Biology DTA/MRP (AA)

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This pathway is applicable to students planning to prepare for upper-division bachelor's degree majors in Biology. Many students transfer to baccalaureate institutions after completing the Associate Degree Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA); this pathway does not alter that agreement or the possibility that students may continue to follow this path. This Biology MRP streamlines and facilitates preparation for upper-division coursework in Biology across the state.

This document represents an agreement between the following baccalaureate institutions offering bachelor's degrees in Biology or a related field and the community and technical college system. Baccalaureate institutions party to this agreement include: Central Washington University; Eastern Washington University; The Evergreen State College; University of Washington Seattle; Washington State University Pullman; Western Washington University; Saint Martin's University; Seattle University; and Whitworth University.

Where the degree below allows for choice in courses, students are urged to contact potential transfer institutions to ensure that the courses chosen are best for the pathway.

Though this degree does not require such, Clark College students should know that the standard Clark AA degree path has these differences from the MRP defined below:

  • Clark requires 3 credits of Health-Physical Education coursework, and
  • As of Fall 2011, Clark requires a course in Oral Communication, and
  • Clark's Social Science distribution requirement stipulates that students take courses from at least three different departments.

Students must also meet the residency requirements as established by Clark. While Clark College has approved offering the degree below, Clark students should keep these requirements in mind should their transfer pathways change.

Students are responsible for researching and preparing for specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions as early as possible prior to transferring.

Generic DTA Requirement

Basic Requirements
Communications Skills
Course Options 110
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning
Course Options 25
Distribution Requirements
Humanities
Course Options 315
Social Sciences
Course Options 415
Natural Sciences
Course Options15
Total Credits/Units60

MRP Requirements

Basic Requirements
English Composition
Course Options 110
Mathematics or Statistics
Calculus I5
Distribution Requirements
Humanities
Course Options 215
Social Sciences
Course Options 315
Chemistry/Biology
Select 30 term credits/units from the following:
General Chemistry Sequence
Select 16 credits/units from the following:16
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (4 credits/units)
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (4 credits/units)
GENERAL CHEMISTRY III (4 credits/units)
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I (1 credit/unit)
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II (1 credit/unit)
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III (2 credits/units)
Biology Sequence
Select 15 credits/units from the following:15
MAJORS ECOLOGY/EVOLUTION (5 credits/units)
MAJORS CELL/MOLECULAR (5 credits/units)
MAJORS ORGANISMAL PHYS (5 credits/units)
Electives
Select additional term credits/units 413-15
Total Credits/Units89-91

Clark College Equivalents

Basic Requirements
Communication Skills
ENGL&101ENGLISH COMPOSITION I5
ENGL&102ENGLISH COMPOSITION II5
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Requirement
Select one from the following:5-6
CALCULUS I (5 credits/units)
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS 1 (5 credits/units)
BUSINESS CALCULUS (5 credits/units)
CALCULUS FOR LIFE SCIENCES (6 credits/units)
Distribution Requirements
Humanities
Course Options15
Social Sciences
Course Options15
Natural Sciences
BIOL&221MAJORS ECOLOGY/EVOLUTION5
BIOL&222MAJORS CELL/MOLECULAR5
BIOL&223MAJORS ORGANISMAL PHYS5
CHEM&141GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
CHEM&142GENERAL CHEMISTRY II4
CHEM&143GENERAL CHEMISTRY III4
CHEM&151GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I1
CHEM&152GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II1
CHEM&153GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III2
Electives
Select 14 additional term credits/units 214
Total Credits/Units90

Notes

Basic Requirements

  1. May be individualized based on baccalaureate college of choice.
  2. Statistics (a course that includes descriptive and inferential statistics) may substitute for Calculus I at some institutions; students are encouraged to check with the transfer institution early in their decision process to confirm requirements.
  3. Intermediate Algebra proficiency may be demonstrated by successful completion of a Calculus and/or Statistics course for which Intermediate Algebra is a prerequisite.

Distribution Requirements

  1. In order to better prepare for successful transfer, students are encouraged to consult with the institution(s) to which they wish to transfer regarding the humanities courses that best support or may be required as prerequisites to their Biology curriculum.
  2. In order to better prepare for successful transfer, students are encouraged to consult with the institution(s) to which they wish to transfer regarding the social science courses that best support or may be required as prerequisites to their Biology curriculum.
  3. A full year sequence at a single college is the best preparation for the baccalaureate biology degree.

Electives

  1. Electives allow students to include additional courses to prepare for the biology major based on college selection. Examples include a full year sequence of organic chemistry for majors; a full year sequence of physics for science majors; or further math at the pre-calculus level or above or statistics.

Students should check with the transfer institution prior to taking any further biology courses beyond the one-year sequence. Some colleges require all continuing biology courses be taken at the 300 level.

* Check with transfer institution to see if MATH 147 will also be necessary

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
  • Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequality. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative information presented verbally, graphically, numerically, and/or symbolically. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Apply communication theory to demonstrate effective oral communication skills. (GE)
  • Acquire scientific information from appropriate sources to analyze issues, claims or situations.
  • Apply scientific methodologies to develop and answer questions about the natural world.