Apr 13, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, Pre-Nursing, A.S.

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Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees are two year programs, generally designed to prepare students for transfer to a 4-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree. The pre-nursing associate degree program at Chowan University is appropriate for students who ultimately wish to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). 

The first two years of BSN programs generally consist of core courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, psychology, sociology, and other general education courses. These are prerequisites for the last two years of specialized nursing courses, which provide discipline specific content and clinical experience.

Students who complete the pre-nursing associate degree at Chowan University have completed a course of study equivalent to the first two years of a BSN and may transfer to an institution with a BSN program to complete the last two years of nursing courses.  Students who enter Chowan University academically unprepared to take MATH 133  and CHEM 101  their first semester will take more than 4 semesters to complete this program.

Criteria for Admission to Program

Students pursuing a degree in biology are officially admitted to the program upon satisfying the following criteria:

2.0 GPA for all university work completed at time of admission to program.

Grades of C or better in the following core courses:

GPA 2.00

Minimum Graduation Requirements (60 credit hours)

C or Better on All Courses Toward the Major.

Biology (16 credit hours)

Chemistry (8 credit hours)

Mathematics (3 credit hours)

Additional Requirements (15 credit hours)

VALUES Core (18 credit hours)

Chowan VALUES (9 credit hours)

Social and Behavioral Science VALUES (3 credit hours)

Scientific and Mathematical Values (3 credit hours)


To qualify for an associate degree, a student must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours, meet the university’s VALUES Core requirements, and meet any specific requirements of the major.

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