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Department: Biology

Program Type: Science, Engineering, and Math

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Biology—the study of life in all its grandeur—is a rapidly expanding field that addresses various issues relevant to health and nutrition, biotechnology, and environmental protection. Biologists are responsible for cutting-edge academic and industrial research in medicine and genetics, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and ecological studies as a career field. They are at the forefront of understanding everything about life, from the molecular biology of microscopic cells to the evolution of entire species. 

Elgin Community College's Biology faculty members have various interests and backgrounds to enhance your learning experience. Varied curricula enable you to take your education as far as you'd like to go while building a solid foundation that can lead to an exciting, in-demand career in the life sciences. Whether enrolling in one course or looking to major in biology at a four-year school, you can explore a variety of courses covering topics such as microbiology, physiology, and the environment. The Associate in Science is designed for transfer toward specific science bachelor's degrees. 

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Program Highlights

Associate Degree

STEM Series

Which Came First, The Virus Or The Vaccine?

Chad Pearion, MS, Assistant Professor of Biology, discusses vaccines and why we vaccinate.

A Healthy Diet And Lifestyle To Support Your Immune System

Janet Whitsitt, MS, Associate Professor of Biology, discusses evidence-based health research.

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An overview of Elgin Community College's biology program.


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