Danielle  Lake, Ph.D.

Danielle Lake, Ph.D.

"The most rewarding aspect of teaching at Grand Valley is to empower students to see that they have a role to play in making a difference, and to help them believe in themselves." - Danielle Lake, Liberal Studies Department Read More

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Mid Michigan Community College

Program Guide: Biology

First Year

First Semester
ENG 111 3
MAT 124 5
Social Science elective 3
BIO 101 4
Second Semester
ENG 222 3
Humanities elective 3
MAT 212 3
BIO 201 4
World Perspectives elective 3

Second Year

First Semester
PHY 105 or 211 4
Humanities elective 3
BIO 203 4
CHM 111 4
Second Semester
CHM 112 4
U.S. Diversity elective 3
Social Science elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3


  • Degree offered: B.S., B.A. Students seeking a B.A. degree must demonstrate third semester proficiency in a foreign language.
  • This guide fulfills the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).  Social science electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Humanities electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Please check with your community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.  GVSU will still honor the MACRAO agreement.
  • World Perspectives electives:  ANT 170, HIS 102, REL 111, SSC 111
  • U.S. Diversity electives:  HIS 211, HIS 212, SOC 200, SOC 250
  • If time permits, students can take CHM 241 + CHM 242.  However, at least 58 credits must be earned at a four year college.
  • BIO 201 and BIO 203 must both be taken to receive credit for BIO 121 at Grand Valley.
  • Students interested in teacher certification should take PSY 101 as a social science elective.
  • Students interested in graduate or professional school should take PHY 106.


As a science biology offers the opportunity to study and experiment with animals, plants, fungi, and bacteria in the laboratory and outdoors. Biologists make contributions in widely varying areas, including medicine, crop development, wildlife management, environmental preservation, and systematics.

Advances in the field of medicine and the numerous biological problems associated with human beings and their environment provide promising opportunities for work in biology. Careers in biology which require a bachelor's degree include: agronomist, aquatic biologist, biotechnologist, microbiologist, quality control technician, park naturalist/ranger, teacher, waste water technician, zoologist, and positions with seed, fertilizer, pesticide, chemical, medical supply, or drug companies, museums, zoos, governmental agencies, and private environmental consulting firms.

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