Biology - Associate of Science

The Associate of Science in Biology Program prepares students to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field. Biology students develop analytical and critical thinking skills as they study living organisms and their relationship to the world around them. The required courses cover foundational topics such as Genetics, General Chemistry II and General Physics I. Biology graduates find careers in many settings including research facilities, colleges, corporations and more. While this program is designed for students who intend to continue their studies, an associate degree in biology can qualify graduates for entry-level positions such as laboratory assistant or pharmaceutical sales representative. Students who intend to transfer should contact their faculty advisor or the school they will be attending to ensure they are taking the appropriate courses.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Study living organisms
Learn how life affects the environment
Pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field
Strengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

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Average Length: 2.6 Years
Credits: 62*
Graduation Retention Rate: 57%*

Possible Careers

Biological technician
Physician assisant
Conservation scientist

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
General Education
credit hours
Program Specific Course
credit hours
Institutional Electives

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details


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Program Contact

Joyce Hill
Life Science Department Chair


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