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Biology & Physical Science Department

The PCCC Biological and Physical Science Department offers courses duplicating the first two years of the four-year biology, chemistry and physics degrees. Additionally, the department provides support courses for programs in Engineering, Nursing, Radiography, Liberal Arts, Health Information Technology and Medical Transcription.

The department offers a selection of Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees in Biology, Exercise or Physical Science, or Environmental Sustainability careers as well as Certificate Programs. Science courses are limited to 20 students and will not be overfilled.

Questions? Contact Us

Dr. Ali Saleh, Department Chair
Phone: (973) 684-5292

Degrees & Certificates

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degrees

Environmental Sustainability

The Science Department at PCCC offers the A.S. degree in Liberal Arts for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution. For ease of transfer, the curriculum is based in the liberal arts allowing students to complete general education requirements. It is designed to fit the curricula of science programs at other colleges. Students may select one of the following degree options:

Biology Option
Exercise Science Option
Physical Science Option

Certificate of Achievement:

Fitness Specialist Certificate

Transfer Information

We have many resources to help students successfully transfer to a 4-year college. Some colleges, such as Rutgers, require a two-semester sequence of science courses for transfer. Students should speak to an advisor to help them plan their course schedule.

Transfer Workshops: Workshops on a variety of topics related to the transfer process are offered throughout the academic year. The workshops are designed to provide transfer-bound students with the skills and information needed to make informed decisions during the transfer planning process. The workshops are presented in an interactive format and students are encouraged to actively participate. 

University Information Sessions: At these events, held during the fall semester, university representatives provide an overview of their institutions and academic programs, admission requirements, student life, tuition, and scholarship opportunities. The presentation also includes a question and answer period.

Articulation (Transfer) Agreements:  Passaic County Community College has signed articulation (transfer) agreements with a number of colleges and universities. These agreements frequently ease the transition from the associate to the baccalaureate level.

State-of-the-Art Labs

The science department maintains seven state-of-the-art teaching laboratories: three biology, one physics, one chemistry, one exercise science and one multi-purpose lab as well as a tutoring laboratory. Each lab section is a maximum of 20 students taught by a professor. The department does not employ teaching assistants. All labs are equipped with modern multi-media functionality as well as internet capability.  Additionally, the department maintains a 15-station mobile wireless computer laboratory.