TCC to NSU Tahlequah: Biology - Cellular

TCC Associate in Science in Biology to NSU Bachelor of Science in Biology – Cellular Emphasis

Contact Transfer Student Services to make your transition to NSU as smooth and seamless as possible.

Tulsa Community College to NSU, Smart Choice

Major FAQs

NSU B.S. Biology – Cellular Emphasis: This major provides a diverse background in biological principles with a concentration in molecular studies. 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. The biological sciences will also prepare the student for entry into one of a variety of Allied Health fields. You will also learn critical thinking skills, organizational skills, library skills and presentation skills which will benefit you in any profession you choose.

What it takes to complete a B.S. in Biology-Cellular Emphasis from NSU.  If you don’t complete your AA 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 Ed.  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 English Composition I & II with a “C” or better and demonstrate computer proficiency (high school or college course work / test).  Therefore, when you transfer to NSU, you will likely need to complete around 60 more hours in order to earn your B.S. degree.

General FAQs

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 you’re A.S. degree, make sure you complete the required general education courses at TCC including ENG 1113, ENG 1213, MATH 1513, plus CHEM 1315 and CHEM 1415.

How do my Tulsa Community Colleges classes transfer to NSU?  Every class you take 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 NSU 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 those hours 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 because you must have 60 hours from a four-year institution to meet state requirements for 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.

Freshman Year at TCC

Fall Semester

  • ENGL 1113 Freshman Composition I
  • HIST 1483 or 1493 U.S. History
  • POLS 1113 American Federal Government
  • BIOL 1224 Intro to Biology for Majors
  • MATH 1513 College Algebra

Total: 16 hours

Spring Semester

  • ENGL 1213 Freshman Comp II
  • PHYS 1114 General Physics I
  • CHEM 1315 General Chemistry I
  • 1CSCI 1203 Computer Concepts & Applications / GE Elective

Total: 15 hours

1Student may demonstrate computer proficiency to satisfy the requirement for CSCI 1203.  See TCC Catalog

Sophomore Year at TCC

Fall Semester

  • PHYS 1214 General Physics II
  • CHEM 1415 General Chemistry II
  • SPCH 1113 Speech Communication I
  • Humanities (3 hours)

Total: 15 hours

Spring Semester

  • CHEM 2145 Organic Chemistry I
  • BIOL 2164 Microbiology or BIOL 2134 Human Anatomy
  • Elective (3 hours) PSYCH, Social Sci, Foreign Language, or Fine Arts
  • Humanities (3 hours)

Total: 15 hours

Junior Year at NSU

Fall Semester

  • BIOL 3114 Genetics
  • CHEM 3223 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 3232 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
  • Statistics Course (3 hours) – consult advisor
  • Elective (3 hours)

Total: 15 hours

Spring Semester

  • BIOL 4354 Immunology
  • BIOL 3524 Ecology
  • BIOL 3124 Cell Biology
  • Elective (6 hours)

Total: 18 hours

Senior Year at NSU

Fall Semester

  • BIOL 3003 Plant Biology
  • CHEM 4214  Biochemistry
  • BIOL 4543 Molecular Biology
  • *BIOL 4232 Molecular & Cellular Biology Laboratory
  •  BIOL 4103 Developmental Biology

Total: 15 hours

Spring Semester

  • BIOL 3013 Animal Biology
  • BIOL 4242 Trends & Issues in Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 4621 Senior Seminar
  • Elective (9 hours)

Total:  15 hours

Additional Graduation Requirements at NSU

  • Students must complete 40 hours of 3000/4000 level course work
  • At least one-half (50%) of the hours required in the major must be from NSU
  • Students must earn 60 hours from a 4-year institution; 30 hours required from NSU
  • Students may take BIOL 4232, Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory and/or BIOL 4410, Research in Biology for a total of 5 hours

Total Hours

Total hours transferred from Tulsa Community College: 61

Total hours needed from a 4 year university to complete Bachelor of Science in Biology – Molecular Emphasis: 63


For further information, contact Dr. Kathy McDowell,