Hector Garcia

Hector Garcia

"You're able to think critically about not just your career, but about life in general. That's one of the biggest benefits that you obtain while going to Grand Valley." - Hector Garcia, engineering major Read More

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Southwestern Michigan College

Program Guide: Biology

First Year

First Semester
ENGL 103 3
MATH 105 3
CHEM 101 5
Social Science elective 3
Second Semester
ENG 104 3
U.S. Diversity elective 3
CHEM 102 5
World Perspectives elective 3
Humanities elective 3

Second Year

First Semester
CHEM 201 5
BIOL 101 5
Humanities elective 4
Social Science elective 3
Second Semester
CHEM 202 5
BIOL 102 5
MATH 150 or MATH 141 3-4
Humanities elective 3


  • Degree offered: B.S., B.A. Students seeking a B.A. degree must demonstrate third semester proficiency in a foreign language.
  • If time permits, students may take CHEM 201 and CHEM 202 and PHYS 101 or PHYS 201.  However, a minimum of 58 credits must be taken at a four year college.
  • Both BIOL 101 and BIOL 102 must be taken to receive specific credit at GVSU.
  • Students who plan to attend graduate or professional school should take MATH 141 instead of MATH 150.
  • World Perspectives electives:  GERM 202, PHIL 201, SOCI 101, SPAN 202
  • U.S. Diversity electives: SOCI 202, SOCI 203, SOCI 240
  • This guide fulfills the MACRAO agreements.  Please check with a community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.
  • Students interested in pursuing teacher certification should take PSYC 101 as a social science elective.
  • MATH 130 and MATH 131 are prerequisites for physics at Grand Valley.



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, waster 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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