Biology & Chemistry Scholars (BCS) is an accelerated STEM learning community designed
to support students in Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, and pre-health or pre-medical
pathways. BCS students are enrolled in accelerated math and entry-level biology and
chemistry courses to establish foundational skills. Students enrolled in BCS take
major-related courses together with their cohort until transfer. Through support cohort-based
learning and participation in introductory research, students advance through the
biology and chemistry pathway, gaining valuable skill sets for internship placement,
transfer, and career readiness.
BCS prepares students for an Associate of Science Degree for Transfer (AS-T) in Biology
and transfer to university. We provide our students a specific STEM course “track”
based on their intended field of study to guarantee that their efforts satisfy both
general transfer requirements and lower-division requirements for their major.
How to Apply
For more information on program enrollment, please contact Luis Prado, STEM Retention Specialist, and fill out the online application. The program is a fall-start program that accepts students enrolling in BIO 215,
CHEM 192, or CHEM 210 during the Fall.
- Learn together: Each cohort receives priority enrollment for impacted STEM courses
and are enrolled in major-related courses together for four to six semesters until
- Explore your career options: Students gain exposure to opportunities in biology and
chemistry pathways through field trips, extracurricular activities, and mentorship.
- Gain tangible experience: Students gain introductory research experience and build
valuable skills in our Innovation Lab.
- Prepare for your future: Prepare for internship placement through workshops on resume
building, interviewing, and professional etiquette.