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2022-2023 College Catalog 
2022-2023 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Life Sciences (AS)

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Division of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

This program provides a solid foundation in biological sciences and liberal arts, which can translate into a number of exciting career opportunities. The program is designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year bachelor’s degree program in biology or pre-med.

Upon successful completion, the Associate in Science Degree in Life Sciences is awarded.

Program Outcomes

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First Year: Semester 1

credits: 15

credits: 14

Second Year: Semester 1

  • 4 Credits.
  • Physics Elective 4 Credits

  • Social Science Elective 3 Credits

  • Program Elective 3/4 Credits

  • or

  • Advanced Laboratory Science Elective 4 Credits

  • Computer Science Elective 3/4 Credits

credits: 17/19

Second Year: Semester 2

credits: 14

Total Credits: 60/62

Program Notes

*In order to fulfill the Critical Thinking graduation competency, students must pass the Critical Thinking Challenge Exam or complete CT 100 Critical Thinking.

This program qualifies as an Alternative Transfer Agreement (MassTransfer) with select public institutions in Massachusetts.  For more information, visit


Computer Science Requirement

Humanities Electives:

Art, Communications, English (EN 103 or higher), Film, Foreign Language, Humanities, Literature, Music, Oral Communication, Philosophy, Photography, Sign Language, Theater Arts

Mathematics Requirement:

MA 104 Pre-Calculus is the minimum standard for meeting the math requirement of the program.  Students considering a career in medical sciences should take MA 200 Calculus I and MA 201 Calculus II. 

Social Science Electives:

Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Government, History, Law, Psychology, Sociology

Graduation Competency

Quantitative skills is a MassBay graduation competency for associate degree programs. Prior to graduation, students must demonstrate this competency by completing a 100-level math course (not MAC); or placing into a 200-level mathematics course.


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