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The Biology Transfer Pathway A.S. offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science 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 to guarantee junior-year status to students who have been admitted to one of the seven Minnesota State universities. There, students can complete their bachelor’s degree by earning 60 additional credits. Students planning to transfer outside of the Minnesota State system are advised to consult with their intended transfer institution to determine transferability of the courses in this curriculum.

Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; Southwest State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

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A student completing Lake Superior College’s Biology Transfer Pathway A.S. and transferring into a designated bachelor’s program in biology at a Minnesota State university will have junior standing and may complete the bachelor’s degree within an additional 60 credits. You will be able to transfer to the following designated majors at these Minnesota State universities:

  • Bemidji State University: Biology, B.A., B.S.
  • Metropolitan State University: Biology, B.A.
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato: Biology, B.S.
  • Minnesota State University, Moorhead: Biology, B.A.
  • Southwest Minnesota State University: Biology, B.A.
  • St. Cloud State University: Life Sciences, BES
  • Winona State University: Biology – Allied Health, B.S. Biology – Cell & Molecular, B.S. Biology – Ecology, B.S. Biology – Environmental Science, B.S.

To graduate and be guaranteed admission to a Minnesota State university’s designated program you must earn an overall grade point average as indicated by the university to which you will transfer.


Semester 1
FYE 1000 – First Year Experience
ENGL 1106 – College Composition I
BIOL 1120 – General Biology I
MATH 1100 – College Algebra or higher
CHEM 1210 – General Chemistry I

Semester 2
BIOL 1130 – General Biology II
CHEM 1211 – General Chemistry II
COMM 1000, 1105, 1110, or 1115
Goal Area 5 Course

Semester 3
BIOL 2200 – General Ecology or BIOL 2005 – Cell and Molecular Biology
MATH 2210 – General Statistics
ENGL 1009 – College Composition II
Unrestricted Elective

Semester 4
BIOL 2210 – Genetics
Goal Area 6 Course
Unrestricted Elective
Unrestricted Elective

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