Sample TESU BA Biology Degree Plan

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Warning: this degree may or may not meet requirements for a pre-med/pre-nursing program. If you wish to work in the medical field, check program requirements before embarking on this degree.

Also, please get an advisor to pre-plan your UL courses before purchasing them. TESU may have other ideas about what works for this degree.

Generic BA Biology Degree Plan[edit]

This is a generic degree plan that applies to Thomas Edison State University for a Bachelor Arts in Biology as of approximately August of 2021. Please make sure that the suggestions are still valid before beginning to follow this plan.

General Education Requirements[edit]

As of 2021, students will be required to have a minimum of 30 RA credits to complete their degree. See the GE Requirements Roadmap for details and suggestions on courses that will fill this requirement.

Biology AOS[edit]

57 credits are in the AOS. 15 credits need to be UL.

Part A. General Biology I[edit]

4 credits. Choose one.

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
General Biology I Introduction to Biology + Lab StraighterLine


Part B. General Chemistry[edit]

4 credits required

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
General Chemistry I Chemistry 111L: Chemistry I with Lab Study.com
General Chemistry I Chemistry I + Lab StraighterLine
General Chemistry I CHEM 1215C General Chemistry I New Mexico Junior College
General Chemistry I CHM-114 General Chemistry for Engineers (includes lab) ASU Universal Learner

Study.com and StraighterLine courses are equivalent to CHE-101. ASU's course is brought in as CHE-121. TESU expects CHE-121 but CHE-101 may be sufficient. Contact an advisor to be sure.

Part C. General Biology II[edit]

4 credits required. Pick one.

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
General Biology II BIOL 1111C General Biology II New Mexico Junior College

This NMJC course does not have a prerequisite.

Part D. General Chemistry II[edit]

4 credits required

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
General Chemistry I CHEM 1225C General Chemistry II New Mexico Junior College

Part E. Microbiology[edit]

3 credits required

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
Microbiology Biology 103: Microbiology Study.com
Microbiology Microbiology StraighterLine
Microbiology Microbiology Sophia
Microbiology BIOL 1020: Microbiology Lecture (UL) University of New England

Part F. Cell Biology[edit]

3 credits required

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
Cell Biology Cellular Biochemistry (BIO 360E) (UL) University of New England

Part G. Precalculus[edit]

3 credits required

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
Precalculus Math 103: Precalculus Study.com
Precalculus Precalculus Sophia
Precalculus Precalculus StraighterLine

For this degree, it is recommended to use Study.com for Precalculus credit but the ASU Universal Learner to actually study and learn Precalculus. When not taken for credit, the ASU class will only cost $25.

Part H. Organic Chemistry I[edit]

4 credits required

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
Organic Chemistry I CHEM 205 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits) Doane University
Organic Chemistry I CHEM 1020: Organic Chemistry I (3 credits) University of New England

UNE course may or may not work for this degree.

Part I. Organic Chemistry II[edit]

4 credits required

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
Organic Chemistry I CHEM 206 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits) Doane University
Organic Chemistry I CHEM 1021: Organic Chemistry II (3 credits) University of New England

UNE course may or may not work for this degree.

Part J. Genetics[edit]

3 credits required

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
Genetics Biology 102: Basic Genetics Study.com
Genetics Genetics 101: Intro to Genetics Study.com

Part K. General Physics I[edit]

4 credits required

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
General Physics I General Physics I + lab StraighterLine
General Physics I PHYS 1230C Algebra-based Physics I New Mexico Junior College
General Physics I PHYS 1310C Calculus-based Physics I New Mexico Junior College

NMJC's Physics II requires Physics I. Confirm that the SL physics will work as a prerequisite before using SL. Otherwise, take everything at NMJC.

Part F. General Physics II[edit]

4 credits required

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
General Physics II PHYS 1240C Algebra-based Physics II New Mexico Junior College
General Physics II PHYS 1320C Calculus-based Physics II New Mexico Junior College

Part M. AOS Electives[edit]

13 credits. At least 9 must be UL to add up to 15 in the entire AOS.

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
UL Biology Cellular Biochemistry (BIO 360E) Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Services
First course from this source is eligible for a 50% discount. Check the text at the top of the page for more information.
UL Biology Man's Best Friend: The Biology and Behavior of Dogs (BIO-310)
To reduce costs, course may be taken during a 16-credit term.
TESU
UL Biology HSTL 1010: Histology University of New England
UL Biology BIOL 1020L: Microbiology Lecture/Lab (4 credits) University of New England
UL Biology BIOL 1030: Pathophysiology Lecture & Lab (4 credits) University of New England
UL Biology BIOL 1040: Genetics Lecture & Lab (4 credits) University of New England
UL Biology BIOL 1055: Molecular Biology University of New England
UL Biology BIOL 1060: Immunology University of New England
UL Biology BIOL 330 - Zoology (4 credits) Doane University
UL Biology BIOL 333 - Microbiology (4 credits) Doane University
UL Biology BIOL 343 - Immunology Doane University
UL Biology BIOL 353 - Histology Doane University
UL Biology BIOL 355 - Anatomy (4 credits) Doane University
UL Biology BIOL 356 - Physiology (4 credits) Doane University
UL Biology BIOL 363 - Molecular Biology (4 credits) Doane University

Lower-Level biology electives.

Course Expected Recommended Course to Take Recommended Provider
BIO-101: Introduction to Biology Human Biology Sophia.org
BIO-105: Organisms & Ecosystems Organisms & Ecosystems OnlineDegree.com
BIO-101: Introduction to Biology Biology 101: Introduction to Biology Study.com
BIO-211: Anatomy & Physiology I Anatomy & Physiology I Sophia
BIO-211L: Anatomy & Physiology I Lab Anatomy & Physiology I Lab Sophia
BIO-212: Anatomy & Physiology II Anatomy & Physiology II Sophia
BIO-212L: Anatomy & Physiology I Lab Anatomy & Physiology I Lab Sophia
BIO-210: Anatomy & Physiology I w/o Lab Biology 105: Anatomy & Physiology I Study.com
BIO-216: Intro to Pathophysiology Biology 106: Pathophysiology Study.com
BIO-175: Microorganisms Biology 107L: Clinical Microbiology with Lab Study.com
BIO-102: Biology of Human Concerns Biology 201L: Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I Study.com
BIO-102: Biology of Human Concerns Biology 202L: Anatomy and Physiology w/ Lab II Study.com
BIO-208: The Science of Nutrition Nutrition 101: Science of Nutrition Study.com
BIO-208: The Science of Nutrition The Science of Nutrition (SCI-101)
Overlaps with Nutrition 101 at Study.com
Coopersmith
BIO-102: Biology of Human Concerns Introduction to Life Processes (SCI-102) Coopersmith

Liberal Arts Capstone[edit]

Must be taken at TESU. There is an alternative 6-credit capstone available that provides hands-on experience.

Electives[edit]

15 credits required.

See the GE Requirements Roadmap for suggestions.