Associate in Science in General Science

Division of Biology & Chemistry — Curriculum Code: 0603

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


Why major in General Science?

The General Science program provides an opportunity for students interested in health care-related fields as well as those interested in teaching science in grades K – 12 to complete a general basic science associate’s degree. Students applying to Nursing & Allied Health programs can complete the prerequisites for these programs during the first semester. While waiting for acceptance into a professional program, students can pursue the remaining degree requirements. The curriculum will provide a solid foundation in core courses needed to major in many areas of science and health care. Emphasis is placed on the scientific method and critical analysis that will enable you to be a contributor to any scientific or medical team.

If I major in General Science, can I transfer to an upper division college or university?

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

If I major in General Science, how do I apply to Nursing or Allied Health programs?

See the curriculum guides in this catalog for specific admissions requirements for each program. You may also call the Nursing Department at (973) 877-1868 or the Allied Health Department at (973) 877-3354.

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 taking the core curriculum course in your major. In addition, if you are at the final level of remediation in English or mathematics, you can take BIO 100 and/or CHM 100. While these courses do not count toward graduation in this major, they provide an introduction to the 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 take an average of 17 credits each semester, you should be able to complete the program in two years. You can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer session.

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 biology, chemistry, and/or physics; and
  • Perform scientific investigations using proper scientific and laboratory safety protocols.



(33 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)

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

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills/Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (12 credits)

Choose one math course and a lab science sequence or two math courses and one lab science course from the following:

Math – MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 113, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 221, or MTH 222 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Lab Science – BIO 101 – BIO 102, BIO 103 – BIO 104, BIO 121 – BIO 122; CHM 101 – CHM 102, CHM 103 – CHM 104; PHY 101 – PHY 102, PHY 103 – PHY 104, or PHY 113 – PHY 114 (one or 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)



(24 credits)

Six to seven science electives* chosen from BIO, CHM, and/or PHY courses (six or seven courses = 24 credits total)

Note: Students should finish course sequences where possible. Also, the same course cannot be used to meet both the Lab Science General Education Requirement and the science elective Major Course Requirement.

* Note: Recommended science electives include the following courses: BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 103, BIO 104, BIO 121, BIO 122, BIO 211, BIO 220, BIO 228, BIO 237, BIO 241, BIO 251; CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 103, CHM 104, CHM 203, CHM 204; PHY 101, PHY 102, PHY 103, PHY 104, PHY 113, and PHY 114.



(3 credits)

Choose one free elective (one 3-credit course)

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: 60


First Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
Math requirement (4 credits)
Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Art or music requirement (3 credits)

Second Semester
ENG 102  College Composition II (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)

Third Semester
Literature requirement (3 credits)
Science elective (4 credits)
Science elective (4 credits)
Science elective (4 credits)

Fourth Semester
Science elective (4 credits)
Science elective (4 credits)
Science elective (4 credits)
Free elective (3 credits)

Important Notes:

  • If you plan to apply to the Nursing program, you must take the following three prerequisite courses and have a minimum GPA of 2.5: ENG 101 College Composition I, BIO 121 Anatomy and Physiology I, and CHM 101 College Chemistry I. (See the Nursing program curriculum guide in this catalog.)
  • If you plan to apply to the Radiography program, you must take the following four prerequisite courses and have a minimum GPA of 2.5: ENG 101 College Composition I, BIO 121 Anatomy and Physiology I, HSC 109 Medical Terminology, and MTH 100 Introductory College Mathematics. (See the Radiography program curriculum guide in this catalog.)
  • If you plan to apply to the Physical Therapist Assistant program, you must take the following three prerequisite courses and have a minimum GPA of 2.5: ENG 101 College Composition I, BIO 121 Anatomy and Physiology I, and PSY 101 General Psychology I. (See the Physical Therapist Assistant Program curriculum guide in this catalog.)
  • For assistance with Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, Vision Care Technology, Respiratory Care, and Licensed Practical Nurse program requirements, see the various program curriculum guides in this catalog, consult your academic advisor, or call the Allied Health Department at (973) 877-3354 or the Nursing Department at (973) 877-1868.

(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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