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“The science classes I took at Black Hawk were a real challenge. My instructors pushed me, and I’m glad they did. I have been accepted to medical school, and I’m excited about my future.”

David Cook
BHC grad
University of Illinois College of Medicine

 

Natural Sciences & Engineering

Begin your Science Major at IJʿ¼

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Department offers a variety of science courses that will satisfy the first two years of study at many four-year institutions. No matter what your focus area, faculty and advisors work with you to create a transfer plan to the school of your choice.

Areas of Focus

BHC students transfer into many science majors to complete a bachelor’s degree. Here are a few sample transfer plans:

Biological Sciences (PDF)
Chemistry (PDF)
Pre-Dietetics/Nutrition (PDF)
Pre-Engineering (PDF)
Pre-Medicine (PDF)
Pre-Pharmacy (PDF)
Pre-Physical Therapy (PDF)
Pre-Veterinary Medicine (PDF)

Where do you want to transfer?

If you already have a transfer school in mind, your advisor will customize a transfer plan for that college or university. BHC also has many transfer guides and agreements already established with four-year institutions in a variety of majors.

Transfer Guides and Agreements »


Department Highlights

Science-Related Careers

Students taking courses in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Department go on to careers in many fields, such as agriculture, animal science, engineering, health administration, medicine, molecular genetics, nursing, chiropractic, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant and veterinary medicine.

Hands-On Training

State-of-the-art laboratory facilities offer hands-on learning in chemistry, engineering and biology.

  • Specialized laboratory spaces and equipment.
  • Grow room and outdoor learning spaces.
  • Chemical analysis instruments.
  • Molecular biology equipment.
  • Science Resources Lab with microscopes, models, computers and tutoring available from faculty members.

Non-Majors Welcome!

In addition to chemistry, biology and physics, we offer elective courses in nutrition or astronomy that can fulfill degree requirements.

Student Clubs

students in stream inspect animalsFaculty serve as advisors for science-related clubs, which offer students opportunities for field trip and campus events.

  • Clean Sphere Environmental Club – Quad-Cities Campus
  • Sci Pi Club – East Campus
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

  Scholarship Opportunities

  • Natural Sciences & Engineering Scholarship: This scholarship was established by faculty in the IJʿ¼ Natural Sciences and Engineering Department for science and engineering students. The scholarship is administered through the IJʿ¼ Foundation.
  • BHC Presidential Scholarship: In-district high school seniors in the top 10% of their graduating class at the end of seven semesters are eligible for the IJʿ¼ Presidential Scholars Award.
  • Other BHC scholarship opportunities can be found at the BHC scholarships page.
  • Transfer scholarships are also available at many transfer institutions.

Student Research

Students may participate in research projects on both the East Campus and Quad-Cities Campus. Previous projects have included surveying pollinators in a nearby state forest, biological and physical sampling of a campus stream, and molecular analysis of local flora and fauna for conservation studies.

Learning Assistant Program

As a Learning Assistant you’ll have a great opportunity to experience college level instruction from the front of the classroom!

Request a Department Review for Biology Courses

Certain transfer courses may require subject matter review by the appropriate academic department.  This is due to the intensive nature of certain subject matter. Courses that require department review for course equivalency include BIOL 145, BIOL 146, and BIOL 261.  In order to request a department review of these courses completed at another institution, an individual must have already applied and been accepted to IJʿ¼.

Transfer Credit Department Review Request (PDF)

Associate Degree Information

If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, you can earn an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree.

Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Associate in Science 1645 AS Degree 60 AgricultureArt, Design and Performing ArtsBusiness, Computer and Engineering TechnologyEnglish, Reading & CommunicationESL, Languages, Humanities, Philosophy & SpeechHealth and Human ServicesMathematicsNatural Sciences & EngineeringPsychology and SociologySocial Sciences
Associate in Arts 1145 AA Degree 60 AgricultureArt, Design and Performing ArtsBusiness, Computer and Engineering TechnologyEnglish, Reading & CommunicationESL, Languages, Humanities, Philosophy & SpeechHealth and Human ServicesMathematicsNatural Sciences & EngineeringPsychology and SociologySocial Sciences