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ACC Health Science Majors

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The Biology Department provides the prerequisite courses for students wishing to enter the health sciences at ACC. The specific Biology courses required by each program are given below. These occasionally change, so contact the department of your desired specialization.

Program BIOL 2404
Intro to A&P
BIOL 2304/2101
Human Anatomy
BIOL2305/2102
Human Physiology
BIOL 2420
Microbiology for Heath Sci.
Other Biology courses
Dental Hygiene    
Emergency Medical
Services
       
Health Information Tech (Medical Coding)        
Medical Lab Tech       BIOL 1406
Nursing
ADN or MOBT
   
Occupational Therapy Assistant        
Personal Fitness-AAS       BIOL 1322 or 1323
Personal Fitness-Cert       BIOL 1322
Personal Fitness Specialist        
Physical Therapy Asst      
Sonography        
A Note on Overloading Biology Classes:

Biology will NEVER overload courses with a lab because of lab safety requirements and we do not have waiting lists. The ONLY way to register for a biology class is when there is a seat available.
Students are dropped for nonpayment on Friday evenings during registration. You may check the web schedule for open classes on Saturdays, starting at 9:00am. You may also check the web schedule for open classes on the first two days of the semester during the add/drop period. If you are able to register during one of these times, be sure to pay right away to avoid being dropped yourself.

The Biology Courses

BIOL 2404 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology [common course objectives] is an overview of the structure and function of the human body. The lab and lecture components are integrated into the one course, so when you register for BIOL 2404 you will automatically be registered for both lecture and lab. One grade is given at the end of the semester.
There is no assessment test and no prerequisites for BIOL 2404. As a result, many students struggle to earn a passing grade. Reasons for this include difficulty transitioning to college from high school, time out of school and a weak background in Biology. To find out if you have the background to take BIOL 2404, take the following Biology readiness quiz.
The Biology Department offers BIOL 1308 Biology Fundamentals to help improve your success in BIOL 2404. This is a 3-credit course that is designed to provide the principles of biology while improving critical thinking and study skills. BIOL 1308 is for students a weak background in biology or have been out of school for some time. It is not transferable to university but will count as a college course for Financial Aid.

BIOL 2304 Human Anatomy Lecture [common course objectives] [master syllabus] and BIOL 2101 Human Anatomy Lab [common course objectives] [master syllabus] focuses on the anatomy of human organ systems. Unlike most Biology courses, the lab and lecture sections are separate courses, so when signing up for a lecture section, be sure to also sign up for the lab with the same section number. The same sections are taught by the same instructor and one grade will be given. You may not take the lecture without the lab or vice versa. There are two prerequisites for Human Anatomy: high school biology and a grade of at least 70 on the anatomy assessment test. Students cannot register without having passed the assessment test. The Biology department offers several ways to prepare for the assessment test and improved success in anatomy. The following range from least to the most supportive.

Some Anatomy courses taken at other institutions will transfer to ACC. If you have taken both A&P I and A&P II with labs and grades of C or better, will count as credit for Human Anatomy. Anatomy taken at UT in their Kinesiology department will not transfer to ACC.

BIOL 2305 Human Physiology Lecture [common course objectives] and BIOL 2102 Human Physiology Lab [common course objectives] is a rigorous course that focuses on the functions and interactions of the human organ systems. Unlike most Biology courses, the lab and lecture sections are separate courses, so when signing up for a lecture section, be sure to also sign up for the lab with the same section number. The same sections are taught by the same instructor and one grade will be given. You may not take the lecture without the lab or vice versa.
There are two prerequisites for Human Physiology: a grade of C or better in Human Anatomy and a grade of at least 70 on the physiology assessment test. Students cannot register without having passed the assessment test. The Biology department offers two ways to prepare for the assessment test and improved success in physiology:

If you are transferring from another institution with grades of C or better in both A&P I and A&P II within the past 5 years, you may not need to take Human Physiology. Consult with your health sciences department.
For students who also need HPRS 2300 Pharmacology for Health Professions: the health sciences division recommends taking this course at the same time as Human Physiology since the material in these courses are complementary.

BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Health Sciences [common course objectives] [master syllabus] is an introduction to the microbial world with special emphasis on human applications. The lab and lecture components are integrated into the one course, so when you register for BIOL 2420 you will automatically be registered for both lecture and lab. One grade is given at the end of the semester. The prerequisites for BIOL 2420 are a grade of C or better in either BIOL 2404 Intro to A&P or BIOL 2304/2101 Human Anatomy.
If you are transferring from another institution with a grade of C or better in either BIOL 2420 Introduction to Microbiology (Microbiology for Health Sciences) or BIOL 2421 Microbiology (a majors level course) taken within the past 5 years, you may not need to take microbiology at ACC. Consult with your health sciences department.

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