Biological Science

AAS Degree - Code #1554

Mark Amman, Program Coordinator

Email address: AmmanMJ@alfredstate.edu

The biological science program prepares graduates to function in various scientific laboratories or to continue their 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 studies in English and social sciences. 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 PROGRAM

Alfred State biological science graduates may enter directly into either the forensic science technology BS or technology management BBA degree program.

TRANSFER 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 transfer rate of 100 percent - 100 percent transferred to continue their education.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

TECHNICAL STANDARDS:

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

FACILITIES

The program is located in the newly renovated Physical and Health Sciences Building. Four science-ready lecture rooms are on the first floor with the eight laboratories found on the second and third floors. The laboratories are outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation. Explore the alphabet soup list below.

UV-VIS Ultraviolet - Visible Spectrophotometry

FTIR Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometry with ATR attachment

AAS Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry

FS Fluorescence Spectrophotometry

GC-FID Gas Chromatography/Flame Ionization Detector

GC-MS Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy

HPLC High Performance Liquid Chromatography

CE Capillary Electrophoresis

PCR Polymerase Chain Reaction

Preparative vacuum system

Polarizing microscope

Anatomic models and up-to-date application software for teaching and learning, as well as for independent study and research, are available.

Biological Science - AAS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

BIOL

1104

General Biology I

4

CHEM

1114

General Chemistry OR

CHEM

1984

Chemistry Principles I *

4

COMP

1503

Freshman Composition

3

BIOL

1101

Topics in General Biology

1

MATH

xxxx

Math Elective (MATH 1033 or greater)

3-4

15-16

Second

BIOL

2204

General Biology II

4

LITR

2603

Introduction to Literature

3

CHEM

2124

General Chemistry II OR

CHEM

2984

Chemistry Principles II *

4

xxxx

Technical Elective

2-4

xxx3

Social Science Elective

3

16-18

Third

BIOL

5254

Principles of Microbiology

4

CHEM

3514

Organic Chemistry I

4

xxxx

Technical Elective

2-4

MATH

xxxx

Math Elective

3-4

HIST

xxx3

History Elective

3

16-19

Fourth

BIOL

6534

Genetics

4

CHEM

4524

Organic Chemistry II

4

BIOL

2111

Biology Seminar

1

Technical Elective(s)

2-4

Open Elective

3-4

14-17

Technical Electives:

AGPS

1103

Soils

AGRI

2012

Organic & Sustainable Agriculture Tech.

BIOL

1223

Intro. to Forestry

BIOL

1304

Botany

BIOL

1404

Anatomy & Physiology I

BIOL

2504

Anatomy & Physiology II

BIOL

2633

Histotechniques

BIOL

2803

Environmental Science

BIOL

2801

Environmental Science Lab

BIOL

4403

Pathophysiology (online)

BIOL

5223

Ecology

CHEM

5414

Analytical Principles

CHEM

6614

Instrumental Analysis

CISY

1003

Intro. to Microcomputer Appl.

or

CISY

3023

Adv. Computer Spreadsheets

COMP

5703

Technical Writing II

AGPS

5003

Integrated Pest Management

PHYS

1044

College Physics I

PHYS

2044

College Physics II

SPCH

1083

Effective Speaking

MATH

1084

Calculus I (if not used as a technical elective)

MEDR

1132

Essentials of Pharmacology (online)

Other under advisement

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

Also required: One unit of physical education.

*preferred for transfer

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

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).