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Biology - Science Transfer

Program Code: BIO.AS
Associate in Science Degree

Students choose from one of three biology curricula: traditional biology major, pre-professional and biotechnology. These curricula parallel the first two years of a baccalaureate degree in biology. The traditional Biology option prepares students, upon graduation, for transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a career in biology-related fields such as molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, ecology, biology education, medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine.

Students interested in pre-chiropractic, physical therapy, occupational therapy or physician’s assistant may major in the Biology Pre-Professional option. The students choosing the Biotechnology option acquire knowledge in inorganic and organic chemistry, genetics, microbiology, cell biology and molecular biology as well as achieving competence in laboratory techniques and instrumentation that are relevant to the biotechnology industry.

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Recommended Course Sequence

Below are required courses and recommended course groupings and sequences for program completion. Courses may have prerequisite and corequisite requirements. Check course descriptions for details.

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Semester I


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.


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

Semester II

Semester III


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


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

Semester IV


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


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



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


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.

Total Credits 62 - 65

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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