Begin your future in the life sciences smartly and economically with an Associate of Science in Life Sciences from Montco. Our program prepares you to transfer to a four-year institution and major in such fields as biology, chemistry, environmental science, physical or occupational therapy and pre-med, among others. It enables you to concentrate in either traditional life science or biomedical science.

Upon graduating from the Life Sciences program, our students transfer to such four-year institutions as Thomas Jefferson and Penn State University. We make transferring as seamless as possible and encourage you to speak to your advisor or a college counselor about this process.

Program outcomes
  • Explain basic biological and chemical concepts;
  • Evaluate issues in the life sciences that are of importance to organisms and/or the biosphere;
  • Apply the scientific method to a range of life sciences;
  • Utilize appropriate scientific techniques and technology for experimentation and data collection;
  • Collect, analyze, and report scientific data in an ethical manner.

Program Curriculum

Program effective Fall 2018
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General Education Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
CMS 120 Public Speaking 3
Elective Cultural Awareness and Diversity Elective 3
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility Elective 3
Elective Technological Fluency Elective 3
Elective Ethical Perspectives Elective 3

Major Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
BIO 151 Principles of Biology I 4
BIO 152 Principles of Biology II 4
CHE 151 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHE 152 Principles of Chemistry II 4
Elective Biology Lab Science (BIO-131, BIO 140, BIO 256 or BIO 260) - select two courses 8
Elective Lab Science (CHE-261, PHY 151, GLG 151, or BIT) - select two courses 8
MAT 130 Probability and Statistics 4
MAT 190 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4

Electives

Course ID Title Credits
Elective General Elective or Science Elective 3 - 4

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Full-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MAT 130 Probability & Statistics 4
CHE 151 Principles of Chemistry I 4
BIO 151 Principles of Biology I 4
Elective Any Cultural Awareness and Diversity Elective 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
CMS 120 Public Speaking 3
MAT 190 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4
CHE 152 Principles of Chemistry II 4
BIO 152 Principles of Biology II 4

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Any Aesthetic Sensibility Elective 3
BIO Elective Biology Lab Science (BIO-131, BIO 140, BIO 256 or BIO 260) 4
Elective Lab Science (CHE-261, PHY 151, GLG 151 or BIT) 4
Elective Any Technological Fluency Elective 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
BIO Elective Biology Lab Science (BIO-131, BIO 132, BIO 140, BIO 256 or BIO 260) 4
Elective Lab Science (CHE-261, CHE 262, PHY 151, PHY 152, GLG 151 or BIT) 4
Elective Open Elective 3-4
Elective Ethical Perspectives 3

Part-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
BIO 151 Principles of Biology I 4

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
CMS 120 Public Speaking 3
BIO 152 Principles of Biology II 4

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Any Cultural Awareness and Diversity Elective 3
MAT 130 Probability & Statistics 4

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
CHE 151 Principles of Chemistry I 4
MAT 190 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4

Semester 5

Course ID Title Credits
CHE 152 Principles of Chemistry II 4
BIO Elective Biology Lab Science (BIO-131, BIO 140, BIO 256 or BIO 260) 4

Semester 6

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Any Aesthetic Sensibility Elective 3
Elective Any Technological Fluency Elective 3

Semester 7

Course ID Title Credits
BIO Elective Biology Lab Science (BIO-131, BIO 132, BIO 140, BIO 256 or BIO 260) 4
Elective Lab Science (CHE-261, PHY 151, GLG 151 or BIT) 4

Semester 8

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Lab Science (CHE-261, CHE 262, PHY 151, PHY 152, GLG 151 or BIT) 4
Elective Open Elective 3-4

Semester 9

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Ethical Perspectives 3