Molecular Biology

Associate of Science–Specialization in Biology

Molecular biology focuses on the interactions between systems in cells. Concepts in molecular biology can overlap with biochemistry and genetics in the search to understand how living things are created and function together in our world.

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college biology program (college-level courses) as well as courses to develop math skills needed for college-level courses.

Students interested in pursuing the Molecular Biology should transfer with Biology AA or Biology AS.

Contact Us

Ken Cushman, Faculty Advisor

Location: Bldg. 15-132

kcushman@tacomacc.edu

253-566-5301

Program Planning

Preparation
Degree Requirements

While in high school, students should pursue all the available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics.

We suggest the following schedule of classes for students who wish to earn the Associate of Sciences degree (college transfer).

  • Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.
  • The humanities and social science courses must be chosen from the Humanities and Social Science distribution course lists.
  • At least one course must be chosen from the list of approved multicultural courses on the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • PHYS& 114, 115 and 116 or PHYS& 221, 222, and 223 are strongly recommended as elective courses.
  • No more than 3 PE Activity credits may apply to this degree.
  • No more than five credits of electives may be from courses that are not listed under the Communication, Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or General Distribution Courses sections of the Approved Distribution Course List. Such courses must be approved by a molecular biology advisor.
First Year
Fall Winter Spring

CHEM& 161
MATH& 151
ENGL& 101

CHEM& 162
MATH& 152
Biol& 160

CHEM& 163
MATH& 153 or MATH& 146
BIOL& 221

Second Year
Fall Winter Spring

BIOL& 222
CHEM& 261
Humanities

BIOL& 223
CHEM& 262
Elective

Social Science
CHEM& 263
Humanities or Social Science