All academic degree plans have a Natural Science requirement of seven or eight credit hours. This is one course with a lab and a second course, with or without a lab. Most transfer universities prefer that these courses be taken in the same department.
[A note about course credits: The number of credit hours is indicated by the second number of the course. For example, BIOL 1408 has 4 credit hours because it has an integrated lab and BIOL 1309 without a lab has 3 credit hours.]
Transferring your Biology credits
All of ACC's non-major Biology courses will transfer to area universities. However, individual departments often have preferred courses they wish transfer students to take. Check with the ACC transfer site and with your university department you expect to transfer before registering.
ACC will accept comparable courses taken at other institutions. When you apply to ACC, your transcript(s) will be evaluated and the credits posted at your student site at online services. This may take several months so plan accordingly.
Biology Courses for Non-majors
BIOL 1408 Unity of Life [common course objectives] is often taken to fulfill 4 credit hours of the Natural Science requirement. This course transfers to virtually all universities, both in Texas and out of state. The lab and lecture components are integrated into the one course, so when you register for BIOL 1408 you will automatically be registered for both lecture and lab. One grade is given at the end of the semester.
BIOL 1309 Life on Earth [common course objectives] is often taken for fulfill the remaining 3 credit hours of the Natural Science requirement. This course focuses on evolution and may use the Life on Earth video series hosted by David Attenborough. BIOL 1309 may be taken online or in the classroom. This transfers to virtually all universities, though some universities prefer BIOL 1409 to BIOL 1309.
BIOL 1409 Diversity of Life [common course objectives and master syllabus] is a 4-credit lab course that uses the second half of the BIOL 1408 textbook and has BIOL 1408 as a prerequisite. This transfers to virtually all universities.
BIOL 2106 Environmental Biology Lab [common course objectives] and BIOL 2206 Environmental Biology Lecture [common course objectives] are offered as online courses in the fall semester and should be taken together for 3 credit hours. This course often transfers to university.
BIOL 1322 Contemporary Nutrition [common course objectives and master syllabus] is a 3-credit course that deals with the application of nutrition to addiction. It will transfer to many institutions, including UT. This course is not in the core curriculum and so will not automatically transfer to many universities.
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