The Associate in Science degree in Biology is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the fundamental principles of biology.  It aims to foster greater understanding of the need to conserve and protect natural biodiversity, with special emphasis on local and regional ecosystems.  As students on this course increase their understanding of life processes, they will develop an appreciation of the importance of responsible lifestyle choices in areas related to nutrition, exercise and safe sexual practices.


Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A, mathematics, biology and chemistry, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.

*Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond

Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualifications may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme).



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    2 Years (FT)
    3 Years (PT)


    Online (face-to-face lab component)


                                                COURSES IN THE MAJOR                                                                         CORE CURRICULUM COURSES

    BIOL 121 Fundamentals and Concepts in Biology I (with lab) 4 WRIT 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
    BIOL 122 Fundamentals and Concepts in Biology II (with lab) 4 COMM 118 Communication in the Workplace 3
    BIOL 198 Philosophy of Biology 1 LIBS 130 Fundamentals of Research Skills 3
    BIOL 231 Ecology I 3 MATH 117 College Algebra 3
    BIOL 241 Genetics 3 Three (3) credits from the courses below OR any other approved course 3
    BIOL 244 Cell and Molecular Biology 3 SOCI 102 Intro to the Study of Society 3
    BIOL 256 Microbiology 3 PSYC 103 Understanding Human Behavior and Diversity 3
    BIOL 281 Animal Diversity 4 HIST 210 History of Trinidad and Tobago 3
    BIOL 291 Diversity of Green Plants 4 Core Curriculum Guided Elective or any other approved course
    SCIE 199 Research Project I 2 STAT 120 Fundamentals of Statistics
    SCIE 299 Research Project II 2 SPAN 100 Introduction to Spanish
    Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major  33 Total Core Curriculum Courses 21
    CHEM 131 General Chemistry I 4
    CHEM 132 General Chemistry II 4
    Total Credits for Support Courses 8

    The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

    Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
    Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
    Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
    Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
    Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
    Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
    Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

    Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

    All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

    The College accepts the following methods of payment:

    • Cash
    • LINX
    • Visa/Master card
    • Certified/Manager’s cheque

    Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.


    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:

    Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

    For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

    The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.


    Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

    The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

    • tuition fees
    • accommodation
    • airfare and other transportation costs
    • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
    • books and related materials
    • special equipment
    • other related tertiary expenses

    For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at:


    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details:

    To be awarded the Associate in Science degree in Biology, students must successfully complete 62 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 according to the following distribution:

    Courses in the major area of study 33 credits
    Total Courses in Major Area of Study 33 credits
    Core curriculum courses 21 credits
    Support courses 8 credits
    Total Credits Required for Graduation 62 credits

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