Program Description


The A.S. program is highly concentrated in mathematics and science. Choose this program if your transfer plans require such a concentration. Several of the curricula at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, for example, have such requirements.

It is recommended that students in the A.S. program be ready to start calculus (have four years of high school mathematics), and have a minimum of three years of science, including two of the following: biology, chemistry, or physics (all are recommended).

Specialization: Pre-Biotechnology

The first successful genetic-engineering experiments and the subsequent refinements in this technology have revolutionized biology and created new career opportunities in biotechnology. According to a recent report from the Center for Occupational Research, U.S. companies will require more than 1,000 new biotechnicians annually.

The pre-biotechnology specialization within the Mathematics and Science program is designed for you if your ultimate goal is a B.S. degree in the field of biotechnology. Onondaga Community College has articulation (transfer) agreements with the following senior colleges offering programs in biotechnology: Rochester Institute of Technology, The College at Brockport, and State University of New York College at Fredonia. Additional articulation agreements are developed each year.

These agreements allow you to take the first two years of a four-year degree at Onondaga, and then complete your studies for the B.S. degree at one of the participating senior colleges, usually in two additional years. If you plan to transfer as a junior, you should follow the Mathematics and Science A.S. program requirements in consultation with Onondaga’s Pre-Biotechnology campus advisor, since the selection of required courses and electives will vary among the participating senior colleges.

As an applicant to Pre-Biotechnology, you must have four years of high school mathematics along with a minimum of three years of high school science, including two of biology, chemistry or physics (all are recommended).

Upon successful completion of the Pre-Biotechnology specialization, you will be prepared to transfer to the above named senior institutions, as well as to other schools offering comparable programs in biotechnology.

Specialization: Pre-Environmental Science and Forestry

If you ultimately desire a B.S. degree from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), you are invited to study at Onondaga first by completing this specialization.

The requirements for transfer to ESF vary according to your eventual intended major. Your curriculum will similarly vary at Onondaga. You are urged to matriculate in either the Mathematics and Science program at Onondaga or the Architectural Technology program, the latter particularly if the ultimate goal is a bachelor of landscape architecture degree or a construction management degree.

Depending upon your intended major after transfer, the Onondaga Pre-ESF curricula will include varied specialization in the liberal arts and sciences. All students in the program must take courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Other liberal arts and sciences requirements or electives for the transfer degree can include economics, social science, computer science, engineering graphics, political science, language, literature, or communications.

The College of Environmental Science and Forestry also offers a “one-plus-one” program leading to an A.A.S. degree in forest technology. Thirty credit hours of course work must be completed before transfer to the Ranger School at Wanakena. The required courses include biology, algebra, trigonometry, English and economics.

If you plan to transfer to ESF, you should follow the program requirements in consultation with our Pre-Environmental Science and Forestry campus advisors* for selection of electives which vary according to the curriculum at ESF. Full and complete guidelines of curriculum content are available in the Admissions office or from the Mathematics and Science and Architectural Technology advisors.

To apply to the Pre-ESF specialization, you are strongly encouraged to have three to four years of high school mathematics and as much science as possible, including chemistry and physics.

Upon successful completion of this course of study, you will be prepared to transfer to ESF to a variety of programs which include the biological sciences (botany and forest pathology, entomology, zoology, wildlife biology, silvics, pest management); chemistry (natural and synthetic polymers, biochemistry and natural products, environment); forest engineering; paper science and engineering; wood products engineering; forestry (resource management, forest resource science, management science, environmental education and communications, urban forestry, world forestry, applied resource management); and environmental studies. The program in landscape architecture leads to a B.L.A. degree (Bachelor of Landscape Architecture) after three years of study at ESF.

* Names and locations of the pre-ESF advisors may be obtained from the Mathematics/Science proctor.