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Biology Transfer 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
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual/Society From Area 2 3
World View From Area 3 3
Quantitative Thought MAT281 satisfies Area 4 4 MAT197 or placement
Science and Technology Area 5 satisfied by program
Humanities From Area 6 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
Genetics and Lab BIO208 4 BIO196 or Chair approval
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
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*
Organic Chemistry/Lab I CHM251 4 CHM202 and ENG112
Organic Chemistry/Lab II CHM252 4 CHM251
Statistics I MAT181 3 MAT097
Calculus II MAT282 4 MAT281
Introduction to Biotechnology BIO120 4 ENG095 and MAT099 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Environmental Microbiology/Lab BIO211 4 BIO195
Population Ecology/Lab BIO210 4 BIO196 or chair approval
Advanced Laboratory Techniques in Biotechnology BIO261** 3 BIO120 and BIO195 and BIO196 or Chair approval
Principles of Molecular Biotechnology BIO262** 3 BIO207 and BIO208 or Chair approval
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 5, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Science, Engineering and Mathematics

Department: Biology and Chemistry

Degree Type: Associate in Science

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*Note: MAT197 requires a grade of C+ or better.

**Note: It is anticipated that both BIO261 and BIO262 must be taken for transfer.

This program offers two degree options: 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.

Option Overview

This option provides students with the technical coursework and laboratory experience that enables them to succeed in undergraduate biology programs. Upon graduation from BHCC, students are able to pursue further study at four-year colleges and universities in any number of areas including physiology, ecology, cell biology, biotechnology, genetics, botany, zoology, microbiology, biochemistry, wildlife conservation, or any of the health sciences. 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 in biology. Students planning to transfer into a pre-medical, pre-veterinary, predental, pharmacy or chiropractic degree program should enroll in this program.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Use currently accepted biological, chemical, and physical concepts to investigate problems and ideas presented in advanced biological study. 
  • Use biological concepts to evaluate their own science related concerns such as personal health or 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. 
  • Explain the major concepts of cell structure, function and cellular processes that are key to life.