AAS Degree - Code #1554
Mark Amman, Program Coordinator
Email address: AmmanMJ@alfredstate.edu
The biological science program prepares graduates to function in various scientific laboratories or to continue their education in a number of science or pre-professional fields. The program provides a foundation in biology, chemistry, and mathematics as well as a common core of general studies in English and social sciences. Biological science is a flexible program that can be tailored to fit the educational requirements of a variety of laboratory-related occupations.
PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Explain and apply the scientific method in order to document, interpret and present results of an experiment.
Evaluate scientific literature to summarize current thinking on a significant topic.
Display effective interpersonal communication and work skills in the lecture and laboratory setting.
Choose and employ proper safety practices in the laboratory.
Demonstrate the calibration and operation of scientific instrumentation.
Utilize gravimetric and volumetric methods to determine the physical and chemical properties of matter.
Make both organic and inorganic compounds according to prescribed multi-step syntheses.
Use microbiological techniques to isolate organisms in pure culture.
Describe the association of structure and function of plants and animals.
Classify groups of organisms according to taxonomic criteria and evolutionary relationships.
DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM
Alfred State biological science graduates may enter directly into either the forensic science technology BS or technology management BBA degree program.
The program also enables graduates to transfer to four-year programs in biology and chemistry as well as programs such as sports medicine, forensic science, nuclear medicine, medical technology, ultrasound technology, and pre-professional programs (medicine, veterinary, dentistry, and pharmacy).
Law enforcement laboratories
Employment and transfer rate of 100 percent - 100 percent transferred to continue their education.
Students must possess fine motor skills which allow them to focus a microscope with fine adjustment and use forceps.
The program is located in the newly renovated Physical and Health Sciences Building. Four science-ready lecture rooms are on the first floor with the eight laboratories found on the second and third floors. The laboratories are outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation. Explore the alphabet soup list below.
UV-VIS Ultraviolet - Visible Spectrophotometry
FTIR Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometry with ATR attachment
AAS Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry
FS Fluorescence Spectrophotometry
GC-FID Gas Chromatography/Flame Ionization Detector
GC-MS Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy
HPLC High Performance Liquid Chromatography
CE Capillary Electrophoresis
PCR Polymerase Chain Reaction
Preparative vacuum system
Anatomic models and up-to-date application software for teaching and learning, as well as for independent study and research, are available.
Biological Science - AAS Degree
TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM
General Biology I
General Chemistry OR
Chemistry Principles I *
Topics in General Biology
Math Elective (MATH 1033 or greater)
General Biology II
Introduction to Literature
General Chemistry II OR
Chemistry Principles II *
Social Science Elective
Principles of Microbiology
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Organic & Sustainable Agriculture Tech.
Intro. to Forestry
Anatomy & Physiology I
Anatomy & Physiology II
Environmental Science Lab
Intro. to Microcomputer Appl.
Adv. Computer Spreadsheets
Technical Writing II
Integrated Pest Management
College Physics I
College Physics II
Calculus I (if not used as a technical elective)
Essentials of Pharmacology (online)
Other under advisement
MATH courses must be at the level of MATH 1033 college algebra or above.
Also required: One unit of physical education.
*preferred for transfer
A minimum of 63 credit hours is required for graduation, with an overall cumulative index of 2.0. A grade of "C" or better is required in the core science courses (those which have BIOL or CHEM prefixes).