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Studying for an associate degree in biology is a great way to learn about the natural sciences without the time commitment required for a bachelor’s degree. It takes about two years to complete an associate’s degree while studying full time, and many schools offer part-time options and night classes for nontraditional students who have employment or family commitments.

What is an associate degree in biology? Students studying for this degree learn the fundamentals of human biology and natural biology in order to prepare for the workforce or for a subsequent bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, botany, environmental and wildlife management, or medicine. Students typically learn how to identify and label different types of cells and how the human genome functions. They may be taught the basics of nutrition and how the body processes vitamins and minerals.

By learning about the scientific method, students may obtain the skills to carry out lab experiments and to accurately record and evaluate data. They also often gain team work and problem solving experience, which are valuable assets as students prepare to seek out employment opportunities with industry professionals.

The cost of an associate degree in biology varies depending on the country and the institution. Prospective students can learn about the costs involved by scheduling a meeting with an admission counselor.

Graduates often find career opportunities in a wide variety of natural science industries. Many work as lab technicians, collecting samples, performing tests, maintaining equipment and writing reports. They do this for medical and health care laboratories or for federal and state governments at conservation sites and wildlife reserves. Whether it’s working to develop a cure for diseases as a researcher or saving an endangered species of plant as a conservationist, a degree in biology is an opportunity to specialize in a fascinating scientific field that has a demand for qualified workers.

Universities and community colleges often offer easy enrollment for an associate degree, with flexible scheduling options and payment plans. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Central Wyoming College

This is a two-year program for students planning to complete a bachelors degree in biology or a related discipline. If you are interested in a career in biological resear ... [+]

This is a two-year program for students planning to complete a bachelors degree in biology or a related discipline. If you are interested in a career in biological research, science, education and wildlife management this degree is for you. You will have a unique opportunity to work in a variety of research labs to obtain real world experience.

Program Requirements Courses Credits General Biology I 4 General Biology II 4 General Chemistry I 4 General Chemistry II 4 College Algebra 4 Trigonometry 3 Electives Courses Credits Introduction to Environmental Science 4 Chemical Problem Solving I 1 Chemical Problem Solving II 1 Intro to Organic Chemistry or Organic Chemistry I 4 Organic Chemistry I 4 Organic Chemistry II 4 Physical Geology 4 Earth System Science 4 Calculus I 5 Calculus II 5 General Microbiology 4 Medical Terminology 3 General Physics I or College Physics I 4 General Physics I or College Physics II 4 Fundamentals of Statistics 4 Human Physiology 4 General Ed. Requirements Courses Credits Writing Level I 3 Writing Level II 3 American & Wyoming Government 3 Arts 3 Humanities 3 Personal Finance Planning 1 Oral Communications 3 Physical Education 1 Social Science 3 Freshman Seminar 1 Wellness 1 Career Options Biological Technicians Science Teachers Zoologists & Wildlife Biologists Teachers Forestry and Conservation Molecular and Cellular Biologists Bionformatics Scientist Biophysicist Cost & Fees ... [-]
USA Riverton Lander Jackson Dubois  + 1 More
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
College of du Page

Welcome to the Biology program at College of DuPage. Majors in the sciences include biology, botany, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy, pre-medicine, pre-pha ... [+]

Welcome to the Biology program at College of DuPage. Majors in the sciences include biology, botany, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinary sciences, wildlife biology and zoology. College of DuPage offers a broad selection of courses in the Biological Sciences to science majors and interested students. Consult the College Catalog for descriptions of these courses. Be aware that baccalaureate-granting institutions may require a laboratory component to biology coursework, and they may not recognize particular special topics courses (designated as 1800/2800 courses) as meeting science requirements or even as satisfying elective credit. Please feel free to consult any of the professors on the faculty page for advice on course selection. For the ultimate recommendation concerning course selection, seek advice from the four-year school where you plan to eventually transfer. Consult the Illinois Articulation Initiative Majors for information on how College of DuPage courses transfer. Students intending to major in the biological sciences are strongly recommended to complete the Biology 1151-1152 sequence and take an additional 4 to 8-semester credits in the biological sciences. Professional programs at four-year schools typically expect applicants to go beyond minimum requirements to show stamina in science courses. Second-year course selection according to major is suggested below. Majors are recommended to take Math 2231 and 2232, and Chemistry 1551 and 1552. Other courses that should be considered are Physics 1201 and 1202, Chemistry 2251 and 2252, Earth Science 1101 and/or other Earth Science courses. One or two years of foreign language at the college level may... [-]

USA Glen Ellyn
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
West Hills College - Coalinga

The Biology Program provides students with the opportunity to earn an associate degree in the student’s area of specialization and prepares the student for transfer to a ... [+]

The Biology Program provides students with the opportunity to earn an associate degree in the student’s area of specialization and prepares the student for transfer to a four-year institution. Students completing the baccalaureate program or graduate school may be hired in the major or in a related field such as biochemistry, bioengineering, botany, clinical lab technology, environmental biology, forestry, oceanography, range management, wildlife/ fisheries biology, or zoology.

Biology AS or AA Degree

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Students will be able to label and identify prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell parts and describe their function. Students should be able to... [-]
USA Coalinga
January 2020
Full-time
Campus
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

The Laboratory Science Technology Associate of Applied Sciences Degree program blends key theoretical concepts with practical laboratory skills needed for success in a br ... [+]

Are you ready for a fast-paced, hands-on career that will maximize your analytical skills and challenge you every day? The Laboratory Science Technology Associate of Applied Sciences Degree program blends key theoretical concepts with practical laboratory skills needed for success in a broad range of science careers, including biological, chemical, and environmental industries as well as academic research laboratories. This program has been designed not only to prepare you for immediate employment, but also to transfer smoothly to local universities, allowing you to start your science education at NWTC and continue toward a bachelor’s degree, pre-medical studies and beyond. Courses will focus on experimental design, application of scientific principles in analysis of results, accurate documentation processes, fundamentals of quality measurement, and use of industry-standard instrumentation and protocols. ... [-]

USA Green Bay
August 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Southwestern Oregon Community College

The Associate of Science (AS) Marine Biology Emphasis is designed for students who intend to transfer to the University of Oregon (UO) and complete their degree at Oregon ... [+]

The Associate of Science (AS) Marine Biology Emphasis is designed for students who intend to transfer to the University of Oregon (UO) and complete their degree at Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB), majoring in marine biology. The background offered by this major, however, is entirely appropriate for preparation for upper division emphasis in other professional fields like medical, dental, or veterinary school. This AS degree, as presented, also satisfies the requirements for an AA/OT for ease of transfer to UO. By completing general education requirements for the AA/OT, as well as the recommended science courses, students will be able transfer to UO and complete a BS in Marine Biology or a BS in Biology with Marine Biology Emphasis. Career options for marine biology graduates include jobs in state and federal government, advanced training for research and teaching in the marine sciences, and most other careers available to broadly trained biologists. The following program outline is one of many possible course configurations that would satisfy the requirements for an AS Marine Biology Emphasis and AA/OT transfer degree and also fulfill basic requirements for graduation from UO. Each student should meet with an advisor to determine appropriate sequence of courses to be taken, depending on placement scores, transfer credits, and other factors. Upon completion of an AS Marine Biology Emphasis (and AA/OT) and transfer to UO, additional courses need to be taken at the Eugene campus. These courses include organic chemistry CH331 and CH335, BI214, and physics (unless it was taken... [-]

USA Coos Bay
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Seward County Community College

Biology studies the science of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, identification and taxonomy. Biologists le ... [+]

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.... [-]

USA Liberal
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus