Program Description

The Biology program at BSC provides the first two years of core classes toward a baccalaureate degree for students pursuing a career in any of the biological sciences. The program also is an important foundation for related career fields such as medicine and biological and environmental engineering, as well as agriculture and wildlife management. Coursework includes general biology, general and organic chemistry, college physics, biology electives and suggested courses in computer applications and statistics. An optional internship is available.


Recommended high school courses include advanced biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, and environmental studies. Students interested in biology should be inquisitive, creative, self-motivated, and have a strong work ethic. Good oral and written skills are essential for writing research papers and proposals and working within a team.

Program Requirements

Those completing the suggested curriculum requirements receive an Associate in Science degree. BSC has cooperative agreements with Dickinson State University and Minot State University and several other four-year institutions that allow students to continue with a bachelor’s degree on the BSC campus. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer school and modify BSC’s suggested curriculum where necessary. Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

Biologists usually specialize in one of many subfields such as microbiology or zoology. Many do research and then move into management or administration and join a company, agency or project. Others teach, become consultants, or enter a health professional school.

Possible careers requiring at least a bachelor’s degree include Biology Teacher, Biochemist, Agriculture/Food Scientist, Game and Wildlife Manager, Wildlife Biologist, Botanist, Microbiologist, Marine Biologist, Ecologist, Zoologist, Physiologist, Biophysicist, Cytotechnologist, Hydrologist, Mortician, Environmental Scientist, Clinical Laboratory Technologist/Technician, Science Technician.

Additional Information

Students interested in any biological profession are strongly encouraged to become trained in geographic information system (GIS) technology.



Eric Bless • Jack Science Center 201G • 701-224-5411 •

Associate in Science

College degree requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits71-72
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
BIOL 150 General Biology I 3
BIOL 150L General Biology I Lab 1
BIOL 151 General Biology II 3
BIOL 151L General Biology II Lab 1
GIS 105 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 1 3
Biology Electives 3-4
Math, Science & Technology  
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Lab 1
MATH 104 Finite Mathematics 2 3
MATH 146 Applied Calculus I 2 3
2nd Year
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 241L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHEM 242 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM 242L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
PHYS 211 College Physics I 3
PHYS 211L College Physics I Lab 1
PHYS 212 College Physics II 3
PHYS 212L College Physics II Lab 1
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science Elective course) 3
General Education Matrix (Social & Behavioral Science Elective course) 3
 Total Credits71-72
Suggested Electives
BIOL 124Environmental Science3
BIOL 197/297Cooperative Education/Internship1-3
BIOL 220Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIOL 220LAnatomy and Physiology I Lab1
BIOL 221Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIOL 221LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab1
BOT 170Plant Form and Diversity3
BOT 170LPlant Form and Diversity Lab1
CSCI 122Beginning Visual Basic3
GEOG 121Physical Geography3
GEOG 121LPhysical Geography Lab1
GIS 107GIS Applications3
GIS 201Advanced GIS Applications3
MATH 210Elementary Statistics3
MICR 202Introductory Microbiology3
MICR 202LIntroductory Microbiology Lab1