Whether you are a student who plans a career in the sciences, an individual who is planning to change careers, or a student taking courses to complete general education courses to complete your degree, the Department of Biology and Chemistry offers a wide range of courses to help you achieve your goals. You will have enthusiastic and dedicated faculty members who have extensive experience in real world occupations who will help you meet your goals. Since New Jersey has the highest concentration of companies in the biological and chemical industries, career opportunities continue to expand. Biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, petrochemical, food science, and forensic sciences are just some of the fields open to you.
Department laboratories and equipment are state-of-the-art. You will acquire new marketable skills with your coursework, a solid foundation of knowledge, and critical thinking and problem solving skills to prepare you for your future career and for life in today’s technological age.
Associate in Science (A.S.).
These programs prepare you for transfer, with specialized tracks:
- Pre-Professional/Scientific. This is the most demanding of the tracks and prepares you to major in many fields of biology or to attend professional schools: medical, dental, veterinary and others.
- Environmental. This track prepares you for various majors in the environmental field. Students may also take field courses in Marine Science since the Department is a member of the Marine Sciences Consortium.
- Traditional. Most of you select this track to prepare for later specialization.
- Health Related. This track requires specific guidance to prepare you for certain fields such as physician’s assistant, optometry or podiatry.
- Education. You prepare for a career in teaching biology.
- Chemistry. This track prepares you to major in any chemistry or biochemistry field, and also is designed for students preparing for medical, dental or veterinary school, including those with previous degrees.
- Education. You prepare for a career in teaching chemistry.
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.). These programs are certified by the Chemical Technology Program Approval Service of the American Chemical Society. CCM is one of only ten colleges in the nation to have this certification. There is more emphasis on acquiring hands-on skills with state-of-the-art equipment, and you can go directly into the job market. These majors offer opportunities to work in industry while acquiring college credit. More then 80% of graduates continue on for further degrees.
- Biotechnology. You learn molecular genetics, DNA fingerprinting, and the use of modern instrumentation used in the biotechnology field.
- Chemical Technology. You master techniques in analytical chemistry and in high tech instrumentation including GC, HPLC, FTIR and many others for application in all branches of the chemical industry.
- Environmental Technology. You do field studies and master many environmental techniques including water quality analysis and high tech instrumentation, and you are prepared for a variety of occupations. You may also take field courses in Marine Sciences.
Whether you plan to take a single course or to complete a degree program, the Department of Biology and Chemistry is dedicated to helping you achieve your dreams.
Sharon Kapica, Chairperson
Department of Biology and Chemistry