Biology instructors at Ivy Tech come from diverse career backgrounds including ecology, biotechnology, academic research, biomedical engineering and more. The expertise of the faculty represent the breadth of life science which will prepare you to enter the field after completing your associates degree or for transfer to a four year degree program.
The Biology program focuses on core subject material in the life and physical sciences as well as allowing students to explore additional biology electives in various fields. These courses include molecular biology, genetics and ecology.
- Molecular Biology: Examine the structure and function of biological molecules such as DNA/RNA and proteins and their contribution to life processes.
- Genetics: An in-depth examination of inheritance, gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, population genetics, DNA biotechnology and the genetic basis of disease. Students will also be challenged to think about ethical issues related to genetic research.
- Ecology: Examine the complex interrelationships between organisms and the natural world. Students taking ecology will study population and community ecology, biodiversity, resource acquisition and utilization and be challenged to explore topics related to global issues facing human society.
Graduates of the Biology program will be able to move directly into a variety of positions in the field including biological sciences lab technicians, forest conservation technicians or medical laboratory technicians. Additional undergraduate and/or graduate studies in life science can lead to careers in genetic counseling, medicine, agriculture, marine biology and many other fields.
Graduates of our Associate of Science (AS) degree can seamlessly transfer to a four-year institution through our "Transfer as a Junior" program, entering at a junior status. To learn more about our Transfer as a Junior programs, and how they can save you money, visit our TSAP page. Please keep in mind, you will also need to be admitted to the four-year institution you intend to transfer to, admission is not guaranteed just by enrolling in a Transfer as a Junior program.
If you would like to continue your education after completing your Ivy Tech degree, we also have several four-year transfer partnerships in place. Talk to your transfer advocate for more information about transfer opportunities!