Division of Biology, Chemistry and Physics

This division offers A.S. degree programs to prepare students for transfer to 4-year colleges or universities. Faculty hold advanced degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Physics and are experienced in teaching and the majority have extensive research experience in their fields. Curriculum design fosters students’ understandings of the scientific method using instructional modes including oral and written communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills; and data analysis/interpretation; laboratory exercises reinforce theoretical concepts. Students have access to multimedia, computer laboratories with internet access, and state-of-the-art equipment.

Location: Level II, Blue Area, Second Floor

Chairperson: Eunice Kamunge

Faculty: Ezdehar Abu-Hatab, Martin Asobayire, Bagher Bagheri, Jose Chestnut, Brendan M. Doyle, Frank Duroy, Michael E. Frank, Yasser Kabakibi, Eunice Kamunge, Jeffrey N. Lee, Nadezhda Lvov, Nidhal Marashi, Sujatha Ramakrishnan, Cecilia Rozak, Jill Stein, and Lynn Wilson

Administrative Assistant: Aissatou Barry

Laboratory Manager: Kanji Ojelade

Laboratory Assistants: Samuel Amoakehene, Yuliana Castillo, Evelyn Garcia, and Nabil Kabakibi

Degree Programs:

Biology/Pre-Medicine Program

Division of Biology, Chemistry & Physics – Curriculum Code: 0601

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

 

Why major in Biology/Pre-Medicine?

Biology is the primary life science from which students can enter specific fields of study as diverse as molecular biology, forestry, pathophysiology, neuroanatomy, and parasitology.  Biology also provides foundations for students wishing to become physicians, dentists, or other medical professionals. Curriculum is equivalent to the first two years of a baccalaureate program in Biology. Emphasis is placed on scientific method and critical analysis that enables you to be a contributor to any scientific or medical team.

If I major in Biology/Pre-Medicine, can I transfer to an upper-division college or University?

The Associate in Science degree in Biology/Pre-Medicine prepares you for transfer to upper-division colleges and universities to pursue a bachelor’s degree. ECC’s transfer/ articulation agreements with area four-year institutions provide smooth transfer for graduates.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Basic skills testing is required for all majors. Major courses begin once you have completed all developmental courses. In addition, when at the final level of remediation in Mathematics and English, you can take either BIO 100 or CHM 100. While neither of these count toward graduation in this major, they introduce you to basic biology and/or chemistry that prepares you for this program.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental courses and you take an average of 17 credits per semester, you should be able to complete the program in two years. You can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer session.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills, including the scientific method, qualitative and quantitative data analysis;
  • Demonstrate mastery of fundamental concepts of biology at the molecular and cellular levels;
  • Demonstrate mastery of fundamental concepts of biology at the organismal, community and ecosystem levels; and
  • Perform scientific investigations using proper laboratory instrumentations and laboratory procedures.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3430.

Biology/Pre-Medicine A.S./M.D. Option Program

Division of Biology, Chemistry & Physics – Curriculum Code: 061G

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

 

Why major in Biology/Pre-Medicine?

The major in Biology/ Pre-Med AS/MD option provides opportunity for students interested in pursuing careers in medicine. Upon completion of coursework, graduates are eligible to apply for admission into a 5-year M.D. program at St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies.

If I major in Biology/Pre-Medicine A.S./M.D. option, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Biology/ Pre-Medicine A.S./M.D. option is specifically designed to meet undergraduate (pre-medicine) requirements for admission into the 5-year M.D. program at St. George’s University. However, credits are also transferable to baccalaureate programs (B.S. or B.A.) in Biology at other colleges and universities.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on placement testing, you may have to take developmental courses in English and/or Mathematics before taking core courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental courses and you register for an average of 16 credits per semester, you can complete the A.S. program in two years. You

can shorten the length of the time by taking courses in summer sessions.

Upon completion graduates will be able to:

  • Utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills to become avid learners; and
  • Apply for entry into a 5-year M.D. program by demonstrating mastery in biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics.

Through its administration by the Division of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, the Biology/ Pre-Med A.S./M.D. option program demands academic rigor. The minimum required GPA is 3.5.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3430.

Chemistry Program

Division of Biology, Chemistry & Physics – Curriculum Code: 0602

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

Why major in Chemistry?

Chemistry is essential to fields such as biology, medicine, dentistry, chemical engineering, pharmacology, forensics, and polymer science. Chemists are in high demand and often go on to senior leadership levels in corporations. Curriculum is equivalent to first two years of a baccalaureate Chemistry program.

If I major in Chemistry, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The A.S. degree in Chemistry prepares you for transfer to upper-division bachelor’s degree programs. ECC’s agreements with area four-year institutions provide smooth transfer.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Basic skills testing is required for all majors. Major courses begin once developmental ones are completed. In addition, when at final remediation levels, you can take CHM 100. While this does not count toward graduation in this major, it introduces basic chemical principles and theories that you will be learning in this program.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If remedial courses are not needed and you average 17 credits per semester, program can be completed in two years; which can be shortened by taking courses in summer sessions.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills, including the scientific method and methods of scientific conversion;
  • Demonstrate mastery of fundamental concepts of thermochemistry, molecular geometry, states of matter, gas laws, quantum theory, chemical reactions, gases, and chemical calculations;
  • Demonstrate mastery of fundamental concepts of stoichiometry, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, and acids and bases;
  • Explain the importance of chemistry in everyday life;
  • Specify synthetic pathways of organic molecules;
  • Define functional groups and reactions that they are involved in;
  • Perform chemical experimentation in a safe and scientific manner, using proper scientific and laboratory safety procedures; and
  • Successfully transfer to four-year undergraduate degree programs in chemistry.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3430.

Environmental Science Program

Division of Biology, Chemistry & Physics – Curriculum Code: 2207

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

Why major in Environmental Science?

The Environmental Science Program provides opportunities for students interested in the environment and related fields. This major begins to prepare you for careers in environmental, remediation, petroleum and civil engineering fields as laboratory technicians, field analysts, and environmental technicians. With experience, you may find positions in additional areas such as research exploration, production, and consumer service.

If I major in Environmental Science, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Associate in Science degree in Environmental Science prepares you for transfer to upper-division colleges and universities to pursue a bachelor’s degree. ECC’s transfer/ articulation agreements with area four-year institutions provide smooth transfer for our A.S. graduates.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Basic skills testing is required for all majors. Major courses begin once all developmental courses are completed. When final levels of remediation in Mathematics and/or English, you can take either BIO 100 or CHM 100. While neither of these courses count toward graduation in this major, they introduce you to basic biology and chemistry that prepares you for this program.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental courses and an average of 17 credits per semester, the program can be completed in two years; which can be shortened by taking courses in summer session.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills, including the scientific method and methods of scientific conversion;
  • Demonstrate mastery of fundamental concepts of biology, geology, and chemistry;
  • Perform qualitative, quantitative, and instrumental analysis of geological and environmental data and samples using standard tools and equipment; and
  • Use computers for collecting and assessing laboratory and field data and for preparing reports.

Where should I direct specific questions about this this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3430.

General Science Program

Division of Biology, Chemistry & Physics – Curriculum Code: 0603

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

Why major in General Science?

The General Science program provides opportunities for students interested in health care-related fields as well as those interested in teaching science in grades K-12 to complete a general basic science associate’s degree. Students applying to Nursing & Allied Health programs can complete the prerequisites for these programs during the first semester. While waiting for acceptance into a professional program, students can pursue remaining degree requirements. The curriculum provides a solid foundation in core courses needed to major in many areas of science and health care. Emphasis is placed on the scientific method and critical analysis that enables you to be a contributor to any scientific or medical team.

If I major in General Science, can I transfer to an upper division college or university?

The Associate in Science degree in General Science prepares you for transfer to upper-division colleges and universities to pursue a bachelor’s degree. ECC’s transfer/articulation agreements with area four-year institutions provide smooth transfer for our A.S. graduates.

If I major in General Science, how do I apply to Nursing or Allied Health Programs?

See the curriculum guides in this catalog for specific admissions requirements for each program. You may also call the Nursing Department at (973) 877-1868 or the Allied Health Department at (973) 877-3354.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on placement testing, you may have to take developmental courses in English and/or Mathematics before taking the core courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental courses and you take an average of 17 credits per semester, you can complete the program in two years. You can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in summer sessions.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills, including the scientific method and methods of scientific conversion;
  • Demonstrate mastery of fundamental concepts of biology, chemistry, and/or physics; and
  • Perform scientific investigations using proper scientific and laboratory safety protocols.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3430.

Physics Program

Division of Biology, Chemistry & Physics – Curriculum Code: 0608

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

Why major in Physics?

Physics is the scientific study of matter and energy and is fundamental to understanding the natural world, including other natural sciences like Chemistry and Biology. A degree in physics provides opportunities for challenging and exciting careers in the many subfields of Physics, as well as in many technical and non-technical professions. Since physics students learn transferable skills, they also find careers in a variety of other fields, including, among many others, archaeology, astronomy, biology, mathematics, computer science, teaching, law, medicine, environmental sciences, finance, operations research, marketing, industrial management, engineering, and oceanography.

If I major in Physics, can I transfer to an upper division college or university?

The Associate in Science degree in Physics prepares you for transfer to four-year colleges and universities to pursue a bachelor’s degree.  ECC’s transfer/articulation agreements with area four-year institutions provide smooth transfer for our graduates.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on placement testing, you may have to take developmental courses in English and/or Mathematics before taking core courses in your major. Students are strongly recommended to take pre-calculus in high school or during the summer before beginning college calculus.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental course work and you register for an average of 16-17 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You may shorten the time by taking courses in summer sessions.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Understand principles of physics and be able to apply these to problems of both fundamental and practical interest;
  • Design and conduct experiments, and use the scientific method to analyze a problem and draw conclusions from data and observations; and
  • Demonstrate thinking skills and ability to identify, formulate, and solve technical problems.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3430.