Associate of Science Degree

What You Will Learn

Biology is one of the most rapidly developing sciences due to the growing need for trained professionals in new, as well as traditional fields, including medical, environmental, research and veterinary. The curriculum at CCM with each of its seven tracks reflects this expanding science and its related technologies by emphasizing the sciences and mathematics in a Liberal Arts Program.

Students enrolled in the Associate of Science (A.S.) in Biology Program at CCM will complete courses that transfer and parallel those required in the first two years of most bachelor degree programs in biology or those required for entry into the most popular professional programs such as medical, dental or veterinary medical schools.

College programs may differ widely in course offerings for various biology majors. In order to achieve maximum transfer of credits, it is essential that students speak to their academic advisors and consult the transfer institution regarding specific curriculum requirements.

Why Study Biology at CCM?

Students who study Biology at the County College of Morris will learn from enthusiastic and dedicated faculty members who have the knowledge and experience to guide students with a wide range of courses. Faculty members help students achieve their goals by using state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment. CCM students will have a solid foundation of knowledge and critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

CCM also offers seven tracks in the Biology Program.

Traditional – Track 1

  • Track 1 is the traditional curriculum, which, because of its general scope, is anticipated to satisfy the needs of majority of students.
  • Students in this program can continue in any direction. In certain circumstances, students may have to make up credits upon transferring.


Health Related – Track 2

  • Intended only for students who are preparing to transfer directly to a certain professional schools including chiropractic, occupational therapy and physician’s assistant programs.
  • This program is not suitable for students wishing to apply to programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry or podiatry since this track has a more narrow selection of courses which may restrict transfer options.


Preprofessional/Scientific – Track 3

  • Intended to meet the needs of those whose math and science skills are above average and who hope to transfer to the more competitive baccalaureate programs, professional schools or medical, veterinary or dental schools.


Environmental – Track 4

  • Designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in environmental science, ecology and natural resources.
  • These programs are becoming increasingly more specialized in the array of courses required in the first two years.


Nutrition – Track 5

  • The courses in this track are specifically designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in a career in nutrition.
  • Intended for students who are preparing to transfer directly to a four-year school with programs that offer a registered dietician (RD) credential or Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTR) certification.


Teacher Education Biology – Track 6

  • Students in this program are preparing to transfer to a four-year program that will prepare them to teach at the elementary to high school levels.
  • The Teacher Education Program includes 10 other areas of specialization. Faculty advisors from both the biology and education departments advise students in this program as it is within a larger, multidisciplinary program, TEBIO.


Biotechnology – Track 7

  • Biotechnology, the most rapidly growing sector in the field of biology and a major industry in New Jersey, is the application of life sciences to benefit humankind.
  • Designed to meet the needs of students interested in biotechnology

Biology Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Define and explain the key ideas and foundational concepts in the biological sciences.
  2. Apply the correct use of biological instrumentation and proper laboratory and safety techniques.
  3. Explain and apply the scientific method including designing, conducting and analyzing experiments.
  4. Locate, analyze and evaluate scientific literature and synthesize the information obtained to effectively communicate scientific information in written or oral format.
  5. Identify and assess ethical issues as they pertain to the biological sciences.
  6. Solve problems in the biological sciences using appropriate mathematical concepts, critical-thinking skills, and technology.
  7. Identify the role played by the biological sciences as they relate to the individual and society.

Career Opportunities

  • Biologist
  • Biological Technician
  • Environmental Technician
  • Environmental Scientist/Specialist
  • Occupational Health/Safety Specialist
  • Veterinarian
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Chiropractor
  • Physician/Physician’s Assistant
  • Biology Teacher
  • Registered Dietician
  • Dentist/Hygienist

Where You Can Go

CCM credits from the Biology program are readily transferable towards four-year Biology and other degrees at many state and private colleges and universities. CCM has Biology articulation agreements with:

  • Centenary College
  • College of Saint Elizabeth
  • Drew University
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • Rider University
  • West Virginia University
  • William Paterson University

Contact Info

Biology and Chemistry Department
Sheffield Hall, Room 208

Professor Caitlin Burns