Jul 12, 2024  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

Biology: APS

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Associate of Pre-Science | 68 credits 

Science Math and Engineering Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus

General Information 801-957-4073
Program Information 801-957-4922
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Nancy Barrickman, Tim Beagley, Kathy Bell, Jessica Berryman, Daniel Carpenter, Jedediah Doelling, Melaney Farr, Eric Green, Melissa Hardy, Jeff Huffman, Craig Karren, Vicky Rands, Corey Riding, Dalia Salloum, Rebecca Sperry, Emmanuel Santa-Martinez, Kristen Taylor, Melissa Tillack

Program Description
The Biology Department offers a program leading to an Associate of Pre-Science degree. The required courses in this program will give a student an excellent and broad foundation on which to further their studies at a transfer institution. Upon finishing the requirements for an APS degree in Biology Transfer, and after acceptance into a major program, a student should be able to obtain a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution with two additional years of study. Not all General Education requirements will have been fulfilled and students will need to complete the remainder of their General Education based on the requirements of the transfer institution.

Career Opportunities
There are numerous biology and life science jobs in the United States.

Transfer/Articulation Information
These degrees are fully transferrable to the University of Utah and with course selection advising to other USHE institutions.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx

Books: $300 to $500 per semester
Course Fees: $0 to $200 for the program

Estimated Time to Completion
Time to completion is 6 semesters based on a full-time minimum of 15 credits per semester. Less than 15 credits per semester will increase time to completion.


Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy
8 - Develop lifelong wellness

Students will acquire the foundational biological principles necessary for successful transfer to a bachelor program.

1, 2, 4

Students will acquire the foundational chemical principles necessary for successful transfer to a bachelor program.

1, 2, 4

Students will acquire the foundational mathematical knowledge and skills necessary for successful transfer to a bachelor program.

1, 2, 3, 4

Students will acquire the foundational writing knowledge and skills necessary for successful transfer to a bachelor program.

1, 2, 3, 4

Students will initiate their Program of General Education under the guidance of an academic advisor to ensure that they acquire the most efficient package of courses to transfer to the bachelor’s institution of choice.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


Core Skills

COMPOSITION (EN) 2 courses





NOTE When both HIST 2700  and HIST 2710  are used to meet the American Institutions requirement, individual courses will not meet the Social Science Distribution requirement.


Select 1 course from each of the Distribution Areas:

Physical Science (PS) component is satisfied through pre-major coursework.

Graduation Map

Advising Notes

Elective Courses should be selected based on the student’s level of preparation and the benefit the course provides toward a Bachelor’s Degree upon transfer. If students would benefit from additional math and science preparation before starting on the majors level courses, students are recommended to enroll in the Biology APS program. The degree map is built based on the math and English where the majority of Biology AS students are currently entering. If students need development math or English courses, this will delay entry into the courses included in the APS program. If students are well prepared in both math and science, they should consider pursuing the Biology AS degree instead.

At least one of the required Fine Arts (FA), Humanities (HU), or Social Science (SS) courses should be a Diversity (DV) course. Depending on entry point and desired electives, students may have time in their schedules to take additional general education courses beyond those that are required. If they choose to take additional general education courses, but do not plan on completing all of the general education requirements at SLCC, then students are advised to select general education courses that will go toward the general education requirements of their transfer institution. The University of Utah is the primary transfer institution for Biology students and courses that count towards their general education requirements are listed in the electives. The general education requirements for other USHE institutions beyond what is required in the Biology APS program vary, but where possible, the additional course requirements are included in the electives. If students have time in their schedule to complete the entire SLCC general education program, it is advised that they obtain the Certificate of Proficiency in General Education from SLCC concurrently with this Biology APS degree.

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