Allied Health & Biological Sciences Concentration, Natural Sciences AS
SUNY Jefferson
Schedule an Admissions Appointment

Allied Health & Biological Sciences Concentration, Natural Sciences AS

Physical Science seminar classroom photos

Program Highlights

  • Program Type: Transfer
  • Delivery: On-campus
  • Personal Interests: Biology and other natural sciences, health care, helping others, research and discovery
  • Skill Building: 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


Contact Enrollment Services for Application and Admissions Information

Jules Center 6-010 (ground level)
(315) 786-2437, fax (315) 786-2349 or toll free (888) 435-6522

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Friday


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


Focus on physical science

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


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

Effective Spring 2018

Mathematics and Science Requirements (31 credit hours)
Mathematics and Science Requirements (31 credit hours) Credit Hours
BIO Sequence (BIO 131-132, BIO 217-218, or BIO 251-252) 8
CHE 131: General Chemistry 1 4
MTH 165 or higher (2 courses) 6
BIO Elective1 3
Mathematics1 or
Science Electives1 (2 courses)
Science Elective1 3
Computer Science (3 credit hours)
Computer Science (3 credit hours) Credit Hours
CIS 110: Introduction to Computing and Applications or higher 3
Liberal Arts Requirements (18 credit hours)
Liberal Arts Requirements (18 credit hours)  
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 3
Humanities Elective2 3
Social Science Electives (2 courses)3 6
Social Science/Humanities Elective 3
Free Elective Requirements (9 credit hours)
Free Elective Requirements (9 credit hours) Credit Hours
Free Electives 9
Physical Education Requirement
Physical Education Requirement 1 Credit Hour

Total Credit Hours 62


Advising Notes
Advising Notes:  
1Restricted 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
2One course must be selected from either of the areas of The Arts or Foreign Language in the SUNY General Education Course List
3Courses must be Social Science electives selected from two different areas in the SUNY General Education Course Listing for Social Science, American History, Western Civilization, and Other World Civilizations.  


Program contacts

Todd Vincent

Professor of Biology
(315) 786-2517

Scott Schaeffer

Associate Vice President 
STEM and Health Professions
(315) 786-2323