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2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology, Associate of Science Degree in Science and Mathematics

 Biology, an option of the Associate of Science degree program in Science and Mathematics, prepares students for transfer into bachelor’s degree programs at four-year colleges and universities in a variety of programs, including biological and agricultural sciences, horticulture, wildlife management, genetics and bioengineering. Graduates have transferred to state colleges in New Jersey, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Drew University and other colleges and universities throughout the country. Students develop an appreciation of the diversity of living things and the significance of their natural relation to one another and to their environment. Class sizes are small, offering students individualized attention from the faculty. Laboratories are in a modern facility which includes a greenhouse. Computers are also used in many laboratory courses.

Graduates are able to:

  • relate knowledge acquired in class to real-world systems and problems
  • understand and appreciate biological issues as they relate locally, nationally and globally
  • demonstrate understanding of the principles, concepts and terminology of biology
  • demonstrate the ability to use the scientific method
  • exhibit proficiency in laboratory and field methods, tools and techniques


Raritan Valley Community College Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degree programs are designed to comply with the New Jersey Community Colleges General Education Foundation which supports transfer of courses to NJ Public four-year colleges and universities.  Students who intend to transfer to a NJ college or university can further improve the transfer of courses by using the Recommended Transfer Program (RTP) feature in NJTransfer.org.



Curriculum – A.S. Degree

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

Total Credits 60

1 Mathematics by official placement. Students who place directly into MATH 151 Calculus I  should take two Mathematics courses in place of MATH 112 Precalculus I  and MATH 113 Precalculus II Choose from the following: MATH 110 Statistics I MATH 111 Statistics II , or MATH 152 Calculus II . Students who take at least 7 credits of Mathematics to replace MATH 112 Precalculus I  and MATH 113 Precalculus II   do not need to take a Free Elective.

2 Any college-level course except BIOL 111 Principles of Biology  or CHEM 102 Introduction to Chemistry .

3 Select two courses from the following: BIOL 221 Microbiology BIOL 231 Ecology BIOL 232 Field Botany BIOL 242 Genetics BIOL 245 Cellular & Molecular Biology BIOL 247 Vertebrate Zoology . 

4 Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education  list.