Biology Sample Transfer Plan

Biology Sample Transfer Plan at Harper College

Transfer to a four-year university to study biology

Major options  Science icon


  • Biology
  • Environmental science
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-pharmacy

Earn your Associate in Science degree and transfer to a four-year institution to study biological sciences. You’ll take core classes along with biology-focused courses in fundamentals of cellular and organismal biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and more. This program follows the Illinois Articulation Initiative biological sciences baccalaureate major recommendations.

Harper College is a great place to study biological sciences. You’ll take science classes in the new Avanté Center, which features modern classrooms and state-of-the-art laboratories. Additionally, you can get experience outside the classroom by participating in the Environmental Club, Biology Club, Health Career/Pre-Med Club or one of many other extracurricular activities that are available to students.

This program is a convenient and affordable way to begin your college education. Academic advisors will help you choose courses that meet the specific requirements of the four-year college or university you plan to attend.

Sample transfer plan

This sample transfer planning guide meets the requirements of the Associate in Science degree and follows the Illinois Articulation Initiative biological sciences baccalaureate major recommendations. Students should decide the specialization within the biological sciences major as early as possible, preferably by the beginning of the sophomore year. Students choosing to follow this sample plan need to choose the major of Associate in Science if needing financial aid. Transfer institution requirements may vary - students should check individual college/university requirements before completing the sample plan as outlined. Baccalaureate admission may be competitive. Completion of these courses alone does not guarantee admission.

FIRST SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
ENG 101 3

Description: Emphasizes the writing of expository prose. Introduction to the critical reading of nonfiction prose. IAI C1 900

Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a grade of C or better. Other placement options. ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf ESL students need one of the following options: ESL 073 and ESL 074 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 086 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 099 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 with required writing placement test score; or ESL 074 with required reading placement test score.

MTH 200 5

Description: Studies limits, continuity, derivatives, antiderivatives, and definite integrals as they relate to algebraic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions. Includes applications to geometry, science, and engineering. IAI M1 900-1, IAI MTH 901

Prerequisite: MTH 140 (Precalculus) with a grade of C or better, or other placement options. Math_Placement_Grid_17_18.pdf

BIO 115 4

Description: Introduces fundamental processes of organisms operating at the molecular and the cellular level of organization. Topics include chemical and molecular aspects of life, cellular metabolism, genetic information flow, theory of inheritance, genetic engineering and principles of physiology. This is the first course of a two-course series. (NOTE: Lab science credit.) IAI L1 910L, IAI BIO 910

Prerequisite: MTH 080 (Intermediate Algebra) or higher with a grade of C or better, or required MTH 103 (College Algebra) placement test score AND placement into ENG 101. Math_Placement_Grid.pdf ENG_Placement_Grid.pdf

Major Discipline and Transfer Elective 3

SECOND SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
ENG 102 3

Description: Continues ENG 101. Reading literature and writing of various types of prose. Introduces methods used in writing investigative papers. IAI C1 901R

Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor or department chair.

BIO 116 4

Description: Introduces students to higher levels of biological organization from the organism to the ecosystem. Topics include organismal diversity, mechanisms of micro and macroevolution, animal behavior, and the dynamics and organization of populations, communities and ecosystems. (NOTE: Lab science credit.) IAI L1 910L, IAI BIO 910

Prerequisite: BIO 115 (Fundamentals of Cellular Biology) with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor.

CHM 121 5

Description: Studies principles of atomic and molecular structure, bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, kinetic molecular theory, and solutions. Corresponding laboratory experiments include volumetric and gravimetric analyses, a qualitative study of reactions, visible spectrophotometry, and problem-based analyses. Intended for all students whose majors require general chemistry, including science majors and pre-professionals. The course also satisfies a general education laboratory science requirement for students with previous chemistry experience. IAI P1 902L, IAI CHM 911

Prerequisite: (Two semesters of high school chemistry or CHM 110 with a grade of C or better) AND (MTH 080 or higher with a grade of C or better, or placement options into MTH 103). Math_Placement_Grid.pdf

MTH 165 or

Description: Focuses on mathematical reasoning and the solving of real-life problems in statistics, rather than on routine skills. Includes analysis of data using sample statistics, basic probability theory, probability distributions (normal and binomial), sampling distributions of means and proportions, statistical inference (estimation, hypothesis testing, t-test and chi-square test, and errors), correlation and regression, F-test and analysis of variance. Computer labs using statistical software packages are incorporated throughout course. (Credit will be given for either MTH 162 or MTH 165 or MGT 225, but not all.) IAI M1 902

Prerequisite: MTH 080 (Intermediate Algebra) with a grade of C or better, or other placement options. MTH 065 (Algebraic Modeling) with a grade of C or better is an acceptable prerequisite if MTH 085 (Supplemental Math/Elementary Statistics) is taken concurrently with MTH 165. Math_Placement_Grid.pdf

MTH 225 4

Description: Focuses on the use of statistical concepts as decision-making tools with an emphasis on business-related applications. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability theory, and inferential methods including chi-square tests, regression analysis, and ANOVA. This course is strongly recommended for business majors. You may not receive credit for more than one of MTH 225 OR MTH 165 OR MTH 162 OR MGT 225. (IAI M1 902/IAI BUS 901)

Prerequisite: MTH 103 (College Algebra) with a grade of C or better, or other placement options (including meeting the Geometry requirement). Math_Placement_Grid.pdf

THIRD SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
CHM 122 5

Description: Continues CHM 121 as the second semester of a general chemistry sequence intended for all students whose major requires a full year of general chemistry, including science majors and pre-professionals. Includes the principles of chemical kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base reactions, electrochemistry, and thermodynamics. Also introduces topics in organic, nuclear, transition metal, and descriptive chemistry. Laboratory includes experiments related to the lecture material. IAI CHM 912

Prerequisite: CHM 121 with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor.

Humanities and Fine Arts1 3
Social and Behavioral Science2 3
Major Discipline and Transfer Elective 6

FOURTH SEMESTER:

Number Course Title Credits
CHM 204 5

Description: Applies modern theories of electronic structures to the study of chemical and physical properties of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, and alkyl halides. Students also study reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry as they apply to the above classes of organic compounds. Laboratory includes syntheses, qualitative organic analyses, IR and visible spectrophotometry, gas chromatography, thin layer chromatography, HPLC, polarimetry, and refractometry. Intended primarily for science majors and pre-professionals. IAI CHM 913

Prerequisite: CHM 122 with a grade of C or better, or consent of instructor.

SPE 101 3

Description: Theory and practice of oral communications. Development of poise, confidence and skill in speech organization and delivery. Emphasis on frequent speaking, development of standards of criticism and selection and organization of material. IAI C2 900

Humanities and Fine Arts1 3
Social and Behavioral Science2 3

1 - Select at least one course from Humanities and one from Fine Arts. Interdisciplinary courses may count in either category. Refer to the Associate in Science degree for approved courses in this category. One course from Humanities and Fine Arts or from Social and Behavioral Sciences must meet the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement for the Associate in Science degree.

2 - One course from Humanities and Fine Arts or from Social and Behavioral Sciences must meet the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement for the Associate in Science degree.

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Next steps

For more information about Biological Sciences, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.