Catalog Year 2017/2018

Biology Area of Concentration within the A.S. in STEM

Offers a selection of biology and other natural and physical science related courses for the student who wishes to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.
  • Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
  • One general education course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement (list page 43).
  • CORE: The General Education CORE (page 42) is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements.
  • Students must take a minimum of nine credits at the 200-level.

Biology Curriculum Pathway by Catalog Year

Two Year Course Rotation
Marc Frankenberry
Chair: Science Department
Email Marc Frankenberry
Sharon Smith
Academic Office Manager: Science Department
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Office: C118
Biology Area of Concentration within the A.S. in STEM
Course Credits


EN 101 English Composition 3


MA 210 Calculus I 4

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Two courses selected from different disciplines 6

Arts & Humanities

Arts Elective (GenEd course list) 3
Humanities Elective (GenEd course list) 3
Communications Elective (GenEd course list) 3

Biological & Physical Sciences 

CH 101 General Chemistry 4
BI 101 General Biology    4

PE/Health Requrement


Concentration Courses

BI 102 General Biology 4
CH 102 General Chemistry 4
CH 201 Organic Chemistry 4
CH 202 Organic Chemistry II 4
BI 240 Genetics 4

Choose in consultation with an advisor.
 (PY 201, PY 203, and MA 211 recommended.  Students transferring to University of Maryland-Shady Grove must take BI 203 or BI 120 at FCC, as it is not offered at Shady Grove.)



Biology Area of Concentration
  1. Articulate central themes of discipline.
  2. Apply science as a process.
  3. Demonstrate scientific inquiry (e.g. use models)
  4. Communicate scientific knowledge.
  5. Integrate discipline specific technology.
  6. Demonstrate appropriate quantitative skills.
  7. Analyze science's role in society.