The Biological Science Associate in Arts degree serves students intending to transfer to a four-year institution, but are unsure of the specific transfer program that interests them, are interested in a Biology minor, or other programs.  Students enrolled in this program will graduate with a greater number of general education credits completed, but with fewer credits in the sciences.  All courses are transferable to the University of New Hampshire, with the exception of College Algebra.

Why Great Bay?

There is the benefit of a small class size, allowing for one-on-one interaction with the professor.  Professors in the program have a high degree of expertise in their discipline.

Career Options

  • Technical Writer
  • Transfer to a four-year university

Related Degrees

First Year – Fall Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
ENGL110GCollege Composition I404
BIOL108GGeneral Biology I334
MATH150GCollege Algebra404
 Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective*  3
Total Credits15

First Year – Spring Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
BIOL109GGeneral Biology II334
CHEM115GGeneral Chemistry I334
ENGL214GIntroduction to Creative Nonfiction303
 Social Science Elective303
Total Credits18

Second Year – Fall Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
CHEM116GGeneral Chemistry II334
 Math/Lab Science Elective334
 Social Science Elective303
 Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective*303
Total Credits14

Second Year – Spring Semester

Total Overall Credits : 61

*Theory, lab, and credit hours may vary depending on the elective course chosen.

Students who do not test directly into MATH150G (College Algebra) may substitute MATH152G (College Algebra Plus). Students with appropriate test scores may substitute a higher-level course from the Calculus Math pathway: MATH210G (Pre-Calculus), MATH230G (Calculus I), MATH235G (Statistics for Engineers and Scientists), or MATH250G (Calculus II).

Students with appropriate test scores or the appropriate prerequisite may substitute a higher- level course from the Calculus Math pathway: MATH230G (Calculus I), MATH235G (Statistics for Engineers and Scientists), MATH250G (Calculus II), or MATH265G (Differential Equations).

Choose from BIOL210G (Microbiology), BIOL220G (Genetics), or BIOL230G (Ecology).

Choose from BIOL110G (A&P I), BIOL120G (A&PII), BIOL210G (Microbiology), BIOL220G (Genetics), BIOL230G (Ecology), CHEM200G (Organic Chemistry), CHEM205G (Biochemistry), PHYS135G (College Physics I), PHYS136G (College Physics II), PHYS290G (University Physics I), PHYS295G (University Physics II), MATH230G (Calculus I), MATH235G (Probability and Statistics for Engineering), or MATH 250G (Calculus II).

Program Specific Requirements


Students enrolling in Biological Science degree programs must, in addition to meeting the specific pre-requisite requirements for each course, meet the following general, technical standards:

  • Students must be able to comprehend the English language, both oral and written, and must have sufficient manual dexterity to produce legible written documents in a timely manner.
  • Students must be able to sit or stand at a desk/ laboratory bench, and must possess the necessary focus to stay on task for extended periods of time.
  • Students must be able to comprehend and follow instructions in the classroom and laboratory in a timely manner.
  • Students must possess the necessary manual dexterity to carry out assigned laboratory tasks.

Students must be able to perform required classroom and laboratory operations, including mathematical operations, without reference to notes, as directed.

Program Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Understand theoretical principles across a broad range of sub-disciplines in biological sciences and chemistry.
  2. Understand and be able to apply principles of mathematics as they pertain to the study of biological science and chemistry.
  3. Understand and be able to apply the scientific method.
  4. Understand and be able to execute a wide variety of laboratory techniques in microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology, ecology, genetics, and chemistry.
  5. Generate and maintain accurate lab documentation, including a laboratory notebook.
  6. Analyze and draw conclusions from generated scientific data, and present findings both orally and in formal laboratory reports.
  7. Conduct basic bioinformatics-based analysis.
  8. Qualify for transfer to a four-year college or university with the necessary foundation in biology, chemistry, and mathematics for upper level study in a wide variety of biological disciplines.


Contact an Admissions Representative at (603) 427-7600 ex 7500 or gbadmissions@ccsnh.edu