Liberal Arts and Sciences with Advisement Area in Biology
Associate in Science (A.S.) Liberal Arts and Sciences
The range of careers pursued after completing a baccalaureate degree program in this area of study is almost limitless. As a graduate, you will prepare yourself for opportunities in:
- Medicine (physical and occupational therapy, physician, physician assistant, medical laboratory technician, radiologist)
- Teaching (professor)
- Math/Science Related Areas (statistician, agronomist, biologist, geologist)
The biology program is designed to provide you with a strong science foundation in preparation for transferring to a four-year institution. Laboratory experiences enhance coursework.
The degree is recognized in transfer (articulation) agreements with a large number of public and private four-year institutions in New York State and across the nation.
Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.
Creative thinking and problem solving are combined with appropriate models, preserved specimen, and technical equipment to provide an excellent environment for learning. FLCC's biology laboratory is equipped with presentation equipment and computers. An additional science classroom has Pentium computers for you to use in group learning. New equipment for DNA analysis, electrophoresis, and electrocardiograms will provide you with specialized skills.
Graduates successfully transfer to four-year institutions* such as:
- The University of Rochester
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- Cornell University
- Keuka College
- St. John Fisher College
- SUNY Colleges at Brockport, Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, Buffalo, and Geneseo
As a biology major, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the Ed Morrell Biology/Biotechnology Scholarship. For information on this scholarship, contact a member of the science and technology department or the financial aid office.
Faculty in the biology department are accomplished master and PhD biologists with specialties in a wide range of areas such as gene therapy, DNA analysis, pharmacology, microbiology, protein chemistry, zoology, toxicology, and ecology. The faculty includes Chancellor Award winners, former research scientists, and active researchers.
The faculty brings a hands-on approach to learning and strives to engage you in active research during the early stages of your academic career. In addition to spending hours in the field collecting samples, past students in the program have studied the sex of migratory red-tail hawks and have performed DNA analysis in the lab.
Furthermore, biology majors are studying the effect of volcanic activity on the Island of Montserrat in the Caribbean. The research focuses on the molecular indicators of stress in corals and the use of biomarkers for the early detection of symbiotic breakdown. While enrolled in the program, you will be presented with the opportunity to travel with biologists to Montserrat to participate in this research. FLCC is proud to note that one of its graduates received the prestigious $20,000 Barry Goldwater Scholarship honoring their research work.