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Transfer Course Guide 
Transfer Course Guide

SMC Associate in Science - BS Biology

The Bachelor of Science in Biology degree is one of three majors offered in biological sciences at Southern Wesleyan University. The major is desiged to prepare students for graduate study and/or careers in research, laboratory technology, environmental work, teaching, forensic science, healthcare, medicine, dentistry, nursing, physician’s assistant, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, or occupational/physical therapy, as well as many other professions.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology degree are expected to:

  • express and support, orally and in-writing, an integration of faith and biology and a knowledge of current biomedical and environmental issues, including their ethical implications;
  • exhibit competence in the following subdisciplines of biology: cell biology, molecular biology & genetics, organismal biology, and population biology/ecology/evolution;
  • locate, comprehend, and communicate about scientific literature, and present literature and laboratory findings in oral and written form; and
  • utilize mathematics and statistics and apply these concepts to biological phenomena.
Biology BS Requirements with Associate in Science Equivalencies

Core Curriculum and General Education Requirements   (40-44 Hours)

Specified Core Curriculum

Students earning a bachelor’s degree must complete all Core Curriculum requirements.  The following specific core curriculum courses are required.

SWU Specified Core Curriculum Requirements Equivalent Spartanburg Methodist College Courses
BIOL 1114   General Biology BIOL 101 Principles of Biology I


Major Courses (22 Hours)

SWU Major Requirements Equivalent Spartanburg Methodist College Courses
BIOL 1124   General Biology II BIOL 102 Principles of Biology II
BIOL 3313   Bioethics No equivalent course
BIOL 3504   Genetics No equivalent course
CHEM 1114   General Chemistry I CHEM 101 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1124   General Chemistry II CHEM 102 General Chemistry II
SEMR 2021   Natural Science Cornerstone Seminar No equivalent course
SEMR 2051   Scientific Literacy No equivalent course
SEMR 4501   Natural Science Capstone Seminar No equivalent course

Choose at least one (1) course from each of the following: (16 Hours)


SWU Required Courses Equivalent Spartanburg Methodist College Courses
BIOL 2074   Environmental Science BIOL 205 Environmental Science
BIOL 2254   Ecology No equivalent course
BIOL 2373   Conservation Biology No equivalent course
BIOL 3074   Field Biology No equivalent course
BIOL 3174   Aquatic and Wetland Biology No equivalent course
BIOL 2653  The Ecology of South Carolina-Mountains to the Sea No equivalent course


SWU Required Courses Equivalent Spartanburg Methodist College Courses
BIOL 3033   Immunology No equivalent course
BIOL 3104   Microbiology BIOL 230 Microbiology
BIOL 3254   Biochemistry No equivalent course
BIOL 3454   Cellular and Molecular Biology No equivalent course
BIOL 4273   Developmental Biology No equivalent course


SWU Required Courses Equivalent Spartanburg Methodist College Courses
BIOL 2024   Botany BIOL 201 Botany
BIOL 2034   Zoology BIOL 202 Zoology
BIOL 2353   Introduction to Ornithology No equivalent course
BIOL 2454   Introduction to Animal Science No equivalent course
BIOL 3303   Animal Behavior No equivalent course


SWU Required Courses Equivalent Spartanburg Methodist College Courses
BIOL 3204   Anatomy and Physiology I BIOL 210 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 3214   Anatomy and Physiology II BIOL 211 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 3404   Physiology of Behavior No equivalent course
BIOL 4353   Comparative and Environmental Physiology No equivalent course

Electives   (38-46 Hours)

In addition to core curriculum/general education requirements (40-44 credit hours) and major course requirements, students must complete elective coursework appropriate to their degree.  A minimum of 120 credit hours is rquired for most bachelor’s degrees, including elective coursework.  Students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisor to identify courses that complement their program area.

  • Choose a minimum of 9-12 elective credit hours of science courses 2000-level or above
  • A course in statistics is strongly recommended
  • Students who plan to pursue biological sciences in graduate school should consider completing the following courses as their elective course choices:
    • CHEM 2504   Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 201 Principles of Organic Chemistry I)
    • CHEM 2514   Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 202 Principles of Organic Chemistry II)
    • MATH 2504   Calculus I (MATH 221 Calculus I)
    • PHYS 2044   Physics I (PHYS 101 Introductory General Physics I)
    • PHYS 2054   Physics II (PHYS 102 Introductory General Physics II


Total (120 Hours)

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