth century to the present.

Notes: Any Ohio Transfer Module Arts & Humanities Elective. View electives at:

Description: Overview of philosophical and ethical dimensions of the environmental crisis, such as environmental politics, animal rights and nonwestern views.

Notes: Any Ohio Transfer Module Arts & Humanities Elective. View electives at:

Description: Designed to improve speaking and listening skills through the study and application of public speaking structure, content and style. This course requires 5 speeches in front of a live audience. The online course sections require the recordings to be created by the student with at least 8 adults present for each speech. Any questions, please contact the Communication Department at

Notes: or COM 2206 or COM 2225

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 or Other (Any other college level English course)

Description: This course serves as an introduction to the study of regional geography at the global scale. Students will become familiar with and understand the use of maps/geo-technologies to explain geographic phenomena and patterns as they relate to world regions and their interrelationships, apply geographic concepts to the study of regions or a specific region,compare and contrast human and physical patterns and their variations over space,develop an appreciation of the complexities of regional and global environmental and socio-economic problems,understand globalization and place local issues in their global and historical context,and to understand human-environment interactions in various regions around the world.

Notes: Multicultural Elective - Choose one from these courses: AFR-1100, ART-2236, GEO-1101, GEO-1201, HUM-1130, LIT-2217, LIT-2234, PLS-2200, PLS-2220, PSY-1160, PSY-2225, REL-1111, REL-1112, SOC-1145, SOC-1219, SOC-2215


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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances. View current catalog.