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2016-2017 Catalog 
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Biology, Associate of Science Degree in Science and Mathematics

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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
  • view the living world and oneself with greater insight, understanding and appreciation
  • demonstrate understanding of the principles, concepts and terminology of biology
  • discuss the development of biological ideas
  • 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

First Semester

Third Semester

  •  Mathematics 3-4 Credits 2

Fourth Semester

Total Credits 64 - 67

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

2 Mathematics by official placement test. Students must complete math through MATH 151 Calculus I . Students who have completed 7 credits of math, at least through MATH 151 Calculus I  , are not required to take a third course in math, but may substitute a science elective.

3 Students who pass the technological competency test (no credit) may take any General Education course. 

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