2011-2012 Catalog 
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2011-2012 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of Arts in Biology

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See program requirement sheet. 

The Biology Direct Transfer Agreement degree consists of a minimum of 98.5 quarter credits earned in General Requirements, Distribution Requirements and Electives. This pathway is applicable to students planning to prepare for upper division Bachelor’s degree majors in Biology and is designed for students wishing to transfer to Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, The Evergreen State College, University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Saint Martin’s University, Seattle University, and Whitworth University.

Credit/Grade Requirements Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all college-level courses and earn at least 30 college-level (100 level or above) credits at Edmonds Community College. At some four-year colleges, a 2.0 is not sufficient for admission into the major.

Intermediate Algebra Proficiency This requirement may be satisfied by completion of high school mathematics through second year algebra, completion of MATH 090 - Intermediate Algebra  , the sequence MATH 091 - Intermediate Algebra I  and MATH 092 - Intermediate Algebra II  or MATH 095 - Liberal Arts Intermediate Algebra . High school transcripts are not used to determine placement into courses which have an intermediate algebra prerequisite.

Students are advised to:

  • Consult with a science faculty adviser quarterly
  • Depending on the type of biology degree and long-term academic goals, some students may be best advised to complete the Associate of Science Track 1 degree instead of this Associate of Arts in Biology. Consult with a faculty adviser to determine which degree best suites your goals.
  • Admission application deadlines vary; students must meet the deadline for the university or universities to which they plan to apply for transfer admission
  • Before transferring to a four-year institution, you should consult with the appropriate department at the intended transfer school for “university specific” requirements that are not prerequisites to admission to the Biology major but will need to be completed prior to graduation
  • Certain schools may have additional “university specific” requirements for admission to the institution that are not prerequisites and include these in schedule planning
  • At least three quarters before you plan to graduate, contact any college(s) where you have earned credits and have your official transcript(s) sent to Edmonds Community College
  • Submit an “Evaluation Request–Transfer Credits” form (available in Enrollment Services) to activate the process of transferring credits to Edmonds Community College
  • For more information or to schedule an advising appointment, call 425.640.1458 

Cultural Diversity Requirement All students earning degrees and certificates of 45 credits or more must meet a cultural diversity (CD) requirement by completing courses marked as “CD” on the requirement sheet and/or “Meets Cultural Diversity Requirement” in the quarterly class schedule. Those courses may also be used to fulfill other requirements of the degree or certificate.

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted to Enrollment Services by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Forms are available online or at Enrollment Services located in Lynnwood Hall.

College Resources:  
Edmonds CC website www.edcc.edu
How to enroll www.edcc.edu/es
Transfer center www.edcc.edu/transfer
Advising appointments 425.640.1458
College bookstore www.edcc.edu/bookstore

Note: This requirement planning sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic adviser. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds Community College degree or certificate is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

Effective summer 2011 | Rev 2/11

I. General Requirements (minimum 18 credits)

Written Skills (10 credits)

Quantitative or Symbolic Reasoning (5 credits)

Students should check with a faculty advisor and the transfer institution to see which requirement is applicable. Some students will need additional math classes. Check with your adviser.

Health/Physical Education (3 credits)

II. Distribution Requirements (65.5 credits)

A maximum of 10 credits in any one department/ discipline may be included in the 65.5 distribution credits.

Humanities (15 credits)

Students must select from at least three departments/disciplines within this distribution area. Recommended courses include ANTH& 215 - Bioanthropology: CD  and SOC 150 - Health in Society:CD  or SOC 200 - Social Research Using Statistics  for students interested in human biology or medicine and ECON& 201 - Micro Economics  for students interested in pharmacy.

A maximum of five credits in Performance/Skills courses may be applied to the Humanities distribution requirement.

A maximum of five credits in foreign language at the 100 level may be applied to the Humanities distribution requirements.

Performance Skills/Courses

 A maximum of five credits in performance/skills courses may be applied to the humanities distribution requirement.

Social Sciences (15 credits)

 Students must select from at least three departments/disciplines within this distribution area. Recommended courses include ANTH& 215 - Bioanthropology: CD  and SOC 150 - Health in Society:CD  or SOC 200 - Social Research Using Statistics  for students interested in human biology or medicine and ECON& 201 - Micro Economics  for students interested in pharmacy.

Associate of Arts Degree Outcomes

Students will demonstrate outcomes in each of the following areas:

Written Communication

  • Knowledge of Rhetoric: Writing in a clear, organized way with respect to audience, context, and purpose
  • Critical Reading, Thinking and Writing: Demonstrating an understanding of the interactions among critical reading, critical thinking, and writing
  • Knowledge of Processes: Producing finished writings by generating ideas, developing and revising drafts, editing texts, and proofreading final copies
  • Control of Conventions: Controlling mechanics, academic conventions and documentation style appropriate to the discipline or context


Students will apply Humanities based concepts and techniques to artistic and cultural experiences and expressions in order to make meaning, solve problems, or communicate interpretations, solutions, or insights in one or more of the following ways:

  • Analyzing and critically evaluating major ideas, concepts, or trends in the Humanities
  • Demonstrating knowledge of cultural practices, intellectual trends, or aesthetic productions of their own culture and other cultures
  • Critically and imaginatively applying insights from Humanities studies to social, cultural, professional, or political contexts
  • Developing and communicating their own intellectual, expressive, or aesthetic processes and finished work

Social Sciences

Using discipline-specific methods, student will demonstrate their engagement in a number of the following ways:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the methodological foundations of a variety of the social sciences
  • Organize, analyze, and critically evaluate empirical information germane to the disciplines
  • Critically apply insights from the social sciences, both historical and current, to cultural, academic, professional, ethical, political, and/or individual contexts (i.e., “how does this apply to me?”)
  • Develop and demonstrate a critical understanding and appreciation of the diversity and interdependence of peoples and culture

Natural Sciences

Using discipline-specific methods and modes of inquiry, students will demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, and application of science concepts in at least four of the following ways:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the nature of science, including its limitations
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data appropriately
  • Use mathematical reasoning and/or methods to understand the fundamental concepts of the discipline
  • Use and understand specialized vocabulary and terminology to communicate scientific concepts and relationships
  • Critically apply insights from science, both historical and current, to social, cultural, professional, ethical, political, and/or individual contexts

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning

  • Apply algebraic, geometric, statistical or logical reasoning to solve abstract and applied problems appropriate to an individual discipline
  • Interpret mathematical, quantitative or symbolic models such as formulas, graphs, tables, schematics and computer programs, and draw inferences from them
  • Employ basic symbolic or quantitative reasoning to support a position or conclusion


  • Demonstrate logical, disciplined critical thinking strategies to resolve emergency care problems and to facilitate understand of contemporary health issues within a diverse population (or)
  • Develop a lifelong exercise, nutrition and fitness program to enhance health and well-being and to improve total self-image (or)
  • Develop specific performance skills, including improved strength, endurance, muscle tone, speed and reaction in selected individual and team sport activities, with emphasis on understanding group dynamics and interpersonal communication

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