Biological Science (AAS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Department Info: 
Program Coordinator: 
Mark Amman
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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.

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.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

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

Technical Standards: 

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

Features & 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.

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).

Career Opportunities: 
  • Programs that can lead to green careersLaw Enforcement Laboratories
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Pharmaceutical Testing
  • Wastewater Treatment
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).

Typical Semester Layout: 

In a typical semester, biological science students earn an average of 17 credit hours. This means that they spend approximately 15 hours in lecture sections and eight to 12 hours in the lab per week, depending on the particular courses. Technical courses usually have 15-20 students while general courses may have 20-60 students.

First Semestercredits
BIOL1104General Biology I4
CHEM1114General Chemistry OR 
CHEM1984Chemistry Principles I *4
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
MATHxxxxMath Elective (MATH 1033 or greater)3-4
BIOL1101Topics in General Biology1
Second Semestercredits
BIOL2204General Biology II4
LITR2603Introduction to Literature3
CHEM2124General Chemistry II OR 
CHEM2984Chemistry Principles II *4
 xxxxTechnical Elective2-4
 xxx3Social Science Elective3
Third Semestercredits
BIOL5254Principles of Microbiology4
CHEM3514Organic Chemistry I4
 xxxxTechnical Elective2-4
MATHxxxxMath Elective3-4
HISTxxx3History Elective3
Fourth Semestercredits
CHEM4524Organic Chemistry II4
BIOL2111Biological Sciences Seminar1
  Technical Elective(s)2-4
  Open Elective3-4

Technical Electives:

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

Also required: one unit of physical education.

*preferred for transfer

Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees241
Responding to Survey2 (100%)2 (50%)1 (100%)
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Transferred2 (100%)2 (100%)1 (100%)
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Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

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