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Biological Sciences - Area of Concentration (AOC)

Are you drawn to the fast-paced environment of an emergency room? Do you want to understand how to best reduce your carbon footprint? If so, Allegany College of Maryland's Associate of Arts and Sciences degree with an Area of Concentration in Biological Sciences may be your first step to a career in medicine, botany, or biology.


Side Profile of a MicroscopeWith small class sizes and attentive faculty, our Biological Sciences program offers you the opportunity to learn both in the classroom and in the laboratory -- whether your dream job is in a medical facility or a wildlife preserve.

If you're looking to apply to one of our allied health programs or pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology, our first and second-year biological sciences courses focus on improving your lab skills and your overall understanding of biology. You'll explore anatomy through dissection, and perform dialysis. In addition, you'll learn important lab techniques such as chromatography -- the separation of mixtures -- and DNA analysis, among others.

Our Biological Sciences program coursework in environmental science and botany also offers in-depth lab components. For example, labs in environmental science and botany take the classwork to the local woods, and the field biology class travels to New England, Florida, or the Southwest United States.

Course Info

As a Biological Sciences program student, you'll expand your knowledge and gain career training through a variety of challenging courses, including:

  • Intro to Biology I & II
  • Human Biology
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • Botany 
  • Dendrology I & II
  • Forest Biology
  • Medicinal Botany
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology, Osteology, Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • Environmental Science
  • Microbiology
  • Essentials of Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Biotechnology
  • Field Studies

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog.

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Career Info

Graduates of the Biological Sciences program enjoy enriching and rewarding careers as:

  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Biologists
  • Biotechnologists
  • Dentists
  • Herbologists
  • Nanotechnology Technicians (in research or nanofabrication)
  • Physicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Botanists
  • Veterinarians
  • Teachers

*Some of the above careers may require additional training and/or a bachelor's degree.

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

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Faculty/Staff Info

Full Time Biology Faculty

Michele Barmoy, Assistant Professor of Biology


B.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County
M.S., Frostburg State University

Donna Brunelli, Associate Professor of Biology

Somerset County Campus, PH-20

B.S., Wilkes University
D.O., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Cynthia Carnahan, Assistant Professor of Biology

Sciences 59

B.S., Frostburg State University
M.S., Frostburg State University

James Howell, Ph.D., Professor of Biology

Sciences 52

B.A., Miami University of Ohio
M.S., Miami University of Ohio
Ph.D., Miami University of Ohio
Additional graduate study at Frostburg State University and West Virginia University

Howard Kramer, Ph.D., Professor of Biology

Sciences 69

B.S., City College of New York
M.A., Clark University
Ph.D., McGill University
Postdoctoral research at Rockefeller University in New York

Stacie Rafter, Assistant Professor of Biology

Science 61 and Bedford County Campus, AC-5

B.S., Georgia State University
M.Ed., George Washington University

Kathleen Gawel Thompson, Instructor

814-652-9528 ext. 6225

B.S. Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. Thomas Jefferson University

Timothy Turner, Associate Professor of Biology

Sciences 65

B.S., Frostburg State University
M.Ed., Frostburg State University

Patricia S. Andrews, Professor Emeritus of Biology

Sciences 61

B.S., Frostburg State University
M.Ed., Frostburg State University
Additional graduate study at Frostburg State

James D. Stickler, Professor Emeritus of Biology and Chemistry

Sciences 57

B.S., West Virginia University
M.S., Ph.D., University of Kentucky
B.A., Morris Harvey College
C.A.S., West Virginia College of Graduate Studies

Full Time Temporary Faculty


Danny Carter, Adjunct Biology

Sciences 68A

B.S., Frostburg State University
M.Ed., Frostburg State University

Beth Herman, Adjunct Biology

Sciences 68B

B.S., The Pennsylvania State University
Additional study at Wilson College

Jeremy Oldham, Adjunct Biology and Assistant Professor Physical Therapy

AH Building and S68B

A.A.S., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S., The Pennsylvania State University

Jay Walbert, Adjunct Biology and Chemistry

Science 68B

B.S., Frostburg State University
M.Ed., Frostburg State University