MCCC Offers BIology Option for Pre-Medical Careers


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Beginning with the fall semester on Aug. 25, Mercer County Community College's Division of Science and Health Professions is offering a new option in the Biology program called Pre-Medicine. The program is designed for students whose goal is a career in a medical field or scientific research.

The program prepares students for transfer into the junior year of programs such as premedicine, pre-veterinarian, pre-dentistry, physician assisting, biotechnology, microbiology, molecular biology, genetic or biochemical engineering, pharmacy and physical therapy.

Mercer's Biology graduates have transferred to colleges throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the Northeast, including Rider University, Temple University, Cornell University, Rutgers University and The College of New Jersey. Recent graduates have been employed by firms such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, and various New Jersey governmental departments. Others have successfully completed medical, dental, chiropractic, pharmaceutical, physical/occupational therapy, physician’s
assistant, veterinary medicine, and other graduate programs.

Mercer's Biology facilities include a multimedia computer laboratory as well as specially equipped laboratories for microbiology, genetics/molecular biology, and anatomy/physiology. Students learn a wide variety of investigative techniques, including microscopy, spectrophotometry, and gel electrophoresis. Real-life systems are studied through field trips to sites in the New Jersey Pinelands and elsewhere. A special honors sequence provides eligible students with the opportunity to participate in a research project under the supervision of faculty at nearby Rider University and other institutions.

Most courses may be completed through part-time study in the evening. Admission to the Biology option requires a high school diploma or equivalent with at least one year of science (biology, chemistry, or physics) and two years of academic mathematics. Successful completion of the option results in the award of the Associate in Science degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

"Mercer provides a supportive, academically rigorous environment," said Dean of Science and Health Professions Linda Martin. "We have a proven track record of success."

For more information on the new Biology option, click here, or call 570-3367 or e-mail

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