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The Biology Department provides the cornerstone for Pre-Health Degrees, Forestry, and Wildlife Biology degrees.  These courses also meet General Education requirements. Caution: there is a hierarchy amongst the biology courses.  For example, students enrolling in General Biology or Cell Biology before taking Microbiology have a 50% higher completion rate and score nearly a letter grade higher.  So the order in which biology courses are taken is important to student success in the discipline.  These courses are also excellent background for the Anatomy and Physiology Courses.

For students not choosing pre health fields or wildlife biology fields, a Biology degree opens up a wealth of other career options.  With a 2 year degree in Biology, you can choose to major in Microbiology and work as an epidemiologist at the Center of Disease Control. Research positions are available for students looking to pursue graduate level degrees in Physiology, Microbiology, and specialized areas of animal biology like Herpetology, Parasitology, Ornithology, and Ichthyology.  Working in the field of Genetics in both Plant and Animal Biology is also an option. This field also offers careers in Bioscience available in the recently opened Bioscience facility near Manhattan. It is a very rigorous program of study, however, and students have to commit to anywhere from 17 to 20 credit hours (not including summer school or dual credit obtained through a high school) per semester to obtain the maximum number of preparatory credits for a four year transfer degree.  Cornerstone courses for this degree include: Cell Biology and Genetics, Animal and Plant Biology, College and Organic Chemistry I and II, and College Physics I and II.

Refer to the catalog link below to obtain a full list of the suggested course work per semester and  individual course descriptions.

Course Requirements

Find your plan of study in the 2021-22 Course Catalog.


Mary Scott, MD

Professor of Biology