The Biology Area of Study provides a strong foundation of quality science education for students interested in a career in the broad area of the life sciences. Students will explore the study of living things, the process of life, and the importance of science education in our everyday world. We promote lifelong learning through small class sizes, innovative faculty, and hands-on instruction. The quality education you receive will build a strong foundation serving you in your future pursuits.

Students pursuing an Associate of Arts Degree in our Biology area of study will take courses exploring biology from the molecular level to the ecosystem that will prepare them for upper-level coursework upon transfer to a bachelor’s program. The biology area of study includes majors and nonmajors biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, environmental science, zoology, and special topics in biology.

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Important Program Information

The program map provides the courses recommended for any students seeking this transfer area of study. Students should consult the Mississippi Articulation Agreement for specific course requirements at specific Mississippi universities.

  • Associate of Arts
Sample Curriculum
Course Hours
Orientation 2
English Composition I 3
General Chemistry I, Lecture & Lab 4
General Biology I, Lecture & Lab 4
Art Appreciation 3
Total Hours 16
Course Hours
English Composition II 3
General Chemistry II, Lecture & Lab 4
General Biology II, Lecture & Lab 4
Introduction to Sociology 3
College Algebra 3
Total Hours 17
Course Hours
Public Speaking I 4
Western Civilization I 3
Trigonometry 3
Organic Chemistry I, Lecture & Lab 4
General Physics I, Lecture & Lab 4
Total Hours 17
Course Hours
American Literature I 3
Calculus I 3
General Psychology 3
General Physics II, Lecture & Lab 4
Organic Chemistry II, Lecture & Lab 4
Total Hours 17


Stephanie Burks
Biological Sciences Curriculum Coordinator
Phatia McClellan, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Amanda Mitchell
Department Chair
Noel Gardner, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Sean Cook
Lead Instructor

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