NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Michigan State University - Main Campus

Program: Zoology

The Bachelor of Science degree program in zoology is for students who seek professional employment in animal biology, Veterinary Medicine, or who seek admission to health-related professional schools such as Dental School, Medical School, Genetics, Neurobiology, etc. Students can choose one of six zoology concentrations at MSU:

  1. Animal Behavior and Neurobiology
  2. Cell & Developmental Biology
  3. Ecology, Evolution, & Organismal Biology
  4. Genetics
  5. General Zoology
  6. Marine Biology
  7. Zoo & Aquarium Science

Admission Criteria

  1. Admission – Transfer students are admitted into the zoology department as juniors & must have a minimum of 56 acceptable credits.
  2. Transferable Credits – MSU will accept a maximum of 60 credits from a community college.

Basic Requirements

The following courses are listed to facilitate transfer and fulfill University requirements at MSU. These courses may not fulfill requirements for the Associate of Arts or Science degree at NMC. If your goal is to complete an associate's degree before transferring, see an advisor for assistance.

Upon request at the NMC Records and Registration Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED".

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111, 112

English Composition I & II




HST 111 or 112

US History to or from 1865


Select an additional course from the Humanities Area from a dept. other than HST


Natural Science


BIO 115 & 116

Cell, Plant & Ecosystem Biology; Genetic, Evolution, Animal Biology - must complete both to receive BS 161 and 162 credit at MSU


CHM 150 

General Chemistry I


CHM 151

General Chemistry II (not needed if planning on taking Organic Chem at MSU)


CHM 250 & 251

Organic Chemistry I & II


PHY 121 & 122

General Physics I & II


Social Science


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from the Social Science Area

(if pursuing concentrations 1, 3 or 6, consider taking GEO 115 as one of your social science courses)




MTH 141

Calculus I


MTH 142

Calculus II (there are other options to fulfill this requirement at MSU)


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 2023