• Program: Biology
  • Degree: Associate of Science
  • Credits: Total Associate of Science Credits 60
  • Academic Planning Guide:


This AS degree provides students a broad base of general education coursework relevant to the field of health sciences. Students who have chosen a career path or have not yet decided upon a specific course of study may elect to complete the foundational coursework in the health sciences coupled with a range of general education courses. The degree is designed to transfer to all MnSCU system universities offering related baccalaureate programs through a statewide articulation agreement. Students are encouraged to consult with both Hennepin Technical College and transfer university counselors/advisors early and often, for guidance and planning regarding the requirements of the various health sciences baccalaureate programs to facilitate the most efficient transition and transfer.

Career Opportunities

Obtaining a Health Science Broad Field degree at HTC opens the door to transfer opportunities in your program of study and others as well: Allied Health Biology; Athletic Training; Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation; Communication Disorders; Community Health; Corrections; Dietetics; Exercise Science; Foods and Nutrition; Health Education; Health, Exercise and Rehabilitative Services; Health Promotion; Health Science; Movement Sciences; Nursing (limited seats available on a competitive basis); Psychology; Social Work; and Therapeutic Recreation.

Award Outcomes:

  • Develop as writers and speakers who use the English language effectively and who read, write, speak and listen critically.
  • Apply mathematical, scientific and logical modes of thinking.
  • Develop the ability to use technology to improve and facilitate their learning.
  • Explain processes of humans and other biological systems.
  • Demonstrate safe, environmentally responsible procedures in varied situations.
  • Expand their ability to identify, discuss and reflect upon social, ethical and behavioral issues.
  • Extend their awareness of cultural, global and environmental topics.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 0 Credits
General Education Requirements 55 Credits
  • Science Core Courses
  • BIOL2003 Nutrition and Health 3
  • BIOL2005 General Biology I 4
  • BIOL2125 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
  • BIOL2225 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
  • BIOL2235 Microbiology 4
  • CHEM2000 Introduction to Chemistry 4
  • CHEM2200 Essentials of General, Organic and Biochemistry 5
    General Education Core Courses
  • COMM2020 Intercultural Communication 3
  • COMM2050 Interpersonal Communication 3
  • ENGL2121 Writing and Research 4
  • MATH2150 Introduction to Statistics 3
  • MATH2200 College Algebra 4
  • PHIL2200 Ethics 3
  • PHIL2400 Medical Ethics 4
  • PSYC2300 General Psychology 3
  • PSYC2310 Psychology Throughout the Lifespan 3
  • SOCI2100 Introduction to Sociology 3
  • Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 1 (Communication) 3
  • Choose one course from MnTC Goal Area 6 (Humanities/Fine Arts) 3

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 5 Credits
  • Technical Studies Courses may be used to satisfy elective credits OR Hennepin Technical College‚Äôs 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).
General Education Electives 0 Credits

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