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Biological Science

Whether studying organisms under a microscope, the effect of insect population in a forest, or viruses that affect humans, biologists learn how living things work and evolve. The work that biologists do increases our understanding of the natural world that we live in.

NCC's Biological Science program is designed to give students a traditional liberal arts education with a science and math emphasis that will transfer to a four-year college or university. Students will receive a solid foundation in biology and chemistry, along with mandatory mathematics and other Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences electives. Technologically-equipped classrooms can be found in NCC's Penn Hall labs, where students are engaged in inquiry-based, industry-level activities to strengthen their critical thinking and connection with the course material.

Degree Programs

Semesters: 4
Credits: 63
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Campus: Bethlehem|Monroe
Program Type: Associate in Science

NCC's program can be customized to prepare you for the range of majors and fields that are based in biological sciences, including environmental sciences, genetics, molecular biology and more. By working closely with an advisor, you can choose the right electives, and stay on track with the requirements of the transfer college of your choice.


Program Information

Our Biological Science degree is designed to transfer to a four-year school upon completion and mirrors the first two year's of most bachelor's program. Make sure to connect with our transfer advising team to start planning and get on track from the start. By working closely with faculty and advisors, students can plan their course of study to ensure that they will enter the transfer school of their choice well-prepared.

Some of the schools our NCC Biological Science students have transferred to include: Cedar Crest College, East Stroudsburg University, Florida Institute of Technology, Kutztown University, Millersville University, Moravian College, Pennsylvania State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Temple University, University of Colorado, West Chester University, and many others nationwide.


Career Opportunities

Biologists learn how living things work, how they interact with one another, and how they evolve. They may study cells under a microscope, insects in a rainforest, viruses that affect human beings, or plants in a greenhouse. Their work increases our understanding about the natural world in which we live and helps us address issues of personal well being and worldwide concern, such as environmental depletion, threats to human health, and maintaining viable and abundant food supplies.

There are several career paths that those with a background in the biological sciences can follow, including research, health care, environmental management and conservation, education, biotechnology, forensic science, and business & industry. In fact, there are many career options for biologists who want to combine their scientific training with interest in other fields.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (, employment in the biological science fields is projected to increase by 31 percent by 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. More professionals with a background in the biological sciences will be needed to use the knowledge they have gained from basic research to develop biological products and processes that improve our lives.

Future Career Paths

  • Biotechnology
  • Forestry Management
  • Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Teaching
  • Environmental Studies
  • Medicine
  • Research
  • Veterinary Medicine

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