2017-2018 Student Catalog 
    Apr 24, 2024  
2017-2018 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, A.S.

Contact Information

Program Requirements

Program Requirements Biology Track

Program Requirements Health Sciences Track

Program Requirements Biochemistry/Cell, Molecular Biology Track

Program Requirements Ecology/Conservation/Environmental Track

Program Requirements Organismal Biology/Physiology Track

Degree/Certificate:   Associate in Science
HEGIS Code:           5604
SUNY Code:            2461
Major Code:             BIOL

The Career

A degree in Biology (AS plus BA or BS) can prepare individuals for a wide range of career opportunities.  These opportunities include, but are not limited to, employment by government agencies, research institutions, and industry in the areas of research and development.  Other opportunities are found in the area of organismal biology at zoos, aquaria, fish hatcheries, wildlife preserves, conservation agencies, inspection agencies, and environmental organizations.  Graduates may eventually work in biomedical services at clinics, hospitals, public health departments, pharmaceutical companies or independent laboratories.  Bioinformatics is a growing area with employment at medical device and equipment laboratories and federal lab and regulatory agencies.  Degrees in Biology can also lead to careers in health care but also in communications (technical writing, editing, illustrating, and photography), law (lobbying, regulatory affairs, science policy, patent law, environmental law), and business (technical sales, management, consulting, marketing.)

The NCCC Approach

The Biology, Associate of Science, program at Niagara County Community College prepares students to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Biology or a Biology-related discipline.  The minimum degree requirements for the A.S. parallel the courses required in the first two years of such typical baccalaureate programs.  Included are introductory biology courses, intermediate biology courses, and cognate courses in mathematics, chemistry, and physics.  To provide seamless transfer to SUNY four-year colleges and universities, five tracks are offered:  Health Sciences; Biochemistry/Cell, Molecular Biology;  Ecology/Conservation/Environmental Biology; Organismal Biology/Physiology; and Biology (BA).  To further ensure seamless transfer, thirty credit hours of General Education including Basic Communication and Mathematics are included in the minimum requirements for the degree.


Students are admitted in the fall, spring and summer semesters.  Because of the sequencing of courses, completion of the program beginning in the spring or summer semesters may be extended beyond two calendar years of full-time study.

The Biology, Associate in Science degree curriculum is offered as a full-time or part-time program.

To be admitted to the Biology, A.S. program, students must complete satisfactorily all academic foundation requirements. To be accepted into the program applicants must earn the minimum required score on placement assessments, pass the academic foundations course listed below, or be granted an exemption from taking college placement tests described in this catalog under “College Placement Testing Requirements for Matriculated Students”.

                  If below the required score in

Will need to pass




ENG 099




AAC 042




MAT 002

Note:  These academic foundations courses do not count toward the degree.

Program Goals and Objectives

The Program Educational Goals and Objectives are to provide:

1.  a course of study which enables graduates to transfer seamlessly into four-year baccalaureate programs in Biology or a Biology-related discipline.

2.  a core of mathematics and science courses suitable for continued coursework at the four-year level and in support of continued education or professional endeavors upon attainment of the baccalaureate degree.

3.  individualized advisement which will assist each student when developing their educational and career goals including transfer to an upper-division institution.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this program, students will:

1.  demonstrate mastery of the core biological concepts which serve as the foundation for upper-division coursework in Biology.  These concepts include evolution by natural selection, genetics (molecular, Mendelian, and population), biodiversity, cell structure and function, and bioenergetics.

2.  demonstrate the use of critical thinking and problem solving skills as they relate to the scientific method.

3.  apply the fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry to the structure and function of living organisms.

4.  demonstrate mastery of mathematics necessary for upper-division coursework in Biology.

Program Requirements (BIOL)

1.  A total of at least 62-credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0.  Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the degree.

2.  Biology:  A minimum of 12-credit hours to include:

BIO 109  -  General Biology I  
BIO 109L  -  General Biology I Lab  
BIO 110  -  General Biology II  
BIO 110L  -  General Biology II Lab  

3.  Cognate courses:  A minimum of 31 credit hours to include:

CHE 120  -  General Chemistry I /CHE 111L  -  General Chemistry I Lab  
CHE 121  -  General Chemistry II CHE 113L  -  General Chemistry II Lab  
CHE 234  -  Organic Chemistry I /CHE 235L  -  Organic Chemistry I Lab  
CHE 236  -  Organic Chemistry II /CHE 237L  -  Organic Chemistry II Lab  OR
PHY 131  -  General Physics I /PHY 131L  -  General Physics I Lab  AND 1 credit hour free elective
MAT 116  -  Pre-calculus Mathematics 
MAT 120  -  Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 
MAT 164  -  Introduction to Statistics  

4.  Humanities and Social Sciences:  A minimum of 18 credit hours to include:

ENG 101  -  Writing I 
ENG 102  -  Writing II & Introduction to Literature  OR
ENG 103  -  Writing for STEM  OR
HED/PED elective (3 cr.)
ART 137  -  Ancient to Gothic Art  OR
ART 138  -  14th to 19th Century Art  
SUNY General Education  elective to be selected from American History (AH) or Foreign Language (FL)
SUNY General Education  elective to be selected from Social Science (SS) or Humanities (H)
SUNY General Education  elective to be selected from Basic Communication (BC) with an SPE prefix

5.  Computer Literacy:  A minimum of 1 credit hour to include:
CIS 115  -  Introduction to Spreadsheets  

Typical Program

Biology Track

Total Credit Hours - 16

Total Credit Hours - 16

Total Credit Hours - 15

Fourth Semester–Biology

Total Credit Hours - 15

Health Sciences Track

Biochemistry/Cell, Molecular Biology Track

Total Credit Hours - 16

Total Credit Hours -16

Third Semester–Biochemistry/Cell, Molecular

Total Credit Hours - 15

Fourth Semester–Biochemistry/Cell, Molecular

Total Credit Hours - 15

Ecology/Conservation/Environmental Track

Total Credit Hours - 16

Total Credit Hours - 16

Third Semseter–Ecology/Conservation/Environmental

Total Credit Hours - 14

Fourth Semester–Ecology/Conservation/Environmental

Total Credit Hours - 16

Organismal Biology/Physiology Track

Total Credit Hours - 16

Total Credit Hours - 16

Third Semester–Organismal Biology/Physiology

Total Credit Hours - 15

Fourth Semester–Organismal Biology/Physiology

Total Credit Hours - 15

Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarships available to NCCC students.  Scholarship deadline dates vary each semester.  For more information, please visit the scholarship webpage at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships . The NCCC Scholarship Office is located within the Financial Aid Complex, A-114 or by phone (716) 614-6205.