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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 Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average
Algebra, geometry and algebra II or 3 units of equivalent academic math, biology, chemistry (80 or above in each course) Fall and Spring 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 102 English Composition II OR 3
ENGL 104 English Composition II: Writing About Literature
PHYS 140 General Physics I OR 4
PHYS 150 Physics I
PHYS 141 General Physics II OR 4
PHYS 151 Physics II
  (1) Biology Science Electives 8
  (2) Math Electives 8
  (3) Restricted Electives 9
  Total Degree Credits 64

*or specific courses as required.

(1) Biology Science Electives: BIOL 206, BIOL 207, BIOL 210, BIOL 215, BIOL 237, BIOL 240, BIOL 241, BIOL 245, BIOL 252, BIOL 260, BIOL 265, BIOL 270, BIOL 271, BIOL 275, BIOL 281, BIOL 285, CHEM 200, CHEM 205.

(2) Math Electives: MATH 160 and MATH 180 or MATH 135 and MATH 180.

(3) Restricted Electives: Courses must be designated as both "SUNY General Education" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences" courses. In addition, three of the following General Education categories must be satisfied: SS, AH, WC, OC, AR or FL.

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR FULL-TIME STUDY
First Term
BIOL 103 Orientation to Biology and Bioethics 1
BIOL 190 Biology I 4
CHEM 110 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
  Math Elective 4
  Term Total 16
Second Term
BIOL 191 Biology II 4
CHEM 111 General Chemistry II 4
ENGL 102 English Composition II OR 3
ENGL 104 English Composition II: Writing About Literature
  Math Elective 4
  Restricted Elective 3
  Term Total 18
Third Term
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 4
PHYS 140 General Physics I OR 4
PHYS 150 Physics I
  Biology Science Elective 4
  Restricted Elective 3
  Term Total 15
Fourth Term
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHYS 141 General Physics II OR 4
PHYS151 Physics II
  Biology Science Elective 4
  Restricted Elective 3
  Term Total 15