BiologyAssociate 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 (Full-Time). 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.Less
This pathway meets requirements for the Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 1 (AS-Track 1) with a concentration in Biology (Full-Time). 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
|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
- Pre-College or Transitional Studies Math (if needed)
- Pre-College or Transitional Studies English (if needed)
- Take CHEM&139 General Chemistry Prep as a prerequisite to CHEM&161 General Chemistry with Lab I or take the chemistry placement exam.
- Apply for Financial Aid and other funding before your first quarter. Visit the Financial Aid Office to explore how to pay for college.
- Transfer previous college credits to North if applicable.
- Attend New Student Orientation.
- Explore placement options: take the math and English placement tool if needed.
- Make an informed choice on the number of units to take each quarter.
- F-1 international students must enroll full time (12+ units) each quarter and check in with the International Programs office before the start of the quarter if enrolling in less than 12 units and/or before starting any work or volunteer experience.
- If you need academic accommodations for a documented disability, please contact Disability Services.
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 List90-93 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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- Schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor in Starfish to meet and discuss your goals. Learn more about Starfish here.
- Explore careers and majors through workshops, counseling and career services.
- Come to the Library to get help with research; check out resources; access computers and study space; and create media projects.
- Visit the Student Learning Center to learn about tutoring services offered in-person and online.
- Check out campus life: Student Clubs and Affinity Groups, TRIO, Equity & Welcome Center, Wellness Center, etc.
- Apply to the Ready Set Transfer (RST) Academy and LSAMP.
- Consider taking a field trip class (See SCI or GEOL one credit classes).
- Create an educational plan with your assigned advisor.
- Apply for financial aid for the upcoming academic year in Winter or Spring quarter to maximize your funding options.
- Research and develop a list of four-year colleges and universities.
- Attend transfer events at North and universities of interest.
- Visit North's Transfer webpage for transfer information.
- Update your educational plan with your assigned advisor.
- Visit potential universities and determine application deadlines.
- Apply for the Seattle Colleges Foundation Scholarship and other scholarships.
- Consider Student Leadership positions and other on-campus jobs.
- Attend the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium.
- Explore summer course offerings from your second year classes.
- 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.
- Update your educational plan with your assigned advisor.
- Look for summer internships such as Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs).
- Speak with Biology faculty or advisor to determine if PHYS&115 or 116 is the best option for you to take quarter 6.
- Apply for the Associate of Science - Transfer, Track 1 (AS-Track 1) degree in ctcLink. Check with your assigned advisor to be sure you are meeting degree requirements.
- Check in with university for transfer plan.
- Order cap and gown for commencement and join alumni association.
- Attend on-campus graduation fair and commencement ceremony.
Tuition and Funding
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.
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
- 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 www.bls.gov/oes.
Future Education Opportunities
Once you complete the AS-Track 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 http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator to find Biology programs in Washington state or around the country.
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