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
- BIOL 151 – Fundamental Botany
- BIOL 204 – Vertebrate Zoology
- BIOL 270 – Genetics
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
- Fisheries Biologist
- Forensic Scientist
- Infection Control Specialist
- Laboratory Technician
- Marine Biologist
- Public Health Specialist
- Wildlife Biologist
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