General FAQ

1. What is a hybrid class?  Why do some internet classes have a traditional lab portion?

Generally, a hybrid class will have a combination of an on-line component, usually lecture, along with a traditional on campus portion.  In Anatomy & Physiology, a traditional lab will offer a true “hands on” experience along with face to face interaction with your instructor.  For some students the hybrid class will be advantageous by reducing the amount of time commuting to campus and disrupting their work schedule or family obligations.


2. Do I have to take a lab section with a lecture section?

 Majors Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Botany, Life Science 1, Life Science 2,  Zoology, Genetics, Integrated Biology and Biotechnology will all include a lecture and lab portion.  When you register for these classes you will automatically be registered in both the lecture and lab portions.


3. Why may I have a different teacher than the one listed on the course registration schedule?

As a courtesy to our students, the biology department lists the tentative teacher at the time the schedule is developed (usually 3 – 4 months prior to the opening registration date).  Due to demands for additional classes the department’s needs change and the department chair must alter instructors’ schedules to meet those changes.  When at all possible the department will notify academic advisors of those changes.


4. Can I take more than one science class in a semester?

Depending on your major or degree plan it may be advantageous to take more than one science class per semester.  However, remember the demands of time for each science class and compare that to your overall semester load.  This is definitely a topic to review with your academic advisor.


5. What do I do if the only open science class is at a time that I cannot take it?

Please review your degree plan as to what other science classes may be substituted or are required.  For example, if Anatomy and Physiology is not open at a time you can fit in your schedule, register for Microbiology.  For most Allied Health Majors both of these classes are required.  If you are required to take a Chemistry, Physics or Math class you may elect to take more than one of these and then take your science class in subsequent semesters.


6. When are Genetics, Zoology and Botany offered?  Why are they only offered during one semester?

Genetics and Zoology are only offered in the fall semester and Botany is only offered in the spring.  The demand for these classes is minimal and the instructor’s availability will determine when these are being offered.  Also, spring semester is the optimal time of year for the Botany course.


7. When should I start taking Science courses?

If you are a Science Major at AC you will need to take two science courses each semester in order to be able to graduate in two years. It is ideal to start taking science classes during your very first semester otherwise, your final year at AC will be all Science classes. 


8. Why do I need to take math classes?

Math is an integral component for Science Majors. It is often a pre requisite for courses once you transfer to a university. 


9. What if I want to wait on my science course?

By delaying your science courses you will be unable to complete your Associate Degree at AC in the recommended time.


10. Why should I see an advisor?

The full time faculty in the Biology Department are available as advisors for all Biology Majors.  Faculty will be able to advise you on courses and / or requirements to meet the individual scientific or allied health programs you are interested in.



Majors Biology

1. What is the difference between Biology I (Biol 1406) and Life Science (Biol 1308)?

Life Science is a non-majors biology course that will meet the needs / requirements of those students who are not Science or Allied Health Majors.  Majors Biology Students or those who wish to enter a medical or allied health program (Nursing, Pre-med, Pre-pharmacy, Pre-dental, etc.) will need to take Biology 1406 .  This course will transfer to a 4 year institution as one of your basic biology requirements.



Anatomy & Physiology

1. Is there a pre-requisite for anatomy and Physiology I or II (BIOL 2401 & 2402)?

The current pre-requisite for 2401 or 2402 is a minimum grade of C in RDNG 0331 or on a state approved test that indicates college reading skills.  However, due to course demands all students registering for 2401 or 2402 should have basic biology skills including but not limited to cell biology, understanding the scientific method and basic chemistry.


2. What should I do if I do not have a strong science background or if  my science classes were some time ago, but I would still like to take Anatomy and Physiology?

Pre-Anatomy and Physiology (SCIT 1307) is an excellent choice to refresh your science background and prepare you for a more successful A&P experience.  Although 1307 is not a transferable course, it will definitely be worthwhile in preparation for the rigor of 2401 and 2402.


3. Can I take A&P II prior to taking A&P I?

Currently it is not a requirement to take A&P I (2401) prior to A&P II (2402).  However, the foundations for the study of organ systems is presented in A&P I, thus  most students who take A&P II (2402) without first  taking A&P I (2401)  find that they will have a more difficult time and generally will not earn as high a grade.


4. Should I take Anatomy & Physiology I (2401) and II (2402) concurrently?

Again, some students who have a strong science background are able to take A&P I and II during the same semester.  However, unless you are not taking a full load of classes and you have both the time available and a strong science background we do not recommend that you do this.


5. What if the section of A&P I that I need is closed?  Is there a waiting list?

The Biology Department does not maintain an official waiting list for any closed classes.  The department chair will constantly monitor the number of classes that are closed (full).  If the demand warrants, the department chair may open additional sections for A&P.  However, please do not continually contact individual instructors to override a closed section.  A class maximum has been established to provide a safe (OSHA regulations) and inter- personal educational environment.

Students frequently drop classes or may be purged from classes for non-payment prior to the start of a semester, thus we advise that you constantly check on ACConnect to see if an opening may occur in a closed class.




What is the difference between BIOL 2420 and BIOL 2421?

BIOL 2420, Microbiology for Non-Science Majors, is intended for students planning to enter allied health programs (nursing, dental hygiene, and so forth). The only prerequisite is college level reading.

BIOL 2421, Microbiology for Science Majors, is intended for student planning to transfer to a four year college and pursue a Bachelor's degree in Biology.  This includes pre-medical, pre-dental and pre-veterinary students.  Principles of Chemistry (CHEM 1311) and Majors Biology (BIOL 1406, 1407) are prerequisites for this course.