Biology Transfer Option
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual/Society From Area 2 3
World View From Area 3 3
Calculus I MAT281 satisfies Area 4 requirement 4 MAT196 or MAT197 or placement
General Biology I/Lab BIO195 satisfies Area 5 requirement 4 ENG095 and RDG095 and MAT194 or placement-see note
Humanities From Area 6 3
General Biology II/Lab BIO196 4 BIO195; see note*
Cell Biology/Lab BIO207 4 BIO195 and CHM201 or Chair approval; see note*
Genetics and Lab BIO208 4 BIO196 or Chair approval; see note*
General Chemistry I/Lab CHM201 4 MAT197 and ENG111; see note*
General Chemistry II/Lab CHM202 4 CHM201; see note*
General Physics I/Lab or College Physics I/lab PHY201 or PHY251 4 MAT197; see note*, MAT281; see note*
General Physics II/Lab or College Physics II/Lab PHY202 or PHY252 4 PHY201; see note* PHY251; pre/co-req MAT282; see note*
Organic Chemistry/Lab I CHM251 4 CHM202 and ENG112; see note*
Organic Chemistry/Lab II CHM252 4 CHM251; see note*
Statistics I MAT183 3 MAT097
Calculus II MAT282 4 MAT281
Intro to Biotechnology BIO120 4 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement; see note*
Molecular Biotechnology and Lab BIO260 5 BIO120, BIO207, and BIO208 or Chair approval; see note*
Honors Seminar HON200 3
Population Ecology BIO210 4 BIO196 or chair approval
Interpretation and Presentation of Scientific Research SCI221 3 Complete Two: BIO195, CHM201, PHY201, and/or ENR101 or chair approval
Total Credits 62-64

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*Note: All science, engineering, and math courses that are pre or co-requisites of other science and engineering courses require a grade of C+ or better.

This program offers two degree options: Biology Transfer and Biotechnology. Each option prepares students for employment and for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Each option engages students in industry-level, inquiry based laboratory activities in order to develop and strengthen their critical thinking as well as their industry skills.

Option Overview

This option provides students with the technical coursework and laboratory experience that enables them to succeed in undergraduate biology programs. Upon graduation from BHCC, students are able to pursue further study at four-year colleges and universities in any number of areas including physiology, ecology, cell biology, biotechnology, genetics, botany, zoology, microbiology, biochemistry, wildlife conservation, or any of the health sciences. BHCC has articulation agreements with UMass Boston, UMass Amherst and UMass Lowell, enabling Biology Transfer graduates to enroll in any one of these universities as juniors, without losing credits.

Career Outlook

This option will allow students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities to seek a bachelor’s degree in biology. Students planning to transfer into a pre-medical, pre-veterinary, predental, pharmacy or chiropractic degree program should enroll in this program.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Use currently accepted biological, chemical, and physical concepts to investigate problems and ideas presented in advanced biological study. 
  • Use biological concepts to evaluate their own sciencerelated concerns such as personal health or careers. 
  • Use laboratory technology, equipment and techniques to investigate scientific problems critically and safely using proper scientific methods. 
  • Use molecular and cellular laboratory techniques that are commonly used in Biotechnology. 
  • Explain the major concepts of cell structure, function and cellular processes that are key to life.