The mission of the Biology Department at Bergen Community College is to establish a high quality biological science education for all of our students.
The department is committed to excellence in our teaching so that our students acquire:
- A fundamental knowledge of basic facts and theories in biology in order to pursue a career in science or allied health
- Essential scientific knowledge for non science majors such that these students will be able to understand scientific concepts in contemporary society
- An ability to critically analyze information using scientific reasoning
- Effective communication skills
The Associate of Science degree (A.S.)- biology option or Associate of Science degree (A.S.)- biotechnology option are designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology or biotechnology. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a pathway to careers as a biologist, biotechnologist, or other science positions. Students can take coursework and concentrated options in biology or biotechnology. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Bergen Community College faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by Bergen, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers https://bergen.emsicc.com.
Students pursuing the Associate of Science degree (A.S.)- biology option and the Associate of Science degree (A.S.)- biotechnology option can transfer into majors, such as biology or biotechnology. Students are encouraged to work closely with Bergen Community College faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer https://njtransfer.org.