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Biology BA

Biology is the study of life, from the simplest cells to the most complex ecosystems. When you study biology, you develop an understanding of your own life and an appreciation for your connection to the natural world. Learn more...

About Transfer Pathways

Transfer Pathways can help you earn a bachelor’s degree without losing credits or taking extra courses. Transfer Pathways are designed for you to complete a 60 credit associate’s degree at a Minnesota State college, then transfer to Metropolitan State University and complete the final 60 credits to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Working closely with your academic advisor at both the community college and Metro State will ensure you select the correct courses in the right sequence in order to graduate in a timely manner.

About Metro State

  • Is a fully accredited, comprehensive university, a member of the Minnesota State higher education system, and offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 60 programs.
  • Is unique as over 87% of our students are transfer students who started their academic journey elsewhere.
  • Offers evening, online and hybrid course options, as well as day classes to better fit working and caregiving adult schedules.

Once admitted, contact your Metro State academic advisor early in your program to get the most out of your education, such as completing two majors, adding a minor related to your career goals, or incorporating prerequisites required for graduate school.

Nearing completion of your associate’s degree?

We encourage you to take the next steps today in learning more about what Metropolitan State can offer you and how to enroll, Learn more or visit campus.

Metro State Curriculum

Courses and requirements in addition to eligibility criteria some programs have are found on each program’s page. A grade of C- or higher is required for major courses, including transfer coursework.

A sample plan is provided below for the remaining 60 credits of coursework required at Metro State after completion of the corresponding Transfer Pathway degree. Use your Degree Audit to review and confirm your remaining requirements at Metro State. Part-time options are also available.

Graduation/Degree requirements, course list for General Education, Upper Division Liberal Studies (LS), and Racial Issue Graduation Requirements (RIGR) are available to view on the Academic and graduation requirements page.

Notes: Recommend to select MnTC courses to satisfy two goal areas if needed

Upper Division Liberal Studies (LS) = 8 upper-division credits required

Racial Issue Graduation Requirement (RIGR)= 3 credits required

Biology BA courses and requirements. All prerequisite and required courses must be completed with grades of C- or above.

Biology BA full-time sample plan

Semester 1: 15 credits

Course No. Course Name Credits
Stat 201 Statistics 4
MATH 208 Applied Calculus 4
PHYS 110 Introduction to Physics 4
WRIT 231 Writing II (MnTC Goal 1) 3

Semester 2: 14 credits

Course No. Course Name Credits
Choose One BIOL 302 Cell Biology & Histology or BIOL 304 Molecular Biology 5
BIOL 315 Limnology or BIOL 316 Behavioral Ecology 5
MnTC Goal 5 Course that is also LS and RIGR 4

Semester 3: 14 credits

Course No. Course Name Credits
Choose One BIOL 322 Comparative Animal Physiology or BIOL 311 Plant Physiology 5
BIOL 312 Evolution or BIOL 310 Ecology 5
MnTC One Goals 6 & 7 Course that is also LS 4

Semester 4: 16 credits

Course No. Course Name Credits
Choose One BIOL 330 Biology Microorganisms or BIOL 324 Invertebrate Biology 5
BIOL 416 Invasion Biology or BIOL 479 Special Topics in Biology 3
MnTC Goal 8 Course that is also LS 4
  LS Elective Course 4


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