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BIOLOGY Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinarian, Pre-Dentistry Option
Associate in Science Degree

Program Objective:
To prepare students to transfer
into a four-year program in biology.
Majoring in biology can lead to vocations in such fields as
medicine, dentistry, veterinarian science, physician assisting,
biotechnology, microbiology, molecular biology, genetic or
biochemical engineering, pharmacy, and physical therapy.

The Biology degree with a pre-medicine, pre-veterinarian and pre-dentistry option primarily prepares graduates for transfer into the junior year of programs such as premedicine, pre-veterinarian, pre-dentistry, physician assisting, biotechnology, microbiology, molecular biology, genetic or biochemical engineering, pharmacy and physical therapy. Biology graduates have transferred to colleges throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the Northeast, including Rider University, Temple University, Cornell University, Rutgers University and The College of New Jersey.

Recent graduates have been employed by firms such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, and various New Jersey governmental departments. Others have successfully completed medical, dental, chiropractic, pharmaceutical, physical/occupational therapy, physician's assistant, veterinary medicine, and other graduate programs.

The Biology facilities include a multimedia computer laboratory as well as specially equipped laboratories for microbiology, genetics/molecular biology, and anatomy/physiology. Students learn a wide variety of investigative techniques, including microscopy, spectrophotometry, and gel electrophoresis. Real-life systems are studied through field trips to sites in the New Jersey Pinelands and elsewhere. A special honors sequence provides eligible students with the opportunity to participate in a research project under the supervision of faculty at nearby Rider University and other institutions.

Most courses may be completed through part-time study in the evening. Course selection and program of study must be approved by an academic advisor. Admission to the Biology option requires a high school diploma or equivalent with at least one year of science (biology, chemistry, or physics) and two years of academic mathematics. Successful completion of the Biology option results in the award of the Associate in Science degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For Further Information Contact:

  • Professor Diane Hilker at hilkerd@mccc.edu
  • Science & Health Professions at 609-570-3367
  • MCCC Admissions Office at 609-570-3204 (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

    Course Requirements
    Code Course (lecture/lab hours) Credits
    FIRST SEMESTER 18
    ENG 101 English Composition I (3/0)
    (Initial course determined by placement.
    Six credits in English Composition required for graduation.)
    3
    MAT 151 Calculus I (4/0) 4
    BIO 101 General Biology I (3/3) 4
    CHE 101 General Chemistry I (3/3) 4
    CMN 111 Speech: Human Communication (3/0)  
        OR 3
    CMN 112 Public Speaking (3/0)  
    SECOND SEMESTER 14
    ENG 102 English Composition II (3/0)
    (Initial course determined by placement.
    Six credits in English Composition required for graduation.)
    3
    BIO 102 General Biology II (3/3) 4
    CHE 102 General Chemistry II (3/3) 4
    - - General Education elective
    (Select in consultation with a Biology faculty advisor.)
    3
    THIRD SEMESTER 16
    CHE 201 Organic Chemistry I (3/4) 5
    MAT 152 Calculus II (4/0) 4
    BIO - Biology elective
    (Must select from BIO 201, 202, 203, 204 or 208.)
    4
    - - General Education elective
    (Select in consultation with a Biology faculty advisor.)
    3
    FOURTH SEMESTER 14
    HPE 110 Concepts of Health & Fitness (1/2) 2
    CHE 202 Organic Chemistry II (3/4) 5
    BIO - Biology elective
    (Must select from BIO 201, 202, 203, 204 or 208.)
    4
    - - General Education elective
    (Select in consultation with a Biology faculty advisor.)
    3
    Total  62

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