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09/12/2006
Biological Sciences is Hudson Valley Community College’s Newest Academic Program
Pre-professional transfer program to begin this fall

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072, bryaneri@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Sept. 12, 2006

The path to medical school can now start at Hudson Valley Community College thanks to a new academic program starting this fall at the college.

Hudson Valley will begin offering a two-year associate’s degree in Biological Sciences, which was developed to serve students who hope to transfer for continued study at the baccalaureate, master’s and post-graduate level. Department Chairman Dr. Peter Schaefer said the degree is an ideal start for those who hope to pursue a professional career in health science or biological research.

“This is an academically rigorous program that meets the needs of those students who hope to pursue a career as a professional in medical science, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacy or other areas, like research, in the biological sciences,” Schaefer said.

To earn the degree, students must complete four semesters of study in biology, chemistry, calculus and physics, as well as several electives. The fall semester begins Monday, August 28.

The college currently has a transfer agreement with The Sage Colleges for their pre-med and clinical biology bachelor’s degree program. Hudson Valley plans to pursue additional transfer agreements with other four-year institutions within the next several years.

The college also offers associate’s degrees in Biotechnology and Environmental Studies.

For more information about the Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, or Environmental Studies program, call Dr. Schaefer at (518) 629-7453.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.