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2019-2020

Bachelor of Science: Biology

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Science: Science (Reynolds Community College)
Reynolds Community College
Reynolds Community College
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

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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2019-2020

Bachelor of Science: Biology

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Science: Science)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Register for SDV 101 Orientation to STEM Disciplines
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG, CHM, and MTH classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester
  • 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
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future
  • Build a LinkedIn profile
  • Take a career assessment 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)
Experience Year 2
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Biology-related events
  • Consider learning a foreign language
  • 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, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
  • 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
  • Register for SDV 101 Orientation to STEM Disciplines
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG, CHM, and MTH classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Use Navigate to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester
  • 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
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future
  • Build a LinkedIn profile
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment 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)

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Biology-related events
  • Consider learning a foreign language
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, 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
  • 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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2019-2020

Bachelor of Science: Biology

Reynolds Community College (Associate of Science: Science)

Reynolds Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 or 101 College Success Skills or Orientation to STEM Disciplines UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I UNIV 111-112 3 General education
Laboratory Science I CHM 111 General Chemistry I CHEM/Z 101 4 Major
MTH 167 Precalculus with Trigonometry MATH 151 5 General education
CSC Computer Science Elective: CSC VCU equivalent 3 Elective
ENG 112 College Composition  II UNIV 200 3 General education
Laboratory Science II CHM 112 General Chemistry II CHEM/Z 102 4 Major
MTH 245 Statistics I STAT 210 3 Major
Social/Behavioral Science Select 1: PSY 200, 230, SOC 200, 210, PLS 211 VCU equivalent 3 General education
HLT/PED Personal Wellness Elective VCU equivalent 1 Elective
HIS U.S. or Western Civilization History (select 1): HIS 101, 102, 121, 122 HIST 3 General education
Laboratory Science I BIO 101 General Biology I BIOL/Z 151 4 Major
Laboratory Science elective CHM 241 + CHM 245 Organic Chemistry and Laboratory CHEM/Z 301 5 Major
HIS U.S. or Western Civilization History (select 1): HIS 101, 102, 121, 122 HIST 3 General education
Humanities Select 1: PHI 111, 220; ART 101, 106; MUS 121; CST 151; any REL VCU equivalent 3 General education
Humanities/Literature 200-level ENG literature course (select 1): ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252, 253, 254 ENGL 3 General education
Laboratory Science II BIO 102 General Biology II BIOL/Z 152 4 Major
Laboratory Science elective CHM 242 + CHM 246 Organic Chemistry II and laboratory CHEM/Z 302 5 Major
Elective MTH 263 Calculus I MATH 200 4 Major
Elective Transfer elective VCU equivalent 3 Elective
Reynolds credits transferred to VCU 67
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
Foreign Language Foreign 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 8 General education (not waived by associate degree)
PHYS Select either PHYS 201 or PHYS 207 4 to 5 Major
PHYS Select either PHYS 202 or PHYS 208 4 to 5 Major
BIOL 200 Quantitative Biology 3 Major
BIOL 300 Cellular and Molecular Biology 3 Major
BIOL 310 Genetics 3 Major
BIOL 317 Ecology 3 Major
BIOL 318 Evolution 3 Major
Select 1-4 credits from the following: BIOL 475, BIOZ 476, BIOL 477 1 to 4 Major
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 16 Major
Upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses) Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU. 8 to 16 Elective
Credits completed at VCU 53
Bachelor's degree total 120