Associate Degree

Biology

An affordable path to prepare for a career in biology, this associate’s program transfers to a bachelor’s degree.

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The Biology degree is a common major for students interested in medical school or veterinary school. The degree provides a solid background for students whose goals include teaching biology or conducting research in biology or medicine.  Students will be prepared for baccalaureate degree work in biology at most four-year institutions by developing skills in analysis, critical thinking, project design and completion, as well as scientific writing.

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Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
Agricultural and food science technicians assist agricultural and food scientists.
Chemists and Materials Scientists
Chemists and materials scientists study substances at the atomic and molecular levels and analyze the ways in which the substances interact with one another.
Biochemists and Biophysicists
Biochemists and biophysicists study the chemical and physical principles of living things and of biological processes.

What You Will Learn

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Students completing this program will be able to design a biological project utilizing the scientific method.

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Students completing this program will be able to research biological literature.

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Students completing this program will be able to collect and interpret data.

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Students completing this program will be able to write the results of a project in the format of a biological scientific journal.

In-Class or Online

Whether you want to attend classes online, or at our historic Milledgeville campus, or at any of our eleven satellite locations, we have a convenient option just for you.

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Attending GMC is about more than just earning a degree. We prepare our graduates to stand out in the world by teaching leadership skills, character education, and ethics. GMC grads have the grit and determination to be successful in an ever-changing job market.

Why pay more for the same degree?

Thanks to our Transfer Agreements, GMC students can take their college credits with them to dozens of other colleges and universities. Why pay more for core curriculum when you take the same accredited courses at GMC for less, and then transfer to the four-year college of your choice? Here’s a cost comparison:

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Concentration Courses

BIO 211 Principles of Biology I 6qh

This course is a majors course designed to explore basic concepts of biology including science as a process, biochemistry, energy transfer, mitosis and meiosis, cell structure and function, cellular energetic, molecular genetics, the molecular basis of evolution, reproduction, and development. Students completing Principles of Biology I will become biologically literate citizens, able to apply biological concepts to the ethical choices they must make throughout life. Laboratory exercises will include, but not be limited to introductory laboratory techniques and safety, data collection and analysis, microscopy, basic microbiological and biotechnology techniques, genetics and bioenergetics. Students cannot receive credit for BIO 123 and BIO 211.

Lecture 4.5 hours; Laboratory 1.5 hours.
Prerequisite: MAT 103 or higher.

BIO 212 Principles of Biology II

This course is the second in a two-part majors course. Principles of Biology II will focus on organisms including diversity and phylogeny, the relationship of biological history to geological time, structure and function of living organisms, principles of ecology, and interaction with the environment. Students completing Principles of Biology II will become biologically literate citizens able to apply biological concepts to the ethical choices they must make throughout life. This course is for science majors. Laboratory exercises will include, but not be limited to survey of animal phyla including comparative form and function; survey of plant divisions; basic ecological techniques; data collection, analysis, and presentation. Students cannot receive credit for BIO 124 and BIO 212.

Lecture 4.5 hours; Laboratory 1.5 hours.

Hiring Partners

GMC is fortunate to have partnerships with a wide range of businesses who hire our graduates. Here are a few of our partners:

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About This Program


The Biology degree is a common major for students interested in medical school or veterinary school. The degree provides a solid background for students whose goals include teaching biology or conducting research in biology or medicine.  Students will be prepared for baccalaureate degree work in biology at most four-year institutions by developing skills in analysis, critical thinking, project design and completion, as well as scientific writing.

Degree Program Coordinator


Mark Fairbrass, mfairbra@gmc.edu

Program Benefits


Students who graduate from GMC with this major will be prepared to transfer to upper level programs with an equivalent background to those students starting their degree programs at the receiving institution. Students with this degree are prepared to become laboratory assistants; completion of the BS in Biology will prepare the student for a career in biological science or other science related field. With further education, graduates could pursue careers such as Physician, Veterinarian, Dentist, Optometrist, Podiatrist, Pharmacist, Physical Therapist, Speech Therapist, Genetic Counselor, Dietician, Biomechanical Engineer, Pharmaceutical Researcher, Marine Biologist, Zookeeper, Forensics and Criminal Investigator, Forest Ranger, Health Official, Bioterrorism Expert, Environmental Scientist, Biology teacher in primary or secondary schools, or College Professor.

Cost for the Degree


Average Cost for this Degree:
$8,280

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