Plan of Study
TCC Associate of Science in Biology
NSU Bachelor of Science in Biology – Organismic Emphasis
The Biology (Organismic Emphasis) with Minor in Chemistry provides a diverse background in biological principles with a concentration in systematics. As a biology major you develop firm, solid groundwork in the sciences that will allow you to compete in the job market or go on to professional or graduate school. You will also learn critical thinking skills, organizational skills, library skills and presentation skills which will benefit you in any profession you choose.
Transferring to NSU is a seamless process. Although you can transfer to NSU at any time in your academic career, the smoothest transition occurs if you have earned or will earn an AA or AS from TCC. This milestone will also meet your general education requirements at NSU (unless it is a specific NSU requirement for you to graduate). Within your AA or AS, make sure you complete the required general education courses at TCC including ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213, MATH 1513, plus CHEM 1315 and CHEM 1415.
What it takes to complete a B.S. degree in Biology (Organismic Emphasis) with Minor in Chemistry from NSU. If you don’t complete your AA or AS at TCC, you will need to meet NSU’s specific general education requirements. You must have at least 124 hours completed to earn a BS degree. Of those hours, 60 must be from a university (4 year school), 40 must be junior and senior (3000/4000) level, and half of the hours in your major must be from NSU. You must also be both English and computer proficient. This means that you must pass Composition I & II with a “C” or better and pass the designated computer proficiency class if needed. Therefore, when you transfer to NSU, you will likely need to complete around 60 more hours in order to earn your BS.
How do my TCC classes transfer to NSU? Every class that you have taken at TCC will transfer to NSU. Each class will count in one of the following categories that make up a bachelor’s degree: general education, major, minor, or free elective. You probably already know about general education and major classes but minors and free electives are unique to bachelor’s degrees. A minor is 18 hours from an academic area of your choice and it is designed to complement your major. Your advisor will help you determine your minor and the classes you will take to complete it. Free electives are extremely flexible and can be selected from any academic area. They allow you to explore your academic interests outside of your major while counting toward the 124 hours you need to graduate. Most degree programs at NSU allow for some free electives. If you completed a class at TCC that does not meet one of the other specific requirements, it will count in this category, up to the first 64 hours. If you have completed more than 64 hours at the associate degree level, all courses will transfer to NSU, but only 64 hours will apply to your degree. This is because you must have 60 hours from a four-year institution to meet state requirements for graduation with a baccalaureate degree.
When can you start taking NSU classes? You can begin taking classes at NSU while you are completing your AA or AS at TCC. This is called dual enrollment, many students do this each semester. Consult an NSU academic advisor and a financial aid counselor to see how dual enrollment can work for you.
NOTE: A minimum grade of C must be earned for ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213. You must have a minimum of 45 credit hours in majors level biology courses with at least 50% being earned at NSU. A minor (18+ hours) is required at NSU. You select a minor with your advisor based on your interests. Most biology majors at NSU minor in chemistry to meet the requirements of many graduate and health profession schools. The minor on this plan totals 19 hours. Some disciplines have special course requirements for a minor; others just require the courses be at major level. You must also satisfy the university's computer proficiency policy.