Biology


Associate of Science in Biology

Careers in the life sciences are founded on an understanding of Biology. Salem’s program equips graduates with the scientific knowledge and skills to pursue scientific career opportunities or to advance to graduate studies.

About This Program

The Associate of Science in Biology (ASBIO) requires successful completion of 60 semester credit-hours with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, including at least 15 credits in the program as approved by the department

Career Opportunities

Careers in the life sciences are founded on an understanding of Biology. Whether you are interested in veterinary science, exercise science, or other health science careers, earning your Bachelor of Science in Biology with a specialization in Physiology and Exercise Science may be the first step toward achieving your goals. Salem’s program equips graduates with the scientific knowledge and skills to pursue scientific career opportunities or to advance to graduate studies. Students may pursue the degree entirely on campus in Salem, West Virginia or via a blended program where some general education courses are taken via distance education and the Biology Core and Specialization, for example, are completed in residence. Blended programs of study may be arranged with the approval of the program director.

Examples of Career Paths and Duties

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Coaching
  • Corporate Fitness/Wellness
  • Community Health Occupations
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Clinical or Criminal Laboratory
  • Advanced Studies

Program of Study

Graduates will demonstrate the following:

  1. Knowledge and skills to develop scientific approaches to global science issues.
  2. Knowledge and skills to be employed in biology- and health-related fields.
  3. The application of scientific approaches for success in technical careers related to biology.
  4. Knowledge and skills to perform successfully on graduate school admissions tests.
  5. The ability to communicate scientific information in written, oral, and graphic scientific format.

Course Descriptions

Salem offers the following foundation courses:

COM104 Principles of Human Communication
ECO255 Survey of Economics
ENG101 Written English
ENG102 Written English 2
HED120 Core Concepts of Personal Health
HIS153 U.S. History
HIS154 U.S. History 2
IT105 Computer Applications
MAT109 College Algebra
PSY100 Introduction to Psychology
SCI215 Earth Science OR
SCI216 Physical Science
SOC110 Introduction to Sociology
UNV100 Student Success
International Focus
ENG203 Multicultural Literature
FNA202 World Music
FNA203 World Art
HIS125 World Civilizations
HIS210 World Geography
HIS305 American Foreign Policy
Additional Recommended Courses
BUS201 Personal Financial Planning
BUS202 Introduction to Business Operations
BUS203 Real Estate and Insurance
ENG200 Research and Writing for Effective Communication
MAT140 Statistics
PSC100 American Government and Society
Core Courses
ACC111 Principles of Accounting
ACC112 Principles of Accounting 2
BUS323 Commercial Law
FIN344 Corporate Finance
FIN345 Corporate Finance 2
MGT210 Principles of Management
MGT361 Management Information Systems
MGT363 Organizational Theory
MGT499 Senior Capstone Project
MKT231 Principles of Marketing