Premedical, Predental, Prepharmacology and Preveterinary Majors
A pre-professional major has the goal of earning an Associate of Science degree and/or transferring to university. Starting at ACC is an excellent decision. At ACC, you will be taught in small classes by dedicated faculty members who have either a Master's or Ph.D., who care about your success. Studies have shown that transfer students do as well as or even better than those who started at university. This pre-professional major is included in the Biology department.
A Note on Overloading 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 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.
Getting Started: Degree Plan and Transfer Information
The degree plan shows the courses and recommended sequence to earn the two-year associate's degree. This is the best place to get an overview of the courses you will want to take in your first two years of college. To earn your Associate's degree you will take all the courses on the degree plan. If you plan on transferring without the Associate's degree, universities will accept up to 66 credit hours from ACC.
The courses on the degree plan are designed to be accepted by nearly all Texas universities. However, there are some preferences for courses by individual 4-year universities and colleges. You may check out the requirements for your degree plan at your chosen university at ACC's transfer page. It is often helpful to contact an advisor at your transfer institution for the most up-to-date advice.
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.
The Biology Courses
BIOL 1406 Cellular and Molecular Biology [common course objectives] [master syllabus] is the first biology course in the sequence. (It is sometimes called Introduction to Biology at other institutions). This is a freshman level course (the '1' of 1406) that has an integrated lecture and lab (the '4' of 1406). Both lecture and lab must be taken at the same time in the same section. ACC will transfer an Introduction to Biology course taken elsewhere, but it must have an associated lab component. BIOL 1406 is a rigorous course, which requires the student to be disciplined and focused in doing college-level work.
Preparing for BIOL 1406
Our departmental analysis shows that less than sixty percent of students starting BIOL 1406 finish the course with 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 1406, take the following Biology readiness quiz. The Biology Department offers BIOL 1308 Biology Fundamentals to help improve your success in BIOL 1406.
Prerequisites and Co-requisites for BIOL 1406.
The prerequisites and co-requisites for BIOL1406 are:
- Passing scores on TASP and COMPASS tests OR exemption by proving you have attended another university or college.
- Having taken high school chemistry or are enrolled in (or took) CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry I and
- Having passed MATH 1314 College Algebra or equivalent.
Biology faculty will check these prerequisites at the start of the semester and will drop any student who is not compliant.
BIOL 1407 Structure and Function of Organisms [common course objectives] [master syllabus] is the second biology course in the sequence. This lab and lecture combined course uses the second half of the freshman biology textbook and together with BIOL 1406 forms the typical freshman sequence. The prerequisite for BIOL 1407 is BIOL 1406. The department recommends that students take BIOL 1407 immediately following BIOL 1406, but it is not required.Pre-professional majors earning an Associate's degree should speak with an ACC advisor or a Biology faculty member in the beginning of their sophomore year to make sure they will have completed all the requirements for graduation by the end of the following semester.
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