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Catalog 2023-2024 
Catalog 2023-2024

Biology Transfer Pathway Associate of Science Degree

Location(s): In Person and Online

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Program Overview

Major ID: TPBI

Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, Summer

The Biology Transfer Pathway AS degree is awarded for successful completion of 60 credits in science and liberal arts. It is designed to constitute the first two years of a bachelor’s degree in Biology.

Career Opportunities

A biology major is a good choice for students who are intrigued by living things. Upon completion of the Biology Transfer Pathway AS degree, students will have learned to apply the scientific method, set up experiments, and use laboratory equipment. Students will develop laboratory skills, techniques, and procedures allowing them to gather, organize, and analyze data. As graduates in Biology, students can choose a number of career options from technical scientific laboratory careers to education. Salaries will vary depending on the chosen career path.

Program Outcomes

  1. Implement scientific processes through experimentation, data analysis, and the use of common tools in a biology laboratory (i.e. microscope, spectrophotometer, electrophoresis).
  2. Communicate scientific findings through the use of appropriate technology.
  3. Describe major biological concepts and various biological systems and their interactions.
  4. Apply biological concepts to contemporary issues using scientific literature and appropriate knowledge from other disciplines.
  5. Collaborate with others on designing, conducting, and evaluating projects.

Program Faculty

Anita Bansal

Joanna Cregan

Mariann Gabrawy

Jim Gielissen

Amy Gonyea

Rachel Hudson

Kirstin Purcell

Mary Stueve

Kristyn VanderWaal Mills

Transfer Opportunities

Saint Paul College has transfer agreements & partnerships between many post-secondary institutions. For more information please go to

Program Requirements

Program Electives

(select 1 of the following)
  • 4 Credits
  • These courses can be taken at partner institutions:

    • BIOL 17XX Cell and Molecular Biology - 5 Credits
    • BIOL 17XX General Ecology - 5 Credits

    Century College
    Inver Hills Community College
    Minneapolis Community & Technical College
    Normandale Community College

Subtotal: 26 Credits

General Education/MnTC Requirements

Refer to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Course List  for each Goal Area

  • Goal 1: Communication 9 Credits

    ENGL 1711 - Composition 1  4 Credits
    ENGL 1712 - Composition 2  2 Credits
    COMM 17XX 3 Credits
  • Goal 4: Mathematical/Logical Reasoning 7 Credits

    MATH 1730 - College Algebra  (or higher) 3 Credits
  • Goal 5: History, Social Science and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits
  • Goal 6: Humanities and Fine Arts 3 Credits
  • Goals 1-10 of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum 12 Credits
    Select a minimum of 11-12 additional credits

General Education Requirements: 34 Credits

Course Sequence

This course sequence is recommended for a full-time student; however, this sequence is not required. Not all courses are offered each semester; a selection of courses is offered summer term. Students should consult with the Program Faculty each semester.

Students who are pursuing a second degree or specialized program (such as Science and Engineering Tech with a Biology focus) should consult their advisor about their course list and sequence.

The order in which the MNTC goal electives are completed is flexible.

First Semester

Total Semester Credits: 14-15

Second Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15-17

Third Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15-16

Fourth Semester

Total Semester Credits: 14-15

Total Program Credits: 60

Information is subject to change.This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0722  or READ 0724  or EAPP 0900  

Writing: Score of 250+ on Reading Comprehension or grade of “C” or better in ENGL 0922  or EAPP 0900  

Adv. Algebra & Functions: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in MATH 0920  

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

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