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Biological Science Concentration


Program Advisor: Fayette Reynolds, 413-236-4557

The Biological Science concentration in the Liberal Arts degree program provides a strong foundation in the sciences; as well as general education courses in mathematics, social sciences, and the humanities. Students graduating from this program are prepared for transfer into baccalaureate programs in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, pharmacology, public health, pre-medical, pre-veterinary, pre-dental, and related programs. This is a MassTransfer eligible program.


 Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • describe the major components and processes of molecular and cellular biology;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the major structures and physiological processes of organismal biology;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles and processes of evolution and systematics;
  • demonstrate an understanding of major ecological principles;
  • recognize the diversity and interrelatedness of modern biological disciplines and the connections between biology and the physical sciences;
  • describe the societal place of biology, and appropriately communicate and apply the fundamental principles of biology to cur rent social, medical, ethical and environmental issues;
  • evaluate and present scientific arguments;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the Scientific Method;
  • demonstrate technical, equipment and measurement skills essential to basic scientific inquiry;
  • adopt a collaborative approach to problem solving.


To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 62 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below.

 Program               26 Credits 
 BIO 101  General Biology I  4
 CHM 201  Organic Chemistry I    4
 CHM 202  Organic Chemistry II                                  4
 ENG  Literature  3
 MAT 123  Elementary Statistics  3
   Science Electives (see footnote 1)  8


General Education      36 Credits
 CHM 101  Introductory Chemistry I     4
 CHM 102  Introductory Chemistry II  4
 COM  Communication  3
 ENG  English Composition/Writing    6
 ENG   Literature  3
 HIS 113  Western Civilization to 1500  3
 HIS 114  Western Civilization Since 1500   3
 MAT 121  Precalculus I (or higher)  3
   Behavioral and Social Science  6
   Environmental Studies (see footnote 1)    1
 Additional  As Shown
Core Competencies Portfolio 6 items
Forum 12 units
Health/Fitness 30 hours
Minimum Cumulative Averages:  
  • Overall
  •  Area of Specialization: All Required BIO & CHM
    Courses & Science Electives


The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time to complete the program may vary according to each student's individual needs.

 First Semester   17 Credits 
 BIO 101  General Biology I  4
 CHM 101  Introductory Chemistry I  4
 ENG  English Composition/Writing           3
 MAT 121                 Precalculus I  3
   Behavioral and Social Science  3
 Second Semester   17 Credits 
 MAT 123 Elementary Statistics     3
   Science Elective (see footnote 1)  4
 CHM 102  Introductory Chemistry II  4
 COM  Communication  3
 ENG  English Composition/Writing     3
 Third Semester        14 Credits
 CHM 201  Organic Chemistry I  4
   Science Elective (see footnote 1)  4               
 ENG  Literature  3
 HIS 113  Western Civilization to 1500    3


Fourth Semester    14 Credits 
 CHM 202  Oragnic Chemistry ll 4
 ENG  Literature 3              
 HIS 114  Western Civilization Since 1500 3              
   Behavioral and Social Science 3              
   Environmental Studies
(see footnote 1)

1. Science Electives must be chosen from the following: BIO 102, General Biology II; BIO 109, Ecology I; BIO 110, Ecology II; BIO 201, Anatomy and Physiology I; BIO 202, Anatomy and Physiology II; BIO 207, Microbiology; BIO 230, Biotechnology; ENV 251, Environmental Health; PHY 101, College Physics I; PHY 102, College Physics II. Completion of an environmentally focused laboratory science, such as BIO 109 or BIO 110, fulfills both the Natural or Physical Science and the Environmental Studies requirements.