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Biology and Horticulture

Biology Department Mission Statement

Students at microscopes The mission of the Biology Department at Bergen Community College is to establish a high quality biological science education for all of our students.

The department is committed to excellence in our teaching so that our students acquire:

  • A fundamental knowledge of basic facts and theories in biology in order to pursue a career in science or allied health
  • Essential scientific knowledge for non science majors such that these students will be able to understand scientific concepts in contemporary society
  • An ability to critically analyze information using scientific reasoning
  • Effective communication skills

Bergen Community College - Biology Department
Pitkin Education Center (Main Building) Room S-131
Phone (201) 447-7140
Department Chair: Professor Robert Highley


What is Horticulture?

Horticulture is the science and art of growing plants. Our Horticulture Program at Bergen focuses on ornamental plants, those valued for their appearance, beauty or fragrance, as opposed to those grown for human consumption as in agriculture or utilitarian value as in textiles or other industries. We invite you to explore our unique program here at Bergen Community College.
Horticulture Program Mission Statements

It is our mission to provide for our students, the industry and the program.
For Students:

  •  Training in the art, science & business of the ornamental plant industries.
  •  Fostering professionalism and entrepreneurship.
  • Encouraging creative problem-solving.
  •  Promoting teamwork and individual effort.
  •  Providing opportunities for hands-on learning.
  •  Encouraging and responding to student input. 
  •  Developing abilities to research, evaluate and organize information to present their findings before teachers, peers, employers or clients.

For Industry:

  •  Supporting, and draw support from, northern New Jersey horticultural businesses, associations and academic institutions.
  •  Seeking assistance from organizations that can further the technological know-how of faculty and students.
  •  Maintaining good relations with companies that offer employment opportunities to students.

For the Program:

  •  Ongoing quality management reviews with the Advisory Committee, faculty and staff.
  •  Modifying existing courses of study and developing new ones in response to industry needs.
  •  Incorporating the new scientific and market developments into course materials as they occur.



Bergen Community College Horticulture Program
Ender Hall Room E-177
Phone (201) 447-7955