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Associate of Science in Biology

Program Overview:

The Associate of Science in Biology curriculum is equivalent to the science, math, and general education courses that are required of freshman and sophomore students at many 4-year institutions. The intent of this program is to prepare students who are interested in pursuing a Biology-related Baccalaureate degree or Pre-health Professional degree.  Coursework will include: Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, General Chemistry, College Algebra and Trigonometry, as well as general education coursework. Coursework will transfer in its entirety to the Mercyhurst Erie campus and may transfer in part or entirety to other baccalaureate institutions.

Associate of Science in Biology Program Requirements


The mission of this program and its faculty is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to seek gainful employment in the biological or other science-related fields or be successful upon transfer to a BA/BS completion degree program.  As a program we strive to provide a comprehensive scientific and general education curriculum experience that emphasizes critical thinking, effective communication, and professionalism.  Our faculty is committed to providing our students a strong foundation of the core principles of biology by using scientific reasoning, experiential laboratory exercises, hands-on field experiences, and an integrative educational experience to prepare students to be life-long learners.

Future Outlook:

This program curriculum is designed to allow students to transfer to a Baccalaureate program.  Students who transfer directly to Erie campus will have earned 60 credits toward their Bachelors degree.  Students with an AS in Biology could complete Baccalaureate degrees in:

  • Biology
  • Environmental Science or Sustainability Studies
  • Pre-Health Professions (Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Veterinary, Medical Technology, etc)
  • Biology Secondary Education

As a standalone degree, students will be equipped to pursue job opportunities as technicians and research associates in private and government agencies.

This program is also ideal for those students interested in completing a 2-year degree that wish to work while completing their Baccalaureate degree.

Admission Requirements:

The Associate of Science in Biology program follows our standard admissions requirements for the North East Campus, which include a high school diploma, a minimum GPA of 1.75, and either an ACT, SAT, or MNE Placement Test score. Official, final transcripts are required prior to the start of classes.

Transferring in from another college? Transfers are welcome in this program, assuming we get a final, official college transcript from each college you have attended. If you maintain an unpaid balance with another university/college, and cannot acquire a transcript, you will not be permitted to start classes.

Students who wish to transfer to the Erie campus to complete a Baccalaureate degree must maintain a 2.5 GPA and receive a C or better in all major and cognate courses.


Major Courses

  • Cell and Molecular Biology Lecture and Laboratory
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Lecture and Laboratory
  • + 2 additional Biology/Science Electives

Cognate Courses

  • College Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • General Chemistry I and II Lecture and Laboratory

General Education Courses

  • REACH curriculum

*Once completed the student will have ~60 credits toward a Baccalaureate degree.

Program Outcomes:

  • Critically analyze scientific information.
  • Conduct scientific research or experimentation in a professional manner.
  • Communicate scientific findings in a professional manner.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in three major areas of biology: cellular and molecular biology (including genetics), ecology and evolution, and organismal biology.

Program Director

Kari Dundore Shrout
Biology Department Director Mercyhurst North East