General Studies/Health & Life Sciences Studies

Degree offered

Associate in Science in General Studies (Health & Life Sciences Studies)

Credits required 60

Dean

Sarmad Saman, Mathematics, Science and Engineering, sarmad.saman@bristolcc.edu

Program contact

Michael Sipala, michael.sipala@bristolcc.edu

Program Code: GS

Concentration Code: GSH

Program Goals Statement

This program provides students an opportunity to explore the Health & Life Sciences programs available at the College.  It can also help prepare students for application to the College's Health Sciences programs.  It does not guarantee admission to any competitive admission program but does guide students in choosing courses that provide sound preparation for admission to those programs.  Completion of a Health or Life Sciences degree can prepare students for a wide variety of careers in health, biotechnology or veterinary-related fields or for transfer to a four-year college or university Life Science program.

Program Information

  • Students should take any required developmental courses in their first semester.  College level reading and math skills are necessary to be successful in this program.  Failure to complete these in a timely manner could adversely impact student performance and admission into competitive admission programs.
  • Students have access to outstanding state-of-the-art laboratories and learn from faculty in touch with the needs of local healthcare providers.  Courses reflect current clinical and scientific trends.
  • Many courses are offered days and evenings and delivered in traditional face to face or online delivery formats.  It is strongly advised to take summer courses to reduce fall and spring semester course loads.
  • Students should consider completing certificates that contain required program courses that will complement their degree.

After BCC

  • Students are encouraged to select and apply for a specific Health or Life Science program Biology, Biotechnology, Dental Hygiene, Nursing Occupational Therapy, Clinical Lab Science, Health Information Management, Veterinary Healthcare Assistant and/or a Health or Life Sciences Certificate(s).
  • While enrollment in this program does NOT guarantee admission to any competitive admission program, many successful Health Science graduates began their college careers in the General Studies or Liberal Arts programs.  Admission to Health Sciences is competitive, but this program provides students a structured way to complete the necessary courses to make themselves better prepared candidates.  Refer to the specific program description elsewhere in the catalog for Admissions standards for your program of interest.
  • If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, visit the Transfer Affairs website at www.bristolcc.edu/transfer

Degree Requirements

General Courses

BIO 233Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:20

Choose one of the following

BIO 111General Biology I

4 credits

BIO 121Fundamentals of Biological Science I

4 credits

For Career Programs, take BIO 111.
For Transfer Programs, take BIO 121.

Choose one Historical Perspectives Course

HST 113United States History to 1877

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

Choose one Humanities Course

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

PHL 152Ethics: Making Ethical Decisions in a Modern World

3 credits

SCI 125Social and Ethical Issues in Science, Technology, and Health Science

3 credits

Choose one Program Exploratory Course

ANS 101Introduction to Animal Care & Management

3 credits

BIO 127Introduction to Biotechniques

4 credits

CHM 111General College Chemistry I

4 credits

CHM 113Fundamentals of Chemistry I

4 credits

CHM 115Health Science Chemistry I

4 credits

HLT 106Medical Language

3 credits

HLT 116Introduction to Healthcare

3 credits

MAA 101Medical Terminology

3 credits

PSY 252Child Development

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3
For programs in which HLT 101, HLT 102, or HLT 106 are required, MAA 101 does not substitute for them.

Technical Literacy Elective

Waived for students who have successfully completed two (2) online courses.

    Program Electives

    Ordinarily, students should complete the required General Courses as early as possible.
    Recommended Electives (provided the Admissions requirements and other prerequisites have been met)
    include:  ANS, BIO, CED, FIR, HLT, MAA, OFC, SCI, SOC, and CHM 111 or higher
    • Consult with your advisor to select college-level courses to achieve a total of at least 60 credits.
    • Ordinarily, students whould complete the required General Courses as early as possible
    • Recommended Electives (provided the Admissions requirements and other prerequisites have been met) include: ANS, BIO, CED, FIR, HLT, MAA, OFC, SCI, SER, SOC and CHM 111 or higher.

    Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

    MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

    3 credits

    CSS 101College Success Seminar

    1 credit

    BIO 111General Biology I

    4 credits

    Or

    BIO 121Fundamentals of Biological Science I

    4 credits

    ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

    3 credits

    PSY 101General Psychology

    3 credits

    Students should complete required developmental courses without delay.

    Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

    BIO 233Human Anatomy and Physiology I

    4 credits

    Or

    BIO 111General Biology I

    4 credits

    Or

    BIO 121Fundamentals of Biological Science I

    4 credits

    ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

    3 credits

    SOC 101Principles of Sociology

    3 credits

    COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

    3 credits

    Or

    SCI 125Social and Ethical Issues in Science, Technology, and Health Science

    3 credits

    PHL 152Ethics: Making Ethical Decisions in a Modern World

    3 credits

    Or

    MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

    3 credits

    Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

    HST 113United States History to 1877

    3 credits

    Or

    HST 114United States History from 1877

    3 credits

    Technical Literacy Elective

    3 credits

    Program Electives

    Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

    Program Electives

    Students who intend to transfer to another college or university should select the General Studies (MassTransfer) program.

    Completion of this program option does not imply or guarantee acceptance into any of Bristol Community College’s health career programs.

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