The Ivy Tech Associate of Science (AS) in Biology degree program focuses on life and physical sciences, allowing students to explore various biology topics through electives like molecular biology, genetics and ecology. Course and lab work covers subjects such as:
- Cellular organization
- Biochemical and molecular properties
- Organism diversity among animals, plants, fungi and microbes
- Ecology and ecosystem processes
In addition to two semesters of general biology, general chemistry and physics, the program includes a capstone course on scientific research.
Transfer as a Junior
Graduates of the AS in Biology can also choose to transfer to a four-year college or university, where they can earn a bachelor's degree to pursue careers in genetic counseling, medicine, agriculture, marine biology and many other fields.
The AS in Biology is designated as a TSAP program (which stands for “Transfer Single Articulation Pathway”), which enables students to transfer to Indiana public four-year institutions with automatic junior status. You can save upward of $10,000 by completing your first two years at Ivy Tech and then transferring to a four-year college.
Our Biology program has partnerships with more than two dozen four-year universities and colleges so you can seamlessly transfer without losing your credits or time. Talk to our transfer advocates for information about continuing your education after completing your AS degree at Ivy Tech.
Note that admission is not guaranteed just by enrolling in the Associate of Science in Biology program. You will need to be admitted to the institution you intend to transfer to.
Time to Complete
The Ivy Tech Associate of Science in Biology degree program requires 60 credit hours. For those entering the program with college-ready math competency, the associate degree program requires four semesters to complete. For some students, remedial math is recommended, or college algebra as an elective.
The required 60 credit hours include:
- 32 general education course credits
- 27 program-specific course credits
- 1 student success credit (college requirement)
A completion guide provides the recommended path to graduation, broken out by 8-week terms. For students taking fewer classes at a time, the courses are numbered to show the overall number that will be taken.
Please consult with your advisor to determine which classes are the best option for you to take. Completion guides may vary by campus/location.
The associate degree in biology can prepare students for careers working for schools, research laboratories or departments of natural resources. Careers include:
- Biological lab technician
- Forest conservation technician
- Medical lab technician
- Teaching assistant
Program Learning Outcomes
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) are the competencies that Ivy Tech students should be well versed in upon graduating from the program.