Science, Engineering & Math Pathway

Associate in Biology

Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)/Major Related Program (MRP)

Join like-minded students with a passion for exploration, research, and innovation. Study gene expression in a lab, manage electrical systems, design buildings, or chart the stars. While the possibilities are limitless, you begin by choosing our Science, Engineering, and Math Pathway.

General education introduces students to the content and methodology of the major areas of knowledge – communication, the humanities and fine arts, the natural sciences, mathematics and the social sciences – and helps them develop the intellectual skills that will make them more effective life-long learners. The College’s general education program is intended to meet the transfer requirements of four-year colleges and universities as outlined in the Intercollegiate Relations Commission Handbook.  South Puget Sound Community College prepares recipients of the Associate in Biology Degree to:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Think logically and critically
  • Evaluate and process quantitative and symbolic data
  • Understand themselves in relation to others in a multicultural world
  • Understand ethical responsibilities and consequences

Quarter Plan

Search Schedule

Quarter 1

Students have several options for their starting point. Some students may start in our Transition Studies programs: Adult Basic Education, ESL, High School+, and Basic Computer Skills.

Quarter 2

AMATH097 7cr Accelerated Intermediate Algebra
Accelerated class that gives students the opportunity to complete MATH 092, MATH 096, and MATH 097 in one quarter. Introduces the study of linear equations and polynomials, including equation of a line, systems of linear equations, properties of exponents, operations on polynomials, factoring, and solving factorable quadratic equations. Students should take this course if they plan to pursue a pathway that requires MATH 099 (STEM) or MATH 147 (Business) or if they plan to transfer to a university that requires MATH 097 for admission. Prerequisite: Eligible for MATH 092 or ABE 065 or appropriate placement.
Choose One:

ENGL090 5cr Integrated Reading and Writing I
Introduces students to college-level reading and writing. Focuses on reading strategies, critical thinking, and writing unified paragraphs. ENGL 090 classes are combined with ENGL 095 classes, and students who demonstrate ENGL 095 proficiency may earn ENGL 095 credit. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or an �S� in ABE 054, ABE 055, ESL 065, ESL 066, IE 065, or IE 066.
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ENGL095 5cr Integrated Reading and Writing II
Prepares students for entry into college-level writing courses. Focuses on reading analytically, thinking critically, and writing coherent, well-supported texts. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement based on Reading & English CPT scores or transition test.

CCS101 3cr Pathways to Success
Cultivates the mind-set and skills necessary for students to become confident, reflective, self-directing, and successful learners.

Quarter 3

AMATH141 8cr Accelerated Precalculus I
Gives students the opportunity to complete MATH 098, MATH 099, and MATH& 141 in one quarter. Covers power, exponential, and logarithmic functions and analytic geometry. Students who plan to pursue a Science, Engineering, or Math (SEM) pathway should take this course. Fees: $12.00 Natural/Applied Science Course Fee
Choose One:

ENGL098 5cr Transitional English Composition
Introduces strategies and techniques writers use to convey ideas and participate in multiple discourse communities. Focuses on both the process and product of composing. English 098 classes are combined with English 101 classes, and students who demonstrate English 101 proficiency may earn ENGL& 101 credit. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement OR a 'C' or better in ENGL 095. Fees: $12.00 Humanities/Communications Course Fee
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ENGL&101 5cr English Composition I
Develops strategies and techniques writers use to convey ideas and participate in multiple discourse communities. Focuses on both the process and product of composing. Fees: $12.00 Humanities/Communications Course Fee
Choose One Social Science (5cr)
Recommended:

ANTH&100 5cr Survey of Anthropology
Surveys past and present human biological, cultural and linguistic variation and evolution. Incorporates an overview of the anthropological subfields: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology and Linguistic Anthropology. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Social Science Course Fee
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ANTH&104 5cr World Prehistory
Surveys human prehistory, from the origin of humans through the emergence of early civilizations, providing a foundation for understanding modern human societies. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Social Science Course Fee
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BUS&101 5cr Introduction to Business
Introduces current concepts and structures of American business. Covers the functions of business: forms of ownership, management, marketing, production, finance, and the economy. Fees: $12.00 Social Science & Business Course Fee
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ECON&201 5cr Micro Economics
Develops a framework for understanding the fundamentals of price theory by applying practical applications of microeconomic analysis and general equilibrium models. Includes the analysis of government intervention in a free market and explores concepts in market welfare. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
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ECON&202 5cr Macro Economics
Introduces fundamental models of macroeconomics and illustrates macro principles through U.S. experience in the global economy. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
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HIST&126 5cr World Civilization I
Examines world societies from human origin through the Ancient World to the rise of the first empires. Emphasizes societal interactions in the global theater, ideological and technological developments, and transitions of various cultures from pre-history to approximately 200ce. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
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HIST&127 5cr World Civilization II
Examines world societies from roughly the Post-Classical era through the rise of the empires and the eve of the Age of Revolutions. Emphasizes societal interactions in the global theater, ideological and technological developments, and transitions of various cultures from approximately 200ce to Early Modern period of the mid-18th century. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
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HIST&128 5cr World Civilization III
Examines world societies from roughly the 18th century to the present. Emphasizes societal interactions in the global theater, ideological and technological developments, and transitions of various cultures. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
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HIST&214 5cr Pacific Northwest History: Diversity
Surveys the political, cultural, economic, and social development of the American Northwest with special emphasis on Washington State. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
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POLS&202 5cr United States Government
Examines the United States Constitution, the evolution of the United States system and the structure of the national government. Provides an overview of political culture, parties, elections, and interest group activities with special emphasis on current problems and issues. ENGL&101 recommended. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
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POLS&203 5cr International Relations
Introduces key concepts in international relations, examining security, states, conflict, diplomacy, and international cooperation across economic, environmental, technological, global health, and human rights domains. Explores emerging global order and disorder in the 21st century. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
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PSYC203 5cr Human Sexuality
Focuses on the scientific study of human sexuality and sexual behaviors throughout life using a biopsychosocial approach. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee

Quarter 4

MATH&142 5cr Precalculus II
Covers trigonometric, polynomial, and rational functions and their applications. Fees: $12.00 Natural Applied Science Course Fee

ENGL&102 5cr Composition II
Develops reading, writing and critical thinking skills at the advanced level. Teaches how to write academic papers by conducting research; analyzing, evaluating and constructing arguments; documenting sources and using appropriate writing conventions. Fees: $12.00 Humanities/Communications Course Fee

BIOL&211 5cr Majors Cellular
Introduces cell biology, molecular biology, and genetics in appropriate depth for science majors and students in pre-professional programs. Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHEM& 139 or CHEM& 161 recommended. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $35.00 Natural Science Lab Fee; $12.00 Natural and Applied Sciences Course Fee

Note: BIOL& 211/212/213 sequence starts in fall and winter quarters

Quarter 5

MATH&151 5cr Calculus I
Covers differential calculus of single-variable functions. Fees: $12.00 Natural Applied Science Course Fee

CHEM&139 5cr General Chemistry Prep
Introduces fundamentals of inorganic chemistry and problem solving strategies as preparation for the general chemistry sequence (CHEM& 161 and further studies in chemistry). Emphasis is on reaction equations, calculations, and development of symbolic and particulate concepts that are applied to quantitative reasoning in chemistry. Fees: $12.00 Natural Applied Science Course Fee

BIOL&212 5cr Majors Animal
Introduces diversity of major animal and protozoan groups including anatomy, physiology, development, evolution, ecology, reproduction, and life cycles. Appropriate for science majors and students in pre-professional programs. Fees: $35.00 Natural Science Lab Fee; $12.00 Natural and Applied Sciences Course Fee

Quarter 6

CHEM&161 5cr General Chemistry w/Lab I
Introduces general chemistry concepts, including bonding types, chemical nomenclature, basic atomic structure, stoichiometry, reaction prediction, thermochemistry, gas laws, and quantum mechanical concepts. First course of a three quarter series for engineering, biological science, physical science, pre-med, pre-dental, and math majors. Fees: $35.00 Natural Science Lab Fee; $12.00 Natural Applied Science Course Fee

BIOL&213 5cr Majors Plant
Introduces diversity of major plant and fungus groups including structure, evolution, ecology, and lifecycles. Appropriate for science majors and students in pre-professional programs Fees: $35.00 Natural Science Lab Fee; $12.00 Natural and Applied Sciences Course Fee
Choose One Social Science (5cr)
Recommended:

ANTH&100 5cr Survey of Anthropology
Surveys past and present human biological, cultural and linguistic variation and evolution. Incorporates an overview of the anthropological subfields: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology and Linguistic Anthropology. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Social Science Course Fee
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ANTH&104 5cr World Prehistory
Surveys human prehistory, from the origin of humans through the emergence of early civilizations, providing a foundation for understanding modern human societies. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Social Science Course Fee
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BUS&101 5cr Introduction to Business
Introduces current concepts and structures of American business. Covers the functions of business: forms of ownership, management, marketing, production, finance, and the economy. Fees: $12.00 Social Science & Business Course Fee
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ECON&201 5cr Micro Economics
Develops a framework for understanding the fundamentals of price theory by applying practical applications of microeconomic analysis and general equilibrium models. Includes the analysis of government intervention in a free market and explores concepts in market welfare. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
-OR-
ECON&202 5cr Macro Economics
Introduces fundamental models of macroeconomics and illustrates macro principles through U.S. experience in the global economy. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
-OR-
HIST&126 5cr World Civilization I
Examines world societies from human origin through the Ancient World to the rise of the first empires. Emphasizes societal interactions in the global theater, ideological and technological developments, and transitions of various cultures from pre-history to approximately 200ce. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
-OR-
HIST&127 5cr World Civilization II
Examines world societies from roughly the Post-Classical era through the rise of the empires and the eve of the Age of Revolutions. Emphasizes societal interactions in the global theater, ideological and technological developments, and transitions of various cultures from approximately 200ce to Early Modern period of the mid-18th century. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
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HIST&128 5cr World Civilization III
Examines world societies from roughly the 18th century to the present. Emphasizes societal interactions in the global theater, ideological and technological developments, and transitions of various cultures. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
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HIST&214 5cr Pacific Northwest History: Diversity
Surveys the political, cultural, economic, and social development of the American Northwest with special emphasis on Washington State. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
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POLS&202 5cr United States Government
Examines the United States Constitution, the evolution of the United States system and the structure of the national government. Provides an overview of political culture, parties, elections, and interest group activities with special emphasis on current problems and issues. ENGL&101 recommended. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
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POLS&203 5cr International Relations
Introduces key concepts in international relations, examining security, states, conflict, diplomacy, and international cooperation across economic, environmental, technological, global health, and human rights domains. Explores emerging global order and disorder in the 21st century. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
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PSYC203 5cr Human Sexuality
Focuses on the scientific study of human sexuality and sexual behaviors throughout life using a biopsychosocial approach. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee

Note: CHEM& 161/162/163 sequence starts in fall and winter quarters

Quarter 7

CHEM&162 5cr General Chemistry W/Lab II
Introduces general chemistry concepts including electronic structure, periodicity, bonding theory, molecular shapes, introduction to organic chemistry, structure of solids, properties of liquids, phase transitions, colligative properties, and kinetics. Second course of a three-quarter series for engineering, biological science, physical science, pre-med, pre-dental, and math majors. Fees: $35.00 Natural Science Lab Fee; $12.00 Natural Applied Science Course Fee
Choose One Social Science / Diversity (5cr)
Recommended:

ANTH&206 5cr Cultural Anthropology: Diversity
Surveys the diversity of human cultural systems and the forces and effects of globalization. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Social Science Course Fee
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SOC&201 5cr Social Problems: Diversity
Uses sociological perspectives to examine social issues and solutions, including racism, gender discrimination, economic inequality, and other contemporary public controversies. Prerequisite: None Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
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SOC205 5cr Sociology of Race and Ethnicity: Diversity
Explores the concepts of race and ethnicity through a sociological lens. Examines race and ethnicity as an organizing principle of identity, interactions and social institutions with focus on social structures, inequalities, and power. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
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SOC225 5cr Sociology of the Family: Diversity
Focuses on a sociological approach to the social institution of the family including historical, multi-cultural and contemporary theoretical perspectives. Examines the micro (interpersonal) and macro (societal) approaches in studying the family. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
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SOC235 5cr Sociology of Gender: Diversity
Focuses on the social construction of gender and gender inequalities. Examines gender as an organizing principle of identity, interactions, and social institutions. Other topics include media, family, culture, relationships, health, and intersectionality with race and social class. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
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SOC255 5cr Globalization: Diversity
Introduces cultural, economic, and political globalization from a sociological perspective, including the institutions, processes, and controversies that make up global society. Prerequisite: None Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
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SOC275 5cr Sociology of Sexuality: Diversity
Focuses on the social construction and regulation of sexuality. Examines diverse sexualities as they relate to individual and group identities, interactions, institutions, inequality, and intersectionality. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
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SOC285 5cr Food and Society: Diversity
Focuses on a sociological and cultural understanding of food, and the social and cultural processes that shape how food is produced, consumed and distributed. Explores food as identity, entertainment, health, and social justice. Fees: $12.00 Social Science/Business Course Fee
Choose One Humanities (5cr)
Recommended:

ART120 5cr Beginning Drawing
Introduces the basic elements and principles of observational drawing, using traditional and experimental media. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Humanities Course Fee; $65.00 Art Course Fee
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CMST&230 5cr Small Group Communication: Diversity
Introduces small group communication theories and concepts with applications. Explores the communication processes used when people enter diverse organizational contexts or interact in professional and everyday life small groups. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Humanities/Communications Course Fee
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ENGL&111 5cr Introduction to Literature
Introduces the literary genres of poetry, prose fiction, and drama. Teaches foundational vocabulary and analytical strategies used when reading literature and writing critical interpretations. Fees: $12.00 Humanities/Communications Course Fee
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ENGL&244 5cr American Literature I (RETIRED)
Surveys American literature from its beginnings to 1865 through the exploration of literary, cultural, political, and social histories as they impact the growth and emergence of American society, identity, and literature. Fees: $12.00 Humanities/Communications Course Fee
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FRCH&121 5cr French I
Introduces the four basic skills of the French language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Studies the language within its cultural context. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Humanities/Communications Course Fee
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PHIL103 5cr Science, Technology, and Human Values
Explores the nature of scientific thinking and technology, and an assessment of their impact on human life and values. Includes the role of the role of theory and explanation in science and the effect of specific technologies on our understanding of the person, nature, and value. Fees: $12.00 Humanities/Communications Course Fee
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PHIL&120 5cr Symbolic Logic
Introduces the principles of deductive inference with a focus on proofs in both sentence logic and predicate logic with quantifiers. Includes a study of semantic methods for testing validity. Fees: $12.00 Humanities/Communications Course Fee
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SPAN&121 5cr Spanish I
Introduces the four basic skills of the Spanish language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Studies the language within its cultural context. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Humanities/Communications Course Fee

Quarter 8

CHEM&163 5cr General Chemistry W/Lab III
Covers acid and base theory, equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Completes the general chemistry sequence for science, engineering, pre-med, pre-dental, and math majors. Fees: $35.00 Natural Science Lab Fee; $12.00 Natural Applied Science Course Fee
Choose Two Humanities (10cr)
Recommended:

ART120 5cr Beginning Drawing
Introduces the basic elements and principles of observational drawing, using traditional and experimental media. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Humanities Course Fee; $65.00 Art Course Fee
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CMST&230 5cr Small Group Communication: Diversity
Introduces small group communication theories and concepts with applications. Explores the communication processes used when people enter diverse organizational contexts or interact in professional and everyday life small groups. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Humanities/Communications Course Fee
-OR-
ENGL&111 5cr Introduction to Literature
Introduces the literary genres of poetry, prose fiction, and drama. Teaches foundational vocabulary and analytical strategies used when reading literature and writing critical interpretations. Fees: $12.00 Humanities/Communications Course Fee
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ENGL&244 5cr American Literature I (RETIRED)
Surveys American literature from its beginnings to 1865 through the exploration of literary, cultural, political, and social histories as they impact the growth and emergence of American society, identity, and literature. Fees: $12.00 Humanities/Communications Course Fee
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FRCH&121 5cr French I
Introduces the four basic skills of the French language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Studies the language within its cultural context. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Humanities/Communications Course Fee
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PHIL103 5cr Science, Technology, and Human Values
Explores the nature of scientific thinking and technology, and an assessment of their impact on human life and values. Includes the role of the role of theory and explanation in science and the effect of specific technologies on our understanding of the person, nature, and value. Fees: $12.00 Humanities/Communications Course Fee
-OR-
PHIL&120 5cr Symbolic Logic
Introduces the principles of deductive inference with a focus on proofs in both sentence logic and predicate logic with quantifiers. Includes a study of semantic methods for testing validity. Fees: $12.00 Humanities/Communications Course Fee
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SPAN&121 5cr Spanish I
Introduces the four basic skills of the Spanish language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Studies the language within its cultural context. Prerequisite: None. Fees: $12.00 Humanities/Communications Course Fee

Revision Date:
Wednesday, May 10, 2023