For students interested in the life sciences:

Upon acceptance, each student is assigned an academic advisor who provides assistance with course selections and career explorations. Although JCC does not offer degrees in specific fields of science, students with an interest in the life sciences can pursue the Associate in Science degree in liberal arts and sciences, with a concentration in mathematics and science. These students receive a solid foundation for successful transfer into bachelor’s degree programs offered by most four-year colleges and universities.

To graduate, students concentrating in mathematics and science are required to successfully complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in math and science. Toward that end, JCC offers students an array of courses in three major scientific disciplines.


JCC's biology curriculum provides a comprehensive selection of courses, including principles of biology, zoology, botany, anatomy and physiology, evolution/creation, natural resource conservation, environmental issues, tropical biology, human biology, health science, personal health and safety, nutrition, cell and molecular biology, immunology, genetics, and the Science Undergraduate Research Initiative in both biotechnology and environmental science. Graduates can pursue advanced study for careers in forestry, environmental science, resource management, genetics, teaching, dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, and other health related fields.


JCC's chemistry curriculum focuses on aspects of preparatory, allied health, inorganic, and organic chemistry. Students develop the solid foundation of chemical knowledge and the problem solving skills necessary to enter the job market or to continue into a four-year degree program. Advanced study can lead to careers in chemistry, biotechnology, forensics, materials science, pharmacy, teaching, and medical technology.


Careers in teaching, resource conservation, forestry, petroleum and mining industries and environmental planning and environmental impact can be fostered through JCC's geology curriculum. Courses on physical geology, historical geology, earth science, paleontology, geologic hazards, catastrophic weather, and mass extinctions are available.

Transfer Opportunities

JCC has signed transfer articulation agreements with many four-year colleges and universities to facilitate an effective transfer of credits to the four-year institutions.

In addition to these transfer agreements, special one-plus-one arrangements have been made with the SUNY College of Technology at Alfred in science laboratory technology and with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry New York State Ranger School in forest technology. One-plus-one arrangements also exist with the School of Radiologic Technology at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center for completion of an A.A.S. in individual studies.

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