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Life Science

Liberal Art/Life Science

Designed for students who are planning to pursue a four-year degree in a science related field, the Life Science Degree develops a foundation in the biological and chemical sciences. With a Life Science degree, MCC affords students with academic transfer opportunities while providing a context in which lessons directly translate to industry standards.

A degree in Life Science is the beginning of a pathway that leads to a wide range of employment opportunities in the biological sciences in business and industry, hospitals, universities and government positions.

Program Goal

The Life Science degree provides the foundation for a diversified background in the biological sciences including general biology, botany, ecology, microbiology, physiology, zoology or pre-medical or pre-veterinary sciences. The Life Science degree offers students the first two years of a Bachelor’s of Science degree with specific academic pathways and transfer opportunities. This degree combines theoretical and practical applications of life science concepts throughout coursework.

Program Outcomes

Students who graduate from this program will be able to:

  • Apply biological and/or chemical principles practically in both academic and career settings
  • Communicate effectively using life science terminology in an appropriate manner both verbally and written
  • Align coursework with four-year degree concentrations for continuing degrees
  • Understand and apply the scientific method in research

Transfer Credit Policy

In addition to college-wide transfer credit policies Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II and Microbiology must be taken within an eight-year period from the time of acceptance into the Life Science program.

Life Science Degree


Degree Program - First Year

First Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
FYE100M MCC Essentials 1 0 1
ENGL109M or
ENGL110M
College Composition I with Corequisite or
College Composition I
4 0 4
  Mathematics Elective - Choose one: (MATH155M, MATH171M, MATH204M, MATH214M) 4 0 4
BIOL108M College Biology I 3 3 4
CHEM115M General Chemistry I 3 3 4
  Total 15 6 17
 
First Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
BIOL109M College Biology II 3 3 4
CHEM116M General Chemistry II 3 3 4
  Mathematics Elective - Choose one: (MATH171M, MATH204M, MATH214M) 4 0 4
ENGL220M College Composition II 4 0 4
  Total 14 6 16


Degree Program - Second Year

Second Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
BIOL210M Microbiology 3 3 4
  Biology Elective - Choose one: (BIOL205M, BIOL110M, BIOL120M) 3 3 4
  Mathematics / Science Elective - Choose one: (MATH204M, BIOL110M, BIOL120M, PHYS135M, PHYS136M, PHYS210M, PHYS220M) 3/4 0/3 4
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
  Total 12 6 15
 
Second Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
BIOL201M Principles of Genetics 3 3 4
  Mathematics / Science Elective - Choose one: (MATH204M, BIOL110M, BIOL120M, PHYS135M, PHYS136M, PHYS210M, PHYS220M) 3/4 0/3 4
  Social Science Elective 3 0 3
  Open Elective 3 0 3
  Total 12 3 14
Total Credits - 62