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Biological Science

Biological Science

The program offers the coursework and laboratory experience in mathematics, chemistry, and life science needed to progress to more complex areas of study. Working closely with a counselor or advisor, students can tailor their program of study to fit the needs of most, if not all, colleges and universities offering a bachelor's degree in Biology. Also, students planning to transfer to a four-year institution before attending medical, dental, veterinary, physical therapy, podiatry, or chiropractic school will find all or most of the prerequisite courses needed for admission to these professional schools. Finally, students planning to transfer to pharmacy, medical technology, or optometry school programs that accept students after two years of undergraduate education will find all the courses needed for admission into these programs.  

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Course Requirements

Semester One - Fall 2022 Credits
ACS102 The College Experience 3.00
ENG101 English Comp. I 3.00
HUMELECT Humanities Electives 3.00
IST120 or CIS141: Microcomp Apps 3.00
SCI103 Biology I 4.00
Semester Two - Spring 2023 Credits
ENG102 English Comp. II 3.00
HUMELECT Humanities Electives 3.00
MAT103+ Math 103 or above 4.00
SCI104 Biology II 4.00
SSIELECT Social Science Electives 3.00
Semester Three - Fall 2023
HUMELECT Humanities Electives 3.00
OPENELEC Open Electives 3.00
SCI123 Prin. of Chem I 4.00
SCIELECT Lab Sci Elec See Hrs/Rec 4.00
SSIELECT Social Science Electives 3.00
Semester Four - Spring 2024
OPENELEC Open Electives 3.00
SCI124 Prin. of Chem II 4.00
SCIELECT Lab Sci Elec See Hrs/Rec 4.00
SSIELECT Social Science Electives 3.00


Biology associate degrees provide students immediate career opportunities in research and development such as technicians or research assistants. Many graduates transfer to a four-year school then continue their education to become medical doctors, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurses, physical therapists, veterinary doctors, dentists, optometrists, and many other positions in the medical industry. Other students choose to work in biotechnological and biomedical fields, or even zoological, botanical, and environmental fields. Finally, many recipients of this degree go on to train future biologists in a variety of fields as a teacher or assist in scientific writing and public policy analysis. 

MassTransfer - Through the MassTransfer program, your biological science degree from RCC transfers as two years of completed work towards at Bachelor's degree at most state colleges and universities.  Review the A2B pathways on the MassTransfer website

RCC also has articulation agreements with private universities that allow for seamless transfer to a four-year school upon completion of your biological science degree at RCC:

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