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Rowan College at Gloucester County

Biology (A.S.)


For students interested in a biology-oriented career (pre-med, environmental science, forestry, etc.), this program provides a concentrated study during ​the first two years towards a baccalaureate degree. Although science and math are stressed, humanities and social science electives aid in providing a broad educational experience. Students are advised to check the requirements of their anticipated vocation or bachelor's degree program at the college to which they intend to transfer.

Program Goals

Students who have completed the program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate application of theoretical concepts and fundamental principles in the biological sciences, including use of the scientific method

  • Conduct background research on life science topics to draw educated conclusions and demonstrate the ability to access and assess information, including understanding of basic concepts, processes and key words necessary to explore topics

  • Communicate with others in written and oral form and present life science information effectively

  • Operate basic laboratory equipment successfully, including microscopes, measurement devices and computer technologies

  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address biology-based problems, including utilizing statistics and graphical analyses


Rowan College welcomes students seeking a post-secondary education. Admission to this program is open to high school graduates, GED (General Education Development) recipients or others who can benefit from the instruction offered. High school students may be considered for early admission or the High School Option program. Applications are accepted from students in other New Jersey counties and other states and countries.

Program Classes

Download the Program Requirements to view a semester-by-semester breakdown of the required classes and electives for this program.

Please view the RCGC Catalog for class descriptions.

Visit the Class Schedule Listing to view the availability of classes for each semester.

Program Advisor
Current students please visit to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. Future students please visit to learn more about how to get started.
NOTE: Students involved with other groups (Educational Opportunity Fund, Student Athlete, etc.) report to that advisor.

Download​ Program Requirements


Transfer Opportunities

Through the College’s new premier partnership with Rowan University and other college partnership programs, students are admitted concurrently to Rowan College and one of its partnering universities —​ immediately beginning their studies toward an advanced degree. 

In addition, the College also maintains 75 program articulation agreements with four-year institutions. After successfully completing an associate degree, students have the option to transfer to the university or college of their choice.

Some of our students in this program have transferred to the following four-year institutions:

  • Drexel University

  • Rutgers University

  • The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

  • Temple University

  • Widener University

Please visit the CAP Center to discuss transfer options.

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete this program will qualify for employment as:

  • Biological technicians

  • Marine biologists

  • Microbiologists

Find out where U.S. News & World Report rates these jobs in U.S. News' 100 Best​ Jobs.

Please visit the CAP​​​ Center to discuss career options.

The content and requirements of the program requirements may be altered at any time at the discretion of the College. The program requirements were checked for accuracy at the time of publishing but should not be considered a contract between the College and the student.