Life Sciences Degree Builds Pathway to Biological, Biomedical Careers

by Alana J. Mauger

Montgomery County Community College’s Board of Trustees took action Tuesday to approve a new Associate in Science (A.S.) Life Sciences degree program effective fall 2014. The program affirms the College’s commitment to developing relevant STEM programs that build a pipeline of skilled science and technology professionals for the region.

Designed for seamless transfer, the Life Sciences A.S. degree program will provide students with a clear pathway to a four-year degree in life science disciplines, while offering flexibility that accommodates concentrations in both traditional biology disciplines and biomedical health sciences.

The Traditional Life Sciences concentration will prepare students for future study in Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs in general biology, microbiology, organismal biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, environmental science, agriculture, and biology education. The Biomedical Science concentration will prepare students for study in the fields of cytotechnology, medical laboratory science and nuclear medicine, among others.

MCCC’s STEM faculty continue to work with faculty from premier four-year colleges and universities to establish program-to-program articulation agreements that facilitate seamless transfer opportunities for the program’s students.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the demand for life and medical scientists is expected to grow by nine to 13 percent through 2022, depending on specialization. The median salary for life and medical scientists in 2012 ranged from $68,780 to $76,980.

The Life Sciences degree program replaces the College’s previous A.S. in Biological Sciences degree program, which was deleted by the Board in May 2012 after determining that the program no longer met the broad-based educational needs of the College’s students.

To learn more about Montgomery County Community College’s STEM programs, visit mc3.edu/academics.

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