PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/ Pre-Med is designed for students who wish to pursue professions directly related, or allied to, biology.  The programme is structured to enable students to choose from a variety of elective Biology courses to create the desired emphasis.  Students who choose biomedical science courses will be able to strengthen the required academic foundation for a medical career; while those who elect ecology courses will focus on developing solutions to environmental issues.  Strong emphasis is placed on the acquisition of research skills to equip students with the requisite competencies for entry level research positions. In addition, this degree covers material appropriate to preparation for: general graduate admissions tests such as the Graduate Records Examination (GRE), medical college admission tests, or entry to professional schools.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics, 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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DURATION
4 Years (FT)

CAMPUS
Chaguanas/ City/ South

SEPTEMBER OR JANUARY
 

                                            COURSES IN THE MAJOR                                                                         CORE CURRICULUM COURSES

CODE COURSE TITLE CR. CODE COURSE TITLE CR.
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 HIST 210 History of Trinidad and Tobago 3
BIOL 244 Cell and Molecular Biology 3 SCIE 201 or Intro to Contemp. Issues in Science or
BIOL 256 Microbiology 3 ENVH 102 or World Issues in Public Health or 1
BIOL 281 Animal Diversity 4 ENVH 121 Environmental Issues and Sustainability
BIOL 291 Diversity of Green Plants 4 SOCI 102 or  Intro to the Study of Society or
BIOL 433 Biology Seminar 1 PSYC 103 Understanding Human Behavior and Diversity or  3
BIOL 455 Biology Practicum 1 Any approved Psychology or Sociology course
BIOL 473 Animal Physiology 4 Core Curriculum Guided Elective or any other approved course
SCIE 199 Research Project I 2 STAT 120 Fundamentals of Statistics 3
SCIE 299 Research Project II 2 SPAN 100 Introduction to Spanish 3
SCIE 399 Research Project III 1 Six (6) credits from any approved Core Curriculum courses 6
SCIE 499 Research Project IV 1 Total Core Curriculum Courses 31
Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major 41 GUIDED MAJOR ELECTIVE
SUPPORT COURSES Requirements – Choose any  four (4) courses from the list below OR any approved Biology Course (12 credits)
CHEM 131 General Chemistry I 4 BIOL 331 Ecology II: Systems Ecology 3
CHEM 132 General Chemistry II 4 BIOL 337 Concepts in Geography 3
CHEM 208 Biochemistry 3 BIOL 371 Fundamentals of Statistics 3
CHEM 204 Organic Chemistry I 3 BIOL 378 Introduction to General Economics 3
CHEM 205 Organic Chemistry II 3 BIOL 381 Introduction to the Physics 3
CHEM 215 Organic Chemistry I- Lab 1 BIOL 420 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
CHEM 216 Organic Chemistry II- Lab 1 BIOL 426 Histology 3
PHYS 121 College Physics I 4 BIOL 431 Ecology III: Surveys and Methods 3
PHYS 122 College Physics II 3 BIOL 478 Immunology 3
MATH 118 Pre-Calculus 3 FREE ELECTIVE 3
MATH 160 Calculus I 3 Requirements – Choose any three (3) approved credits for which pre-requisites are met 
Community Service 0 Total Credits for Electives 15
Total Credits for Support Courses 33

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:  www.moe.gov.tt

Important:
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: www.moe.gov.tt

 

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details: registrar@costaatt.edu.tt

To be awarded the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/ Pre-Med, the student must successfully complete 120 credits and 45 hours of community service with a minimum GPA of 2.0 according to the following distribution:

Courses in the major area of study 41 credits
Total Courses in Major Area of Study 41 credits
Core curriculum courses 31 credits
Support courses 33 credits
Guided elective courses 15 credits
Total Credits Required for Graduation 120 credits

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