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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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Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
16 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
ENG 1530: English Composition II3 BCOM H CENG
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature3 HUMA H CWRT, VEDP
Social Sciences Electives

(up to 6 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific)

6 (X-X) S
MAT 1600: Precalculus (or higher)4 MATH N CMAT
Core Requirements
35-36 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
BIO 1570: Principles of Biology I or BIO 1575: Biology: A Molecular Approach4 NSCI N SR, (VEDP)
BIO 1580: Principles of Biology II4 NSCI N SR
CHE 1550: College Chemistry I4 NSCI N SR, VEDP
CHE 1560: College Chemistry II4 NSCI N SR

Choose a minimum of 5 courses from the following:

BIO 1820: SURI: Biotechnology I4 N
BIO 1830: SURI: Environmental I4 N
BIO 2510: Anatomy and Physiology I4 N
BIO 2520: Anatomy and Physiology II4 N
BIO 2531: Microbiology and BIO 2532: Microbiology Lab4 N
BIO 2550: Conservation Biology3 N
BIO 2560: Genetics4 N
BIO 2800: Cell and Molecular Biology4 N
BIO 2810: Biotechnology Research2 N
BIO 2820: SURI: Biotechnology II4 N
BIO 2830: SURI: Environmental II4 N
BIO 2840: Immunology4 N
BIO 2550: Conservation Biology3 N
BIO 2660: Zoology4 N
BIO 2670: Botany4 N
CHE 2530: Organic Chemistry I4 N
CHE 2540: Organic Chemistry II4 N
MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics3 N
MAT 1710: Calculus/Analytic Geometry I4 N
MAT 1720: Calculus/Analytic Geometry II4 N
PHY 1710: Analytical Physics I4 N
PHY 2710: Analytical Physics II4 N
8-9 credit hours Degree Requirements Met

(up to 3 credits may need to be Liberal Arts and Sciences specific)

8-9 (X)
Important Points
  • A GPA of at least 2.0 in math/science coursework is required for graduation.
  • Students intending to take courses with a cellular/molecular focus (such as Immunology, Cellular/Molecular Biology, or Genetics) in their program core electives are strongly advised to take BIO 1575: Biology: A Molecular Approach.
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the methods scientists use to explore natural phenomena including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical analysis. (SUNY Gen. Ed. outcome #1)
  2. Analyze ethical dilemmas raised by science and technology, attempt to identify personal values that affect how one thinks about these dilemmas, and consider diverse perspectives in the process.
  3. Demonstrate application of scientific data, concepts, and models in one of the natural sciences. (SUNY Gen. Ed. Outcome #2)
  4. Demonstrate the ability to create, interpret, and analyze graphs and charts that communicate quantitative or relational information.
  5. Show competence in the following quantitative reasoning skills and be able to :
    1. Interpret and draw inferences from mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables, and schematics.
    2. Represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically, and verbally.
    3. Use arithmetical, algebraic, geometric, and statistical methods to solve problems.
    4. Estimate and check mathematical results for reasonableness, determine alternatives, and select optimal results.
    5. Recognize the limits of mathematical and statistical methods. (SUNY Gen. Ed. outcome: Mathematics)
  6. Use computer (or other appropriate) technology to collect data; use computer (or other appropriate) technology to represent data; use computer (or other appropriate) technology to analyze data and /or to solve numerical or conceptual problems.