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Associate of Science Degree

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Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Notation

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About the Program

The Biology Transfer Pathway AS degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an associate degree whose course credits will directly transfer to designated Biology bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The entire curriculum has been carefully designed so that you can complete a specific associate degree at a Minnesota State College and transfer to a Minnesota State University to earn a bachelor’s degree. Transfer Pathways can be a great resource for saving time and money as you work toward graduation.

Minnesota State universities include Bemidji State University, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead, Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Transfer Pathway degrees may transfer to colleges and universities outside of the Minnesota State system, such as private and out-of-state schools. It is highly recommended that students interested in this possibility contact their intended transfer school, advisor/counselor, and program instructors for academic planning assistance.

Biology Discipline

Students can take individual Biology courses to meet Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements for an Associate in Arts Degree (AA), Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), or to transfer individually to two- and four-year colleges and universities. Biology courses are required for various bachelor’s degree majors/minors.

The Century College Biology Department offers a wide range of subjects taught by biologists from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. Subject areas include cell biology, genetics, ecology, evolutionary biology, field biology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, organismal biology, and forensic biology. In addition, you will develop a better understanding of current topics in the news, such as climate change, medical breakthroughs, and endangered species, that will empower you to explore these issues and challenges facing our world today.


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Cost & Financial Aid

As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

Financial Aid

Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs qualify for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College’s Federal School Code is 010546.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to Century College students involved in several areas of study. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Tuition Cost per Credit Comparison: Century College $206.41, University of MN - TC $555.13, Private Colleges & Universities $1,416.

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    Program Faculty

  • Paul Dykes
    Faculty
    Biology
  • Experience: Dr. Bell has been teaching biology courses at Century College since 2011. Dr. Bell has worked to develop programs and strategies to incorporate primary research experiences for students early in their academic careers. These strategies include both laboratory based and literature based research in and out of the classroom. Her collaborative work has led to a primary author publication in educational pedagogies and presentations by her and her community college students in local and national forums. Dr. Bell has established and maintains fundamental STEM collaborations with neighboring institutions including being a Partner Instructor in Tiny Earth. Dr. Bell’s primary research focuses on antibiotic resistance.
    Education: PhD, Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics, University of Minnesota; BA, Biology, Gustavus Adolphus College
    Jessica Bell
    Faculty
    Bio
    Biology
  • Erin Carter
    Faculty
    Biology
  • Courtney Hickey
    Faculty Summer
    Biology
  • Rahul Kane
    Faculty
    Biology
  • Jeffrey Korpik
    Faculty
    Biology
  • Michelle LeBeau
    Faculty
    Biology
  • Sharon Mensah
    Faculty
    Biology
  • Chuck Paulson
    Faculty Summer
    Biology
  • Kwabena Sarpong
    Faculty
    Biology
  • Education: B.A. degree in Biomedical Science from St Cloud State University, St Cloud, MN; Secondary Teaching Degree in Biology, Portland State University, Portland, OR; M.S. degree in Biology from Portland State University, Portland, OR
    Pamela Thinesen
    Faculty
    Bio
    Biology
  • Lori Thrun
    Faculty
    Biology