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Biological Sciences at Neosho County Community College offers undergraduate training in general biology, botany, ecology, genetics, microbiology, anatomy & physiology, and zoology, as well as preparation for professional schools such as nursing and allied health. As a biology student at NCCC, you will be exposed to the principles, which underlie this science of living things. You also may engage in study leading to a more detailed understanding of the area in which you are most interested, for each of the areas is tailored to meet specific interests and needs.

Biological Sciences has 2 fulltime faculty members in Chanute and 2 in Ottawa. The size of our classes are small and thus the faculty will get to know you as a person. You will have many opportunities to develop very beneficial relationships with the faculty at NCCC. The faculty are committed to helping you become a life-long learner, to helping you with career and educational opportunities after graduating from NCCC, and, in general, to showing you the joys of exploring biology.

Biological Sciences maintains experimental garden plots, located across from campus, for biology I, biology II, and general biology classes. Biological Sciences also maintains a small herbarium, a small insect collection, and a newly formed regional fossil collection for biology I, biology II, and general biology classes.

The Associate of Science with an emphasis in Biological Science at NCCC offers undergraduate training in biology.  Emphasis may include botany and zoology, as well as preparation for professional schools such as nursing, allied health, pre-med, and veterinary medicine.

The student will need to demonstrate proficiencies in reading, English, and mathematics based on the ACCUPLACER test, ACT or SAT scores, or by taking the recommended/ required classes.  Some of the courses in this curriculum have specific prerequisites.

General Education (GE) Courses
In order to graduate with a college degree, all students are required to take certain general education courses.  These include English composition, speech, wellness, science, art and humanities, mathematics, computer systems, and social and behavioral science.

Program Core Courses
BIOL 251/252 Biology I/Lab, CHEM 215/216 College Chemistry I/Lab, BIOL 255/256 Biology II/Lab, CHEM 225/226 College Chemistry II/Lab, MATH 150 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I.

Program Elective Courses
BIOL 115/116 Environmental Life Sciences/Lab, BIOL 205 Prehistoric Life, BIOL 299 Independent Study, PHYS 100/130 Introductory College Physics I/Lab.

Program Outcomes
Students will develop an understanding of the following:
1. Scientific method and the history of science.
2. Metric system and microscopy.
3. Basic chemistry of life.
4. Cellular structures and functions.
5. Mitosis and meiosis.
6. Patterns of inheritance.
7. Cellular respiration and photosynthesis.
8. Organismal classification.
9. Principles of ecology.

Course Sequence
The listing that follows is a recommended sequence of courses for full-time students. The student should consult with an advisor for information specific to their academic situation.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

(Fall)  Semester I   Cr Hrs 
BIOL 251 Biology I
BIOL 252 Biology I Lab 
CURR 100 First Year Seminar
ENGL 101 English Composition 
MATH 113 College Algebra 
  Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
  Total 15 
(Spring) Semester II     
BIOL 255 Biology II 
BIOL 256 Biology II Lab 
ENGL 289 English Composition II 
HPER 150 Lifetime Fitness 
CSIS 100 Computer Concepts and Applications or  
  Intro to Computer Information Systems 3
  Arts/Humanities Elective 3
  Arts/Humanities Elective 3
  Total 18
(Fall) Semester III    
MATH 150 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 
PSYC 155 General Psychology 
COMM 207 Fundamentals of Speech 
CHEM 215 College Chemistry I 
CHEM 216 College Chemistry I Lab 
  Total 16 
(Spring) Semester IV     
CHEM 225 College Chemistry II
CHEM 226 College Chemistry II Lab 
  Social/Behavioral Science Elective 
  Arts/Humanities Elective 
  Program Elective 
  Total 16 
  Total Program Credits 65

For more information contact:
Program advisors

Steve Yuza, Ph.D., 620-432-0423

Andrew Ouellette, 620-432-0382

Michael Campbell, 785-248-2805

Eric Row, 785-248-2828

Sally Kittrell 620-432-0374