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Key Program Features
Biology is a multifaceted discipline with a large range of specializations including botany, cellular biology, ecology, genetics, human anatomy, marine biology, microbiology, zoology and more. Choosing a biology degree can lead to a variety of career paths such as biological researcher, environmental scientist, lab technician, medical doctor, nutritionist, occupational health and safety officer, pharmacist, teacher/professor, veterinarian, etc. The LLCC Biology program introduces students to the various disciplines of biology with classroom and lab experience and prepares them to transfer seamlessly to a four-year college or university. Some of our biology graduates include a chiropractor, college professor, marine biologist and an ecologist/zoologist working as a senior research fellow.
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Because the biology field is so multifaceted, employment opportunities and salaries vary greatly depending on the level of education and the discipline. Employment of all life, physical and social occupations is expected to grow about 7 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. According to a 2015 report by Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce, the median annual salary for biology and life science majors ages 25-59 was $56,000.
LLCC offers the following associate degree program in biology to prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution. Read more about the courses for the program:
Time to completion: 2 years
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BIO 101 – General Biology
This is an introductory course in biological principles applicable for non-science majors. Principles of organization, function, heredity, evolution and ecology of the biotic world are illustrated. This course meets the general education requirement for a life science course. R, 11 (3 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours) IAI: L1 900L
BIO 104 – Life in the Environment
This biology course introduces students to ecological and environmental concepts. It is intended for the non-science major. The components, functions and balances of natural ecosystems, as well as human influence on ecosystems, are examined. Environmental issues are emphasized and addressed by identifying sustainable courses of action. R, 11 (3 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours) IAI: L1 905L
BIO 107 – Human Biology
This is an introductory course in which the primary organism of study is the human. Concepts include biochemistry, cell organization, genetics, heredity, the basic structure and function of the human body and the relationship between humans and their environment. A variety of contextual social and personal issues are explored. R, 11 (3 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours)
BIO 111 – Principles of Biology I
This course is designed for science majors. Biology I is an introductory molecular and cellular biology course. Emphases are placed on biochemistry, cell structure and function and molecular genetics from an evolutionary perspective. Scientific processes and laboratory techniques are also covered. R, M1, 11 (3 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours) IAI: BIO 910
Note: Prerequisite of high school biology
BIO 112 – Principles of Biology II
This course is designed for science majors. Emphasis is on introduction to structure and function of major groups of microorganisms, fungi, animals and plants. Evolutionary relationships and ecological principles of these groups are also covered. R, M1, 11 (3 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours) IAI: BIO 910
Note: Prerequisite of high school biology
BIO 150 – Introduction to Prairie Restoration
This introductory course focuses on the basic principles of prairie restoration. It is suitable for both biology majors and non-biological science students. The history and ecology of Illinois prairies are explored. Principles of both restoration and reconstruction are explored, with an emphasis on practical application and hands-on field experience. 11 (1 lecture hour and 2 laboratory hours)
BIO 170 – Human Nutrition
Human nutrition covers the basic and cardinal concepts such as measurements of the diet, the role of nutrients in body function and nutrition throughout the life cycle. Emphasis is placed on the positive contributions of nutrition to life and health. R, 11 (3 lecture hours)
BIO 175 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
This course is the first half of a two-semester human anatomy and physiology course sequence designed to fulfill the needs of students in the allied health career programs. Early emphasis is on general cytology and histology. The systems covered include: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous, including the special senses. Laboratory dissections of mammalian specimens are used to illustrate comparisons with human morphology. R, 11 (3 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours)
Note: Prerequisite of high school biology with a minimum grade of B or BIO 101 with a minimum grade of C or BIO 107 with a minimum grade of C or BIO 111 with a minimum grade of C within the past five years
BIO 176 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO 176 is the second half of a two-semester human anatomy and physiology course sequence designed to fulfill the needs of students in the allied health career programs. The systems covered include: endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, lymphatic, digestive and reproductive. Student dissections of preserved adult cats and other mammalian specimens in the laboratory are used to illustrate comparisons with human morphology. R, 11 (3 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours)
Note: Prerequisite of BIO 175 with a minimum grade of C
BIO 180 – Invasive Plants
This course introduces students to common invasive plants and their impact on ecosystems. The origins of historic invasive species problems are explored. Emphasis is placed on the identification and control of regionally common plant species. R, 11 (1 lecture hour)
BIO 201 – Human Anatomy
This course includes the study of gross and microscopic anatomical structures and basic physiological functions of human tissues, organs and integrated body systems. Emphases are on skeletal, muscular, vascular and nervous systems. The remaining systems are treated, but with less emphasis. R, 11 (3 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours)
Note: Prerequisite of BIO 111 and BIO 112 or equivalent
BIO 202 – Environmental Biology
This course introduces students to basic concepts and relationships that tie our physical environment to our biotic world. Interactions as they occur in a natural setting are initially studied with man-influenced imbalances and possible alternatives also being discussed. R, 11 (3 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours)
Note: Prerequisite of BIO 101 or BIO 112 or equivalent
BIO 203 – Vertebrate Zoology
This course provides an overview of vertebrate classification, evolution, morphology, behavior, ecology and natural history. The focus of the course is on Illinois species. The laboratory component includes dissection of preserved specimens. R, 11 (3 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours)
Note: Prerequisite of BIO 111 or BIO 112 or equivalent
BIO 204 – Botany
This course focuses on the anatomy, morphology, physiology, genetics, ecology and evolution of members of the plant kingdom in a lecture/lab format. Emphasis is on the higher vascular plants. R, 11 (3 class hours and 2 laboratory hours)
Note: Prerequisite(s) of BIO 101 or BIO 111
BIO 208 – Marine Biology
This course is designed as a field course for general interest in marine biology. Various marine habitats are studied with their ecological significance stressed. Conservation of the marine ecosystem serves as a theme for the course. R, 11 (1 lecture hour and 2 laboratory hours)
Note: All students are required to individually participate in all fieldwork. Learn more about marine biology fieldwork offerings.
BIO 209 – Biological Field Studies
This general interest course provides an introduction to biological field studies. Terrestrial field sites are studied with an emphasis placed upon their ecological interactions and importance. Students should consult the instructor for specific field site details. R (2 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours)
- Prerequisite: BIO 101 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent
- Note: All students are required to individually participate in all fieldwork. Learn more about biological field studies offerings.
BIO 220 – Microbiology
This course is an introduction to microorganisms: bacteria, fungi, protists, algae and viruses. Emphasis is placed on the role of microbes in health and disease. Topics covered include cell structure, culture techniques, genetics, immunology and genetic engineering. R, 11 (3 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours) IAI: NUR 905
- Prerequisite: BIO 175 with a minimum grade of C or BIO 101 with a minimum grade of C or BIO 107 with a minimum grade of C or BIO 111 with a minimum grade of C
- Note: Completion of or simultaneous enrollment in general chemistry is recommended.
BIO 225 – Microbiology for Majors
This course is an introduction to microbiology designed for biology majors. Emphasis is placed on evolution, genetics, cell physiology and microbial ecology. The diversity of the microbial world is explored. Students have the opportunity to gain a wide range of experience with laboratory equipment and techniques used in the culture and study of microbes. R, 11 (3 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours)
Note: Prerequisite of BIO 111, BIO 112, CHE 101 and CHE 102
BIO 230 – Field Biology
This course is an introductory course covering principles and investigative techniques in the field of ecology. Emphasis is upon the interactions of plants and animals in both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. The course is delivered through field trips that permit first-hand observation. R, 11 (1 lecture hour and 2 laboratory hours)
Note: Prerequisite of BIO 111 and BIO 112 or equivalent
BIO 240 – Local Flora – Identification of Plants of IL
Local Flora involves students in collecting and identifying selected plants of Illinois with field trips to several unique habitats. Both the lecture and laboratory experiences emphasize various methods of collecting and identifying plants found throughout Illinois. 11 (2 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours)
Note: Prerequisite of BIO 101 or BIO 111 or equivalent
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