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Hagerstown Community College / HCC

Academic Catalog

2023-2024 Catalog 
    Feb 26, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Biology Concentration, Arts and Sciences, A.S.

The Biology program at HCC provides a broad general education in biology, chemistry, math, plus study options in a variety of more specific sciences such as physics, geology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, environmental science, and biotechnology. Students who graduate from this program should be prepared to successfully continue their education at four year colleges and universities. Biology majors find jobs in the areas of health sciences and services, biotechnology and biomanufacturing, environmental protection, remediation and management.

Program Pathway

First Year Fall   First Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 101 English Composition 
*(ENG 101E  and ENG 101P  are approved substitutions for ENG 101) 
3   Gen Ed English 3
MAT 161 Precalculus II 4   Gen Ed Behavioral/Social Science 3
CHM 103 General Chemistry I 4   CHM 104 General Chemistry II 4
BIO 113 Principles of Biology I 4   BIO 114 Principles of Biology II 4
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   14
Second Year Fall   Second Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
CHM 203
PHY 201
Organic Chemistry I
General Physics I
4   CHM 204
PHY 202
Organic Chemistry II 
General Physics II
BIO 205 Microbiology 4   Gen Ed Diversity 3
Gen Ed Arts/Humanities 3  
Gen Ed
Arts/Humanities  3
Gen Ed Behavioral/Social Sciences 3   Elective Choose in consultation with advisor 3
        Elective Choose in consultation with advisor 4
TOTAL   14   TOTAL   17


General Education Requirements (33 Credits)


Behavioral/Social Sciences

Biological/Physical Science



*A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for ENG-101, ENG-101E, and ENG-101P


Program Requirements (20 Credits)

* Students wanting to take PHY 203 /PHY 204  can ask for an exception substitution of PHY 201 /PHY 202  from the Mathematics and Science Division.    

Free Electives (7 Credits)

Electives should be selected in consultation with a transfer advisor and/or the transfer institution. Some recommended courses are listed below:

Degree Requirement (60 Credits)