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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Biology

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts and Sciences: Science (Paul D. Camp 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

Paul D. Camp Community College (Associate of Arts and Sciences: Science)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Review steps for signing up for classes.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor every semester.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use brainfuse online tutoring or Success Coaches to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to Biology through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU Biology Department.
  • Join a professional organization related to biology: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS).
  • Participate in the STEM Transitions: Transfer Success Program after you’re admitted to VCU.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Biology department-related events.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to your advisor for review.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Review steps for signing up for classes.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor every semester.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use brainfuse online tutoring or Success Coaches to get ahead.
  • Start your math sequence and pass ENG 111-112.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to Biology through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU Biology Department.
  • Join a professional organization related to biology: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS).
  • Participate in the STEM Transitions: Transfer Success Program after you’re admitted to VCU.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Biology department-related events.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to your advisor for review.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Biology

Paul D. Camp Community College (Associate of Arts and Sciences: Science)

Paul D. Camp Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100College Success SkillsUNIV 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 111-1123General education
MTH 161PreCalculus IMATH 1413General education
ITE 115Introduction to Computer ApplicationsINFO 160, 161, 1623Elective
ScienceCHM 111 General Chemistry ICHEM/Z 1014Major
Health/PE electiveHealth/PE electiveVCU equivalent1Elective
ENG 112College Composition IIUNIV 2003General education
MTH 162PreCalculus IIMATH 1513Major
ScienceCHM 112 General Chemistry IICHEM/Z 1024Major
HumanitiesSelect from ART, MUS, PHI, REL, Foreign Language, English LiteratureVCU equivalent3General education
Health/PE electiveHealth/PE electiveVCU equivalent1Elective
Science electiveBIO 101 General Biology IBIOL/Z 1514Major
Science elective (200-level)PHY 201 General College Physics I (or PHY 231)PHYS 2014Major
Social ScienceSelect 1: PLS 135, PLS 211, PSY 200, SOC 211VCU equivalent3General education
CST 100Public SpeakingSPCH 1213Elective
HistorySelect from HIS 121 or HIS 111HIST3General education
Science electiveBIO 102 General Biology IIBIOL/Z 1524Major
Science elective (200-level)PHY 202 General College Physics II (or PHY 232)PHYS 202 (or PHYS 208)4Major
HumanitiesSelect from ART, MUS, PHI, REL, Foreign Language, English LiteratureVCU equivalent3General education
Social ScienceSelect from ECO, PLS, PSY, or SOCVCU equivalent3General education
HistorySelect from HIS 122 or HIS 112HIST3General education
Camp credits transferred to VCU63
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Foreign language through the 102 level (if not completed at Camp CC) (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
STAT 210Basic Practice of Statistics3Major
MATH or STATSelect either MATH 200 Calculus I or upper-level statistics3 to 4Major
CHEM/Z 301Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory5Major
CHEM/Z 302Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory5Major
BIOL 200Quantitative Biology3Major
BIOL 300Cellular and Molecular Biology3Major
BIOL 310Genetics3Major
BIOL 317Ecology3Major
BIOL 318Evolution3Major
BIOL/ZSelect 1-4 credits from the following: BIOL 475, BIOZ 476, BIOL 4771 to 4Major
Select 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 9Elective
Minimum number of credits completed at VCU57
Bachelor's degree total120
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