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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Biology

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Science (Reynolds 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

Reynolds 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 Reynolds Orientation (SOAR).
  • Register for SDV 101 Orientation to STEM Disciplines
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG, CHM, and MTH classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity
  • Build a LinkedIn profile
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future
  • Browse careers related to biology through the Virginia Wizard
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility)
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard
ExperienceYear 2
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your BIO and CHM classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Meet with VCU STEM Transitions Transfer Coordinator to discuss options and create a plan for a successful transition to VCU.
  • Consider learning a foreign language
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Biology-related events
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options
  • 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.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Attend Reynolds Orientation (SOAR).
  • Register for SDV 101 Orientation to STEM Disciplines
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG, CHM, and MTH classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • 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 VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Build a LinkedIn profile
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future
  • Browse careers related to biology through the Virginia Wizard
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility)
  • Take a career assessment through the Virginia Wizard

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with your academic advisor.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your BIO and CHM classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • 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
  • Consider learning a foreign language
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Biology-related events
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • 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.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Biology

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Science: Science)

Reynolds Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100 or 101College Success Skills or Orientation to STEM DisciplinesUNIV 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
Laboratory Science ICHM 111 General Chemistry ICHEM/Z 1014Major
MTH 167Precalculus with Trigonometry (or MTH 161-162 Precalculus I-II)MATH 1515General education
CSC 155Computer Concepts and ApplicationsINFO 160, 161, 1623Elective
ENG 112College Composition  IIUNIV 2003General education
Laboratory Science IICHM 112 General Chemistry IICHEM/Z 1024Major
MTH 245Statistics ISTAT 2103Major
Social/Behavioral ScienceSelect 1: PSY 200, 230, SOC 200, 210, PLS 211VCU equivalent3General education
HLT/PEDPersonal Wellness ElectiveVCU equivalent1Elective
HISU.S. or Western Civilization History (select 1): HIS 101, 102, 121, 122HIST3General education
Laboratory Science IBIO 101 General Biology IBIOL/Z 1514Major
Laboratory Science electiveCHM 241 + CHM 245 Organic Chemistry and LaboratoryCHEM/Z 3015Major
HISU.S. or Western Civilization History (select 1): HIS 101, 102, 121, 122HIST3General education
HumanitiesSelect 1: English literature (ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 253) or PHI 220VCU equivalent3General education
Humanities/LiteratureHumanities electiveVCU equivalent3General education
Laboratory Science IIBIO 102 General Biology IIBIOL/Z 1524Major
Laboratory Science electiveCHM 242 + CHM 246 Organic Chemistry II and laboratoryCHEM/Z 3025Major
ElectiveMTH 263 Calculus IMATH 2004Major
Reynolds credits transferred to VCU64
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Foreign LanguageForeign language (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 (not waived by associate degree)
PHYSSelect either PHYS 201 or PHYS 207 4 to 5Major
PHYSSelect either PHYS 202 or PHYS 208 4 to 5Major
BIOL 200Quantitative Biology 3Major
BIOL 300Cellular and Molecular Biology 3Major
BIOL 310Genetics 3Major
BIOL 317Ecology 3Major
BIOL 318Evolution 3Major
Select 1-4 credits from the following: BIOL 475, BIOZ 476, BIOL 477 1 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. 11 to 19Elective
Credits completed at VCU56
Bachelor's degree total120
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