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Transfer Pathway


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Biology BA

About Transfer Pathways

Transfer Pathways are designed so 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 without losing credits or taking extra courses. Transfer Pathways can be a great resource for saving time and money as you work toward graduation.

If you complete a Transfer Pathway degree program at a Minnesota State college and are admitted to Metropolitan State, you will be guaranteed junior status and given assurance that all 60 college credits will count toward the related bachelor’s degree.


After you finish a curriculum of lower-division credits (and become an admitted Metro student), you’ll complete your four-year degree with upper-division credits from Metropolitan State University. Degree requirements—and any eligibility criteria some programs have in addition to university admissions—are found on each program’s page.

Semester 1: 15 credits

  • STAT 201: Statistics (4 credits)
  • MATH 208: Applied Calculus (4 credits)
  • PHYS 110: Introduction to Physics (4 credits)
  • WRIT 231: Writing II (MnTC Goal 1; 3 credits)

Semester 2: 14 credits

  • BIOL 302: Cell Biology & Histology (5 credits) or BIOL 304: Molecular Biology (5 credits)
  • BIOL 315: Limnology (5 credits) or BIOL 316: Behavioral Ecology (5 credits)
  • MnTC Goal 5 Course that is also LS* and RIGR** (4 credits)

Semester 3: 14 credits

  • BIOL 322: Comparative Animal Physiology (5 credits) or BIOL 311: Plant Physiology (5 credits)
  • BIOL 312: Evolution (5 credits) or BIOL 310: Ecology (5 credits)
  • One MnTC Goals 6 & 7 Course that also is LS* (4 credits)

Semester 4: 16 credits

  • BIOL 330: Biology Microorganisms (5 credits) or BIOL 324 Invertebrate Biology (5 credits)
  • BIOL 416: Invasion Biology (3 credits) or BIOL 479 Special Topics in Biology (3 credits)
  • One MnTC Goal 8 Course that is also LS* (4 credits)
  • Choose a LS* Elective Course (4 credits)

*Liberal Studies (LS) = 8 upper-division credits
**RIGR = Racial Issues Graduation Requirement

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