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Allied Health & Biological Sciences Concentration, Natural Sciences AS

Program Type: Transfer
Delivery Method: On-campus
Personal Interests: Biology and other natural sciences, health care, helping others, research and discovery
Skill Development: Scientific and research methods, investigation, communication, critical thinking
Career Options: Health care, industry, education, nonprofits
Program Code: HEGIS 5649

Complete core requirements for a bachelor’s degree in allied health and biological fields

Jefferson’s Allied Health & Biological Sciences Concentration, Natural Sciences A.S. degree program provides you with the basic sciences, mathematics, and liberal arts courses needed for seamless transfer to a four-year college or university.

This specific concentration focuses on knowledge and skills needed for success in a wide range of natural science and health care fields. You’ll take classes in life sciences and health care disciplines, learn about the biology of living things and how they interact with the environment, and use scientific investigation principles to solve complex problems.

A concentration in allied health and biological sciences provides excellent preparation for careers in biotechnology, cardiovascular perfusion technology, dental hygiene, dietetics, environmental science, forensic science, forestry, medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, veterinary science, and any medical field.

If you are pursuing this program, you should have completed three or four years of high school mathematics, two or three years of traditional science, and four years of English in high school.

This program offers:

  • Strong foundation for studies toward bachelor’s and master’s degrees
  • Math and science preparation for use in a variety of fields
  • Electives that match your scientific interests and career goals
  • Cost savings on general education and introductory math and science classes

Graduates can look forward to growth in health careers

Health care jobs are expected to grow at a rate of nearly 20 percent over the next decade, which means more than two million jobs for students pursuing careers in allied health.

Complete your associate’s degree at Jefferson and continue your education in medicine, chiropractic, dentistry, veterinary, biotechnology, forensic science, nursing, medical imaging, laboratory science, or other disciplines at a four-year college or university, going on to a graduate or professional program as needed. You’ll have the skills you need to diagnose and treat diseases, help someone walk again, or research new medications and treatment methods.

Learn the scientific method and natural science concepts

When you complete Jefferson’s Natural Sciences A.S. degree with an Allied Health & Biological Science Concentration you will be able to:

  • Recognize components of the scientific method
  • Conduct experiments, collect and analyze data, and evaluate experimental hypotheses
  • Apply scientific information to understand natural science concepts
  • Transfer having completed seven of 10 SUNY General Education requirements

Focus on physical science

Jefferson’s Natural Sciences A.S. program also offers a concentration in physical science. Explore the physical science option.

Transfer to the bachelor’s program of your choice

Complete this degree and choose from a wide range of transfer options, including SUNY universities and private colleges.

Formal transfer agreements with some institutions make transfer to specific programs especially smooth:

  • Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Science, various programs
  • New York’s Chiropractic College
  • Paul Smith’s College
  • SUNY Alfred State College, Forensic Science Technology B.S.
  • SUNY Cobleskill, Agricultural Biotechnology B.S.
  • SUNY Empire State College
  • SUNY Potsdam
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • University at Buffalo, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Degree requirements for Allied Health & Biological Sciences A.S.

Natural Sciences Requirements (31 credit hours)

Mathematics: MTH 165 or higher (2 courses)
Science: BIO Sequence (BIO 131-132, BIO 217-218, or BIO 251-252)
BIO Elective1
CHE 131: General Chemistry 1
Science Elective1 
Mathematics1 or Science Electives1 (2 courses)

Computer Science (3 credit hours)

CIS 110: Introduction to Computing and Applications or higher

Humanities (9 credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition
ENG 102: Literature and Composition
Humanities Elective (one course must be selected from either the areas of The Arts or Foreign Language in the SUNY General Education Course List)

Social Science (6 credit hours)

Social Science Electives (2 courses) (Courses must include two different offerings within the areas of Social Science, American History, Western Civilization, and Other World Civilizations in the SUNY General Education Course Listing)

Social Science/Humanities Elective (3 credit hours)

Free Electives (9 credit hours)

Physical Education (1credit hour)


TOTAL 62 credit hours


Restricted elective courses in mathematics, laboratory sciences, and science are:
Biology: BIO 131 and higher (BIO 221 is not open to students who have passed either BIO 251 or BIO 252)
Chemistry: CHE 130 and higher
Geology: GEO 131 and higher
Physics: PHY 131 and higher
Science: SCI 199
Math: MTH 165 and higher

Program contacts

Jeff Kiggins
Assistant Professor of Biology
(315) 786-2457

Linda Dittrich
Associate Vice President for Math, Science, Technology & Health
(315) 786-2323

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522