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
|Principles of Biology I
|Principles of Biology II
|General Chemistry I
|General Chemistry II
|Organic Chemistry I
|Organic Chemistry II
|Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
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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