Biology — Pre-Professional

Program Information

Program Code: 
Degree Type: 
Associate in Science
Year Established: 
Science - (313) 845-6310 -

The Associate in Science degree in Pre-Professional Biology prepares students to transfer to a 4- year institution to complete a bachelor''s degree in the life sciences. It was designed in collaboration with several university biology departments to ensure maximum transferability into the various programs they offer.

Although the minimum requirement for completing the program is 60 credit hours, students may be able to take additional coursework at HFCC and transfer it to the 4-year institution.

Career Opportunities: 

This degree is designed for students who want to enter careers in areas such as: • Human Health and Medicine • Genetic Counseling • Forensic Biology • Veterinary Medicine • Biotechnology * Genetic Engineering • Marine Biology • Natural Resources and Conservation * Microbiology * Secondary Education

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFCC.   Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFCC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFCC.  Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFCC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • Wayne State University

Program Requirements

Additional Program Requirements: 

Students must consult with a Pre-Professional Biology advisor to plan an appropriate course of study for the area of biological sciences and the college or university to which they intend to transfer.

Courses numbered below 100 will not count toward the minimum 60 hours required for graduation with an Associate in Science in Pre-Professional Biology.

The minimum requirement for earning the AS in Pre-Professional Biology is 60 credit hours.
However, most universities and colleges will accept additional coursework from HFCC and apply it toward BS degree requirements. We encourage students to take advantage of this and to complete as many courses as they can transfer at HFCC.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60 (Including Options/Electives)

Degree-Specific Requirements

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Science Degree. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Science Degree Requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

General Education

General Education: 

Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses for the, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate in Science degree, may also be used to fulfill General Education requirements when applicable.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.