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Saint Peter’s University is partnering with Union County College offering students the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Biology.   All your Saint Peter’s classes will be offered at the Union County College University Center in Scotch Plains so you will only need to go 6 miles from the Cranford campus.  You truly can stay close to home.

 

Choose a Saint Peter’s University Degree 

A Saint Peter’s University Biology degree provides you with the individual attention to focus on the Life Sciences.  The faculty are committed to academic excellence, providing students a broad based, challenging education that will guide students to careers in biology and life science areas.  Students seeking a pathway to medical school or science-based graduate programs will find the well-rounded curriculum a strong foundation for post-baccalaureate study.

What can you do with a Biology degree?

Some of the highest-paying jobs for Biology majors include:
  • Pharmacist – Average salary: $128,000
  • Bioprocess Engineer – Average salary: $120,000
  • Nurse Practitioner – Average salary: $105,000
  • Regulatory Affairs Consultant – Average salary: $97,000
  • Research Scientist – Average salary: $99,000
  • Biotech Consultant – Average salary: $82,000
  • Microbiologist – Average salary: $75,000

Source: Keck Graduate Institute

Related professions in Biology
  • Teacher/Education (K-12, Higher Ed)
  • Food science/ Nutrition
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Conservation Biology
  • Forensic science
  • Biological research assistant
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Public Health
  • Pharmaceutical Management or Sales
  • Health and environmental policy advisory
  • Biotechnology (including consulting, marketing, research and development)
  • And so much more!!!!

Fall 2021 Admission Requirements:

  • Application
  • Official Union County College transcript and any other college transcript
  • Proof of high school graduation (copy of diploma, GED, or official final high school transcript)
  • One letter of recommendation

What Do We Look For in Our Review of Your Application?

  • Cumulative college GPA of at least 2.5 or better
  • Students below a 2.5 GPA may be considered through a faculty review process that allows for a holistic review of the student’s academic performance and potential for success
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the sciences particularly in the Union County Biology, Chemistry and equivalent courses
  • Students coming from non-science degree programs should have the prerequisites that support the continuation into a STEM major
  • Students without science prerequisites will be considered for admission and may need to take biology and chemistry as a Saint Peter’s University student in order to complete the requirements for the Biology degree

Transferring Credits

  • Minimum cumulative GPA is 2.0 or better for transfer of credit and degree completion
  • Courses that do not meet the curriculum requirements for the biology program will be considered as electives and/or general electives
  • Students who have CLEP, AP or other college-equivalent credit will need to provide documentation if credit earned is outside the scoop of the Union County curriculum mapped to the Saint Peter’s University program.

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years at Union and at SPU.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Students should be aware that this plan assumes that no developmental courses are required.  If developmental courses are needed, students may have additional requirements to fulfill that do not appear on the four-year plan.

What’s the Difference Between a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts?

Programs resulting in a Bachelor of Science degree are generally more strictly focused on their subject matter, requiring more credits that are directly linked to the major. Students are expected to concentrate their academic energies on mastering the technical and practical facets of their field. They have fewer opportunities to explore topics outside of the subject of their major.

First Year (30 credits) - Union County College
Fall Semester Hours Spring Semester Hours
BIO 111 - General Biology I
(Transfers in as BI 183 & BI 185)
4 BIO 112 - General Biology I
(Transfers in as BI 184 & BI 186)
4
CHE 111 – General Chemistry I
(Transfer in as CH 131 & CH 131L General Chemistry I lecture and lab)
4 CHE 112 – General Chemistry II
(Transfer in as CH 132 & CH 132L General Chemistry II lecture and lab)
4
ENG 101 – English Composition
(Transfer in as CM 104 Introduction to English Composition I)
3 ENG 102 – English Composition
(Transfer in as CM 115 Introduction to English Composition II)
3
MAT 143 – Elementary Mathematical Analysis I1
(Transfers in as MA 123 Elementary Calculus I, 3 credits)
OR
MAT 171 – Unified Calculus I2
(Transfers in as MA 143 Calculus I, 4 credits)
3+1

or

4

MAT 144 – Elementary Mathematical Analysis II1
(Transfers in as MA 124 Elementary Calculus II, 3 credits)
OR
MAT 172 – Unified Calculus II2
(Transfers in as MA 144 Calculus II, 4 credits)
3
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15

1 MAT-143 and MAT-144 are 4-credit courses. They are equated to MA-123 and MA-124, both of which are 3-credit courses. The remaining one credit in each course will transfer in as a free elective credit.

2Recommended to complete calculus course sequence for transfer

Second Year (30 credits) - Union County College
Fall Semester Hours Spring Semester Hours
CHE 211 – Organic Chemistry I1 (Transfers in as CH 251 & CH 251L Organic Chemistry I ) 4 + 1 CHE 212 – Organic Chemistry II1 (Transfers in as CH 252 & CH 252L Organic Chemistry II ) 4 + 1
Social Science2
(Transfer in as Social Science CORE)
3 Social Science 2
(Transfer in as Social Science CORE)
3
Biology Elective (Recommended: BIO 240 Genetics)
(Transfers in as BI 350 Genetics)
4 Biology Elective
(Transfers in as SPU Biology elective)
4
Humanities course3
(Transfers in as Humanities CORE )
3 CST elective
(Transfers in as CS course)
3
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15

15 credit course at Union, transfer in as 4 credits. The remaining one credit will transfer in as a free elective credit.

2Recommended Union Social Science Electives: ECO 201, SOC 101, or SOC 205

3Recommended Union Humanities Electives: PHI 210, ENG 202, ENG 205, ENG 206, Modern    Language, HIS 102 or HIS 104. Depending on the course taken, one of the humanities CORE requirements listed in year 3 or 4 will be replaced by this 3-credit course

Third Year (34 credits) - Saint Peter's University
Fall Semester        HRS Spring Semester HRS
BI 240 Cell Molecular Biology (Lecture and Lab) 4 BI 215 Anatomy & Physiology (Lecture and Lab) 4
PC 185 General Physics I Lecture1 3 PC 186 General Physics II Lecture 3
PC 187 General Physics I Lab1 1 PC 188 General Physics II Lab 1
TH 110 Religious Faith in the Modern World (CORE) 3 Theology II (choose from a list of courses, CORE) 3
Literature I (CORE) 3 Literature II (CORE) 3
AR 127 Intro to Visual Art (CORE)
ORAR 128 Intro to Music (CORE)
3 Biology Elective: Recommended BI 312 Global Change (PLURALISM) 3
TOTAL 17 TOTAL 17

1 If Student elect to take Physics I and lab in Union, they are transferred in as PC 185 and PC 187.

Fourth Year (32 credits) - Saint Peter's University
Fall Semester HRS Spring Semester HRS
BI 310 Ecology (Lecture and Lab, Writing Intensive) 4 Biology Elective: Recommended BI 450 Microbiology (Lecture and Lab) 4
History I (CORE) 3 History II (CORE) 3
PL 130 Introduction to Philosophy 3 PL 140 Introduction to Ethics 3
Language I (CORE) 3 Language II (CORE) 3
VALUES: Recommended BI 254 Bioethics 3 BI 485 Biology Capstone 3
TOTAL 16 TOTAL 16

 

Total Credits at Union: 60-61

Total Credits at SPU: 63 (Note: one humanities course will be substituted by the humanities course taken at Union, therefore reducing 3 credits from the sum of the credits in years 3 and 4).


A Bachelor of the Arts degree program provides students with a more expansive education, requiring fewer credits that are directly linked to a particular major. Instead, students are expected to earn credits in a variety of liberal arts subjects. Courses in the humanities, English, the social sciences, and a foreign language are typically part of this degree program. Students can pick and choose from a broad array of courses to fulfill these requirements, allowing them greater flexibility to customize their education to match their individual goals and interests.

First Year (30 credits) - Union County College
Fall Semester HRS Spring Semester HRS
BIO 111 - General Biology I (Transfers in as BI 183 & BI 185) 4 BIO 112 - General Biology I
(Transfers in as BI 184 & BI 186)
4
CHE 111 – General Chemistry I

(Transfer in as CH 131 & CH 131L General Chemistry I lecture and lab)

   4 CHE 112 – General Chemistry II

(Transfer in as CH 132 & CH 132L General Chemistry II lecture and lab)

4
ENG 101 – English Composition (Transfer in as CM 104 Introduction to English Composition I) 3 ENG 102 – English Composition (Transfer in as CM 115 Introduction to English Composition II) 3
MAT 143 – Elementary Mathematical Analysis I1 (Transfers in as MA 123 Elementary Calculus I, 3 credits)
OR
MAT 171 – Unified Calculus I2
(Transfers in as MA 143 Calculus I, 4 credits)
3+1

OR

 

4

MAT 144 – Elementary Mathematical Analysis II1 (Transfers in as MA 124 Elementary Calculus II, 3 credits)
OR
MAT 172 – Unified Calculus II2
(Transfers in as MA 144 Calculus II, 4 credits)
3
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15

1 MAT-143 and MAT-144 are 4-credit courses. They are equated to MA-123 and MA-124, both of which are 3-credit courses. The remaining one credit in each course will transfer in as a free elective credit.

2Recommended to complete calculus course sequence for transfer

Second Year (30 credits) - Union County College
Fall Semester HRS Spring Semester HRS
CHE 211 – Organic Chemistry I1 (Transfers in as CH 251 & CH 251L Organic Chemistry I ) 4+1

 

CHE 212 – Organic Chemistry II1 (Transfers in as CH 252 & CH 252L Organic Chemistry II ) 4+1

 

 

Social Science2

(Transfer in as Social Science CORE)

3 Social Science 2

(Transfer in as Social Science CORE)

3
Biology Elective (Recommended: BIO 240 Genetics)
(Transfers in as BI 350 Genetics)
4 Biology Elective
(Transfers in as SPU Biology elective)
4
Humanities course3
(Transfers in as Humanities CORE )
3 CST elective
(Transfers in as CS course)
3
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15

15 credit course at Union, transfer in as 4 credits. The remaining one credit will transfer in as a free elective credit.

2Recommended Union Social Science Electives: ECO 201, SOC 101, or SOC 205

3Recommended Union Humanities Electives: PHI 210, ENG 202, ENG 205, ENG 206, Modern    Language, HIS 102 or HIS 104. Depending on the course taken, one of the humanities CORE requirements listed in year 3 or 4 will be replaced by this 3-credit course

Third Year (32-33 credits) - Saint Peter’s University
Fall Semester        HRS Spring Semester HRS
BI 240 Cell Molecular Biology (Lecture and Lab) 4 Organismal Lab Biology Option

(Recommended BI 215 Anatomy & Physiology OR BI 450 Microbiology)

4
TH 110 Religious Faith in the Modern World (CORE) 3 Theology II (choose from a list of courses, CORE) 3
Literature I (CORE) 3 Literature II (CORE) 3
Biology Elective: Evolution/Global Issues/Environmental Health Option (Recommended BI 312 Global Change, fulfils Pluralism requirement, OR BI 310 Ecology with Lab, fulfils Writing Intensive requirement) 3-4 AR 127 Intro to Visual Art (CORE)
OR

AR 128 Intro to Music (CORE)

3
Free Elective1 3 Free Elective1 3
TOTAL 16-17 TOTAL 16

1Need to consider either Pluralism or Writing Intensive course, depending on the course selected in Evolution/Global Issues/Environmental Health Option.

Fourth Year (30 credits) - Saint Peter’s University
Fall Semester HRS Spring Semester HRS
History I (CORE) 3 History II (CORE) 3
PL 130 Introduction to Philosophy 3 PL 140 Introduction to Ethics 3
Language I (CORE) 3 Language II (CORE) 3
VALUES: Recommended BI 254 Bioethics 3 BI 485 Biology Capstone 3
Free Elective1 3 Free Elective1 3
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15

1Need to consider either Pluralism or Writing Intensive course, depending on the course selected in Evolution/Global Issues/Environmental Health Option.

 

Total Credits at Union: 60-61

Total Credits at SPU: 59-60 (Note: One Humanities course will be substituted by the humanities course taken at Union, therefore reducing 3 credits from the sum of the credits in years 3 and 4).


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