Associate in Science (Transfer)

Biology is a broad field centered on the study of living organisms and processes. As a biologist, you will study everything from humans, plants, and animals to microbes and mushrooms, and the environments in which they all live. ICC’s Biology program is taught by the best, preparing you for transfer to your next academic venture. Choose Biology at ICC and get started today.

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Many occupations depend on an interest in and an aptitude for life science, including forester, biochemist, biologist, fish and wildlife service, zoologist, botanist, ecologist, oceanographer, teacher, and many more. Biology offers a wide range of career options. 

A Quality Education

Faculty who are experts in their fields teach all ICC courses. They are 100% committed to teaching so you’re ready to transfer to a university or move into your career.

Get Involved

Network with faculty and fellow students in the Student Association for the Environment while you support our local ecosystems. The PreHealth Club and other student groups put the community in our community college experience.

Career Opportunities

Forester, Biochemist, Zoologist, Botanist, Ecologist, Oceanographer, Teacher, Fisheries or Wildlife Manager, Pharmacologist. Alumni work at USDA National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, OSF and Unity Point.


18 Months

If full time

4 terms if full-time (15-16 credits / term)

What if I attend part-time?

Our program can be completed at your pace; just plan for a longer time-to-degree.



+ supplies & fees

Based on 2022-23

What financial assistance can I receive?

Our STEM programs qualify for financial aid. That might include scholarships, grants and loans. Learn more about financial assistance at ICC.



Students per class

Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.

Will I be ready to transfer?

View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.

Meet Our Students and Alumni

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Community college students who transfer to four-year schools perform as well as – or even better than – their peers who come directly from high school.

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Let’s Get Started ▸

How Do I Get Into the Biology Program?

  1. Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
  2. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
  3. Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
  4. High school courses in Math and Biology are beneficial for this program.

What Can I Expect as a Biology Student?

  • The biology program builds knowledge and skills that prepare students for success in continued biology education. Students who complete the program acquire a broad foundation of biological knowledge and skills.
  • Work with an advisor to develop a plan that meets your personal and academic goals.
  • Graduates have transferred to Illinois State University, Bradley University, University of Illinois, and Southern Illinois University.

How Am I Going to Manage This?


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    Virtual Stretch Hours
    Mon-Tue: 4:30 pm – 6pm