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Math & Science: Biology (Liberal Arts & Sciences) (A.S.)

Study biology at JCC

Students can choose to earn the general Liberal Arts and Sciences: Mathematics and Sciences degree or can choose to earn the degree with a track in biology (a SUNY Transfer Path). Students interested in pursuing this track should speak with an advisor or counselor to make sure the correct program is noted.

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.

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Courses

Semester 1

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

BIO 1570: Principles of Biology I or

BIO 1575: Biology: A Molecular Approach

4 Natural Sciences Applied Learning Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

CHE 1550: College Chemistry I

4 Natural Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

ENG 1510: English Composition I

3 Humanities College Composition

INT 1555: Inquire

2 Critical and Integrative Reasoning
  • CHE 1550: corequisite course MAT 1590 (or higher) or eligibility for MAT 1600.

Semester 2

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

BIO 1580: Principles of Biology II

4 Natural Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

CHE 1560: College Chemistry II

4 Natural Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

ENG 1530: English Composition II

3 Basic Communication Oral Communication

MAT 1600: Precalculus (or higher)

4 Math Mathematical Reasoning

Social Science Elective

Choose any Gen Ed Social Science elective

3 Other World Civilizations Social Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences
  • CHE 1560: corequisite course MAT 1600.
  • Social Science Elective: Taking one of these courses should cover JCC graduation requirements for Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences, Global Perspectives, and Cultural Understanding. In addition, to graduate with a SUNY degree, students must take courses from 7 of the 10 SUNY Gen Ed categories. Some courses count for more than 1 category in SUNY Gen Ed.

Semester 3

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

Program Core Elective

Recommended:

CHE 2530: Organic Chemistry I

4 Natural Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

Program Core Elective

Recommended:

BIO 2560: Genetics or

MAT 1710: Calculus or

PHY 1610: General Physics I or

PHY 1710: Analytical Physics

4 Natural Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

Program Core Elective

Choose a course from the program core electives listing

4 Natural Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

Elective*

Choose a course from a SUNY Gen Ed category that fulfills the Cultural Understanding and/or Global Perspectives Essentials requirements

3 American History Arts Foreign Languages Western Civilization Cultural Understanding Global Perspectives
  • *Requirements Met depends on course choice.
  • BIO 2560, MAT 1710, PHY 1610, PHY 1710: These courses are often required for 4-year biology degrees. They count as a suggested program core elective for this track.
  • For graduation, you need a total of 19-20 program core elective credits. Please refer to catalog for appropriate courses and discuss options with your advisor for your specific career pathway.
  • Elective: Taking one of these courses should cover JCC graduation requirements for Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences, Global Perspectives, and Cultural Understanding. In addition, to graduate with a SUNY degree, students must take courses from 7 of the 10 SUNY Gen Ed categories. Some courses count for more than 1 category in SUNY Gen Ed.

Semester 4

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

Program Core Elective

Recommended:

CHE 2540: Organic Chemistry II

4

Program Core Elective

Choose a course from the program core electives listing

4

Social Sciences Elective

Choose a course from SUNY Gen Ed – Social Sciences category

3 Social Sciences

Elective*

3 American History Arts Foreign Languages Natural Sciences Social Sciences Western Civilization
  • *Requirements Met depends on course choice.
  • CHE 2540: This course is almost always required for 4-year biology degrees and counts as a suggested program core elective for this track.
  • For graduation, need a total of 19-20 program core elective credits. Please refer to catalogue and speak with your advisor to choose an appropriate program core elective for your specific career pathway.
  • Students interested in pre-med or pre-vet should take PSY 1510 as preparation for the Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT). However, students will need to take an elective from all SUNY Gen Ed categories to graduate with a four year degree from a SUNY university. Alternatively, a Natural Science course could also be chosen. Please consult with an advisor about options appropriate for each career pathway.