The Department of Science offers an A.S. degree in Science for Health to prepare students to transfer to bachelor degree programs leading to careers in practitioner professions, i.e. dieticians, nutritionists, and exercise practitioners, or upper division/accelerated bachelor degree nursing programs.
BMCC has articulation agreements with CUNY’s Lehman College and Long Island University for students who are majoring in Science for Health and want to continue their studies.
The Lehman programs are for Bachelor’s degrees in Dietetics, Food and Nutrition and Exercise Science. The Long Island University program is for a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science.
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Science for Health Academic Program Maps
Required Common Core
- 4 CRS.3 HRS.3 LAB HRS.Fundamentals of General, Organic & Biological Chemistry II
- This course is a two-semester course sequence that introduces principles and concepts of general, organic and biological chemistry. The laboratory will provide experimental applications of these chemical topics. They are liberal arts electives. They are recommended for students intending to transfer to bachelor's degree Allied Health Science curricula. CHE 121-122 cannot be granted credit to fulfill degree requirements for Science (A.S.) and Engineering Science (A.S.).
Students intending to apply for admission to programs such as Dentistry, Exercise Physiology, Medical Laboratory Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, or Veterinary Medicine need to enroll in CHE 201 instead of CHE 121 to meet admission or curricula requirements for these programs.
Students intending to apply for admission to programs such as Diagnostic Medical Imaging (Sonography}, Exercise Science, Public Health, Radiology, or X-ray technician need to determine whether admission or curricula requirements for these programs require CHE 121 or CHE 201.
Choose 11 credits from the following
- Micro-organisms pathogenic to humans: their characteristics, pathogenicity and modes of transmission are studied. Instruction includes a study of the sterile technique and maintenance of the sterile field. Required in selected programs in the Health Sciences; available to other students through Departmental approval.
Prerequisites: BIO 426 and CHE 118, or CHE 121, or departmental approval
- This course is an introduction to the principles of biochemistry that studies the structure, function, energetics and metabolism of biomolecules. The laboratory emphasizes biochemical techniques.
Prerequisite for CHE 120, CHE 122 or departmental approval
- This is an introduction to the fundamental principles of human nutrition. The nutrient composition of various foods is examined as well as the manner in which the nutrients are metabolized and used by the human body.
Prerequisite: One semester of science or departmental approval
- This course examines what the National Academy of Sciences recommends for meeting onea??s nutritional needs. It examines the food, beverages, and supplements that comprise onea??s diet and assesses their impact on health following digestion, absorption, and metabolism. The course is designed to help students make health informed choices regarding nutritional needs and goals.
- This course serves as an introduction to Physics, especially for students who are not science-oriented. A selected number of basic physical ideas are carefully examined and interpreted non-mathematically. The relevance of the scientist and his/her work to the lives of non-scientists is continually examined.
- This course provides an overview of the scientific principles underlying the nutritional value, storage, handling, preparation and safety of food. There is an emphasis on chemical changes and interactions in food. Prerequisite: CHE 121
- This course studies alterations of normal physiological processes. Included in the course are the basic principles of pathophysiology as well as application of these principles to specific organ systems.
Prerequisites: BIO 426 and CHE 118 or CHE 121, or permission of the department
- Fundamental principles and concepts in pharmacology are considered. Particular attention is given to drug action and interaction, and to the effect of drugs and toxic substances in the human organism. This course is required in selected programs in Allied Health Sciences; available to all other students for elective credit. It is recommended that students complete HIT 103, Medical Terminology I, before registering for this course.
Prerequisite: BIO 426 and CHE 118 or CHE 121, or permission of the department
Please note, these requirements are effective for students starting in the 2021-2022 catalog year or later. Please check your DegreeWorks account for your specific degree requirements, as when you began at BMCC will determine your program requirements.
- Some of these credits can be satisfied by taking STEM variants in the Common Core. Students are advised to take the MAT 104 or MAT 150 course.
- Students are required to take CHE 121.
- No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.
- Students are required to take BIO 425 and BIO 426.
- These credits can be satisfied by taking STEM variants in the Common Core.