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- Major Name: Biology
- Degree Program: Arts and Sciences
- Degree Designation: AA/AS
- College / School: STEM
This major prepares students for professional careers in the life sciences by providing the first two years of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. It is also recommended for students planning professional study in health-related sciences.
If pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree, six credit hours of a foreign language at the intermediate level are required. If pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree, foreign language is not required.
In order to earn an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree in Arts and Sciences with a major in Biology, a student must complete a minimum of 60 hours of required and elective course work.
Currently, biology is the most popular major for students desiring to enter medical school. However, medicine is not the only career path open to students with a biology degree. A degree in biology opens the door to a wide array of career paths. As biotechnology and concern for the environment enter all facets of everyday life, individuals with a background in biology are in demand well beyond the traditional areas of medicine, public health, research and related fields. Students of biology are now finding opportunities in law, business, media and other areas.