Biology (Accelerated)

Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 1 (LRST1AS)

This pathway meets requirements for the Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 1 (AS-Track 1) with a concentration in Biology. Completion of this degree opens doors to a variety of careers in sectors including research, healthcare, education, non-profit, technology and government. It also allows you to ...

This pathway meets requirements for the Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 1 (AS-Track 1) with a concentration in Biology. Completion of this degree opens doors to a variety of careers in sectors including research, healthcare, education, non-profit, technology and government. It also allows you to transfer into a Biology or related major at a four-year college or university. Students in this pathway develop skills in applying and communicating fundamental concepts/principles of Biology to one's daily life, demonstrating the process of scientific inquiry, and solving problems analytically.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 1 (LRST1AS) Full time : 6 90-93

You may need more or fewer units depending on your transferred credits, individual situation, and goals.

Before Quarter One

Step 1: Apply and register at North Seattle College anytime (the application is always free). Once you become a student, register for classes using the online class schedule and go to the academic calendar for registration dates and tuition deadlines.

Step 2: See an advisor to create a personalized educational plan by the end of your second quarter. Your plan will include prerequisites, graduation requirements, and transfer preparation if you plan to transfer to another college or university to earn a bachelor's degree.

Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List

90-93 Units

A sample schedule and quarterly to-do list are below. The schedule and to-do list will help you explore courses and complete tasks on time. The guide assumes a fall quarter start, but you can begin in any quarter and start at any placement level.

Note about the sample schedule: Courses are offered in various formats and may not be offered each quarter. Click the button with arrows throughout the map to expand the section and view detailed information.

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Quarter 1
To-Do List
To-Do List
ENVS&100 or Individuals/Cultures/Societies
Choose a course
5 units
English Composition I
5 units
General Chem W/Lab I
6 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
To-Do List
Precalculus I
5 units
General Chem W/Lab II
6 units
Majors Cellular Biology
5 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
To-Do List
General Chem W/Lab III
6 units
Majors Animal
5 units
Precalculus II
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Update your educational plan and confirm your program of study with your assigned advisor.
  • Contact Biology departments at potential universities.
  • Write your personal statement for university applications.
  • Attend transfer fair and workshops.
Intro to Scientific Rsch
5 units
Majors Plant
5 units
Calculus I
5 units
General Phys I W/Lab
5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming academic year in Winter or Spring quarter to maximize your funding options.
  • Update your educational plan with your assigned advisor.
  • Apply to universities or colleges and scholarships.
  • Look for summer internships such as Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs).
Calculus II
5 units
Independent Research
5 units
General Phys II W/Lab
5 units
World Language I or another Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts class
5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
To-Do List
MATH211 or MATH&146
Choose a course
5 units
BIOL290 or BIOL&260 or PHYS&116
Choose a course
5 units
Independent Research
5 units

More Information

Tuition and Funding

It's time to apply for Financial Aid for next year by completing
either the FAFSA or the WASFA 2024-25.

Need help paying for college?

All students in need should apply for financial aid – do not assume you are not eligible! Visit Financial Aid to learn more about the application steps and types of financial aid available, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back. Additional funding may be available through the Biology department.

Learn more about the estimated cost of attendance and general fees to attend college.

Career Opportunities

A Biology pathway can lead to various career opportunities. Examples include: 

  • Biologist (Zoology, Botany, Ecology, Marine, Micro, Cell, Genetics) 
  • Agricultural Scientists/Food Scientists 
  • Animal Scientists 
  • Archeologists 
  • Bioengineers/Biochemists 
  • Computer and Information Scientists 
  • Environmental/Conservation Scientists 
  • Medical Scientists 
  • Natural Sciences Managers/Park Naturalists 
  • Science Technicians 
  • University and College Teachers 
  • Research and Development in any of these fields. 

A Bachelor's degree or higher may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit

Future Education Opportunities

Once you complete the AS-Opt 1 degree, additional education opportunities include: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology (such as Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Genetics, Marine Biology), Environmental Science, or a related field at a four-year college or university. 
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree at one of the Seattle Colleges.
  • Continuation of preparation for professional programs such as pre-medicine, pre-dental, pre-veterinarian, pre-pharmacy, physical therapy. 

North Seattle College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Seattle University. Biology graduates from North have also transferred to out-of-state institutions. Program and admissions requirements vary from college-to-college. For example, the University of Washington requires two quarters of world language for admission, three quarters to graduate. Contact an advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice. You can use the College Navigator search engine found at to find Biology programs in Washington state or around the country. 

Additional Information

Learn more about the Transfer process, Transfer agreements, and Bachelor’s degrees including transferring to top universities around the state and nation, such as Historically Black Universities and Colleges.

Area of Study

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Program Contact

Biology Coordinator
Suzanne Schlador

Math & Science Division
IB 2429

Division Contacts
(206) 934-3746
(206) 934-3748 (fax)

Mailing Address
NSC Math & Science Division
9600 College Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

Vashti Bryant

Advising Contact

Contact the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Area of Study advisor

Phone: (206) 934-3658