Gogebic Community College

Biology

Nature of the Work

Biological scientists study living organisims and their relationship to the environment. Most specialize in some area of biology such as zoology (the study of animals) or microbiology (the study of microscopic organisms).

Many biologists work in research and development. Others work in management or administration in which they plan and administer programs for testing food and drugs, for example, or direct activities at zoos or botanical gardens.

Other related occupations include foresters, range managers, soil conservationists, animal breeders, horticulturists, soil scientists, agricultural and life scientists, as well as many health occupations.

Employment

For biological scientists, the Ph.D. degree is generally required for college teaching, independent research, and for administrative positions. A master's degree is sufficient for some jobs in applied research and management, inspection, sales, and service. The bachelor's degree is adequate for some nonresearch jobs. Some bachelor's degree graduates start as biological scientists in testing and inspection, or get jobs such as technical sales or service representatives. Others become high school biology teachers with additional education courses. Employment of biological scientists is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2005.

The Program

The Gogebic Community College biology curriculum is designed to provide the general education courses that are required to transfer to a university for bachelor's degree completion.

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Associate Degree in Biology:

COURSE  
CREDIT
ORI 100 Freshman Seminar
1
ENG 101 English Composition I
3
ENG 102 English Composition II
3
BIO 101 General Biology I
4
BIO 102 General Biology II
4
CHM 151 General & Inorganic Chemistry I
5
CHM 152 General & Inorganic Chemistry II
5
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I
4
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II
4
BIO 250 Human Anatomy
4
BIO 251 Human Physiology
4
MTH 150 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
4
PHY 201 Elements of Physics I
4
PHY 202 Elements of Physics II
4
  Humanities Electives
9
  Social Science Electives
9
  Physical Education Electives
  TOTAL CREDITS
71

Statistics taken from 1996-97 OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK.

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