The degree of Associate in Science with a major in Biology is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

This degree program is intended for students who plan to continue their education beyond the associate degree. Students who graduate from this program will also have the skills necessary to work in the field as a biological science technician. A major in the biological sciences is recommended for students interested in pursuing further study in biology, botany, zoology, ecology, microbiology, agriculture, forestry, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics or marine biology. This program also provides an excellent foundation for studies in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry and pre-veterinary medicine.

This program provides a broad-based curriculum in the biological sciences and helps students meet the requirements for a variety of other degree programs. If students choose to pursue a four-year degree, the core courses that they have taken in this program will provide the basic competencies, knowledge, and skills essential to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in the Biological Sciences.

The biology major will prepare students for a variety of careers in biological science; provide a background of skills, methods, and knowledge needed for further study in professional and graduate schools; and promote not only an appreciation of the sciences but also and educated voting citizen.

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the life sciences field is expected “to grow 10 percent from 2012-2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Greater demand for biotechnology research is expected to increase the need for these workers.”

The Department of Labor indicates a variety of technical positions available where graduates would work closely with scientists and biologists in many different industries. These positions include: biological technician, forest or conservation technician, and medical or clinical laboratory technician. Other possible positions would include veterinary technician, medical assistant, plant science technician, and sales associate for medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, and biological materials.


Specific Admission Requirements

  1. High school biology with a lab with a grade of “C” or better;
  2. High school chemistry with a lab with a grade of “C” or better;
  3. Algebra I or higher with a grade of “C” or better.

Biology Degree


Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
#BIOL 111CGeneral Biology I324
 CHEM 103CGeneral Chemistry I324
 ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
 INDL 101CSTEM in the First Year Experience*303
 MATH 124CCollege Algebra or Higher Level Math***404
Spring Semester
#BIOL 112CGeneral Biology II324
 CHEM 104CGeneral Chemistry II324
 ENGL 125CCommunication and the Literature of Science and Technology or   
 ENGL xxxCEnglish Elective303
 PHIL 242CContemporary Ethical Issues**303
 PHYS 133CPhysics I (Algebra-Based)324


Fall Semester
#BIOL 202CMicrobiology334
#BIOL xxxCBiology Elective3-40-23-4
 MATH 251CStatistics404
 PHYS 135CPhysics II (Algebra-Based)324
Spring Semester
#BIOL 211CGenetics324
#BIOL 260CCell Biology334
#BIOL 290CSenior Capstone Project and Seminar324
#BIOL xxxCBiology Elective3-40-23-4

# Indicates major field courses.

* Meets Social Science Requirement.
** Meets Humanities/Foreign Language/Fine Arts requirement.
*** Excluding MATH 129C

CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR – Number of credit hours for the course

Courses with online/virtual labs are not accepted for major Biology and Chemistry courses.

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college’s first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Science degree with a major in Biology, students

  • Analyze theoretical principles across a broad range of sub-disciplines in biological
  • Evaluate information scientifically
  • Examine the importance of the scientific process
  • Perform and effectively communicate the results of scientific investigations
  • Review and practice a wide variety of laboratory techniques in microbiology,
    biochemistry, cell biology, ecology, genetics, and chemistry
  • Qualify for transfer to a four-year college or university with the necessary foundation in
    biology for upper-level study in a wide variety of biological disciplines