Shane O'Donohue

Shane O'Donohue

"What I like best about Grand Valley are the people here. Everybody is very supportive and they want you to succeed in life, and that is a great feeling having such a family behind you." - Shane O'Donohue, biomedical sciences and psychology double major Read More

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Jackson Community College

Program Guide: Biology

First Year

First Semester
ENG 131 3
MAT 141 5
BIO 161 4
CEM 141 5
17
Second Semester
ENG 132 3
BIO 162 4
World Perspectives elective 3
CEM 142 5
15
 

Second Year

First Semester
CEM 241 5
U.S. Diversity elective 3
Humanities elective 3
BIO 258 5
16
Second Semester
CEM 242 5
Humanities elective 3
Social Science elective 3
Social Science elective 3
14
 

NOTES:

  • Degree offered: B.A., B.S.. Students seeking the B.A. degree must demonstrate third-semester proficiency in a foreign language.
  • If time permits, students may choose one of the following:  PHY 131 or PHY 231 or PHY 251.  Students interested in education or graduate school should choose PHY 231 or PHY 251.  Students may choose one of the following if time permits:  MAT 133 or MAT 151.
  • This guide fulfills the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).  Humanities electives must be taken from different disciplines.  Social science electives must be taken 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 131, ENG 257, GEO 132, PLS 262, SPN 232
  • U.S. Diversity electives:  ENG 249, HST 125, SOC 235, SOC 246
  • Students interested in teacher certification should take PSY 140 as a social science elective.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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, botanist, conservationist, fisheries biologist, genetics technician, horticulturist, marine biologist, 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, government agencies, and private environmental consulting firms.

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