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Biology Transfer Guide for Montcalm Community College

Ferris Program: Biology
Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
Ferris College: College of Arts, Sciences, and Education
Transfer School: Montcalm Community College
Consortium Eligible: No
Total Credits Required: 120-142
Catalog Year: 2022-2023

General Education Requirements

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30 Credits Required

Students are encouraged to work with an advisor to select appropriate general education courses. Diversity Competency - 2 Courses Required. If not met by courses taken for Culture, Self and Society, or MTA, a student must meet the following: 1 course with the Global Diversity attribute and 1 course with the U.S. Diversity attribute.

Visit the Ferris State general education page for more information.

  •  Communication Competency
    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    COMM 121 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 COMM 210
    ENGL 150 English 1 3 ENGL 100
    ENGL 250 English 2 3 ENGL 101
    ENGL 311 or
    ENGL 321 or
    ENGL 323
    Advanced Technical Writing or
    Advanced Composition or Proposal Writing
    3 No Equivalent
  •  Quantitative Literacy

    3-4 Credits Required and is met in College Requirements.
    The MATH course required depends on the course required in the chosen concentration; see the Concentration section.

  •  Natural Sciences Competency

    Two courses are required with a minimum of 6 credits: must have at least one lab course.
    BIOL 121 and CHEM 121 are met in College Requirements. 

  •  Cultural Competency

    Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines and have at least one at FSU 200 level or higher course.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    Varies Culture Electives (Consult Advisor) 9 Varies
  •  Self and Society Competency

    Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines and have at least one at FSU 200 level or higher course, and at least one Self and Society Foundation course. The recommended or required courses to meet this competency depends on the chosen concentration.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    Varies Self and Society Electives (Consult Advisor) 9 Varies

College Requirements

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95-142 Credits Required

  •  Major Courses

    32-40 Credits Required. 

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    BIOL 121 General Biology 1 4 BIOL 121
    BIOL 122 General Biology 2 4 BIOL 122
    BIOL 321 and
    BIOL 322 or
    BIOL 453
    Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 and
    Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
    Plant Physiology
    8 or 4 BIOL 202 and
    BIOL 203 or
    No Equivalent
    BIOL 218 or
    BIOL 286 or
    BIOL 389
    Microbial Ecology or
    General Microbiology or
    3 No Equivalent or
    BIOL 201 or
    No Equivalent
    BIOL 375 Principles of Genetics 3 No Equivalent
    BIOL 346 or
    BIOL 347 or
    BIOL 442
    Ecological Assessment or Environmental Conservation or Ecology 3 No Equivalent
    BIOL 460 Current Topics in Biology 2 No Equivalent
    Varies Biology Electives (300 Level or higher) 9-13 No Equivalent
  •  Supporting Sciences

    24 to 37 Credits Required. This section requires MATH 120 or higher, a minimum of 17 credits in Chemistry (CHEM) courses including Biochemistry, and a minimum of 4 credits in Physics (PHYS) courses. 

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    MATH 120 Trigonometry 3 MATH 120
    CHEM 121 General Chemistry 1 5 CHEM 220
    CHEM 122 General Chemistry 2 5 CHEM 221
    CHEM 214 or
    CHEM 321 and
    CHEM 322
    Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry or
    Organic Chemistry 1
    Organic Chemistry 2
    4 or 10 CHEM 250 or
    CHEM 251 and
    CHEM 252
    CHEM 324 or
    CHEM 364
    Fundamentals of Biochemistry or
    3 or 4 No Equivalent
    PHYS 130 or
    PHYS 211 and
    PHYS 212 or
    PHYS 241 and
    PHYS 242
    Concepts in Physics or
    Introductory Physics 1and
    Introductory Physics 2 or
    General Physics 1  and
    General Physics 2
    4 or 8 or 10 No Equivalent or
    PHYS 230 and
    PHYS 231 or
    No Equivalent
  •  Electives

    25 Credits Required. In order to graduate with a bachelor's degree, a student must have a minimum of 120 credits. The electives required for each student may vary depending on courses taken. Based on how a student meets the programmatic requirements, they may need more or less than 25 credits of elective courses to meet the required 120 credit minimum.
    MGMT 310 is recommended if the Biology/Pre-Dentistry Concentration (BIPD) or Biology/Pre-Medicine Concentration (BIPM) was chosen.
    ACCT 201 or MGMT 310 is recommended if the Biology/Pre-Optometry Concentration (BIPO) was chosen.

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    Varies Electives (Consult Advisor) 25 Varies
  •  Concentration

    Choose one concentration. Available concentrations are as follows:
    Biology Concentration (BIBS); Biology/Environmental Concentration (BIEB); Biology/Forensic Concentration (BIFB); Biology/Pre-Physician Assistant Studies Concentration (BIPA); Biology/Pre-Dentistry Concentration (BIPD); Biology/Pre-Medicine Concentration (BIPM); Biology/Pre-Optometry Concentration (BIPO); Biology/Pre-Pharmacy Concentration (BIPP); Biology/Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration (BIPT); Biology/Pre-Veterinary Medicine Concentration (BIPV).

    Ferris Course Ferris Course Title Ferris Credit Hours Transfer Course
    Varies Concentration (Consult Advisor) 39-65 Varies

Program Contact Information

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College of Arts, Sciences, & Education
Biology Department

(231) 591-2550
[email protected] 

Ferris Statewide - Montcalm Community College
(616) 451-4777
[email protected]

Admission Requirements

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New Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.50 High School GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
  • ACT Score of 17 or SAT Score of 900 (optional)

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • 2.00 Overall GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
  • At least 12 credits 

More Information

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Select courses may be delivered online and/or in a mixed delivery format (i.e. a mix of online and face-to-face instruction at the Ferris Main Campus or at a statewide location).

To fulfill the residency requirement for a bachelor’s degree a student must earn a minimum of 30 credits from Ferris State University.

Steps to Apply

  • Complete your free application.
  • Submit official transcripts
    • Submit official transcripts from every school attended to [email protected]
    • Or mail to:
      Ferris State University Admissions Office
      1201 S. State St., CSS 201
      Big Rapids, MI 49307
  • Submit test scores (if required)
    • ACT Scores; go to the ACT website - Ferris State University School Code: 1994
    • SAT, CLEP and AP Sores; go to the College Board website - Ferris State University School Code: 1222

Advising Notes

It is recommended that potential applicants meet with an advisor to review the degree, course schedule, transfer policies and have any questions answered prior to completing an application. Ferris accepts transfer courses in which the student earned a letter grade of "C" or better. Additional policies such as the Ferris Sunset and Residency Requirement should be discussed with a Ferris advisor. Students who are completing the MTA may have different general education course requirements for the particular degree selected.

Meeting with a Ferris advisor prior to the selection of general education or elective coursework may reduce the chance of completing a course that will not apply toward the selected degree. Students must work with their Ferris advisor to declare a Minor or Concentration and for the selection of Directed Electives.

Once admitted, students are required to complete an orientation and should continue to meet with an advisor as they work toward graduation.

To schedule an appointment or for additional transfer resources and policies see our Transfer Resource page.

*Indicates an approved Ferris course substitution

Reverse Transfer Agreement

Ferris has reverse transfer agreements with several Michigan Community Colleges. Under such agreement, Ferris will provide your official University transcript to a partner school you have attended, so that they may grant you an associate or bachelor's degree upon completion of sufficient and appropriate credit hours from both institutions. In turn, the degree-granting institution will provide Ferris with an updated transcript reflecting the newly earned credential.

Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Ferris participates in the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). This agreement will facilitate the transfer of general education requirements from one Michigan institution to another. Students may complete the MTA as part of a degree program or as a stand-alone package. The MTA consists of a minimum of 30 general education credit hours as identified by the college or university.

Students transferring to Ferris with the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and entering a degree program will have met a 30-hour block of lower-level general education courses. However, this does not exempt students from completing program-specific prerequisites or higher-level general education course requirements. Students should contact their advisor regarding classes that meet the MTA.

Transfer Equivalencies Tools

The transfer equivalencies link is located in the Transfer Resources section at


Transfer guides are not intended to be a contract with Ferris. The information in this guide is subject to change and is aligned with the catalog year listed above. Students should contact their community college and/or Ferris to keep informed of changes. Students' final responsibility for verifying all transfer information lies with the student. Please refer to the Ferris catalog for the most current curriculum.

Partners may contact the Office of Transfer and Secondary School Partnerships with questions or updates at [email protected].