Biology plays a key role in scientific advancements that improve our way of life. Biologists assist with medical research by helping develop new medicines and treatments used to prevent, treat or cure diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer's. In agriculture, biological research contributes to the development of genetically engineered crops that provide greater yields and require less pesticide and fertilizer.
Biologists also lead efforts to discover new and improved ways to clean and preserve the environment as well as alternative sources of energy, such as biofuels and biomass.
Entry level jobs in biology include: biological technician, conservation biologist, environmental biologist, microbiologist, zoologist/wildlife biologist, pharmaceutical sales representative or secondary education teacher.
Graduate degrees can lead to careers such as biochemist, biophysicist, medical doctor/scientist, epidemiologist, physical therapist and pharmacist.
Start at Harper. Finish at a four-year university.
The Associate in Science (AS) degree prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, ecology, zoology, and related majors. Speak with your advisor about the best courses to take to meet your academic goals.
Harper also offers institution-specific transfer information to help prepare you to transition to a four-year university. To learn more, visit our transfer information page or see your advisor.
- Catalog course descriptions
- Karl G. Henize Observatory
- The Animals of Harper College: A Key to Their Identification
- Student organizations
For more information about starting your college education at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.