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Associate in Biology

(DTA/MRP Transfer Degree)

This TCC degree is designed for students who intend to transfer to Biological Science majors at baccalaureate institutions.

Many classes required for this degree are offered only once or twice a year. Students should work closely with faculty advisors to plan their programs of study, including elective courses.

The Associate in Biology degree satisfies General Education requirements of baccalaureate institutions. Students who transfer with the Associate in Biology degree may be required to complete some additional requirements during their junior and senior years as required by individual institutions.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • A minimum of 90 quarter credit hours in courses numbered 100 or above.
  • At least 30 applicable credits earned at Tacoma Community College.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all coursework applied to the degree and a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all TCC college-level courses.
  • At least one course applied to the degree must be an approved multicultural course. Approved multicultural courses are identified on the Approved Distribution Course List, and in the Credit Course Descriptions.

Core Requirements

15 credits

  1. Written Communication Skills (10 credits)

ENGL& 101

English Composition I

ENGL& 102

Argument and Persuasion

  1. Quantitative Skills (5 credits)

MATH& 151

Calculus I

Distribution Requirements

60 credits

  1. Humanities (15 credits)
  • Select humanities courses from the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • Select courses from at least two different disciplines.
  • No more than five Humanities credits of foreign language or skills/performance classes can be used to satisfy this requirement.
  1. Social Science (15 credits)
  1. Natural Sciences (30 credits)

BIOL& 221

Introduction to Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity

BIOL& 222

Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology

BIOL& 223

Introduction to the Biology of Organisms

CHEM& 161

General Chemistry w/Lab I

CHEM& 162

General Chemistry w/Lab II

CHEM& 163

General Chemistry w/Lab III

College-Level Electives

15 credits

  • Select remaining college-level courses to reach a total of 90 credits
  • Selected courses must include two elective physical education credits
  • Select no more than five elective credits from courses that do not appear on the Basic Requirements Distribution List for the Associate in Arts and Sciences degree or the Approved Distribution Course List.


90 credits

DTA: Direct Transfer Agreement

MRP: Major Related Program

See Approved Distribution Course List.