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Academic Programs - School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Biological Sciences
Associate in Science
HEGIS #5604
Chairperson: Peter A. Schaefer
Science Center, Suite 319, (518) 629-7453

In order to meet the growing demands for biological and health science training, Hudson Valley Community College offers an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Biological Sciences. This program will prepare you for continuation of your education in a biological sciences discipline and ultimately pursue a related career.

The Biological Sciences curriculum offers courses in the biological, physical, and social sciences as well as additional elective courses that meet general education requirements for the liberal arts and sciences in preparation for transfer to a four-year school. Required course work features hands-on laboratory experience integrating theoretical concepts with practical applications. The curriculum is designed to provide flexibility in exploring different aspects of the biological sciences.

Whether your career plans are as a professional in medical science, dentistry, veterinary science, or research, the Biological Sciences A.S. degree is a good choice to begin your college-level education. Transfer agreements with four-year colleges are in place to support the transition for highly motivated, high achieving students.

PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Courses

Notes

High School Average

Math I, II and III or 3 units of equivalent academic math, biology, chemistry (80 or above in each course)

Physics recommended.

80 or above

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $845.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*

Course No.

Title

Credit Hrs.

BIOL 103 Orientation to Biology and Bioethics 1
BIOL 190 Biology I 4
BIOL 191 Biology II 4
CHEM 110 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 111 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry II 4
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
ENGL 104 English Comp II: Writing About Literature 3
MATH 160 Precalculus 4
MATH 180 Calculus I 4
_______ PHYS 140 Physics I or 4
PHYS 150 General Physics I
_______ PHYS 141 Physics II or 4
PHYS 151 General Physics II
  Biology Science Elective*** 8 - 9
  Restricted Elective** 9
  Total Degree Credits 64-65

*or specific courses as required.

** Restricted Electives: Any course with a General Education AR, AH, HU, SS, WC, OC, or FL designation, or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson. Students planning on transferring to a SUNY four-year college should complete at least three different areas.

*** Biology Science Electives: BIOL 205 or 265, BIOL 207, BIOL 210, BIOL 215, BIOL 237, BIOL 240, BIOL 241, BIOL 245, BIOL 252, BIOL 255, BIOL 260, BIOL 270, BIOL 271, BIOL 275, BIOL 281, BIOL 285, CHEM 205, PHYS 143, PHYS 210.

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR FULL-TIME STUDY
First Term
Course # Title Credits
BIOL 103 Orientation to Biology and Bioethics 1
BIOL 190 Biology I 4
CHEM 110 General Chemistry I 4
MATH 160 Precalculus 4
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
  Term Total 16
Second Term
Course # Title Credits
BIOL 191 Biology II 4
CHEM 111 General Chemistry II 4
MATH 180 Calculus I 4
ENGL 104 English Comp II: Writing About Literature 3
  Restricted Elective 3
  Term Total 18
Third Term
Course # Title Credits
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 4
  PHYS 140 Physics I or 4
  PHYS 150 General Physics I  
  Biology Science Elective 4 - 5
  Restricted Elective 3
  Term Total 15-16
Fourth Term
Course # Title Credits
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry II 4
  PHYS 141 Physics II or 4
  PHYS151 General Physics II  
  Biology Science Elective 4
  Restricted Elective 3
  Term Total 15