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Biological Sciences: Medical Professions Option

Associate in Science -  Biology and Chemistry Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Academic Discourse ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Research Writing ENG112 3 ENG111
Quantitative Problem Solving Area satisfied by program
Community and Cultural Contexts Any course from this area 3
Scientific Reasoning Area satisfied by program
Creative Work Any course from this area 3
Elective Any course from: Scientific Reasoning, Community/Cultural Contexts, Creative Work, or Elective Areas 3
General Biology I/Lab BIO195 4 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 and MAT194 or placement
General Biology II/Lab BIO196 4 BIO195
Cell Biology/Lab BIO207 4 BIO120 and BIO195 or BIO195 and BIO196 or Chair approval
Calculus I MAT281 4 MAT197 or placement
General Chemistry I/Lab CHM201 4 C+ in MAT197 or MAT281 as co-req and ENG111; see note*
General Chemistry II/Lab CHM202 4 CHM201
Organic Chemistry/Lab I CHM251 4 CHM202 and ENG112
General Physics I/Lab or College Physics I/lab PHY201 or PHY251 4 Prerequisite for PHY201: MAT197, prerequisite for PHY251: MAT281
General Physics II/Lab or College Physics II/Lab PHY202 or PHY252 4 Prerequisite for PHY202: PHY201, prerequisites for PHY252: PHY251 and pre/co-req MAT282; see note*
Anatomy/Phys I/Lab BIO203 4 Prerequisite BIO105, BIO108, or BIO195 with a minimum grade of C or better
Anatomy/Phys II/Lab BIO204 4 BIO204
Organic Chemistry/Lab II CHM252 4 CHM251
Statistics I MAT181 3 MAT097
Medical Terminology NHP180 3
Genetics and Lab BIO208 4 BIO196 or Chair approval
Microbiology/Lab BIO205 4 BIO195 or BIO203; either course must have a minimum grade of C or better
Oral Communication ENG171 3
Honors Seminar HON200 3
Interpretation and Presentation of Scientific Research SCI221 3 Complete Two: BIO195 or above, CHM201 or above, PHY201 or above, and/or ENR101 or above or Chair approval
Total Credits 60 - 63
Last Modified Date: April 4, 2019

Additional Information

Division: Science, Engineering and Mathematics

Department: Biology and Chemistry

Degree Type: Associate in Science

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The A.S. Biological Sciences program offers three degree options: Medical Professions, Biology Transfer, and Biotechnology. Each option prepares students for employment and for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Each option engages students in industry-level, inquiry based laboratory activities in order to develop and strengthen their critical thinking as well as their industry skills. Students should enroll in the Medical Professions option if they plan to pursue admission to programs in the medical or health professions. Students should choose the Biology Transfer option if they plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue study in the non-health fields within Biological Sciences. Students should enroll in the Biotechnology option if they plan to pursue a career in biotechnology and lab science.

Option Overview

This option provides students with the technical coursework and laboratory experiences that enable them to successfully transfer and pursue a career in the medical professions including medical, veterinary, pharmacy, physical therapy, and physician’s assistant programs. Students should tailor this option by choosing electives based on the requirements of the programs to which they plan to apply. BHCC has articulation agreements with UMass Boston, UMass Amherst and UMass Lowell, enabling Biology Transfer graduates to enroll in any one of these universities as juniors, without losing credits.

Career Outlook

This option will allow students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities to seek a bachelor’s degree to pursue a career in the health professions. Students should enroll in this option if they plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue admission to programs in medical, veterinary, pharmacy, physician’s assistant, or physical therapy professions.

Upon Completion of this Program, Graduates will be able to:

  • Use currently accepted biological, chemical, and physical concepts to investigate problems and ideas presented in advanced study related to health and medicine.
  • Use biological concepts to evaluate their own science related concerns such as personal health or health careers.
  • Use laboratory technology, equipment and techniques to investigate scientific problems critically and safely using proper scientific methods.
  • Use molecular and cellular laboratory techniques that are commonly used in Biotechnology and Medicine.
  • Explain the major concepts of cell structure, function and cellular processes that are key to life.