Associate in Science in Biology/Pre-Medicine

Division of Biology & Chemistry — Curriculum Code: 0601

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree


Why major in Biology/Pre-Medicine?

Biology is the primary life science from which students can enter specific fields of study as diverse as molecular biology, forestry, pathophysiology, neuroanatomy, and parasitology. Biology also provides the foundation for students who wish to become physicians, dentists, or other medical professionals. The curriculum is equivalent to the first two years of a baccalaureate program in Biology. Emphasis is placed on scientific method and critical analysis that will enable you to be a contributor to any scientific or medical team.

If I major in Biology/Pre-Medicine, can I transfer to an upper division college or university?

The Associate in Science degree in Biology/Pre-Medicine prepares you for transfer to upper-division colleges and universities to pursue a bachelor’s degree. ECC’s transfer/articulation agreements with local four-year institutions provide smooth transfer for our A.S. graduates.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English and/or mathematics before you being taking the core curriculum courses in your major. In addition, if you are at the final level of remediation of English and mathematics, you can take either BIO 100 or CHM 100. While neither count toward graduation in this major, these courses will provide an introduction to basic biology and chemistry concepts that will prepare you for this program.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental course work and you register for an average of 17 credits each semester, you can complete the program in two years.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3430.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills, including the scientific method and methods of scientific conversion;
  • Demonstrate mastery of the fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry;
  • Demonstrate mastery of the fundamental concepts of biology at the genetic, molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, and organismal level; and
  • Conduct scientific investigations using proper scientific and laboratory protocols.



(33 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)

ENG 101 and ENG 102 (two 3-credit courses)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills (4 credits)

MTH 119 (one 4-credit course)

Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (8 credits)

BIO 103 and BIO 104 (two 4-credit courses)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108, or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Humanistic Perspective (6 credits)

Choose one of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, or ENG 264 (one 3-credit course)

And choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102, MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109, or MUS 117 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)

Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)



(28 credits)

CHM 103  General Chemistry I (4 credits)
CHM 104  General Chemistry II (4 credits)
MTH 120  Pre-Calculus II (4 credits)
PHY 101  College Physics I and PHY 102  College Physics II (two 4-credit courses) or CHM 203 Organic Chemistry I and CHM 204 Organic Chemistry II (two 4-credit courses)
Choose two of the following Biology electives: BIO 211 Microbiology, BIO 220 Environmental Science, BIO 228 Molecular Biology, and/or BIO 237 Genetics (two 4-credit courses)

Note: The sequence BIO 121 – BIO 122 (a total of 8 credits) may be substituted for one 4-credit Biology elective.

Note: The minimum passing grade for all courses designated BIO, CHM, MTH or PHY is “C.” If you earn a grade below “C,” you need to repeat that course.
Total Credits Required for Degree: 61



First Semester
BIO 103 General Biology I (4 credits)
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
CHM 103 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
MTH 119 Pre-Calculus I (4 credits)

Second Semester
BIO 104 General Biology II (4 credits)
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
CHM 104 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
MTH 120 Pre-Calculus II (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)

Third Semester
PHY 101 College Physics I OR CHM 203 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
Biology elective (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Literature requirement (3 credits)

Fourth Semester
PHY 102 College Physics II OR CHM 204 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
Biology elective (4 credits)
Art or music requirement (3 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)


(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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