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 69-73 **
1 If pursuing the Ecology option, students may select either chemistry sequence. If pursuing the Organismal Biology or Biomedical Science or Cell Biology and Neuroscience option, students should take CHMY 141 * and CHMY 143 *.
2 If pursuing the Cell Biology and Neuroscience option, students should take M 171 * and M 172 *.
3 If pursuing the Ecology option, students may select either physics sequence. If pursuing the Organismal Biology, Biomedical Sciences, or Cell Biology and Neuroscience option, students should take PHSX 205 * and PHSX 207 *.
4 For the Biomedical Sciences option take WRIT 121 *.
5 If time permits, students may consider taking the following courses if pursuing the Biomedical Sciences option:
6 For the Ecology and Evolution option additional requirements that could be completed if time and course load allow:
**If time permits, students may consider taking the following courses if pursuing the Cell Biology and Neuroscience option:
* 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.