Biologists are employed in a wide variety of fields including: research, teaching, industry, governmental agencies, consulting firms in environmental work, health, and wildlife. Some positions are open to holders of the bachelor’s degree, but most opportunities exist at the master’s and doctoral levels of preparation. Most biologists need a broad background in the natural sciences, mathematics, and communication skills.
Students may prepare themselves for transfer for nearly any biology-related bachelor’s degree, and they should be aware of the options in Montana. The biology department at The University of Montana - Missoula offers the following options: Biology Education (see Transfer Programs of Study section in this catalog), Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Organismal Biology, Field Ecology, Ecology for Teacher Preparation in General Science (see Transfer Programs of Study in this catalog), Human Biological Sciences, and Natural History. The Ecology and Organismal Biology and the Human Biological Sciences curriculums each have options of one or two years of Chemistry.
The biology department at Montana State University - Bozeman offers: Ecology and Evolution, Biomedical Sciences, Biology Teaching (see Transfer Programs of Study in this catalog), and Fish and Wildlife Management (See Wildlife Biology section in this catalog.) The intent of this program is to generally prepare students for biology-related programs for Montana universities, including The University of Montana - Missoula, Montana Tech of The University of Montana and Montana State University - Bozeman, and most other four-year institutions.
Students should choose from among the recommended courses with the close assistance of their advisor. Those with inadequate preparation to begin these courses can expect more than two years to ready themselves for transfer to the junior level. Close attention should be paid to specific program requirements at your desired four-year college or university.
Total Credits: 73-76**
1 If pursuing the Natural History option only.
2 If pursuing the Microbiology, Human Biological Sciences, Field Ecology or the Ecology and Organismal Biology option students should take either CHMY 121 and CHMY 123 or CHMY 141 and CHMY 143 , CHMY 221 and CHMY 223 . If pursing the Cellular or Molecular Biology or Microbiology option, take CHMY 141 and CHMY 143 , or CHMY 221 and CHMY 223 .
3 If pursuing the Natural History option, student should take M 152 * instead of M 162 * and take GEO 101 instead of Physics.
4 Required for Human Biological Sciences option as the SSA requirement.
5 If doing the Physics sequence rather than the GEO 101 course choice.
6 STAT 216 * is not required for the Cellular and Molecular or Natural History options.
** If time permits, students pursuing the Human Biological Sciences option may consider taking the following courses:
*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.
For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or the Faculty Advisor.
|Student Support Center Advisor
||Ruth Wrightsman, Ph.D.
The Associate of Science (AS) degree requires 60 credits at FVCC, and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at Montana University System (MUS) colleges and universities requires 120 credits. FVCC students can usually earn as many as 75-85 credits in preparation for many transfer majors, thus reducing the number of credits required for the BS degree at MUS schools. Also, by earning the AS degree from FVCC, students will have satisfied the lower division General Education Core (see General Education Requirements for requirements) for all MUS institutions and will not be required to meet additional lower division general education core requirements upon transfer. The suggested course load in AS programs is rigorous and is recommended for only the most prepared students. A more moderate semester credit load can be achieved by taking general education core courses during summer terms or completing one or two additional semesters at FVCC before transfer.
The information on all transfer programs is subject to change. Students should see their advisor to explore other possibilities not specifically listed in the program.