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Biology (AS)

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Explore the Beauty of Life with a Degree in Biology

Determine why harmful bacteria were found in drinking water. Perform experiments to ensure spinach doesn’t contain E. coli. Investigate why parrotfish flourish after coral reefs die. Research the mating habits of the shoebill. Discover a new insect in the Amazon. Carbon date a humanoid skeleton found in Eritrea to establish its age. Biologists study life as we know it, from the interconnected redwood tree forests, to the largest organism, known as the humongous fungus, that attacks and destroys forests.

Biologists conduct experiments to improve life on earth, such as finding ways to minimize the damage done to forests by humongous fungus. They observe everything from the smallest microorganism to the largest plants, from the deepest parts of our oceans, to the highest elevations where life can be found. They research life cycles and habitats to see if environmental or man-made factors might be causing a specific species’ decline, and what solutions could help them survive. A career in biology is a career exploring life!

Careers in Biology

Biologists are found wherever there is or was life. Biologists gather samples in the field and process what they find in laboratories to create reports and complete research. These careers call for logic, reasoning, and critical-thinking skills, and you can start many of these careers right after you graduate from LASC!

Here are some careers and their salaries you could have with a Biology degree:

Career information below taken from bls.gov November 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $52,330/year $25.16/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 11% increase
(much faster than average)
331,700

Assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Master’s Degree $80,370/year $38.64/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 27% increase
(much faster than average)
3,000

Study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $63,420/year $30.49/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 5% increase
(as fast as average)
19,300

Assist agricultural and food scientists.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Associate Degree $40,860/year $19.65/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Moderate-term on-the-job training 6% increase
(as fast as average)
29,200

Perform medical tests that help diagnose animals’ injuries and illnesses.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Associate Degree $34,420/year $16.55/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 19% increase
(much faster than average)
109,400

Study microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi, and some types of parasites.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $71,650/year $34.45/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 5% increase
(as fast as average)
21,700

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Biology

You can get Associate in Science in Biology (AS) at LASC where you will learn and work with the fundamentals of the scientific method:

  • Learn how to use the scientific method in order to solve problems in biology so you can perform your own experiments successfully and without bias.
  • In addition to Biology, receive a core foundation in the sciences with courses in Chemistry, Physics, Organic Chemistry, Microbiology, and Human Biology so you have a deeper understanding of how they are all interrelate and are able to use concepts from one science to help your research within Biology and allow you more career options once you graduate.
  • LASC provides internships so you can build your career connections and create community ties for after you graduate.
  • Want to transfer? With your Associate in Science in Biology (AS) degree, you will save money on your first two years of college learning from passionate, committed faculty before you transfer to a four-year college or university. Visit your academic counselor to fund out more.

 

Degrees & Courses You Will Take

Review LASC’s Associate in Science in Biology degree and our suggested course of study for this program. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code: 401.00

Total Units Required: 60

You can transfer into a four-year college or university taking Biology at LASC. Your first step is to talk with your academic counselor to find out exactly what you will need to do to transfer. 

After you successfully complete this program, you will be able to:

  • Apply the scientific method to solve a problem.
  • Solve problems utilizing the major concepts in cell biology and the experimental approaches taken to address them.
Required Courses: Units
BIOLOGY 6 General Biology I 5
BIOLOGY 7 General Biology II 5
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 102 General Chemistry II  5
PHYSICS 6 General Physics I 4
PHYSICS 7 General Physics II 4
TOTAL UNITS 28
Recommended Electives Units Units
BIOLOGY 5 Introduction to Human Biology 4
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry for Science Majors I  5
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry for Science Majors II 5
MATH 227 Statistics 4
MICRO 1 Introductory Microbiology 5

Get Ready Before You Start

You can start preparing for your career in Biology before your first class starts at LASC!

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, start to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss your career goals. Let your counselor know if you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university so they can advise you.
  • Still in high school? Find out if there are any nearby universities or colleges with summer science or biology program for high school students. Talk with your science and biology instructors to see if they know of any high school internships or volunteer opportunities. 

Program Learning Outcomes 

After you successfully complete this program, you will be able to:

  • Apply the scientific method to solve a problem.
  • Solve problems utilizing the major concepts in cell biology and the experimental approaches taken to address them.