NMC Transfer Guide - MACRAO

To: Central Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: biology

A major or minor in biology may be chosen by students interested in diverse career fields, including elementary and secondary teaching, natural resources, medical technology, pre-med, pre-osteopathy and pre-veterinary, as well as prepare students for graduate work. Courses listed below are designed for the pre-professional/pre-graduate level student. Teaching, conservation, med tech or biology minor will require different courses. Speak with an advisor for assistance.

Biology Majors

  1. Education
  2. Biomedical, Cellular and Molecular Concentration
  3. Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Concentration
  4. Microscopy Concentration
  5. Neuroscience

Admission Criteria

  1. GPA - 2.5 recommended
  2. 2.7 GPA necessary for teaching biology majors or minors
  3. Transfer students must complete graduation competencies for CMU (Eng 111, 112; Com 111; Mth 111) at NMC or they will be required to complete these classes during their first or second semester at CMU.
  4. CMU does not accept grades lower than 2.0 for transfer. Please visit CMU early in your academic career.

Basic Requirements

Completion of basic requirement courses at NMC will fulfill the general requirements at CMU. Upon request at the Registrar's office, the MACRAO Agreement will be stamped on your transcript.



ENG 111, 112

English Composition (3.0 required in Eng 111 and 112 for Teacher Education)




BIO 115

Cell, Plant and Ecosystem Biology (major 5)


CHM 101

Intro to Chemistry (option for major 5 if not taking CHM 150 & 151)


CHM 150 & 151

General Chemistry I & II 


Choose one of the following Organic Chemistry options (majors 2, 3, 4 & 5)


CHM 201

Intro to Organic Chemistry




CHM 250 & 251

Organic Chemistry I & II 


PHY 121

General Physics I (majors 1, 2, 3 & 4) - will satisfy CMU's Quantitative Reasoning requirement


PHY 122

General Physics II (majors 1, 2 & 4)


MTH 141

Calculus I 


Social Science


Select 8 Group 1 Social Science credits from more than one department »


* For major 5, choose PSY 101 as one of your social science courses (recommended for Pre-PT/PA students)



Select 8 Group 1 Humanities credits from more than one department »


Additional Requirements

COM 111

Public Speaking


EDU 101

Intro to Teaching (major 1)


NOTE: If you plan on seeking certification in elementary or secondary education, see an advisor for course selection, or use the appropriate transfer guide for elementary or secondary education.

Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

Updated: Summer 2018

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