Divisions & Departments

Essex County College offers a wide range of associate degree programs, academic certificate programs, and certificates of achievement through the following academic divisions and departments:

Biology, Chemistry & Physics

The Division offers A.S. degree programs designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions. The faculty hold advanced degrees in biology, chemistry and physics and are experienced teachers. In addition, most faculty have extensive research experience in their fields. The programs utilize state-of-the-art biology, chemistry and physics laboratories and students have access to multi-media computer laboratories with Internet access.

Academic Degrees:
Biology/ Pre-Medicine (A.S.)
Chemistry (A.S.)
Environmental Science (A.S.)
General Science (A.S.)

Location: Level II, Blue Area
Telephone: (973) 877-3430
Fax: (973) 877-1930


The Division offers A.S. degree programs designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions and A.A.S. and certificate programs designed to prepare students for business careers immediately upon graduation or to develop technical skills in specialized areas. The faculty have diverse academic and professional backgrounds including years of practical experience in the business field. Cooperative education credits are offered to students in a number of program areas to develop real world experience and to enhance employability skills.

Academic Degrees:
Accounting (A.A.S.)
Accounting (A.S.)
Business Administration (A.A.S)
Business Administration & Microcomputer Applications Option (A.A.S.)
Business Administration: Financial Services Option (A.A.S.)
Business Administration: Hospitality Management Option (A.A.S.)
Business Administration (A.S.)
Finance (A.S.)
Microcomputer Systems Applications (A.A.S.)
Supply Chain Management (A.S.)

Academic Certificates:
Business Career Development
Business Professional
Information Systems Office Operations

Certificate(s) of Achievement:
Internet-Web Design Specialist

Location: Level III, Green Area
Telephone: (973) 877-3222
Fax: (973) 877- 3550

Health Sciences

The Division offers A.S. degree programs designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions and A.A.S. and certificate programs designed to prepare students for health careers immediately upon graduation. The faculty are licensed to practice in their respective fields and have diverse academic and professional backgrounds. Most hold advanced practice credentials in their professional field. The programs utilize state-of-the-art on-campus laboratories to facilitate student learning.

Academic Degrees:
Health Science (A.S.)
Physical Therapist Assistant (A.A.S.)
Radiography (A.A.S.)
Vision Care Technology (A.A.S.)

Certificate(s) of Achievement:
Vision Care Technology

Location: Center for Health Sciences
Telephone: (973) 877-3354
Fax: (973) 877-1920

Humanities & Bilingual Studies

The Division encompasses art, cinema, communications, dance, drama, English composition, English literature, history, music, new media technology, philosophy, speech, and world languages. The Division offers A.A. and A.S. degree programs transferable to four-year institutions, and A.A.S. and certificate programs in preparation for immediate employment upon graduation; general education courses in art, English, history, music, and world languages required by various degree programs; and developmental courses in reading and writing, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to assist students who are not yet fully prepared for college-level courses. To supplement the classroom experience, the Humanities and Bilingual Studies faculty participate in, develop, and support various cultural events, organizations, and activities including many designed to promote feelings of positive cultural awareness among students and the bilingual communities of Essex County. Counseling, tutoring, cooperative education, computer-assisted language learning, and other support services are also available to students.

Academic Degrees:
Arts (A.A.)
Liberal Arts (A.A.)
Liberal Arts: Africana Studies Option (A.A.)
Liberal Arts: Communications Option (A.A.)
Liberal Arts: Journalism Option (A.A.)
Liberal Arts: Spanish Language Option (A.A.)
Music (A.S.)
New Media Technology (A.A.S.)

Academic Certificates:
English as a Second Language (ESL)

Certificates of Achievement:
Digital Media and Electronic Publishing

Location: Level I, Red Area
Telephone: (973) 877-3285; (973) 877-3450
Fax: (973) 877-1911; (973) 623-6449

Mathematics, Engineering Technologies & Computer Sciences

The Division offers A.S. degree programs designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions to pursue advanced degrees in mathematics, engineering, computer, science and technology and A.A.S. and certificate programs designed to prepare students to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. The Mathematics Department also provides general education courses in mathematics required for all degree programs, as well as developmental mathematics courses which, upon completion, enable students to perform successfully in mathematics-intensive courses and science courses required in their major area of study. Faculty of the Division are experienced educators with diverse backgrounds in the various applied sciences and technical fields including engineering, computer sciences, and mathematics who are well qualified to impart the knowledge necessary to prepare students for a wide variety of careers. Furthermore, many of the Division faculty have professional experience in industrial settings and have earned doctoral degrees or professional engineering licenses in their field of specialty.

Please note that most mathematics courses are sequential in nature and so care should be taken to register for courses in their proper order and without long time delay between courses, and also note that the College offers tutoring in mathematics at each of its campuses. The Center for Technology, which houses the Engineering and Computer Science faculty and laboratories, has 30,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories, and office space on two levels. The engineering and computer science courses utilize cutting-edge equipment in spacious laboratories designed for training the next generation of engineers, technicians, and scientists.

Academic Degrees:
Applied Computer Science (A.S.)
Architectural Technology (A.A.S.)
Civil Engineering Technology (A.A.S.)
Computer Information Systems (A.S.)
Computer Science (A.S.)
Cybersecurity & Network Technology (A.A.S.)
Electronic Engineering Technology (A.A.S.)
Engineering (A.S.)
Health Information Technology (A.A.S.)
Manufacturing Engineering Technology (A.A.S.)
Mathematics (A.S.)
Mechanical Engineering Technology (A.A.S.)
Software Development Technology (A.A.S.)
Technical Studies (A.A.S.)
Technical Studies: Uniform Construction Code Technology (A.A.S.)

Academic Certificates:
Computer and Network Support
Database System Administration
Software Development & Programming

Certificates of Achievement:
Building Code Technology
Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Technology
Electrical Code Technology
Fire Code Technology
Plumbing Code Technology

Engineering Technologies & Computer Sciences
Location: Center for Technology
Telephone: (973) 877-4400
Fax: (973) 877-4407

Location: Level II, Blue Area
Telephone: (973) 877-3302


The Department offers the A.A.S. degree program designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in hospitals and other health care facilities immediately upon graduation. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the certification exam (NCLEX) to be a registered nurse. The Department also offers the opportunity for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to gain credit for previous LPN education and license toward the completion of an A.A.S. degree in Nursing. The Nursing program utilizes state-of-the-art on-campus laboratories, including a nursing simulation laboratory and a multimedia computer laboratory, to facilitate student learning. Many colleges have upper-division nursing programs which allow Associate Degree graduates to transfer most or all of their credits toward a Bachelor of Science degree program in Nursing (B.S.N.). Currently Essex County College has such articulation agreements with New York University, New Jersey City University, St. Peter’s College, Felician College, Kean University, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, and William Paterson University.

Academic Degrees:
Nursing (A.A.S.)
Nursing: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Articulation Option (A.A.S.)

Academic Certificate(s):
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

The Nursing Department is accredited by the following:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Program
    New Jersey Board of Nursing
    Dr. Dorothy Smith Carolina, Executive Director
    PO Box 45010
    Newark, NJ 07101
    Phone: (973) 504-6430
  • Registered Nurse (RN) Program
    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326
  • New Jersey Board of Nursing
    Dr. Dorothy Smith Carolina, Executive Director
    PO Box 45010
    Newark, NJ 07101
    Phone: (973) 504-6430

Location: Center for Health Sciences
Telephone: (973) 877-1868
Fax: (973) 877-3216

Social Sciences

The Division offers A.S. degree and A.A. degree programs designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions, and A.A.S. degree and certificate programs designed to prepare students for careers in the social sciences immediately upon graduation. For students majoring in Human and Social Services and Education, there is a mandatory internship experience required as part of the curriculum. Students in select programs may earn cooperative education credits for work experience related to academic or career interests. Students who wish to take specific career courses for employment advancement are encouraged to meet with the chairperson of the Division or coordinators of respective programs for assistance in selecting courses that will meet their special needs. The faculty hold advanced degrees, are professionally active, and are also involved in research and publication. They serve on numerous boards and committees, and many are leaders in human service fields, frequently organizing training events for agency networks in the region.

Academic Degrees:
Criminal Justice (A.S.)
Education (A.A.)
Human and Social Services (A.A.S.)
Paralegal Studies (A.S.)
Physical Education (A.S.)
Social Sciences (A.S.)

Academic Certificates:
Legal Secretary
Massage Therapy

Certificates of Achievement:
Child Development Associate
Human and Social Services
Nurse Paralegal

Location: Level III, Yellow Area
Telephone: (973) 877-3250
Fax: (973) 623-6449

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.) degree programs are specifically designed to prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program is designed to prepare students for immediate employment upon completion, although students in some majors may be able to transfer most or all of their credits to baccalaureate programs.

The Academic Certificate programs are designed to provide employment skills in one year or less of full-time study. They enhance or supplement existing skills or offer preparation for a new career path.

Certificates of Achievement programs are different from Academic Certificate programs in that Certificate of Achievement programs can be less than 30 credits and also do not require general education courses beyond those that support career education.

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