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GPSTEM Biological Science Program

GPSTEM Biology

Liberal Arts — Biological Science Concentration

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 form 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 program.

This is a Mass Transfer eligible program.

What does a Biology Technician do?
  • Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories 
  • Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments
  • Monitor experiments
  • Make observations, and calculate and record results
  • Analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs
Where can a Biological Concentration take you?

Job-related Titles:  

  • Biological Science Laboratory Technician
  • Biological Technician
  • Environmental Technician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Associate
  • Research Specialist
  • Research Technician
  • Resource Biologist
  • Wildlife Biology Technician
Job Growth Job Growth

Employment of biological technicians is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Greater demand for biotechnology research is expected to increase the need for these workers. 

Wages Wages 

In Massachusetts, science technicians earn a median wage of $36,380–$49,490 per year.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014–15 Edition.

Mass Transfer

This is a MassTransfer eligible program. The MassTransfer program includes the MassTransfer Block — a set of general education, core requirements consisting of a minimum of 34 college-level credits. The program also ensures that a minimum of 60 credits will be accepted and applied to your baccalaureate program at a Massachusetts state university or University of Massachusetts campus. Depending on your GPA, you may also qualify for guaranteed admission and a tuition discount. For more information contact BCC Transfer Coordinator Geoffrey Tabor. 

Additional information on transfer agreements can be found at www.mass.edu/masstransfer.


Suggested Biology Science Pathway

Semester 1

  1. General Biology I 
  2. Introductory Chemistry I 
  3. Elementary Statistics 
  4. English Comp/Writing 
  5. History

Semester 2

  1. General Biology II 
  2. Introductory Chemistry II 
  3. History 
  4. English Comp/Writing

Semester 3

  1. Organic Chemistry I 
  2. Pre-calculus I 
  3. Communication 
  4. Behavioral/Social Science 
  5. Literature

Semester 4

  1. Organic Chemistry II 
  2. Environmental Studies 
  3. Science Elective 
  4. Behavioral/Social Science 
  5. Literature

Local Employers
  • Berkshire Health Systems: BMC, Fairview Hospital, BMC Hillcrest Cancer Center, BMC/Fairview Medical Clinics
  • MCLA
  • Private laboratories throughout Berkshire County
  • MA Department of Conservation & Recreation
  • Environmental Consultants
  • City Health Departments: Pittsfield, North Adams, Adams, Great Barrington
  • City Parks Departments: Pittsfield, North Adams, Adams, Great Barrington

Contact

Contact our Career & College Navigator for more information:

Shelly Armstrong
413-236-1639
sarmstrong@berkshirecc.edu