Biological Sciences (A.S.)

Biological Sciences A.S.

Whether your career plans are as a professional in medical science, dentistry, veterinary science or research, the Biological Sciences degree is a good choice to begin your college-level education. The curriculum offers courses in the biological, physical and social sciences as well as additional elective courses that meet general education requirements for the liberal arts and sciences in preparation for transfer to a four-year college or university.

Required course work features hands-on laboratory experience integrating theoretical concepts with practical applications. The curriculum is designed to provide flexibility in exploring different aspects of the biological sciences.

This degree program is designed to be a transfer program toward a advanced degree in a biological sciences discipline such as medical science, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacy or research in the field of biological science.

Students who complete this program receive a solid two-year foundation in this field of study and, in many cases, can transfer with junior status to a four-year college or university. Students may also transfer into biotechnology, clinical biology, biochemistry, and environmental biology programs locally and nationwide.

This program is offered by the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department.

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Program Highlights

  • The college's state-of-the-art Science Center is home to the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department, where many courses in this program are offered. Twenty-five fully equipped state-of-the-art laboratories in the Science Center provide for the study of biology, chemistry, physics, biotechnology and earth science.

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

A variety of careers in medical science, dentistry, veterinary science and research can be found for those who continue on to higher degrees. Please note that substantial additional education is required to pursue positions in some of these fields.

Recent graduates have continued their education at Albany Medical College, The University at Albany, Sage Colleges, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and SUNY Binghamton.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Molecular Biologist, Biological Scientist, $75,150; Family Practitioner, $84,390; Veterinarian, $88,490.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Peter A. Schaefer, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Science Center, Suite 319
(518) 629-7453

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309