Ecology • Zoology • Botany • Microbiology • Medical
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.
Learn more by viewing “Ready to explore nature: Biology” in LLCC’s FORWARD magazine!
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
View biology course descriptions
- BIO 101 – General Biology, 4 credits
- BIO 104 – Life in the Environment, 4 credits
- BIO 107 – Human Biology, 4 credits
- BIO 111 – Principles of Biology I, 4 credits
- BIO 112 – Principles of Biology II, 4 credits
- BIO 150 – Introduction to Prairie Restoration, 2 credits
- BIO 170 – Human Nutrition, 3 credits
- BIO 175 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 credits
- BIO 176 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 credits
- BIO 180 – Invasive Plants, 1 credit
- BIO 201 – Human Anatomy, 4 credits
- BIO 202 – Environmental Biology, 4 credits
- BIO 203 – Vertebrate Zoology, 4 credits
- BIO 204 – Botany, 4 credits
- BIO 208 – Marine Biology, 2 Credits, Note: All students are required to individually participate in all fieldwork. Learn more about marine biology fieldwork offerings.
- BIO 209 – Biological Field Studies, 1-3 credits, Note: All students are required to individually participate in all fieldwork. Learn more about biological field studies offerings.
- BIO 220 – Microbiology, 4 credits
- BIO 225 – Microbiology for Majors, 4 credits
- BIO 230 – Field Biology, 2 credits
- BIO 240 – Local Flora – Identification of Plants of Illinois, 3 credits
Investment in Your Future
Courses for the biology program have standard tuition rates. For the 2021-2022 academic year (fall 2021, spring 2022 and summer 2022), these courses have an in-district rate of $134.50 per credit hour. Get more information on tuition and fees.
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