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Biology – Science Transfer A.S. Degree

A zoologist observing herds of buffalo on the Serengeti as they migrate every season. A bacteriologist identifying new bacteria living in steam vents on the ocean floor. A botanist altering soil pH to increase plant growth. A microbiologist determining the organisms present in tap water. A molecular biologist altering the structure of a protein to help cure disease. What do each of these scientists have in common? They are all biologists. The Biology Associate Transfer Degree at Middlesex County College is a great place to start your journey. The Biology A.S. can be completed in two years, with credit hours totaling 62-65. We offer evening classes and have an average professor/student ratio of 1:20.

Career Outlook

Salary Ranges: $41,230-127,120

• Biomedical Researcher
• Biology Science Teacher
• Microbiologist
• Veterinary Science
• Wildlife Biologist
• Botanist
• Molecular Biologist
• Bacteriologist
• Geneticist
• Computational Biologist
• Marine Biologist
• Cellular Biologist

Source: https://www.sokanu.com/careers/biologist/salary/

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Semester I

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Appropriate score on the College’s placement test and/or satisfactory score on the diagnostic examination, MAT-014 with a minimum grade of “B” or departmental approval. Students may substitute MAT 014A plus MAT 014B. MAT-131 - MAT-132 recommended.

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Students may satisfy this requirement with any HED or PED course.

Semester II

Semester III

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Social Science (GE SS).

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM).

Semester IV

4

Students may choose BIO-228 or BIO-229 or BIO-240.

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Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM).

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Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Social Science (GE SS).

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Students may select from BIO-221, BIO-228, BIO-229, BIO-240, CHM-221 with CHM-227, or MAT-132 or a course with permission of the department chairperson.

Contact Information

Contact Name: Donna Howell, department chair
Contact Phone: 732.906.2592
Contact Email: dhowell@middlesexcc.edu 
Department Web: https://www.middlesexcc.edu/natural-sciences/

Frequently Asked Questions

What will students learn if they study Biology Transfer, Biology Pre-Professional, or Biotechnology Degree Options?

They concentrate on the theoretical and applied sciences, and mathematics. Their studies prepare them to meet the challenges of advanced study in professional careers.

Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?

A passing score on the College’s mathematics placement test for both Algebra I and Algebra II or MAT-013 and MAT-014 is required for all biology majors. In addition, a high school laboratory biology course with a minimum grade of “C” or BIO-010 and a high school laboratory chemistry or CHM-010 with a minimum grade of “C” are also required.

Can Biology majors transfer to a four-year college or university?

The Statewide Transfer Agreement for New Jersey ensures that students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at a community college will have those credits fully transferable to a New Jersey public four-year institution, will have completed half of the credits required for a basic four-year degree and will have completed all of the lower division general education requirements. In addition, articulation agreements with private institutions may provide similar transfer provisions. Students should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

How long will it take to complete this degree?

Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. They can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.

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Transfer Information

Our students transfer to 4-year colleges and universities around the globe. We’ve had students transfer to every state, including Alaska and Hawaii.

The Statewide Transfer Agreement for New Jersey ensures that students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at a community college will have those credits fully transferable to a New Jersey public four-year institution, will have completed half of the credits required for a basic four-year degree and will have completed all lower division general education requirements. In addition, articulation agreements are being worked out with institutions granting baccalaureate degrees to facilitate the transfer process. Students should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

Are you interested in transferring to a school in New Jersey? You can use the tools at NJTransfer.org to see which of your MCC courses will transfer to a specific college.