The SCCC biology program prepares students to pursue a variety of options within the bioscience profession by providing a broad knowledge base in science, math, and communications. Students at SCCC have access to exclusive science and math computer labs, a biology lab that supports scientific investigations and computer-based simulations, a 12-acre outdoor classroom and prairie restoration lab, and access to greenhouse facilities for specific coursework.

The rigor and challenge of a science career are evident in the types of courses, course load, and time management skills required in the associate's degree program. If you enjoy science, mathematics, and discovering your world, the biology program at SCCC may be a good option for you to explore.


Suggested courses and information provided on curriculum pages are not to be used in place of academic advisement from the student's assigned advisor. Students should always visit with an advisor before enrollment to ensure selected options contribute to the overall course of study, academic schedule, and student success.

  • Communications: 9 credit hours
    • English Composition I
    • English Composition II
    • Public Speaking
  • Intro to Computer Concepts/Apps OR Advanced Computer Concepts/Apps 3 credit hours
  • Humanities 6 credit hours (Select from at least two of the following disciplines)
    • Art*
    • Philosophy
    • Music
    • Literature
    • Theater*
    • History

*studio/performance courses are excluded*

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 6 credit hours (Select from at least two of the following disciplines)
    • Sociology
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • Anthropology
    • Geography
    • Economics
  • College Algebra 3 credit hours
  • Lab Science 5 credit hours
    • Natural Science
    • Physical Science
  • Physical Education Activity 1 credit hour
  • First Year Seminar 1 credit hour

(Total General Education Minimum Requirements 34 credit hours)

  • Other Electives 18 credit hours
  • Recommended Courses for Core Emphasis 12 credit hours
    • Biology II for Majors
    • College Chemistry I
    • College Chemistry II
    • General Physics
    • General Physics II
    • Microbiology
    • Calculus I

Total Degree Requirement 64 credit hours

Lab and Computer Facilities

SCCC biology students have access to exclusive science and math computer laboratories. Current technologies utilized in the science and math division include digital imaging and biotechnology applications, such as DNA fingerprinting, blood-cell differential, and medical imaging.

Conservation applications, such as field techniques and biodiversity indices, utilize analytical instrumentation and mathematics analysis/simulation software. A local area network connects the math and science division computers to other departments, the rest of the college, and the internet.

Career Opportunities

Biologists can find a number of employment opportunities across multiple fields. Additionally, there are many careers for biologists who want to combine their scientific training with interests in other fields. Some career areas include:

  • Biotechnology
  • Conservation
  • Fisheries
  • Wildlife
  • Bioremediation
  • Genetics Research
  • Ecology
  • Food Science/Testing
  • Water Quality

Program taught in:
  • English

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