Advising for Biology Majors

All Edmonds CC students planning on transferring to a four-year institution as a science major should receive advice on their academic plan from a faculty advisor. The information provided here is not a substitute for working with a member of the science faculty.

The science departments at Edmonds CC offer several different classes for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a science major. The Biology department provides a student-friendly learning environment with accessible faculty and staff, modern laboratories (including work stations for differently-abled students) and equipment, study areas, and computer labs adjacent to the science laboratories. Edmonds CC features small class sizes, a comparatively low tuition cost, individual attention, and myriad campus-wide services to serve and support learning which makes it an ideal place to study biology in preparation for transfer to a four-year institution.

Students who plan to major in a biological science (biology, genetics, microbiology zoology, etc.), environmental science, or plan to attend dental school, medical school, or veterinary school, will usually need to take at one year of calculus (or a combination of calculus and statistics), one year of general chemistry (CHEM 131, 132, 133) and one year of college biology (BIOL 201, 202, 203). Most biology majors will also have to take Organic Chemistry (CHEM 231, 232 and often 233) and Physics (PHYS 101, 102 or 201, 202 and sometimes a third quarter as well).

Students majoring in biology, chemistry, environmental science and geology will complete the Associate of Science - Track 1 - Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Earth Sciences. All science students should consult with a science faculty advisor for a detailed academic plan tailored to the student's academic and career goals. The courses students take will vary and will depend on each student's preparation, proposed major, and transfer school. Science majors should plan to earn a 2.5 GPA or better (preferably better) in the required science and math courses to be accepted into most science departments at four-year institutions.

Many students will have to take additional science and math courses. These preparatory courses help ensure student success and save time, money, and frustration in the long run. Most students will take two quarters of precalculus, in addition to calculus (or calculus and statistics). Many students will also take pre-chem (CHEM 110) before beginning general Chemistry (CHEM 131) classes. For this reason, it is not uncommon for science majors to take more than four years to obtain a bachelor's degree.

It is important to take the two- and three-quarter science sequences (e.g. BIOL 201, 202, & 203) at the same college, to ensure transferability to four-year universities.

Course Number Course title Quarter(s) offered
BIOL 201 Principles of Biology Fall, Winter
BIOL 202 General Zoology Winter
BIOL 203 General Botany Spring
BIOL 250 Microbiology Winter

Transfer colleges websites

University of Washington Biology Program

University of Washington Pre-Med Program

Western Washington University, Biology Department

Western Washington University, Huxley College (Environmental Studies)