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MDC to Offer New Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences

Degree helps meet the local demand for trained professionals in biological/life science industries

Miami, June 21, 2011 - Miami Dade College (MDC) will soon offer a new Bachelor of Science with a major in Biological Sciences (B.S.-B.S.) to meet the local demand for trained professionals in the biological/life science industries in South Florida thanks to unanimous approval from the Florida Board of Education.  

Students choosing to pursue this degree at MDC can select one of three concentrations: biotechnology, biopharmaceutical sciences, or science education. Graduates will be prepared for in-demand careers such as those of biological scientists, research technicians, microbiologists, natural science managers, or science teachers.

“We are extremely pleased to offer this new degree,” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College. “We know that our students will serve to fulfill a critical workforce need in areas that are pivotal to our local economy, and to the economic development efforts in this region.”

The B.S-B.S. degree program will allow graduates to tap into the burgeoning demand for biological scientists with four-year degrees, projected to increase by 21 percent during the next decade. Degree candidates can take advantage of the seamless transfer of existing credits toward the degree and the many other benefits of a quality education at MDC, including significantly lower tuition compared to other institutions, and the ability to access classes with convenient schedules and locations.

The development of the B.S.-B.S. is another example of MDC responding to the workforce needs of the dynamic community it serves. In addition to more than 300 associate degrees and certificate programs, the B.S.-B.S. is MDC's thirteenth baccalaureate program, following the recently added B.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology. The B.S.-B.S. degree offers hands-on experience that emphasizes skill sets and workforce-driven training that is essential and in high demand by local employers.


For more information, please call the Biology/Health and Wellness Department at 305-237-1101.

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