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Associate of Science Biological Sciences Pattern of Study

This program provides graduates with the courses typically required for biology and pre-professional students during their first two years of a bachelor’s degree program. This program contains the complete content required for students to achieve acceptable entrance scores on professional school admission tests such as the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and other professional school admission tests.

This two-year Associate of Science Pattern of Study integrates with the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences degree. Please consult with an advisor if you plan to enter this bachelor’s degree program in order to facilitate timely completion of the four-year degree.

Students will be able to
• Demonstrate the ability to communicate the nature of scientific knowledge and the scientific method and how they were developed.
• Demonstrate the association between biological structure and function.
• Demonstrate the relationship between molecular genetics and cell and organism function.
• Show how organisms are genetically related, interact on a population level, have evolved, and are evolving.

Biology Student Group (NIH – INBRE)

GBC hosts a biology student cohort group called Biological Sciences Student Support Network [B(S)3N]. Members of B(S)3N are eligible for paid employment as a lab aid, tutor, or in another science-related capacity and possible attendance at the UC Davis Pre-Health Conference or other travel/experiences. Membership in B(S)3N also affords students a comfortable study space, lockers, assistance with applications for graduate school and interviews, and access to contacts throughout the state to pursue research. We also host a free, one-week workshop each summer, which includes a trip to one or more of the professional schools at UNR. The student group, workshop, and related activities are made possible through an award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that was awarded to Great Basin College as part of a larger group of higher education institutions in Nevada. The award also allows us to support GBC Nursing faculty education.

INBRE-IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence – is a National institutes of Health (NIH) program designed to help traditionally underfunded states build the infrastructure they need to successfully compete for federal NIH funding.

For more information on the INBRE program, please contact David Freistroffer:

Availability of Lab Science Courses (for AS Biological Sciences)
The following science courses have labs and are required to complete the AS in Biological Sciences:
BIOL 190, BIOL 191, BIOL 251, CHEM 121, CHEM 122, CHEM 241/241L, and CHEM 242/242L
Each of these courses have required in-person labs. Depending on the course, the labs may occur weekly, on weekends, or at a time from Monday through Friday anytime from 8:00AM – 6:00PM. Due to GBC's personnel, equipment, and facilities, courses listed above which have the CHEM prefix have required labs that are only offered on the Elko and Pahrump campuses. This means that AS Biological Science students will be required to attend lab courses in Elko or Pahrump at least 1-2 days each week and that this is not an online degree. Please consult an advisor for the AS Biological Sciences for the availability details of each individual science course.

For details on this pattern of study please see the current GBC catalog, AS - Biological Sciences (Pattern of Study) Section.


  • Advising: It is easier to finish this program in a timely fashion if you receive advising from science department faculty. Please contact the science department and set up an advising appointment if you are interested in this program.
  • Are you pre-professional (pre-med, pre-health professions, etc)? Make sure that you get advising from Dr. David Freistroffer ( These career paths are more complicated to arrange than you might think - and we really want you to get into graduate school.

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Dr. David Freistroffer: david.freistroffer(a)

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