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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Biology

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Science (John Tyler Community College)
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Program description
The Department of Biology offers programs leading to baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees; the doctoral degree is offered through the Ph.D. in Integrative Life Sciences program. Students may specialize within many areas, such as molecular and cellular biology, genetics, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, systematics, physiology, neurobiology, and developmental biology. Students also may develop an interdisciplinary focus to their degree program, for example within areas such as bioinformatics, cancer biology, forensic science and environmental science.
Career opportunities
The four-year curriculum in biology prepares students for employment in laboratory or field programs in private industry or government agencies and for teaching in secondary schools. This curriculum also prepares students graduate study in biology and for admission into schools of medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine, and into allied health programs.   
Bachelor-level job titles
  • Biological Technician
  • Clinical Research Coordinators
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
  • Fish and Game Wardens
  • Food Science Technician
  • Health Educator
  • Museum Technician and Conservator
  • Park Naturalist
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Attorney
  • Medical Doctor
  • Researcher
  • Scientific Publication Journalist or Editor
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 200
Science required
  • 5+ additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)

Transfer major map
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Biology

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Science: Science)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Attend Tyler Orientation
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway
  • Register for SDV course
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG, CHM, and MTH classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization.
  • Browse careers related to biology through the career coach
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
  • Meet with your academic advisor
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus to get ahead.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant
  • Prepare for organic chemistry at VCU by reviewing CHM 111-112 notes and textbook.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend a career event on campus
  • Plan to complete a research opportunity, internship, service learning course or other experience before your senior year of college.
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend Tyler Orientation
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway
  • Register for SDV course
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG, CHM, and MTH classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Create LinkedIn profile.
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization.
  • Browse careers related to biology through the career coach
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
  • Meet with your academic advisor
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus to get ahead.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant
  • Prepare for organic chemistry at VCU by reviewing CHM 111-112 notes and textbook.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival).
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend a career event on campus
  • Plan to complete a research opportunity, internship, service learning course or other experience before your senior year of college.
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Biology

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Science: Science)

John Tyler Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100 or SDV 101College Success Skills or SDV 101 Orientation to STEMUNIV 1011Elective
ENG 111College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123Major
MTH 161Precalculus I (or MTH 263 Calculus I)MATH 1413General education
CHM 111General Chemistry ICHEM/Z 1014Major
CST 100Principles of Public Speaking (or FRE 101 or SPA 101)SPCH 1213Elective
ENG 112College Composition  IIUNIV 2003General education
MTH 162Precalculus II (or MTH 264 Calculus II)MATH 1513Major
CHM 112General Chemistry IICHEM/Z 1024Major
Social/Behavioral ScienceSocial/behavioral science (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, SOC 211 (PSY 230 will be accepted if Associate degree is completed)VCU equivalent3General education
Humanities electiveSelect 1: PHI 111, PHI 220 or foreign language (101), SPA 102, REL 230, PHI 101, REL 100, or FRE 102VCU equivalent3General education
MTH 245Statistics ISTAT 2103Major
PHY 201 or PHY 241General College Physics I or University Physics IPHYS 201 or PHYS 2074Major
BIO 101General Biology IBIOL/Z 1514Major
Social/Behavioral ScienceSocial/behavioral science (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, SOC 211 (PSY 230 will be accepted if Associate degree is completed)VCU equivalent3General education
ENGAny 200-level ENG literature course (select 1): ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252ENGL3General education
PHY 202 or PHY 242General College Physics II or University Physics IIPHYS 202 or PHYS 2084Major
BIO 102General Biology IIBIOL/Z 1524Major
HIS ___History elective (select 1): HIS 111, 112, 121, 122HIST ___3General education
ElectiveStudents who are interested in pursuing a teaching career in science secondary education should take EDU 200.  Additonal options: HLT 160, ART 101, ART 102, ITE 115, ITE 119VCU equivalent3Elective
John Tyler Credits Transferred to VCU61
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Foreign language through the 102 level (if not completed at JTCC).   (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school.  Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.) 0 to 8General education
CHEM 301 + CHEZ 301Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory 5Major
CHEM 302 + CHEZ 302Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory 5Major
MATH/STATMATH 200 (Calculus I) or any STAT course (numbered 314 or above). Students who complete MTH 263 at John Tyler have fulfilled this requirement. 0 to 4Major
BIOL 200Quantitative Biology 3Major
BIOL 300Cellular and Molecular Biology 3Major
BIOL 310Genetics 3Major
BIOL 317Ecology 3Major
BIOL 318Evolution 3Major
BIOL/ZSelect 1-4 credits from the following: BIOL 475, BIOZ 476, BIOL 477 1 to 4Major
BIOL/ZSelect from all biology (BIOL and BIOZ) courses applicable to the biology major and biochemistry (CHEM 403). All majors must complete at minimum three additional upper-level biology lab courses. The laboratory experiences may be fulfilled by a separate laboratory section (BIOZ) or by laboratory hours included in a lecture-based (BIOL) course. Not all courses are offered each semester. 13 to 16Major
Upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses) Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU. 5 to 13Elective
Credits Completed at VCU59
Bachelor's degree total120
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