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AAS Degree - Code #1554

Mark Amman, Program Coordinator
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The biological science degree is a hands-on program designed to prepare you to excel in various scientific laboratories or to continue your education in a number of science or pre-professional fields. The program provides a foundation in biology, chemistry, and mathematics as well as a common core of general education courses.


Biological science is a flexible program that can be tailored to fit the educational requirements of a variety of laboratory-related occupations.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Explain and apply the scientific method in order to document, interpret, and present results of an experiment.
  • Evaluate scientific literature to summarize current thinking on a significant topic.
  • Display effective interpersonal communication and work skills in the lecture and laboratory setting.
  • Choose and employ proper safety practices in the laboratory.
  • Demonstrate the calibration and operation of scientific instrumentation.
  • Utilize gravimetric and volumetric methods to determine the physical and chemical properties of matter.
  • Make both organic and inorganic compounds according to prescribed multi-step syntheses.
  • Use microbiological techniques to isolate organisms in pure culture.
  • Describe the association of structure and function of plants and animals.
  • Classify groups of organisms according to taxonomic criteria and evolutionary relationships.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Alfred State biological science graduates may enter directly into the health sciences BS, forensic science technology BS, the interdisciplinary studies BTech, or the technology management BBA degree program.

Continuing Education Opportunities

The program also enables graduates to transfer to four-year programs in biology and chemistry as well as programs such as sports medicine, forensic science, nuclear medicine, medical technology, ultrasound technology, and pre-professional programs (medicine, veterinary, dentistry, and pharmacy).

Occupational Opportunities

  • Law enforcement laboratories
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Pharmaceutical testing
  • Wastewater treatment

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 100 percent continued their education.

Related Programs

Environmental Technology (AAS)
Health Sciences (BS)

Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, Biology, Chemistry

Technical Standards:

Students must possess fine motor skills that allow them to focus a microscope with fine adjustment and use forceps.


A minimum of 63 credit hours is required for graduation, with an overall cumulative index of 2.0. A grade of "C" or better is required in the core science courses (those which have BIOL or CHEM prefixes).

Biological Science - AAS Degree



BIOL 1101 Topics in General Biology 1
BIOL 1104 General Biology I 4
CHEM 1984 Chemical Principles I 4
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
MATH xxxx Math Elective (MATH 1033 or greater) 3-4


BIOL 2204 General Biology II 4
LITR 2603 Introduction to Literature 3
CHEM 2984 Chemical Principles II 4
XXXX xxxx Technical Elective 2-4
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed Elective 3


BIOL 5254 Principles of Microbiology 4
CHEM 3514 Organic Chemistry I 4
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
MATH xxxx Math Elective 3-4
XXXX xxx3 Technical Elective  3


BIOL 6534 Genetics 4
CHEM 4524 Organic Chemistry II 4
BIOL 2111 Biological Sciences Seminar 1
XXXX xxx3 Technical Elective 3-4
XXXX xxx3 Open Elective 3-4

MATH courses must be at the level of MATH 1033 college algebra or above.

Technical Electives:

AGPS 1103 Soils 3
AGPS 5003 Integrated Pest Management 3
BIOL 1223 Introduction to Forestry 3
BIOL 1304 Botany 4
BIOL 1404 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIOL 2504 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIOL 2803 Environmental Science 3
BIOL 2801 Environmental Sciences Lab 1
BIOL 4403 Pathophysiology 3
BIOL 5003 Genomics 3
BIOL 5013 Biotechniques 3
BIOL 5223 Ecology 3
BIOL 6003 Molecular and Cell Biology 3
CHEM 5414 Analytical Principles 4
CISY 3023 Advanced Microcmptr Spreadshts 3
COMP 5703 Technical Writing II 3
ENVR 4424 Envirnmntl Chem & Microbiology 4
HLTH 1313 Nutrition 3
HLTH 5113 Complementary & Altv Medicine 3
MATH 1084 Calculus I 4
MATH 2124 Statistical Methods & Analysis 4
MEDR 1132 Essentials of Pharmacology 2
MEDR 1133 Medical Terminology 3
PHYS 1044 College Physics I 4
PHYS 2044 College Physics II 4
HLTH 5233 The Culture of Healthcare 3
HLTH 1013 Essentials of Exercise Physiol 3
HLTH 1113 Biology of Human Sexuality 3

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