2023-2024 Course Catalog

Biology Transfer Pathway (AS)

60 Credits

The Biology Transfer Pathway AS offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated biology bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities.

* The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University

Core Courses – 17 Credits

Each of the following courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher:

BIOL 1501Principles of Biology 1

5 cr

BIOL 1502Principles of Biology 2

4 cr

BIOL 2205Genetics

4 cr

Complete one of the following three courses:

BIOL 2206Ecology

4 cr

BIOL 2207Cell Biology

4 cr

BIOL 2208Biology of Microorganisms

4 cr

Additional Required Courses – 43 Credits

ENGC 1101College Writing

4 cr

CHEM 1061Principles of Chemistry 1

5 cr

CHEM 1062Principles of Chemistry 2

5 cr

Complete one of the following two courses:

COMM 1101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 cr

COMM 1111Interpersonal Communication

3 cr

Complete two of the following four (or higher level) courses depending on specific major track and transfer university:

MATH 1100College Algebra

4 cr

MATH 1150Trigonometry

4 cr

MATH 1500Pre-Calculus

5 cr

MATH 1510Calculus 1

5 cr

Complete one course from MnTC Goal 5 (3 4 Credits)

Complete one course from MnTC Goal 6 (3 5 Credits)

Complete one course from MnTC Goal 7, 8, 9 or 10 (3 5 Credits)

With careful planning, courses used to satisfy Goals 5 and 6 may also be counted for Goals 7, 8, 9 or 10.

Complete additional courses to reach 60 credits total.

Other Degree Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum of 15 college-level credits at Normandale.

Coursework in this degree program satisfies a portion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Please see MnTC Degree Audit Report.