Several biology courses satisfy the natural science requirements for various A.S. and A.A.S. degrees at NOVA, and transfer to four-year institutions. In addition, many students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, environmental science, biotechnology, biological research and more take our classes. Introductory classes such as General Biology I & II (BIO 101-102) may be taken by majors and non-majors; and, comprehensive courses such as Microbiology (BIO 205) and Cell Biology (BIO 206) fulfill the requirements for science majors planning to transfer to a four-year institution. Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (BIO 141-142) and Introductory Microbiology (BIO 150) courses are prerequisites for students considering allied health and nursing programs.

Nursing Program

There are currently two tracks available to student planning to obtain Nursing Degree.

A.A.S. in Nursing offered at NOVA, MEC campus.

The program is designed to prepare students to participate as contributing members of the healthcare team, rendering direct care to patients in a variety of healthcare facilities and agencies. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN®) leading to state licensure as a registered nurse (RN) and are qualified to assume registered nurse positions in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, physicians’ offices, HMOs, and other community-based settings.

General Studies A.S. 

This program is a flexible associate degree. For students who plan to transfer, the degree can parallel the first two years of a four-year bachelor of science program if they choose courses that match the transfer institution’s requirements.

Research with Biology Faculty

Students have opportunities to conduct lab-based research through independent studies and research projects under faculty supervision. Faculty currently engaged in student research include  Dr. Todd TupperDr. Christine Bozarth  and Dr. David Fernandez .

Science Resource Center

The Science Resource Center (SRC) is an invaluable amenity available to students. The facility is staffed by science faculty and well-equipped with models, slides and laboratory equipment.