If you enjoy learning about life processes, living organisms and the natural environment, the SWIC biology pre-major is for you. Study biology at the molecular, cellular, organismal and ecosystem level, all the while developing your abilities as a creative problem-solver.

Want to Earn a Degree in Biology? 

Start working toward a bachelor's degree in Biology as a pre-major at SWIC. This means you earn your general education requirements for an Associate in Science Degree with an emphasis on Biology before transferring to a university to major in Biology. 

After earning an associate degree you can transfer to a four-year institution to work toward a degree in organismal biology such as botany, microbiology or zoology; an environmental science such as ecology, forestry or wildlife biology; a professional field such as pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, pre-medicine or pre-veterinary; or an education degree such as elementary, secondary or college science teaching.

Earning an Associate in Science Degree

You must complete a minimum of 64 semester credits to earn an associate degree. Courses will include a blend of general educational requirements as well as pre-major specific courses. SWIC offers more than a dozen Biology courses ranging from General Ecology to Microbiology.

Biology Core Courses:

  • BIOL 101 – Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 102 – Principles of Biology II
  • CHEM 105 – General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 106 – General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 201 – Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 202 – Organic Chemistry II
  • MATH 203 – Analytic Geometry & Calculus I

Optional Courses:

  • BIOL 151 – Fundamental Botany
  • BIOL 204 – Vertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 270 – Genetics

Transfer Opportunities

Many public and private four-year universities offer bachelor’s and graduate degrees in Biology. Confer with a SWIC academic advisor prior to enrolling each semester and familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of the four-year institution where you plan to transfer.

SWIC and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville have 2+2 Agreements for the following majors:

  • Ecology, Evolution and Environment
  • Genetics and Cellular Biology
  • Integrated Biology
  • Medical Science

Biology Career Opportunities

  • Aquatic Biologist
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Ecologist
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Geneticist
  • Infection Control Specialist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Marine Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Mortician
  • Physiologist
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Teacher
  • Veterinarian
  • Wildlife Biologist

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Be a SWIC STEM Scholar

Interested in transferring to a university? You may be eligible for a scholarship through the SWIC STEM Scholars Program.